Apr 02

Visiting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gravesite

Colle and I planning a literary pilgrimage to Rockville, Maryland, (a two-hour drive from our home) to visit the gravesite of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, who lie together at St.Mary’s Church Historic Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

Written on the foot of their gravestone is the last line from The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

We plan to leave pens and penny’s on the gravesite which are traditional offerings for those visiting. F. Scott died of a massive heart attack in 1940 in Los Angeles. Zelda died eight years later in a fire in 1948 while she was a resident in a psychiatric hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

We plan to leave pens and penny’s on the gravesite which are traditional offerings for those visiting. F. Scott died of a massive heart attack in 1940 in Los Angeles. Zelda died eight years later in a fire in 1948 while she was a resident in a psychiatric hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.

Mar 19

Abraham Lincoln – Robert Greene

 

 

“A person who cannot control his words shows that he cannot control himself, and is unworthy of respect.”
— Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power)

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

–  Abraham Lincoln

Mar 19

Larry Niven

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

― Mark Twain

“You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.”

– Larry Niven

Mar 19

Jack London – Hunter Thompson

 

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

– Jack London

 

Mar 19

Daphene du Maurier

Mar 17

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

 

“I’m on ‘news deprivation.’ My husband, Colle, has to pull me off the ceiling at least twice per day after I watch MSNBC. The news is not good for me.”

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

 

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

 – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Mar 17

Create! FIGHT BACK!

 

 

“To end funding for the arts will not stop artists from creating but it will hinder the possibilities for a more civilized world. Stop this madness by writing, singing, dancing, acting, potting, composing, photographing and capturing beauty. Use your talent to fight the dark side.”

– P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan.

Mar 17

Robert Frost

 

 

“I remember being frozen and uninspired one day when my friend and mentor, Julia Cameron, said to me, ‘Go stub your toe and have a good cry.’ I remind myself of that when the world looks bleak and I can’t write.”

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

Mar 12

Moses and The Ten Commandments

“Hard cold truth, writing is not a get-rich-scheme.

If you get a deal with a publisher, an average advance is between $2,500 and $10,000. About 1% of writers make millions.

It costs between $200 and $2,000 to self publish a book and if you can market, you may make back your investment. About 1% of self published authors make six figures.”

– P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

 

“If moses were alive today he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published.”  

– P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

 

Mar 12

Doug Larson


 

 

 
“I love to use the words namby-pamby, lickety-split and fuddy-duddy in discussions with my high-brow literary friends and watch their shock. I look for pleasure where I can find it.”

– P.E. Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If the English language made any sense,
lackadaisical would have something to do with shortage of flowers.”  

 – Doug Larson

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

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