Category Archive: author

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Mar 11

Moliere

“It’s clear to me now. I’ve become a slut for syntax.” Phyllis E. Davis, author “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” – Moliere

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