Mar 11

Edna Ferber

“Distractions are as welcome as a summer’s breeze. I love them, but then I snap out of my writer’s trance and the muse is gone, and I’m left all alone to fight the battle.”

– P.E. Davis

“The ideal view for daily writing, hour for hour, is the blank brick wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless if possible.”

– Edna Ferber

P.E. Davis, author, 
The Retirement Plan

Mar 11


“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

Mar 11

Leap Into the Void – P.E. Davis


“I don’t want to GO, but I do like to be invited. If I do go, I arrive early and leave early. I’m told people say, “I just saw Phyllis a few minutes ago but it seems she’s disappeared.”

– P.E. Davis author, The Retirement Plan

“I treasure my privacy like some people treasure their money or the memories of their youth. As a writer, the magic happens when I close the door and leap into the void.”

– P.E. Davis author, The Retirement Plan

Mar 11

Regrets Whisper, “If Only . . .” – P.E. Davis


“If I had made safer choices, I’m quite sure I’d be miserable today.

Instead, I have failed so often that I’ve learned courage and compassion.

Old Japanese Proverb: ‘Nana korobi ya oki” which roughly translates as ‘fall down seven times and get up eight.’ –

P.E. Phyllis E. Davis









“My regrets have more power than my fears.

They whisper, ‘If only . . .’ and then take form, grow bones and walk into my plots. I’ve learned to listen so they don’t destroy me.”

– P.E. Davis author, The Retirement Plan



Mar 10

Breathing Life into my Characters – P.E. Davis


“I have ‘skin the game’ (as my hero Nassim Nicholas Taleb speaks of so eloquently –

Conjuring a character from the ethos and giving them life means they can live forever without a mortal coil.”

– PE Davis


“Breathing life into my characters requires giving them my own breath.

I hold them in my arms and put my mouth on theirs and promise them they will live in the mind of readers.”

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

Mar 10

GK Chesterton



“A good novel tells the truth about its hero.
A bad novel tells the truth about its author.”

– GK Chesterton

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

Mar 09

Christopher Hampton


 “Writing is a business. I was told, ‘If you believe you have a good story, keep sending out queries to agents while you’re working on your next book.’ Good advice.”

– P.E. Davis

“Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.”

– Christopher Hampton

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

Mar 09

Norman Mailer




“Writers overflow with life. We pour our time and our soul into our work. We pour our money and our liquor in places we shouldn’t. We don’t feel alive until we’re hollow so there’s finally room for more than fear.”

– P.E. Davis

“Alimony is the curse of the writing class.”  

– Norman Mailer

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

Mar 09

Mark Twain



“Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can’t be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?”

– Aldous Huxley

“I was sorry to hear my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I am not feeling very well myself.”

– Mark Twain

P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan

Mar 06

Eudora Welty



“No art ever came out of not risking your neck.”

– Eudora Welty

 P.E. Davis, author, The Retirement Plan


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