Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Wish I'd Said That

What I'm reading right now: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Ah where would we be without Facebook? Well, personally I'd be my brother, who has yet to succumb to the world of FB, claiming he has no interest in what you had for breakfast or which farm animal you just acquired. Honestly, to that end, neither do I.

However, FB has enabled me to keep in touch with friends who otherwise I would not. You know how you meet people, you share an experience, and you say "Let's keep in touch"? When you say it you honestly mean it, but then the realities of life get in the way and  despite your best intentions you fall back into your own cirlces of life.

     {insert road map to hell HERE}

Facebook keeps those circles touching, even overlapping some. If you've read any of my previous posts then you know that hardly a post goes by without a mention of Orson Scott Card. He was once a FB holdout as well, but finally gave in when he came to this realization, "After vowing I'd never join MySpace or FaceBook,[sic] I finally realized that I was missing out on a lot of contact that doesn't come through ordinary emails."

Back to my brother, I wouldn't mind if he joined up, but then I might only be more frustrated because he would probably check his FB less often than he checks voicemail. I do have friends whose circle do not overlap with my own, but on rare occasions. Facebook lets us keep those relationships alive, no matter where life takes us and for that I am grateful.

Remember when you first set up your FB profile and filled out the "info" tab. You put oh so much thought into what you wanted to say and how you wanted people to perceive you? Which are my favorite movies and TV shows? Books? And what about quotations? You really had to think about those, right? Because more so than television and books, your favorite quotes (if you really did put yourself out there and post your favorites) reveal a more intimate you than anything else on FB, even more than pictures.

I was reviewing my info page the other day and found that I'm still satisfied with my quotes. I thought I'd share a few here and you can decide what these quotes reveal about me.

1) "...and her body broke out so painfully in gooseflesh that she writhed on the bed."

This is from Stephen King's Lisey's Story. I read about the first 75 pages of this book and just could not get into it. As is SK's way, he spends a good deal of time setting things up in the first half of his novels so the characters can respond in the second half. In this one, he lost me. However, I was compelled to revisit it, by all things, the cover, both the one on the left and the one on the right. On my second go around, I went with the audio version and I was able to complete the book. Probably didn't hurt that I pictured Diane Lane as the main character, Lisey.

2) "...and then, with her stories, she ravished me."

This is from The 13th Tale. When I was attending a workshop by OSC,
he called this book by Diane Setterfield, "Brilliant...not a word is wasted."  High praise indeed.

3) Two for this entry, Also by Stephen King, not from any of his books.

"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."
"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

4) And the last one, a quote from novelest and acclaimed memoirist, Augusten Burroughs.
"I regret that I stayed in a career for years and years even though I was unhappy. I stayed for the money and I stayed because I was afraid to follow my gut. But finally, I reached a point where it was life or death. And I decided to write. I decided, I might live in a cheap rented room somewhere in the Midwest and I might own nothing but a computer and a pair of jeans and a jacket, but for the rest of my life I will write and I will not stop."

Got any quotes of your own you'd like to share? They don't have to be from your Facebook page. Share with me the words that inspire you, that evoke your passions.


The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

Here's one I just found:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life." --Mary Oliver

Here's one from my LiveJournal info page:
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
--Emily Dickinson

Have a great Sunday.

Sabine Berlin said...

"There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope. The death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender."

That is from Babylon 5 and one of my favorites.

Chris Todd Miller said...

Damsel, Sabine, excellent contributions. Thanks for sharing.

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