Trials

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“A writer is one for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

–Thomas Mann

Guess I’m a real writer.

J

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New Life

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I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately, due to some events in my personal life.  I’ve been thinking about how very hard it is, but also about how beautiful it can be.  Paul Cardall is my favorite pianist and favorite living composer.  My uncle gave him his big break, so he’s had associations with my family for a while, which has made his music especially important to me.  He played at both of my grandparents’ funerals in Utah and I’ve been to a number of his concerts.  Even listening to his albums for the hundredth time, his music still moves me.  His music is all the more powerful because I know the struggles behind it.

Paul Cardall was born with congenital heart disease.  He has been fighting for his life from the moment he was born and because of this, he knows how very precious life is and he has made every moment of his difficult life count.  Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite piece of his.  It’s called Gracie’s Theme.  It was written for a sweet little girl who was born with the same condition.  Paul got to know her and her parents in the hospital while they were both waiting for transplants.  Unfortunately, Gracie didn’t make it, but her legacy lives on.  Life is beautiful, even if we only get to enjoy it for a brief moment on this Earth.  Cherish it.  Make the most of it.

J

Farewell

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Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

–Richard Bach

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“Stories don’t end,” he says. “They just turn into new beginnings.”

–Lindsay Eagar, Hour of the Bees

Here’s to the ending of things.

J

And There You Have It.

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“All you need to be a writer is perseverance, a low-level alcohol dependence, and a questionable moral compass.”

–Anna Kendrick

And there you have it.  All you need to be a writer.  I already adore Anna Kendrick, but this just made me extra happy.  I guess I’d better work on my perseverance.

J

Loss for Words

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On this, the one year anniversary of losing my writing partner, I am reminded of Alex & Emma.

“There are some things that are nothing more than what they are.  They’re not meant to last.  They just take their place in your heart and make you a little smarter the next time.”

–Emma Dinsmore

J

Time

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“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
― Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

“Time is marching on
And time is still marching on”
― They Might Be Giants

Clearly I suck at staying on track of things.  Maybe when this semester is actually over, I’ll be better about it.  In the meantime, time is still marching on.

J

 

Change and Excuses

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And in response to my whiney rant last night:

“If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.”

— Bruce Nauman

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“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

— Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Deadlines

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“A deadline is, simply put, optimism in its most kick-ass form. It’s a potent force that, when wielded with respect, will level any obstacle in its path. This is especially true when it comes to creative pursuits.”

— Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!

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“I love deadlines.  I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

— Douglas Adams

In honor of Camp, a few quotes about deadlines.  Right now, I’m enjoying that whooshing sound, but soon, hopefully, I’ll manage to get the reins on that deadline and ride out the month.

1:07h ~ 1,116w

J

Where No One Has Gone Before

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I’ve had the Enterprise theme song going through my head for the past few days.  It’s one of my favorite songs and I’ve always loved the intro because it shows the history of travel and real images of astronauts and stuff, but it’s been particularly meaningful to me lately as I’m embarking on these major changes in my life.  I listen to this and think about where I am and what I have to do and the great unknown I’m setting out into and I wonder if I can do it.  I really hope I can.

J

Where My Heart Will Take Me

by Russell Watson

It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near
And I can feel the change in the wind right now
Nothing’s in my way
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No, they’re not gonna hold me down

‘Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith, faith of the heart

It’s been a long night
Trying to find my way
Been through the darkness
Now I finally have my day
And I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No, they’re not gonna change my mind

‘Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith, faith of the heart

I’ve known the wind so cold, I’ve seen the darkest days
But now the winds I feel, are only winds of change
I’ve been through the fire and I’ve been through the rain
But I’ll be fine

‘Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star

‘Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got strength of the soul
No one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith, faith of the heart
It’s been a long road

The Phoenix

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“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”
― Octavia E. Butler

This quote seems applicable to my life, so I thought I’d share.  Maybe you can relate or find it inspiring.

J