When I’m working or teaching, I have the patience of mountains when needed. But I’ve never been that good at waiting. If someone tells me they’ll turn up at three, I tend to expect them at three. If they turn up an hour later, they might be in for a frosty reception. So while I’m waiting to hear about the Job Hunt submission… and waiting… and waiting… I’m desperately hunting around for things to distract me when I’m too wound up to write.
So keeping in mind that the C-word is going to be mentioned soon, I’ve started to look for stocking fillers. And tripped over book quote jewelry in the process. And because it’s fiddly and takes my mind off things, I’ve picked out a few pieces that caught my eye.
These two pieces of book quote jewelry really fit with the stories I’m writing at the moment. Jack is changing and though he might wish that he could go back to a time when dealing with irritations like Gareth seemed easier, he won’t ever have that option. Does he really want it? Most probably not, because whether he admits it or not, he’s starting to feel about Gareth like Winnie the Pooh.
These two pieces remind me to breathe. I might be sitting here fretting over whether Job Hunt will get to see the light of day, but I’m in very good company. Tons of other writers are waiting for that all important email right now. And whether we’ll whoop with joy when it arrives, or sit down to a re-write, for the writers in the crowd there will always be another story.
These last two have made it into the list, because they use some of my favourite quotes. Most writers I know can relate to the Tolkien, having felt out of place at one time or another. And while the Dumbledore quote might be taken as a beacon, for me it feels more like a brisk clip around the ear and a firm admonishment not to lose my common sense. Both very much needed at times.
So there it is, a little personal meander through book quote jewelry of all things. Now it’s time to pull up my socks and go write Oyster Run.