So it Goes.

From the article, 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better than Anyone Else Ever Has or Will: 13. “So it goes.” Unlike many of these quotes, the repeated refrain from Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five isn’t notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion—and dismissal of emotion—it packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. There’s a reason this quote graced practically every elegy written for Vonnegut over the past two weeks (yes, including ours): It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. … Continue reading

A Farewell to Arms

I finally finished reading this Hemingway novel.  It took a very long time.  I’ve never been one to appreciate the classics, so it’s not worth criticizing me that.  The end was kind of worth the entire read, I guess.  If anything, it did teach me a few lessons in writing: Do not take 180 (eBook) pages before the first interesting thing happens. Do not then spend 70 more pages rambling until the next interesting thing happens. Always make characters likable, so that if you do … Continue reading

Mantra

I will start writing more. I will start writing more.  I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing more. I will start writing … Continue reading

With reference to badgering

As a writing exercise, I am trying to summarize in one sentence the plot of my best seller novel to come. I will give you a sneak preview: “A ” If you can envision a cursor blinking in the area immediately following the space and directly before the quotation mark, this is what I have been staring at for about 20 minutes now. Well, 18, if you count the time I took out to recover from the a very timely and eerie nosebleed. “Lol”, as … Continue reading