Monday night I went to hear A L Kennedy read from The Blue Book – about which more later. While introducing her, our tutor, Carole Burns, mentioned that Kennedy’s website had a section for writers. So, of course, when I got home I checked it out, including a page called “Possibly Encouraging Quotes”. This was the first one:
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffective. Concerning all acts of creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans – that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would come their way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it – begin it now.”
See that bit in bold? Look familiar to you? Check out my blog header – the tag line on the right? Uh huh.
Then yesterday I headed over to Earful of Cider. In her Random Thursday posting, Sarah had a subsection entitled “So You Want to FTF?” Which of course I do. Sarah recommended a visit to Timothy Hallinan’s website. I always do what Sarah says, so I hit the link and started reading and here’s what I found on page two of Hallinan’s Finish Your Novel pages:
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it – for action has magic and grace in it.”
That’s when my head exploded. That Goethe quote appearing two times in the same week - the quote I chose a year ago when I revamped my blog and decided to get serious about writing.
Then today (hell yeah, there’s more) I had to run a damn errand. Driving along the
highway motorway, I glanced at the car in front of me and my head exploded again:
I know. I’m no MSB. I couldn’t get a closer shot. Luckily, we both took the next exit and there was a red light:
license number plate?
The universe is speaking to me. Of that I am certain. And it’s telling me to Finish the Fucker.