“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves and keep believing in the value of their work despite the difficulties.”

–Bonnie Friedman

Parallel Plot Novel

“Giving birth to a parallel plot novel with subplots is an arduous task; the plot thickens like Mulligan stew, thins and more ingredients must be added. The main ingredients are of course the characters, many conflicting individuals that cause the stew to bubble. Will it be hot? Yes, too hot to put down.”

–Richard Milleville, The Passionate Novel

Knees

“Someone said the knees are the first to go; new ones make you want to glow
It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when; that is the time who know who you can call a friend
Man was not made to do one thing all his life; the joints become stressed and feel stabbed with a knife
My wife is recovering from another knee replacement; the temporary pain will become enjoyment
The scar will be slight; and not cause any fright
New parts are a wonderful thing; they make you want to get up and sing
So if you have doubts about this operation; contact me to prevent frustration”

–Dukes Quotes

Fiction Depends

“Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else…Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of What happened? Who’s there? Who’s coming?”

==Eudora Welty