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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 2015 - BookOrBust Honors Black History Month - Famous Quotations

As February 2015, Black History Month, or National African American History Month comes to a close, BookOrBust is honored to take this opportunity and join in the annual celebration of achievements by black Americans with famous quotations by famous black Americans.

I hope dear reader that you enjoy reading these inspirational words; I hope they motivate you to fingerhug your pen and write like the wind.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
"...And sometime when I wasn't looking, I got a new life."

Take all the rules away. How can we live if we do not change? --Beyonce'

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important--and you do that by being genuine and humble. --Nelson Mandela

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. --Alice Walker

I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go. --Langston Hughes

There's not an American in this country free until everyone of us is free. --Jackie Robinson

I'm very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am, nor is it the basis from which I answer every question. --Denzel Washington

Nothing will work unless you do. --Maya Angelou

We are not makers of history, we are made by history. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see that life is still worthwhile if you just smile. --Nat King Cole

Turn your wounds into wisdom. --Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oil Can, Oil Can; The Wizard of Oz; Writing Practice

"oooiicaaa, ooooiicaa, oooiicaaa."--Tin Man

A favorite book of mine is The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. You know the one--It's that story about a young woman sick of life on the farm yearning to be somewhere over the rainbow and her exciting journey down a yellow brick road,  meeting Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion--all in need of a Wizard's help--an oil can for Tin Man; a heart for Scarecrow, courage for Cowardly Lion, plus a return ticket home for a girl in red shoes--thwarted by a witch and band of flying monkeys.

If you have been wondering where I have been, I've been busy. Busy working on two new children's stories. They're out there. Fingers are crossed they find a home. Busy taking a break from writing. Busy making new friends and moving.

Today I plan to do writing practice. Writing practice is what I do to grease the writing wheels that spin inside my head. It is where I sit in a chair in a favorite secret writing place, open a notebook, finger-hug a pen, and write like the wind--anything and everything that pops into my head--to get the c**p out and hopefully get to the good stuff.

Writing practice is my oil can.

Time to get the rust out. Time to start a new writing project. Time for writing practice.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

Writing Quote:

"Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast."--Logan Pearsall Smith

Writing Tip:

Know your audience.