flavor of words

The Banquet of Esther Rosenbaum —

“We barter words and I feel like a wine taster, rolling his words on my tongue and finding rare subtleties in their many flavourings.”

Penny Simpson, p51

a great twitter uproar…

“users on both sides of the debate and across the spectrum of grammatical ability” — Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly

I love that line. My grammar is not great at the best of time and trying to condense things down to 140 characters is like inventing code some days.

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine

Witch Lady

“But in a memorable minority of Turri men, this bent toward innovation produced full-blown dreamers of the very worst sort: those with the energy, resources, and intellect to inflict their fancies on the rest of the world.” p16

I read this line over and over. It made me smile and start imaging all manner of mask. I buy too much fabric, all for the potential.  What can you see?


From the Book of Margery Kempe: the Autobiography of the Madwoman of God:

“I shall infuse you with so much grace that all the world will marvel at it. And everyone will bite and gnaw at you like rats gnawing at dried cod.” p 28-9

Odd phrasing maybe, but the world does seem to pick apart those who are different or try to take a piece of those who are speacial.

Jonathan Carroll

“…our Purpose: trying to furnish your life with so many different kinds of passion that everywhere in it there is something that fills you to bursting and makes you want to tell the whole world about it.” — Jonathan Carroll blog 3.24

What are you passionate about right now? I find my self trying to explain how The Wind-Up Girl lead me to seed banks which lead me back to the PBS version of The Botany of Desire and back to F/SF.

One friend suggested I see World Without People (which I’m afraid will give me nightmares) and one lady (a stranger) asked me what a seed bank was. She was interested in ‘eating locally’ and that added to the other stuff had me reading all the labels at the store  (not just for local) to draw a map of a meal.

So at this very moment that’s what I’m passionate about. Last month it was Margaret Haughrey, who still hold a place in my heart for her bravery, selflessness, and savvy, and next month I’ll have moved again.

I find the thing I’m passionate about most stick, or cycle back. For instance, I can’t wait until Waiting For Columbus comes out in paper back. I will be telling everyone about it again and the won’t have that ‘hardcover’ excuse!

Edited on 3/28 to clean up the grammatical eye-sores not visible to me on the iPhone, though there are probably some left.

Ignore Everybody

Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLoed

“6. Ever­yone is born crea­tive; ever­yone is given a box of cra­yons in kindergarten.

Then when you hit puberty they take the cra­yons away and replace them with books on alge­bra etc. Being sud­denly hit years later with the crea­tive bug is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my cra­yons back, please.’ “

I love this quote. Mostly because I love my crayons and markers and paints and glues. I’ve been known to give grown-ups packs of markers on occasion. Someone gave a woman at work got a big box of Crayola crayons for Christmas and I thought she was going to have to fight to keep them.  I guess a lot of people are envious of fresh boxes of crayons, or maybe that’s just were I work. Kinda of sad that they don’t just go out and buy them.

The Tooth Fairy

“But Morris was Moody. He would hurl things around his workshop, and language smoked the air like the sparks cascading from his grinding machine.”

The Tooth Fairy — Graham Joyce p. 30-31