Thursday, November 14, 2013

Humor, Inspiration and Camaraderie with Hemingway

What's not to love...tight, sparse, wise writing--one of America's best--Ernest Hemingway.

Here's some Ernest Hemingway inspired Humor:

A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.
"It's a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway," he said.
"Actually," said his guide, "it's named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation."
The visitor was astonished. "Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?"
"Yes, indeed," said his guide. "He wrote a check."
Images of Key West--a place Hemingway called home

Can't forget Key Lime Pie

Hemingway Shares a word or two on the joys of writing:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” Ernest Hemingway

“Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”
Ernest Hemingway

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemingway


I’ve mentioned on this blog before about my favorite movie (the main character, played by Owen Wilson, is a writer) Midnight in Paris.  Owen Wilson, gets to shmooze with Hemingway.  A must-see.

And while researching Hemingway quotes I found this gem. Not on writing, but still genius.

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” Ernest Hemingway

As always feel free to comment, or share your favorite Hemingway book.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Hit of Inspiration, Camaraderie and Humor

Writer's Inspiration:

“We have not wings, we cannot soar, but we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” Helen Keller

photo courtesy of Chris Marin

And so you won't feel so alone while trying to soar, a touch of camaraderie
Success as defined by a writer:

Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. (I have this on a magnet to remind me not to lose enthusiasm)

And if that didn't inspire you maybe a little humor will help.
There was once a young man who professed his desire to become a great writer.
When asked to define great, he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, stuff that will make them cry and howl in pain and anger! 
He now works for Microsoft writing error messages. :)

And as you soar remember these wise words...

“Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.” John Benfleld
As alway feel free to comment or add your own hit of humor.