Did you ever turn a clever quote, a phrase or a description that just jumped out at you and become a favorite? Sometimes not only to you but your friends? We do – sometimes. Even a blind squirrel can get a nut sometimes. (One of our favorite sayings – usually with a wink and a leer, LOL!)
Some of our favorite phrases and quotes in life (these are one’s we made up and go around saying sometimes) are:
“Just because I talk slow doesn’t meant I think slow.”
or how about another one:
“Some people think – some people think they think.”
and the ever popular: “I’m not as dumb as you look.” (that’s the one that always gets them; throws them for a loop. But we’re kinda like on a roller coaster anyway, so lettuce move on. 😛
The best one ever – and we used to use it on the boss (he blinked at me in amazement, trying to process the thing) – was this when we’d forgotten something:
“I don’t remember having forgot a thing.”
After all – and it’s implied: you haven’t forgotten a thing. They must be mistaken . . . turn and wheel away (grinning).
Quote from favorite novels – those are always a good – but I’m not looking for quotes. I’m looking for originals. No, I’m not going to ‘cop’ them (steal them). Don’t list them if you don’t want. But what about in a novel or book (or short story or poem – doesn’t matter – these are YOUR quotes, the ones that stand out to YOU. Those great truths you’ve written, those clever words you’ve said. You know you’ve got ’em – everybody does. Things you made up on your own. You know. That “There! That’s it!” situation!. Short little passages and things. Nothing major (kinda like we did). Including wise-cracks and things.
“Do farts gots lumps?” I remember a dear old friend asking me, a look of confusion on his face. I told him they weren’t supposed to.
But given all that . . . here’s some of our “favorite stuff” from that novel we’ve been writing – the one for the Nanomowri competition . . . two-thousand eleven.
– “The lace was as lifeless as the hands which had hung them, and as yellow with age as the late afternoon sun streaming through.”
– ” . . . the thought of waiting any longer felt like a cold autumn wind sweeping his soul, stirring the rustling husks of forgotten memory through the forests of his mind.”
– Having no other experience to rely on, he relied on his own. (A Truth About Childhood . . .)
– ” . . . combing through his jumbled memories like a survivor among the shattered ruins of his past, looking for someone or something to help him . . .”
– ” instinctively he knew: Today would lead to tomorrow, and tomorrow to the day beyond. And all of them The great Unknown.”
yeah, we’re writing a kinda angsty “end-of-the-world” from a child’s point of view novel . . . just in case you were wonderin’. We’re sorta uniquely qualified for that thing, being who ‘we’ are, our past, our training . . . it’s kinda weird, that ‘thing’. But anyway . . .
I’d love to see some of the ‘gems’ – those one blurb wonders that come trickling out . . . those nifty descriptions that fit like a glove; that fancy ‘turn of phrase’. Nothing major; just those one-liners and cheap shots that you throw in like costume jewelry – that “perfect fit.” We love to see from other authors the ‘prizes’ they have sought – and created some times, using the perfect words. Some of YOUR work. It’s always good (and sometimes fun!) – to read . . .
And because I’m supposed to go an shamelessly plug it (proceeds go towards abused children) from our novel “The Boy” (available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Boy-J-W/dp/1461022681/):
My Fav Quotes from “The Boy”
– Wondering at their luck, and glad to have it
– Questions were trouble – especially official kinds of questions – and he didn’t want any trouble. Especially the official kind
– The thought popped to mind like a corpse that won’t stay down.
– The thought ran around and around in his head like a screaming monkey.
– Dead is something you don’t get over
– He felt his hair rise, as if trying to escape.
And have you ever done this?:
– (He shook) the pants as though that would make the legs longer by deducting from the waist.
I know I have!
some other rough cut gems from the collection:
– (he) untied the bag’s bunny ears
– black silhouetted mesquites twitching stiffly in the ruddy light . . .
– Even the air smells burned, he thought. (one of my wife’s fav’s)
– (It) had the allure of a can opener to a pampered cat – tantalizing, yet suspicious.
– There’s nothing like a little blood to make a bad situation seem worse. (Always true!)
– The closer to the chest, the closer to the heart, and therefore all the more dangerous. (TRUE TRUE – a philosophy we live by.)
– (he) had enough influence in high circles and sway in low ones to make life difficult. (About dirty politics)
– He felt like an amateur sleuth who’d just been short-sheeted by a master detective. (A cop facing a detective.)
– He’d smelled a hint of fall in the air, as if it were sneaking in at night and leaving just before dawn.
– The newest loss, the freshest limb pruned from the tree.
– He sauntered towards it. At least he hoped he sauntered. (Talking about someone who is trying to appear calm.)
– I can’t send them on a goose-chase unless there’s enough evidence to send them flapping. (an investigator.)
. . . and there’s more. But everyone’s got their favorite quotes in mind – would love to see them. There’s always a bit of gold in them hills . . . a gem among the stones. Here’s hoping that you can find them and list them . . . for everyone to enjoy.