#BeQuotable…Day 15…Quote to Live By…@PatRothfuss…#KingkillerChronicles

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The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

This is the kind of quote that did not change my thinking but, rather, validated it. I was born with a defect….the kind of defect that lives in the brain and dictates behavior. It is the kind of defect that horrified my teachers, pastors and parents. I was born without the ability to simply accept anything as truth…to take the world at face value. Sure, ignorance is easier…more comfortable but I can’t live life that way. I don’t believe anything that I haven’t discovered myself. As a result, I find myself always taking the hard road; finding things out the hardest ways; and living the most honest life that I know. I am not without faith…but my faith is one of my own making. I am not without knowledge…but the knowledge I possess I have searched and worked to gain. I am stubborn, unmovable, and relentless at times but I am secure, curious, and strong. So, this is the code of my existence….to be continually asking questions…to always search for answers….and to live a life based on my own truth.

#BeQuotable…Day 8….Quote From My Favorite Book @PatrickRothfuss

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Name of the Wind- I am obsessed with this book.

“‘But there’s a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It’s hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you…’Bast gestured excitedly. ‘Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn’t sen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.’ ~Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

 

I could honestly choose thousands of quotes from The Name of the Wind (or The Wise Man’s Fearfor that matter) for today’s quote. But then, my blog would be an exact translation of both books in The Kingkiller Chronicles…and that would be of no use to anyone because these books are meant to be read in entirety….in print…under the covers with a flashlight.

When a friend recommended that I read The Name of the Wind, I had no idea of the treasure he was handing me. These books epitomize the reason why I read…and the reason why I write. The world imagined is beautiful and complete and I want to live in that world. The characters are deep and lovable and I want to fold each one up and store them inside myself…so that I might be a better person. The story…the story is unique and riveting and you can’t let go of it once you get into it.

I know, I’m sounding like a fangirl right now and I know that I’m supposed to be talking about the quote but I feel a deep need to express what these books have done for me. They remind me of the reasons why I read…the reasons when I write. They inspired me to pick up a pen and strive to be a better writer, every day….because one day, I want to write a story that makes people feel the way that the Kingkiller Chronicles made me feel. Patrick Rothfuss stands, in my mind, alongside Neil Gaiman as being one of the most influential minds of our time and if I can imagine a story half as great and moving as either of these novels, I will die a complete person.

So, that’s your quote today…from my favorite books(s)…and a completely random blathering about how much I ❤ Patrick Rothfuss…and Yes, the links to both of these amazing novels are above…if you haven’t read them, you should…They…will…change…your…life…!

#BeQuotable…Day 2…Love

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My favorite quote from wise mans fear.  So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

“So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” ~Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

I forecast a lot of Patrick Rothfuss quotes throughout this challenge…why? Because The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear are two of the greatest novels written…ever…because the words on these pages have the power to shoot straight into your heart and roll around for a while…because this may be the most perfect quote about love, ever imagined. I have loved like this…but I’ve never been loved LIKE this…and that makes all the difference…

4 Questions for Aspiring Authors, Part 2…From Jodie Llewenllyn’s blog.

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Questions for Aspiring Authors Part 2: From Jodie Llewenllyn’s blog. 

  1. What are your grand ambitions as a writer?
  2. Is there a character you tend to write about?
  3. How do you really know you have talent or if you’re just wasting your time?
  4. What is your least favorite thing about writing?
  5. If you could escape into a book like literally go INSIDE that book, which one would you choose?

My answers:

1. What are your grand ambitions as a writer?

My biggest ambition is to have others read my material. I know it’s not as exciting as dreaming of the “big deal” or the “boost in sales”. It’s not that I’m under ambitious…I just want to know people are reading what I’m writing. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s 20 or 20,0000…as long as I touch a few lives, I’ll be happy with that.

If I had to set some kind of grand goal that I hope to reach in the future, it would be simply being able to live off my writing. If I could stay home and write all day and still pay the bills, I would feel like I have hit the literary jackpot!

2. Is there a character you tend to write about?

I tend to write about the broken pieces of our society; the people on the fringe. My characters tend to have tragic backstories or something about them that makes them abnormal. I don’t know how easy it would be for me to write about average, everyday people. In some way, my characters are always broken (sometimes, they’re a little twisted, too).

3. How do you really know if you have talent or if you’re just wasting your time?

I’ve never really questioned my talent. I know there are things that I have yet to learn about writing and so I write to learn them. I think the only way for a writer to be sure of their talent is to read the work of others. In doing this, I can be sure that I am as good as some of the writers out there today. I also know that there are a lot of writers out there better than me. I will, eventually, get to their level. As for possessing natural talent, this is something I have always been sure of…no number or lack of sales will ever take that away from me.

I would never be able to say that anytime I have dedicated to writing is “wasting my time”. Whether or not people buy my books…whether or not people read my blog…whether or not I’m actually good or not is irrelevant to the fact that writing is what I was born to do. When I’m writing, I’m alive. When I’m writing, I’m looking at the world in the exact manner which helps me to make sense of it…which helps me grow. When I’m writing, I’m me. So, even if my words are never heard, I can never consider the time I spent writing them as a “waste of time”.

4. What is your least favorite thing about writing?

The time I spend not writing. That is, the time I spend on Facebook or Twitter, scrolling through an endless sea of updates and funny pictures, instead of writing. The time I spend checking my email or googling obscure diseases just to beat the boredom. I hate these times because if I’m doing these things, it’s because I’m suffering from mild cases of writer’s block. It means there is something inside my brain that is blocking the words from flowing throughout my body and out my fingertips.

5. If you could escape into a book like literally go INSIDE that book, which one would you choose?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss…I love the world Rothfuss has created here. I want to live at the University and study naming. I want to be Edema Ruh…I want a prince of the Fae as a student…I want, I want, I want to live in this world where magick is always on the fringe of things, yet it remains hidden…within everything that exists….within every name.

You can read the original post here: http://jodiellewellyn.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/questions-for-aspiring-authors-part-two/