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.
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
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