Manic Monday: Resumé

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
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Dorothy Parker, “Resumé” from The Portable Dorothy Parker, edited by Brendan Gill. Copyright 1926, 1928 and renewed 1954, © 1956 by Dorothy Parker. Reprinted with the permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Source: The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Books, 2006)

The Gods Speak

I’m a writer. It’s a life like no other. I sit at a table with a laptop and in the doing create worlds and creatures, give birth to nations, and dwell upon the profound. When my pen slows down I consider the giants of my craft for advice…

“I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.” – Oscar Wilde

Dear Oscar, indeed you are right, and everyday I work toward that goal. I wonder if you ever felt as though you were utterly acquainted to your own self.

“Don’t look at me in that tone of voice.” – Dorothy Parker

Never my dear, for you are my muse!

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I’m a conspiracy analyst. – Gore Vidal

Mr. Vidal…you would squeal in delight for the morass that is American politics.

“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway

Indeed it is and I try to clutch such grace, though I fear I lose grip from time to time.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou

Maya, oh Maya, had I had this wisdom in my youth I would have been much safer, but would lack the stories I am compelled to tell.

Imagine yourself now,

among the Herculean writers of our day,

what is it that you to say ?

 

Dot Parker

Dorothy Parker is one of my all time favorite writers. Bucking gender bias and a trend for women of her day to be poised and graceful, Ms Parker turned the literary world on its head. She wrote deeply and shallowly simultaneously, because that’s how most people are: deep and shallow simultaneously.

As I embark on publishing my first novel I am thrilled to have completed a manuscript.  I don’t hate writing, but I do love having written. I feel like I can finally put my big boy pants on and walk down the street…shoes and shirt come later.

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