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Quote of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

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“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced” (Leo Tolstoy, BrainyQuote).

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I would post a quote about art and writing.  Many artists and writers claim that they become inspired to do their work and that the results comes from their feelings.  Feelings and inspirations lets the artists, writers and musicians create works of art.  However, there are creative individuals who would argue against this claim.  Octavia Butler, one of the most prominent female science-fiction writers thinks that good writing is produced by habit.   In her short story, “Furor Scribendi”, she states what she thinks is important about writing.  “First forget inspiration.  Habit is more dependable.  Habit will sustain you whether you are inspired or not.  Habit will help you finish or polish your stories.  Inspiration won’t.  Habit is persistence in practice.  Forget talent.  If you have it, fine.  Use it.  If you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter.  As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent” (Butler, 141).

Do you think feeling and inspiration are important?   Is habit?  Is there another factor that is more important?  

Thanks for reading, please post your comments below!

Butler, Octavia. Furor Scribendi. New York: Seven Stories, 1996. Print.


Book reading for the month of December?


Hi everyone,

I apologize for the lack of posts this week, but I am finally done with my big exam!  Now that I am done I only have a ten page paper to write and two more exams, which is nothing compared to the amount of work my classmates have.  I can now give my blog, and my viewers, my full attention.

I wanted to ask if anyone would be interested in reading at least one book with me for the month of December and perhaps, part of January.  I go back to school January 12th so unfortunately I would have to stop reading any major works by then.  I have a couple of suggestions, but I wanted to see if anyone would be interested in doing this with me first.  We could set a deadline where we have certain chapters done and talk about the chapters we read on my blog, it would be similar to a book club.  If there are any current book reading “contests” going on that anyone knows about we can also sign up for that since those contests usually provide book suggestions.  I will be reading at least one book over break and will comment on it, but I thought it would be more fun with other people. 🙂  Please let me know if you want to participate in this “book club” and post any suggested reading in the comments, thank you!    

Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau, photograph taken in Augus...

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“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each” (Henry David Thoreau).

Hey guys,

Sorry it took so long to post my quote of the day, I am busy writing my seminar report for my English class.  I think Thoreau may be saying to live each day to the fullest.  It is similar to the “carpe diem” notion, which means seize the day.  It is important to enjoy each day as much as we can because any moment could be our last.  I do not like to think about my impending death, but I know it is best to try to  live a fulfilling life.

Thanks for reading, please post your comments below!

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read. (Mark Twain.) 

Hey guys,

I thought today I would post a quote that would perhaps spark some debate. Do you personally agree with Twain?  Do you think people today also “shy” away from classical literature, and if you believe the answer is yes, why do you think so?  Feel free to post your comments below.

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