The Free Exploring Mind


john steinbeck

“And this I believe:
that the free,
exploring mind
of the individual human
is the most valuable thing
in the world.
And this I would fight for:
the freedom of the mind
to take any direction
it wishes,
And this I must fight against:
any idea, religion,
or government
which limits
or destroys
the individual.
This is what I am
and what I am about.”

― John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Magic in Story Writing

Fantasy Your Imaginary World - by Trygothic

Fantasy Your Imaginary World – by Trygothic


“If there is a magic in story writing,
and I am convinced there is,
no one has ever been able
to reduce it to a recipe
that can be passed
from one person to another.
The formula seems to lie solely
in the aching urge of the writer
to convey something
he feels important
to the reader.
If the writer has that urge,
he may sometimes,
but by no means always,
find the way to do it.
You must perceive the excellence
that makes a good story good
or the errors that makes a bad story.
For a bad story
is only
an ineffective story.”

— John Steinbeck
1963 after receiving
Nobel Peace Prize in Literature

“I think I fell in love with her…”

Kroyer, Severin - Les Roses

Kroyer, Severin – Les Roses

“I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn’t that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they’ll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don’t know. She probably didn’t even know I was there. But I’ll always love her. All my life.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 8: Worlds’ End