Hi, I'm Jasmin. I'm a NorCal girl living in a SoCal world, going to college and scribbling my way through life. :)
"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to love, and to be greater than our suffering."
"As a reader, I don’t feel a story has an obligation to make me happy. I want stories to show me a bigger world than the one I know."
John Green (@realjohngreen) on Twitter
upperrubberboot) Dec 9
"In the last 20 years of my life, I’ve been using something unrecognizable. I’ve been acting for 20 years and I’ve gone unnoticed"
"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death." — Nelson Mandela ( Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela ) The whole world lost one of the most influential leader in the 20th century, and South Africa lost a father. Nelson Mandela died today December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.
"In describing a fairy-story which they think adults might possibly read for their own entertainment, reviewers frequently indulge in such waggeries as: “this book is for children from the ages of six to sixty.” But I have never yet seen the puff of a new motor-model that began thus: “this toy will amuse infants from seventeen to seventy”; though that to my mind would be much more appropriate. Is there any essential connexion between children and fairy-stories? Is there any call for comment, if an adult reads them for himself? Reads them as tales, that is, not studies them as curios. Adults are allowed to collect and study anything, even old theatre programmes or paper bags. … I think this is an error; at best an error of false sentiment, and one that is therefore most often made by those who, for whatever private reason (such as childlessness), tend to think of children as a special kind of creature, almost a different race, rather than as normal, if immature, members of a particular family, and of the human family at large."
J. R. R. Tolkien on fairy tales, the psychology of fantasy, and why there’s no such thing as writing “for children” (via explore-blog)
, via explore-blog) Dec 5
Question: Do you consciously, intentionally plan and place symbolism in your writing?... If yes, please state your method for doing so. Do you feel you sub-consciously place symbolism in your writing?
Jack Kerouac: "No."
Isaac Asimov: “Consciously? Heavens, no! Unconsciously? How can one avoid it?”
Joseph Heller: “Yes, I do intentionally rely on symbolism in my writing, but not to the extent that many people have stated…No, I do not subconsciously place symbolism in my writing, although there are inevitably many occasions when events acquire a meaning additional to the one originally intended.”
Ray Bradbury: “No, I never consciously place symbolism in my writing. That would be a self-conscious exercise and self-consciousness is defeating to any creative act. Better to let the subconscious do the work for you, and get out of the way. The best symbolism is always unsuspected and natural."
John Updike: “Yes—I have no method; there is no method in writing fiction; you don’t seem to understand.”
Norman Mailer: “I’m not sure it’s a good idea for a working novelist to concern himself too much with the technical aspects of the matter. Generally, the best symbols in a novel are those you become aware of only after you finish the work.”
Ralph Ellison: “Symbolism arises out of action…Once a writer is conscious of the implicit symbolism which arises in the course of a narrative, he may take advantage of them and manipulate them consciously as a further resource of his art. Symbols which are imposed upon fiction from the outside tend to leave the reader dissatisfied by making him aware that something extraneous is added.”
Saul Bellow: “A ‘symbol’ grows in its own way, out of the facts.”
Richard Hughes: “[Consciously?] No. [Subconsciously?] Probably yes. After all, to a lesser extent, the same is true of our daily conversation—in fact, of everything we think and say and do.”
Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether it was Intentional
"We want and we get drunk with wanting, then the headache and bitterness afterward. Have you seen someone fall in love with his own shadow? That’s what we’ve done.
Leave partial loves and find one that’s whole."
- Rumi, from
(via Mathnawi violentwavesofemotion) Dec 3
"Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play… I tell you, that it is on things like these that our lives depend."
- Oscar Wilde,
The Picture of Dorian Gray (via larmoyante) Dec 3
"It was probably nothing but it felt like the world."
Autobiography (via quotethat) Dec 3
Sinéad O’Connor - Troy
But I know you wanted me to be there Every look that you threw told me so
Troy (The Phoenix From The Flame)