Now, the world is more than it seems to be. You know this, of course, because you read stories. You understand that there is the surface and then there are all the things that glimmer and shift underneath it. And you know that not everyone believes in those things, that there are people - a great many people - who believe the world cannot be any more than what they can see with their eyes.
“In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writers offered the real thing; that was their task. In War and Peace Tolstoy describes the battleground so closely that the readers believe it’s the real thing. But I don’t. I’m not pretending it’s the real thing. We are living in a fake world; we are watching fake evening news. We are fighting a fake war. Our government is fake. But we find reality in this fake world. So our stories are the same; we are walking through fake scenes, but ourselves, as we walk through these scenes, are real. The situation is real, in the sense that it’s a commitment, it’s a true relationship. That’s what I want to write about.”—Haruki Murakami (via avidamodernaeumlixo)
“I live in two worlds. One is a world of books. I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. It’s a rewarding world, but my second one is by far superior. My second one is populated with characters slightly less eccentric, but supremely real, made of flesh and bone, full of love, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything.”—Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls (via lettherain90)
I am not a polished writer by any means and I have no business in writing books. My words are too short and too simple to merit purchase. But I’ve got dust and I’ve got scars and if you give me your hand, I’ll write my story in your palm for you to keep.
I just opened all my windows because it’s 70 degrees outside and feels like spring. Love. I’m going to try to get some writing done tonight because I’m having withdrawals. I will be happy when 2012 gets here because I’m ready to make some changes in my life and I feel like 2011 is kind of holding me back. Move along, move along!