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A Writer’s Life For Me June 3, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Life Balance.

Classic-pirateRemember that song from The Pirates of Penzance . . . A Pirate’s Life for Me?

Wait, maybe the song appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean?

Hmm . . . not really sure.  I’ll check and get back with you.

* * * * *

Okay, got it! 

In 2003, Elizabeth Swann teaches the song to Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Glad we cleared that up . . . oh, wait!  

Here we go . . .

It’s also (and originally) the theme song for the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney Theme Parks ~ dating back to 1967! 

And it’s called Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)

Glad that’s sorted . . .

In any event, having explored previous life incarnations and permutations, I am now delighted to report that it’s . . . A Writer’s Life For Me! 

Nothing like the freedom of thinking, researching, and writing about topics that call out:  Pick me!  Pick me!

Most days, I feel a bit like a kid in a candy store, a bumblebee in a field of daisies, or a pirate opening a treasure chest . . . giddy with delight at all the sights, sounds and smells greeting my senses.

To celebrate this incredible freedom of speech I’ve pirated for myself, I’ve scouted out a few quotes about writing and writers to share with you:

Pluto-RollerskatingWriting is a dog’s life, but it’s the only life worth living. ~ Gustave Flaubert

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.  ~ Anatole France

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to peer out.  ~ Georg Christoph Lictenberg

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. ~ G.K. Chesterton

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~ Clifton Fadiman

For several days after my first book was published I carried it about in my pocket, and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded. ~ Sir James M. Barrie

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. ~ Jules Renard

Writing is a solitary occupation.  Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer.  He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking. ~ Lawrence Clark Powell

HorseracingThe profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. ~ John Steinbeck

I love being a writer.  What I can’t stand is the paperwork. ~ Peter De Vries

The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky. ~ William Faulkner

There is only one trait that marks the writer.  He is always watching.  It’s a kind of trick of the mind and he is born with it. ~ Morley Callahan

I suppose I am a born novelist for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember. ~ Ellen Glasgow

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island . . . and best of all, you can enjoy those riches every day of your life. ~ Walt Disney

Aah, we’ve come full circle . . . from treasured pirates to pirates’ treasure.

Yo Ho!  (A Writer’s Life For Me).  

For more writing quotes:  The Writer’s Quotation Book ~ A Literary Companion, edited by James Charlton

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1. theonlycin - June 3, 2010

Clever Nancy, a jolly fine full circle.
I especially like Jules Renard’s quote, it resonates with me today.

nrhatch - June 3, 2010

I figured you’d gravitate toward Anatole France’s quote. : )

I agree with Jules . . . it’s not about the money, it’s about enjoying the journey.

2. Richard W Scott - June 3, 2010

Love the quotes! Especially the one by Clifton Fadiman.

nrhatch - June 3, 2010

We see the world behind our eyes . . . and use it to interpret everything we see.

His quote reminded me of my post on Amadeus:

“As I contemplated the beautiful set, elaborate costumes, amazing music, and intriguing storyline, what struck me most: how differently I viewed the actors’ actions now vs. when I saw Amadeus the first time in 1984.

“Obviously, the music hadn’t changed, the characters hadn’t changed, the dialogue hadn’t changed, the setting hadn’t changed ~ only one thing had changed since its release in 1984 . . . my interpretation of the scenes unfolding before me.

“My interpretation of the film changed over time because I changed over time ~ the experiences I’ve had over the past 26 years have shaped both me and how I perceive the world around me.”


3. Joanne - June 3, 2010

Thanks for the reminder here, Nancy… I share your passion for writing… but I also sure do wish I could speed read, as well as type as many wpm’s as I can speak them… However, while I take breaks to do other “zenlike” activities like sewing denim re-makes, I reflect on themes I’d like to write and sing about… Love the quotes you have here 🙂

nrhatch - June 3, 2010

Maybe you should look into a voice activated computer ~ you talk and it does the typing for you?

All zen is good zen! : )

4. Loreen Lee - July 2, 2010

Thanks for directing me to these, nrhatch. Enjoyed the quotes.

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

Me too!

Someone once said that writers who rely on quotes instead of writing from scratch are lazy . . .

Why reinvent the wheel if it’s taking you where you want to go? : )

5. Loreen Lee - July 2, 2010

They may say it’s plagiarism! grin grin.

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

I thought plagiarism involved presenting someone else’s work as your own . . . not quoting someone and giving them credit.

I figure what I do is just free marketing for them! LOL

6. Loreen Lee - July 2, 2010

You’re right! Thanks for the distinction.

7. nrhatch - January 25, 2011

I breathe to stay alive . . . I write to feel alive.

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