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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Crazy World, Hope, Motivational Quotations

"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.
If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
--Thich Nhat Hanh

Today is Wednesday, May 24. Outside my window there is gray sky. Weatherman predicts rain. Maybe the sun will come out. If not today, maybe tomorrow. Somewhere in the world a mother is crying. Her daughter is dead. I feel her pain and the news saddens me. I feel helpless, because all I got is a pen. And, hope. Maybe she'll feel better. If not today, tomorrow, or the day after that.

Today I share quotations on hope. It is my hope that they spur you to pick up your pen and write something.

Until this time next time, be well, stay safe, keep cute.

Linda Della Donna
"Come journal with me;
your book is yet to be."

"Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." --Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville

"Every cloud has a silver lining." --D. R. Locke

"However long the night, the dawn will break." --African Proverb, Hausa Tribe

"If it were not for hope, the heart would break." --Greek Proverb

"Keep your eyes on the sun and you will not see the shadows." --Australian Aborigine Saying

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reading, Writing, Resting

It's been awhile since I wrote a blog post at BookOrBust. Confession: Save for my written list of things to do, I haven't written much of anything. Worse, the book I started reading two weeks ago, rests, with uncracked spine, on the end table. It's the one I promised I'd read in three days when I placed it there. Same goes for the novel I started writing. Yikes. Seems I always have a good excuse why I didn't write today; why I didn't read today; why I didn't do the things a healthy writer needs to do to work her craft--The dog ate my homework; the cat vomited a hairball on the living room sofa; the bathroom sink drain clogged and flooded the bathroom.

Today is a new day. It is Thursday. Outside my window there is blue sky and a bold breeze rattles the window pane. Soon as I hit Send, I'll set a clock timer for ten minutes, write like the wind, then get to the task of reading, writing, and blogging. After that, I'll get to the task of unclogging the bathroom sink drain and mopping the floor.

Happy Thursday Writers. You know the drill. Now get to it.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna

Words of Inspiration: Success is not easy and it's not for the lazy. --EveryGirl

Writing Tip: Make time for writing. If only for ten minutes each day of the week. Same goes for reading. Make no excuses. Do it. Just do it.

They're rescues. Cute as heck.
Someone missed out on two good friends.
Signed: The Cat

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Vincent," by Deborah Heiligman, Beloved Clara Gillow Clark, Sharing is Caring, Paying it Forward

The following is a post from author friend of mine, beloved Clara Gillow Clark.

Clara was by my side through final edits of "A Gift of Love." And yes, I am grateful. Best wishes to Clara and congratulations to Deborah Heiligman on the publication of her new book, "Vincent and Theo, the Van Gogh Brothers."

The VAN GOGH Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman

Dear [FaceBook] Friends,

It's a Book Birthday! Please welcome the always delightful, Deborah Heiligman, and join in the celebration of her new book, VINCENT AND THEO, the Van Gogh Brothers, released into the world today!

Deb is generously donating an autographed copy of Vincent and Theo for the comment contest. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment for Deb at the end of the post. Here's the link:

Thank you so much for your continued support of authors and great books! You're the best! 


Sunday, April 16, 2017

For Writers Only: Happy Easter

Let this new beginning mark the start of a new essay or magazine article. Maybe even a new chapter in a new manuscript. So what are you waiting for? As every writer knows, happiness is writing.

Writing Tip:  What's your favorite Easter memory? Do you have one? Can you list five senses related to the Easter holiday? Why not write them. Go ahead. I dare you.

Writing Funny:

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me;
your book is yet to be.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Passover, Pesach Sameach

Passover is a festival in Spring that Jews celebrate to remember the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt.--The Sun

I'm taking time to extend Passover blessings. And to honor all my happy memories of seder celebrations past, present and future.


Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me;
your book is yet to be

Writing Tip: Write. Under all circumstances, stay the course. Nevermind the rejection letter you just got. Nevermind the guy who dumped you. Nevermind ... Just keep writing.

Writing Quotation: If you believe breaking is possible, believe fixing is possible. --Rabbi Nahamn of Breslev

The E

Friday, April 7, 2017

Night Sky, Stories, Favorite Quotations

Be brave enough to say goodbye and life will reward you with a brand new hello.

I looked up at the night sky last night, kept thinking about the stories my dad used to tell me when I was a child about the stars and the constellations. It seemed sad that I couldn't remember a single one of them.

My mind was somewhere else.

It can be difficult for a writer to stick butt in chair, rein in all thoughts and keep to the task of writing, i.e., a knock on the door, a cell phone call, a tiny dog pawing a folded knee to go for a walk, sometimes even a small insult hurled in a text message from a friend, the one you thought you had and newly-discovered was never a friend at all, will fog a brain and act as a writing distraction.

Today I share quotations on remembered and unremembered stories, knocks on doors, tiny dogs, not-so tiny insults and disappearing-reappearing-disappearing friends. I hope they inspire you to pick up your pen and write something.

I'm into motivating writers. Most especially myself.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me;
your book is yet to be.

There is no greater agony then bearing an untold story inside you. --Maya Angelou

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. --Gilda Radner

Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, start missing everybody. --J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Never annoy an inspirational author or you will become the poison in her pen and the villain in every one of her books. --Shannon L. Alder

The world is shaped by two things--stories told and the memories they leave behind. --Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose

Don't waste time on fear and worry. It leads to disappointment and inaction. --Suzanne Lieurance

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendshp is to understand and to be understood. --Lucius Annaeus

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. --Khalil Gibran

If you let the past rule your present, you'll have no future. --Anonymous

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. --Milton Berle

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and  lets the future in. --Graham Green

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open. --Alexander Graham Bell

There isn't enough soap and water in the Universe to make me feel clean again. -- from a work in progress, The Girl in C2-5

Sometimes giving someone a second chance is like giving them an extra bullet for their gun because they missed you the first time.

Dogs never bite me. Just humans. --Marilyn Monroe

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. --Ben Williams

Only my dogs will not betray me. --Maria Callas

The more boys I meet, the more I love my dog. -- Carrie Fisher

To err is human--to forgive, canine. --Unknown

He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot. --Groucho Marx

Once again, you show all the sensitivity of a blunt axe. --J. K. Rowling

Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you. --Groucho Marx

Writing Tip: Find a favorite fast-writing pen and make it your forever friend.

Writing Funny:

Q: What did the square say to the old circle?

A: Been a round long?

The E
E watches t.v.
Who knew?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

For Women Writers Only: Believe in Yourself - Favorite Quotations

Believe in yourself.

Today I share favorite quotations. I hope they inspire and motivate you to set a clock timer, pick up your pen and write something. Go ahead. I dare you. 

Write like the wind!

Let's dare to be ourselves, for we do that better than anyone else can. --Shirley Briggs

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude. --Amy Tan

A sense of humor, like a true friend, sees you through bad times.--Unknown

The past was. Tomorrow may be. Only today is. --Beth Mende Conny

Be courageous. It's one of the only places left uncrowded. --Anita Roddick

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me. --Ann Landers

What ultimately holds true is that the better a woman's self-esteem, the more likely she is to find a satisfying relationship--and the more she likes her looks, no matter how close or far they are from the beauty ideal, the better her self-esteem is likely to be. --Carolyn Hillman

If at first you don't succeed--try setting more realistic goals. --Beth Mende Conny

You can only do what you can only do. --An Ex

Writing Tip: Never tick off a writer. Where do you think all those villains come from?

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me;
your book is yet to be.

The E and mE

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kensico Dam, Springtime, Time Out, The E

The sun came out today. And all the doggies came out to play.

Ever wonder what your dog does when home alone?

Nobody keeps a secret better than a dog.

Just remember, dog spelled backwards is god.

Writing Tip: Mining the landscape of your mind for ideas is as simple as going for a walk with your dog and writing down the first words that come into your head.

Writing Quotation: A dog can express more with his tail than an owner can express with his tongue. --Karen Davison

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me;
your book is yet to be.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday, Greetings, Quotations, Photographs

When there's snow on the ground,
I like to pretend I'm walking on clouds.
--Takayuki Ikkaku


It's Thursday. Out an airport window, I see blue sky. Looks like a great day to fly.

I'm stopping by to share favorite quotations and photographs. I hope they inspire you to pick up your pen, open your journal, and write something. 

Go ahead. I dare you.

I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself. --Unknown

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. --Robert Louis Stevenson

Sometimes you fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected time.

Ladies: If he wanted to be with you, he would; if he wanted to talk to you, he would. --Advice to a friend

It may seem the hardest thing to do, but you have to forget the guy who forgot about you. --the internet

Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. --Unknown

You can't reach what is in front of you until you let go of what is behind you.

I love red doors.
I walk past this church every day on my way to catch the train.

A city is a city is a city.
Ed Sclier

On a recent morning walk, I discovered snow had melted
and all around me was green grass. Ahhh, a sign of spring.

Some days E and I stop at the local book store for a cup of hot cocoa.
Often we meetup with a new friend.

Writing Quote: Prose is architecture, not decoration. --Ernest Hemingway

Writing Tip: There is no such word as "irregardless."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hacker, Spammer, Stalker, Stop

The story of BookOrBust blog began 8 years ago. Back then I was working to fulfill a promise to my late husband, write my first book, A Gift of Love. My writing coach at the time suggested I create a blog chronicling my writing journey. In this way, I could share my book-writing journey, create an online presence and a buzz, all in the hope that when A Gift of Love was completed and published, my reading public would beat a path to my door and buy my book.

My book is written, published, and my promise to the great man who loved me back is fulfilled. The rest is history.

...And, I continue to write BookOrBust--out of habit (writing practice is a wonderful thing and a blog satisfies my need for that); love (sentimental reasons about a promise to a man I won't forget); passion (I simply love writing), and to fingerhug my pen. These days I write about my writing tips, words of inspiration, daily activities, fun times and to highlight local businesses.

As every blogger knows, writing a blog requires maintenance. Maintenance is that behind-the-curtain happening. Think store front with secret back room. It's that place where a blogger writes, views, edits, and publishes each post; it's where she gets to see, among other things, her stats, i.e., who visits, what country they are from and how many times a day, week, month and year a visitor stops by; IP addresses are in that secret back room, also--an IP address is your Individual online fingerprint. One visit to the back-room, and all bloggers know if the Russians are here; if there is a porno site visitor, or hacker, scammer or spammer--you know, those pesky individuals who work to break into a site to steal passwords.

I'm posting this to alert the Hacker/Spammer/Stalker messing with BookOrBust's stats. My message is simple: STOP it. Just STOP it. Your secret is no secret any more. I know who you are.

Linda Della Donna