In other news, I handed out a list of recommended reading and viewing to them. On the other side was a list of inspirational quotations that have seen me through the hard times. I give you a selection now:
- How emblematic are the unexpressed lives of other women to the woman poet. Eavan Boland
- You have to make the leap alone. Ron Carlson
- For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. Thich Nhat Hanh
In compiling quotations for the handout, I remembered a few things I often forget in the mad dash that sometimes passes for my life. I need to remember why I write in the first place. And I need to arrange my life so that, every once in a while, I find myself sitting at the computer with an idea. Mostly I remembered that if I want to finish the novel, I need to get out of the way. Those Buddhists, they really know what they are talking about.