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Beautiful Sentences: Joy Williams

Little children were too innocent to provide salvation. Indeed, little children were always leading their elders right into the teeth of death.

Joy Williams, The Changeling.

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Beautiful Sentences: Fernando Pessoa

There is no work of art that could not have been more perfect. Read line by line, no poem, however great, has no single line that could not be improved upon, no episode that could not be more intense, and the whole is never so perfect that it could not be even more perfect.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

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Beautiful Sentences: Joy Williams

They had provided her with substitutions and she had lived safely in the brightness of false things.

Joy Williams, The Changeling.

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Beautiful Sentences: Fernando Pessoa

We know that the book we will never write will be bad. Even worse will be the one we put off writing. At least the book that has been written exists. It may not be very good, but it exist, like the miserable little plant in the lone flowerpot belonging to my crippled neighbor.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

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Writerly resolutions, March Status

I continue to not progress well with my writing. 2019 is looking like it’s going to be a difficult year. Just 1,369 words on the novel which represents me slowing down even more than I had previously.

Short story statuses: I’ve not yet come back to the long story, nor have I made much progress on the new story. I did get the story I workshopped in early February into submissions, with no responses yet.

Rejection continue to get me down although in the midst of all of this, I finally got an acceptance. Numerically my submission stats are still in the toilet, though.

Beautiful Sentences: Joy Williams

Pearl’s life … avoided meaning as the bird does the snare.

Joy Williams, The Changeling.

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Beautiful Sentences: Fernando Pessoa

Everything was sleeping as if the universe were simply a mistake, and the hesitant wind was a limp, unfurled flag on top of a nonexistent building.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

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Beautiful Sentences: Sara Nović

I woke in the cobalt part of the dawn.

Sara Nović, Girl at War.

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Beautiful Sentences: Fernando Pessoa

Having touched the feet of Christ is no excuse for faulty punctuation.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

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Writerly resolutions, February Status

As the fact that I’m half a month late in posting this might attest, I’ve not been doing so good with my resolutions. Only 1,573 words on the novel which is worse than January.

Short story statuses: The revisions on the long story have been problematic and I put it aside for a while. The story I workshopped in early February is in the midst of revisions and the story which was almost done is ready for workshopping even if I’m not. Meanwhile little to no progress on a new story.

My rejections have had me down. I’ve been getting mostly form rejections of late which has put my positive response rate to the lowest it’s been since before I published my first story. At times I’m almost ready to give up on all of it.