Quotations on Stories

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“We owe it to each other to tell stories.”

                                                                         Neil Gaiman

 

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“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”

                                                                         Stephen King

 

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“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those last hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”

                                                                         Tim O’Brien      

 

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“In stories, we find the connection of all humanity.” 

                                                                          Charles F. French               

Quotations on Stories

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“There are books full of great writing that don’t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story… don’t be like the book-snobs who won’t do that. Read sometimes for the words–the language. Don’t be like the play-it-safers who won’t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”

                                                                              Stephen King

 

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“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

                                                                              Tim O’Brien

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“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

                                                                               J. K. Rowling

Guest Post by Joshua Fisher for the ULS, The Underground Library Society

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I want to thank Josh Fisher for his guest post for the ULS, the Underground Library Society. Please check out his blog JDFISHER840 .

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If for some reason, some entity decided to make books illegal, I would be hard pressed to pick but one.  I would have to pick The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  This book is a fictional book about a squad or element that is fighting in Vietnam.

Tim O’Brien goes into many details about fighting, living and surviving in a war that he did not wish to fight in, but he did not have a choice.  The book tells numerous war stories about this controversial war.  The stories are just that, stories.

This is a work of fiction about Vietnam but it is also a book about writing and telling stories.  This book is something I will always love and will always be a book that I recommend to other people to read.

This is the book I would become.

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Quotations on Fiction

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“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”

                                                    Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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“A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.”

                                                    Tim O’Brien

 

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“There are people who think that things that happen in fiction do not really happen. These people are wrong.”

                                                    Neil Gaiman

Quotations on Writing

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“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

                                                                                 Ray Bradbury

 

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“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

                                                                                 Tim O’Brien

 

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

                                                                                Stephen King

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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Beautiful Writing, Part 6: Tim O’Brien

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One of the most extraordinary books I have ever read is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The book itself presents an interesting question: is this a novel or a collection of interrelated short stories? I do not intend to delve into that conundrum now, but it is something we often explore when I use this book in literature classes.

O’ Brien deals with the Vietnam War, writing, story, and memory, among other issues in this text, but what I want to show is the power and beauty of his writing. Following are several excerpts:

“Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a life-time ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That’s what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” (38)

“I want you to feel what I felt. I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” (179)

“I can see Kiowa, too, and Ted Lavender and Curt Lemon, and sometimes I can even see Timmy skating with Linda under the yellow floodlights. I’m young and I’m happy. I’ll never die. I’m skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt between the blades, doing loops and spins, and when I take a high leap into the dark and come down thirty years later, I realize it is as Tim trying to save Timmy’s life with a story.” (246)

Works Cited

O’ Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Broadway Books. New York. 1990.

 

 

Quotations on Writing

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“Write what should not be forgotten.”

                                                                        Isobel Allende

 

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“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

                                                                       Tim O’Brien

 

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“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

                                                                      Stephen King

 

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

interview

 

 

Quotations on Writing

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“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

                                                                     Toni Morrison

 

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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

                                                                    Stephen King

 

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“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”

                                                                   Tim O’Brien

Quotations on Stories

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“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”

                                   Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

 

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“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”

                                                       J.K. Rowling

 

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“We owe it to each other to tell stories.” Neil Gaiman