John Gardner On Life and Writing #11

Quote about John Gardner: “The late John Gardner once said that there are only two plots in all of literature. You go on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Since women, for many years, were denied the journey, they were left with only one plot in their lives — to await the stranger. Indeed, there is essentially no picaresque tradition among women novelists. While the latter part of the twentieth century has seen a change of tendency, women’s literature from Austen to Woolf is by and large a literature about waiting, usually for love.” ― Mary Morris, The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

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john-gardner-on-becoming-a-novelist-cover“I couldn’t go on, too conscious all at once of my whispering, my eternal posturing, always transforming the world with words–changing nothing. ” John Gardner

“Our noblest hopes grow teeth and pursue us like tigers. ” John Gardner

“They watch on, evil, incredibly stupid, enjoying my destruction. ‘Poor Grendel’s had an accident,’ I whisper. ‘So may you all.” John Gardner

Quote about John Gardner: “It was [John Gardner’s] conviction that if the words in the story were blurred because of the author’s insensitivity, carelessness, or sentimentality, then the story suffered from a tremendous handicap. But there was something even worse and something that must be avoided at all costs: if the words and the sentiments were dishonest, the author was faking it, writing about things he didn’t care about or believe in, then nobody could ever care anything about it.” ― Raymond Carver, Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson. When I worked at Bennington College in Southern VT I would often see him walking across the campus during the Summer Writing Workshops. Or when his white hair was flowing as he rode his beloved motorcycle on campus or away.  –  j.kiley

Weekly Writing Prompt #89

Weekly Writing Challenge
Poetry and/or Flash Fiction
May 15th – #89

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | SONG | RAYS | LEAD | TRACK| SCARE|

*A brilliant idea has been brought to my attention regarding the (5) word prompt. Please feel free to substitute any of the words with a synonym.🎈 🎭 ✨

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
6 lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Villanelle (19 line poem[no word limit]–2 repeating rhymes & 2 refrains)… Excellent example is Dylan Thomas’s “Do not go gentle into that good night”
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions

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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary

SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement
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Proust: ‘Origin of Love’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
May 14th Part #98

ORIGIN OF LOVE

“When we are in love, our love is too big a thing for us to be able altogether to contain it within ourselves. It radiates towards the loved one, finds there a surface which arrests it, forcing it to return to its starting-point, and it is this repercussion of our own feeling which we call the other’s feelings and which charms us more than on its outward journey because we do not recognise it as having originated in ourselves.” ― Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2
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Big Little Lies | HBO Series


Big Little Lies – HBO Series Trailer

HBO’s Limited Series ‘Big Little Lies’ [Adapted from Book by Liane Moriarty (Australian Author with Six Internationally Best Selling Novels plus more to come)].  The series is meant to tell the story from the book. Well, at the end of S1 E3 ‘Living the Dream’ the song ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young is played for  married couple Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) while they are dancing tenderly. ‘Big Little Lies’ also stars Reese Witherspoon . Shailene Woodley . Zoe Kravitz [Lenny Kravitz daughter] . Laura Dern . plus lots more talent. Did I mention it is a murder mystery & no one knows who’s dead? The series may keep it that way until the end. No hints just questioning potential suspects or witnesses. Someone is both.

Hope you feel the dancing from Neil Young’s song ‘Harvest Moon’ . Lovely | Beautiful | Overflows with Love

Rate Series . . . 5***** Binge Worthy
Rating . . . PG13 Violence | Sexuality Rough | Language | Content
Genre . . . Mystery | Relationships | Families | Murder


Neil Young – Harvest Moon

“Harvest Moon”
by Neil Young

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin’
We could dream this night away.

But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light
We know where the music’s playin’
Let’s go out and feel the night.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart.

But now it’s gettin’ late
And the moon is climbin’ high
I want to celebrate
See it shinin’ in your eye.

Because I’m still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you
On this harvest moon.