A Quote-iful Day! (And a Smidge of Snark)
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:
Here are a couple of Ray Bradbury quotes I shared on Twitter earlier in the week:
And this one, which comes with the bonus of a closeup of my sweet Luna cat.
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. 🙂
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:
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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