Where Agatha Christie found her plots QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I get my ideas mainly when I am meditating – but sitting in hot soapy suds in a huge marble bathtub would also be great – that is, if Tiru was not prone to drought….

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

bathroom-4841_640Years ago I got my plots in the tub, the old-fashioned, rim kind — just sitting there thinking, undisturbed, and lining the rim with apple cores.
Agatha Christie

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Death Is Another Name For Us

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi reminds us, “True love is shown by the certainty that the object of love is in the Self and that it can never become non-existent.” Read on and thanks for a great post, Harsh!

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Losing a loved one is a natural cause of grief for us.

We have to eventually reconcile with the fact of death of those we loved, and cherish the joy that arises in the heart when we think of them.

Sri Ramana reminds us, “True love is shown by the certainty that the object of love is in the Self and that it can never become non-existent.”

Sages teach us that the death of the body is inevitable. We are not the body but the Spirit. That is the message of Bhagavad-Gita as well.

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The pain and pleasure of writing a novel Dean Koontz QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Writing a novel: Sometimes it’s like making love while having a tooth pulled.

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

sad dogWriting a novel is like making love, but it’s also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it’s like making love while having a tooth pulled.
Dean Koontz

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Why we turn to fiction…Arundhati Roy QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Long ago, I asked Brian Weiss (Many Lives Many Masters) how i could tell whether something i experienced was ” real” or coming from my imagination, and he said everything is equally valid and grist for the mill…mystics say there is no different between the waking and the dream state – both are ephemeral and unreal….meaning, neither lasts.

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

photoshop-manipulation-2123207_640Fiction is truth. You turn to fiction when you can’t express reality with footnotes and evidence and reportage.
Arundhati Roy

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Get used to living with recurring, crippling doubt…Paul McVeigh QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I honestly don’t suffer from this crippling doubt that many writers and artists claim they do, but this is perhaps because I focus on writing spiritual fiction and feel the awesome support of all my teachers….read on….

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

sea-2312623_640…get used to rejection. It happens to us all. I know writers who got rejected even after 4 or 5 novels already published.

You will also have to get used to living with recurring, crippling doubt. Develop ways of ignoring it, side-stepping it, reasoning with it… whatever works for you, but don’t let it make you stop. I find taking the pressure off helps – ‘I’m only doing this for myself, no-one will ever see it’.
Paul McVeigh

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The almost accidental photograph that left an indelible impression …ART FOR WRITERS

Once seen this photograph is never forgotten. Taken in 1936, it stands alongside Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in revealing the terrible human consequences of a failed economic policy. As the American writer E.L. Doctorow said, “the historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.” And for novelist you can read artist, poet, photographer….

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Once seen this photograph is never forgotten. Taken in 1936, it stands alongside Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in revealing the terrible human consequences of a failed economic policy. As the American writer E.L. Doctorow said, “the historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.” And for novelist you can read artist, poet, photographer….

 An article on Artsy website reveals how Dorothea Lange took the photograph of a migrant mother while working for the United States government’s Resettlement Administration. You can read it in full HERE.

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Beautiful art…was created by human beings just like you… Maya Angelou QUOTE FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

“Find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”
Maya Angelou
Now read the whole post!!!

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

starry-sky-1948523_640Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.
Maya Angelou

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Dear Mr. President – A Response to the “Shithole Countries” Comment

I leave you with the words that have been attributed to both Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Read the whole post!

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Dear Mr. President,

I have so many thoughts right now, but I’ll try to keep this simple for you.

My school has students from 38 nations. It is hard enough for them to adjust to life in a new country as an adolescent without someone calling their homeland a “shithole country.” As a geography teacher, I’ve spent the better part of two decades trying to get students to see that ALL countries have problems, and ALL countries have cultures to be proud of. I’ve had hundred of students watch the TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story.” You should consider watching it, it would serve you well.

What 12-13 year olds understand, but you clearly don’t, is that we cannot, and should not judge an entire group of people by that actions of some. You have done this repeatedly with respect to Muslims, Mexicans, and anti-Nazi protesters…

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Learning how to be truly individual with Leonora Carrington ART FOR WRITERS

Many great creative artists are considered insane by the mundane world – why? because they simply don’t understand them….and yet some of these same “insane” people become great lights in our world…read on…

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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This painting is of the Giantess, (or The Guardian of the Egg)  by Leonora Carrington. She lived a rich and varied life – from being presented at court as a young debutante and imprisonment in a Spanish mental asylum to becoming a celebrated artist.

Reading about her, I’m struck by the range of her influences from Irish myths to literary works (by Dante, John Donne, Jonathan Swift and others) and her use of satire in her paintings.

And her life is enough inspiration for a dozen novels. There’s a fascinating Guardian article  by a cousin who was brought up to think of her as the black sheep of the family who ran away to be an artist’s model. When she decided to enquire about Leonora 60 years after she left home, she was amazed to discover that her cousin was not only still alive and still working, but was…

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