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A Quote-iful Day! (And a Smidge of Snark)

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Yes, it’s a quote-iful kind of day here at Writing in the Buff. Today’s Naked Truth is that quotes rock. I love it when people a whole lot smarter than I am say something that makes a difference in my outlook. That happened quite a bit this week, so I’ve made a few quote graphics to share. Maybe one of these will resonate with you the way they resonated with me.

First off, if you have yet to read Cathy C. Hall’s inspiring post for writers at The Muffin, please click over. I felt as if Cathy was speaking directly to me at a few points along the way and, as always, she forced me to kiss off my writerly angst and get my butt back to work. The post is a good example of why I call Cathy my Writing Yoda. She’s a humble sort, and really wishes I wouldn’t give her such a lofty title, but . . . well, just read this quote, and you’ll see why she qualifies as a Writing Yoda:

hotblack photographer via Morguefile Cathy C. Hall quote

Here are a couple of Ray Bradbury quotes I shared on Twitter earlier in the week:

Morast photographer via Morguefile Wine Pour Bradbury quote

And this one, which comes with the bonus of a closeup of my sweet Luna cat.

Ray Bradbury paperweight cat quote

I have one for the big, bad ‘Zon, as well, which I discovered has deleted at least four reviews from my new book, Love to Win. Three were ARC reviews and one was by someone who had a verified purchase. Valid reviews all, but something about them—who knows what?—tripped the Great and Powerful Algorithm and . . .**ZAP!**. . . just like that, all gone.  Amazon’s overreach is rather Big Brotherish at this point. Did you know that Amazon uses your social media connections against you? Or that blog tour reviewer/bloggers have their reviews yanked because even though they aren’t paid to host the book or do the review, the promo company organizing the blog tour does get paid (for organizing it). Apparently, that constitutes a “paid review” even though the unbiased reviewer receives zero money.  I’ve talked about some of this in my last two blog posts, if you want to scroll down. Anyway, the big A has their nose in everybody’s business, which is a trick because it’s also shoved up their asterisk. But since I can’t fight the monster, I figured I could at least bitch a little.  🙂

Big Brother no known copyright restrictions

Do you remember the 1977 flick Capricorn One? The premise is that NASA scraps a planned trip to Mars but doesn’t want to fess up, so they hold the astronauts hostage and force them to fake Mars scenes to hide their disaster from an unsuspecting public. When the automated craft is destroyed on re-entry, the astronauts are now a real liability and must be killed to maintain the illusion of a Mars landing. The astronauts escape to try and get back to their families so they can tell the truth of what happened. Of course, the big bad government wants to stop them. In this scene, Sam Waterston’s character must climb a desert cliff, and he tells an old joke to keep himself occupied during the arduous climb. This is a perfect illustration of how authors feel after all their hard work, only to have Amazon pull honest reviews. Take a look:

I hope that sent you back in time—which it did if you’re an old bagger like me and saw the movie when it released waaaay back in ’77. I was a junior in high school, and I loved that movie so much. I spent my hard earned babysitting dollars to watch it in the theater multiple times. What about you? Do remember this movie? Is there another oldie-but-goodie that you loved?

Last quote-iful of the day, and I hope it makes you smile. I love a lot of Einstein’s quotes, but this is one of my favorites:

Einstein coincidence


What’s your favorite quote? Have you seen any good ones lately? Please share in the comments.

Have a great week! I’ll see you next week for more of the Naked Truth. 🙂

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16 Responses to "A Quote-iful Day! (And a Smidge of Snark)"

  1. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    August 17, 2016 at 9:34 am  

    Having legitimate reviews pulled is beyond frustrating, but I’m so glad you can still find something to smile about. I loved all the quotes and feel like I need to print them off and post them above my desk! Your experience with Amazon makes me think of all the animal posters that hung on the walls in my elementary school. Inspirational quotes with kittens or puppies, or the one with a grubby little boy, backwards baseball cap: “I know I’m somebody, cuz God don’t make junk!” 🙂 Hang in there, Lisa, and to quote Dori, “Just keep swimming…just keep swimming…”

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 17, 2016 at 7:52 pm  

      Haha…keep swimming. Right! My little fins are fatigued! lol The review thing is beyond frustrating, but it is also incentive to work harder. That’s really all any of us can do. Work hard, hope luck and timing find us, and never stop swimming. 🙂 Love the quote, too.

  2. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    August 17, 2016 at 9:44 am  

    My favorite quote at the moment is: The opposite of joy is not sorrow. It is unbelief. -Leslie Weatherhead,Christian theologian

    I need to remind myself of this as I read news stories (because I no longer watch the news!). The movie I loved (actually in 1977 as well) was Star Wars! I have no idea how many times I made my best friend Keli go see it with me. I liked Luke and I can see how my husband of 26 yrs was and is very much like Luke: grew up on a farm but couldn’t wait to leave; natural mechanic; prone to deep self-reflection; deeply spiritual and he had the haircut!! LOL!!

    Happy Wednesday!


    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 17, 2016 at 7:54 pm  

      Great quote, and I agree with the sentiment. I carry around one of the stones from Love to Believe (just a blue worry stone with “believe” written on it).

      Oh, yes, of course! Star Wars! Can you believe I didn’t go see it when it first came out? I was a little late to the party. lol

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    August 17, 2016 at 10:10 am  

    You made a quote of me? Little ol’ me? Aw, go on with you, Lisa.

    So I have a quote over my desk, one that I love, but also one that I think you’ll love: “She stood in the storm. And when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” ~ Elizabeth Edwards.

    You’ll get through the ‘Zon Storm, Lisa. And I bet it’ll make you a better writer for having weathered it!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm  

      Oh, yes…I do love that one. Time to adjust my sails, eh? So here you are, Master Yoda, still dispensing great advice. 🙂 And yes, I did make a quote out of you. That was great advice that all writers should heed. I know you don’t like wearing the mantle of Yoda, but…well, it’s your burden to bear. That’s what you get for being amazing. 🙂

  4. Comment by Pat
    August 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm  

    What kills me is the totally ridiculous reviews Amazon allows to stay (“I gave the item one star because I bought the wrong size”), yet is Draconian in pulling book reviews over any perceived connection to the author. Seriously? Don’t authors WANT their readers to connect with them? Ugh!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 17, 2016 at 7:57 pm  

      Crazy, I know. A friend of mine has an adorable picture book out, and someone gave it a poor review because the Amazon re-seller sent it in poor condition. Even though the review is clearly about the seller and not about the book, Amazon wouldn’t remove the review. So. Frustrating.

  5. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    August 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm  

    I love the simple quote “Get black on white” by Guy de Maupassant. Get words on paper. Get ink down on the page.

    The big, bad ‘Zon. I love it (but I don’t love THEM right now).

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm  

      Thanks for the quote. I’ve never heard that one, but now I have a new favorite.

  6. Comment by Karen Lange
    August 18, 2016 at 8:37 am  

    There are so many great quotes out there! Appreciate you sharing these. Have a good weekend! 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2016 at 8:20 am  

      Thank you, Karen. You too!

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 18, 2016 at 8:37 pm  

    I need to stop shadow boxing with myself. Although today I submitted to a new publication for me. I have a Robert Frost quote on my wall: The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
    I love that quote because it has proven to be true many times. have agreat week yourself. Sorry about the mean ‘Zon.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 19, 2016 at 8:21 am  

      Congrats on your submission to a new market! And thank you for the quote, new to me. It is definitely true, and I love it.

  8. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    August 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm  

    Gah, I’m playing catch up again! I love the Einstein quote. I’m also relieved to find that the wise and powerful ‘Zon didn’t delete my reviews for Love to Believe and Love to Win.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 31, 2016 at 7:22 pm  

      Me, too. And I hope the “catch up” is because you’re enjoying your summer!

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