Writer's Quote Wednesday ~ Carpe Diem

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January 2017

Writer’s Quote Wednesday does not exist anymore but I feel I need to be reminded on what I wrote in 2015 so I share it with you again :-).

March 2015

Today I discovered “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” on Colleen’s wonderful blog “Silver Threading“(This link leads to her renamed blog). She encourages us to share the writer’s quote that inspire us.

Instantly “Carpe Diem” usually translated to “seize the day” came to my mind. Apparently, it is taken from Horace’s “Odes” but many of us probably know it from a film called “The Dead Poets Society“. I cannot tell you how many times I watched this film. The late Robin Williams played a teacher trying to get his pupils to think for themselves and to discover poetry. I so wished I would have had a teacher like that.

I was 18 when it came out, and it spoke right to my heart and I can still cry about one of the boy’s suicides. My mother had passed away six years previously, and I think that is one of the lessons I learned not only from that film but her passing:

Don’t wait until you have time to do something you love. There will always be something that gets in the way, and suddenly it will be too late.

The older I get the more I think in the mornings: If I would die today what would I regret not having done? I can honestly say most of the things I really wanted I have gained or achieved. Writing the fantasy novel still stands out but I am working on that one. (We can’t be perfect all the time, can we? 😉 ).

Even if we would get 90 years old, this life is short. Time runs and if you do not do what you love and what your heart really graves for you waste your life. Just go for it! Because you are worth it! 😉

Carpe Diem

Writers Quote Wednesday ~ Shirley Jackson

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In autumn Colleen over at “The Fairywhisperer” formerly known as “Silverthreading” has said goodbye to several of her much-loved blog events. One of which is “Writer’s Quote Wednesday“. I have not been a regular participant but loved to read the posts, and I have to say I miss it. So I’ve decided now and then to put in a “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” post and if anyone wants to take part, feel free to do so.

It won’t be a formal institution just leave a link in my comments or send me a tweet, and I come and visit you and share your posts.

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I had chosen an intriguing quote by Shirley Jackson whom I had never heard of before I researched a quote for this post with an author I did not know yet. One reason I got stuck with her is that she inspired both Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. I am a fan of Gaiman, and I think King is a brilliant writer you can learn a lot of, and if they are influenced by her, then she is worth discovering.

From what I am reading she was

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photo credit Barnes&Noble via Wikipedia

a rather controversial author who didn’t like to advertise for her work or be interviewed. Well, that’s something to think of for today’s writers who are told that advertising for their work is one important part of their work :-).

 

Her most famous works “The Lottery” and “The Haunting of Hill House” showcase the rather darker sides of human nature and their publications caused many letters from readers were rather taken aback. I suspect today she would have fewer problems :-).

Shirley Jackson died young (aged48) of heart failure, and it is supposed that both her drug use due to psychosomatic illnesses and her weight contributed. I have to admit that I am rather intrigued by this lady who didn’t seem to care about the writing conventions of her time. She just lived her creativity in the best way she could, and I think that is admirable.

So what’s the quote?

“I remember that I stood on the library steps holding my books and looking for a minute at the soft hinted green in the branches against the sky and wishing, as I always did, that I could walk home across the sky instead of through the village.”

― Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

 

Does Shirley Jackson intrigue you as she does me?

Or do you know her already and have read her stories and book? Please let me know :-).

Resources and further reading:

Shirley Jackson on Wikipedia

Shirley Jackson on ShirleyJackson.org

Shirley Jackson on Literal Media

Shirley Jacksons Obituary in THE NEW YORK TIMES

Shirley Jackson ~ The Independent