3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge

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Darkness has a bad reputation in my opinion. There’s a lot to be said in favour of the luxurious, silky and encompassing nature of darkness. Story tellers endeavour to embolden the belief that darkness is evil, that it serves to arouse your senses to unseen terrors.

I believe that darkness is an opportunity to retreat from the world where you can disconnect from the relentless bombardment of the confusion of life and listen to your mind with honesty. To fully appreciate the light of life it is necessary to embrace the darkness, to find solitude and peace before awakening once again to feast on the delights that pour into your senses.

Before you say anything, dear blog reader, this isn’t me continuing with the negativity of my previous whinge-fest post. I am indeed in a considerably happier mood this evening. Partly because of a strange mix of the working week being both stressful and empowering, but also because a blogger friend of mine, Sarah Potter, challenged me in her recent post, 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge.

I’d like to share what inspired me most to write this short piece, one of the quotes Sarah shared in her post.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
― Neil Gaiman

It has touched a nerve after a week that has not only served me an overwhelming meal of worry, self-doubt and negativity, but also an unexpected and much-needed side order of charity, acceptance and enlightenment.

To that end I’d like to thank a quality chap I work with, let’s call him Bob, for his support and good humour. My sincerest gratitude to you.

We’ll get to the darkness issue in a moment.

But first my quotes!

Before I offer these up, here are some insightful words from a jolly good author.

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names.

You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.

― Stephen King

Not exactly a specific quote about life, but as a writer it speaks to me each time I sit down to create.

The quotes I’ve chosen reflect some of the qualities I hold closest to my heart. They are what I strive to write about in my fictional projects.

Love.

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
― Elbert Hubbard

Loyalty.

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
― Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Friendship.

A slight deviation here. Even without the melody the words resonate with me the true nature of friendship.

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me
Stand by me

So darling, darling
Stand by me, oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me
Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me
Oh stand by me, won’t you stand now, oh, stand
Stand by me

― Ben E. King

So, The Darkness.

Darkness is my refuge. Each night I sink into it with relief and quiet anticipation. I wrap it around my body in harmony with my duvet. Darkness is where I write. Fingers on keyboard is merely the result of having written words to the darkness.

The gates to Imaginationland are always open, yet within the darkness I find my characters are at their most lively. The absence of light inflames their craving for adventure.

On occasion I am blessed when a dream slips from the rails and lucid moments delight and terrify. Memories forged in such frightening and invigorating places are precious and seldom forgotten.

But it’s that slippery time between dreaming and awake where the real writing happens. It’s where the darkness seeks to swallow my conscious mind, yet affords me the fleeting and uninterrupted chance to step through those enticing gates. There I journey with characters who thrill me, haunt me, chase, laugh, hunt, amaze and astound me.

Darkness is a world beyond my own where all my writing starts, whereby the act of placing fingers on keyboard is the end for me, but not for my reader.

And for that I do indeed rejoice in the darkness, and just as I thank Bob, I also thank the darkness for all the highs and lows it continues to offer.

My Nominees for the 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge.

I cry your pardon, dear blog reader, as I have cheated. Time, at least that which occurs during the light of day, is not my pal. So I have placed all three quotes in one post. You have the freedom, should you choose to employ it, to spread your quotes over said three days.

Joss Burnell – The Crowing Crone

Piglet In Portugal

Trev’s Telauthograph

Extending my happy mood to the very end I’ll borrow a quote from Joss herself, I’m sure she won’t mind.

May you walk in beauty.

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13 thoughts on “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge

  1. ah Dave, you began with those words from Neil Gaiman which are absolute favourites of mine, added some amazing quotes and went on to so eloquently express what darkness brings to us. I’m not huge on these sorts of things but how could I say no.
    And I will take the opportunity to add that, reading this tonight, has reminded me how much I miss your posts when you are absent from us. So, as I walk in beauty, may you continue to write in beauty. It’s what you do!

    • It’s nice to be missed. After all those failed New Years resolutions I figured the one I know I can strive to keep is to write with more regularity than I did in 2015. I have indeed missed airing my thoughts so it’s big grin time to be back once again!

  2. I’m sitting in the darkness st 6 a.m. resding your post by the light of my tablet. Insomnia. Hsve been awake since 4. Your words and quotes are such a good start to the weekend. And thank you for your listening ear this week and your sage advice, whilst I’ve been going through a writerly crisis. You’re a star, Dave 🙂

    • Insomnia, depending on your point of view, or even where your mind as at, can be either a blessing or a curse. The New Year has been something of a slow awakening for me rather than bursting from the gates. Writing is my joy, my go to place to work out those inner thoughts. Mind, finger and keyboard in perfect sync, watching the words appear…can be breathtaking at times.

      My listening ear is always open!

      • I think my problem at the moment is that I’m not finding any time to write anything new, apart from the odd haiku and 100-word story for Friday Fictioneers. But never mind, I’ve nearly got enough short stories to make up a extremely quirky anthology for publishing sometime in the future. And yes, writing is a joy, although I don’t have the stamina I used to have for endlessly long sessions. Breathtaking … yes, that, too. Then there are those ecstatic moments when you read through what you’ve written and wonder where on earth such ideas and words have come from, while feeling incredibly proud that you wrote them. I know there are the rubbish bits, too, but then there’s a great satisfaction in savagely pruning them and seeing the improvement.
        I’m hoping to answer those interview questions this next week. I think they’ll be fun and interesting to do, as well as a good for my sense of focus.

        • I remember those days, long ago now it seems, where all I needed was a keyboard and screen and I’d sit and write for hours, often all day, rising only to visit the loo and find a drink. Ideas would pour out, many junk, but some gems. That’s part of learning the craft I guess, refining those skills needed to create a story worthy of sharing.

          These days it’s a struggle to find that one hour a day to write. Often I am able to read through what I wrote the weekend, add a page then feel fatigued by the day in its entirity and need to seek the refuge of my bed.

          In a remarkable twist I have managed to acheive a solid 4 hours of interrupted writing today. I wanted to complete a single chapter and move on to the next, but that’ll have to wait now. Still, the story is moving on which always good.

          Looking forward to some interview goodness!

          • It must be really difficult finding the time and the energy to write at the end of an exhausting day at work. I bet you pack more into your one hour than I do in several. You were such a star reading my novel so fast, when you have so little time to write. Am cheering you on to the finishing post!

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