As important as it is to know WHAT I write, I think it’s equally important to know WHY I write, or at least where some of my inspiration comes from.  A lot of times it’s stuff written by other (and far better) writers, but sometimes it’s just random things.  I’m hoping to update this page on a somewhat regular basis with different things, whether they’re quotes, snippets of conversation or something that just popped into my head.  Some will be links to the full works, others will be direct quotes – it’s like a smorgasboard of my brain.  Enjoy!

So You Want To Be A Writer, Charles Bukowski

William Safire’s Great Rules of Writing

Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky

Grammar, Tony Hoagland

“You’re never going to achieve success if you fear failure” – Paul Heyman on his company, ECW

“She signed autographs like she was Garth Brooks in a skirt” – Kenny Chesney, Big Star

Steve “Sting” Borden
(There’s definitely a story here. In a nutshell, though, he’s the reason why I wanted to write in the first place.)

Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came, Robert Browning (possibly influenced by my re-reading of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series)

Mr. Michael P. McNamara (Mr. Mac!) was my sophomore year history teacher in high school; he encouraged me to write letters to Vince McMahon a la The Shawshank Redemption. Even though he moved away in the middle of my senior year, we still chat via e-mail and he has continued to encourage me more than he probably knows. Thanks, Mistah!

Vince McMahon and the WWE (formerly WWF), because I couldn’t have written those letters without him.

“Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur

A few years ago, I went out for Chinese food with a friend and naturally, we shared our fortunes with each other.  If you know me, then you know that there is no possible way that I would or could ever make this up.  My fortune was the following:  “You are a lover of words, and one day you will write a book.”

My Auntie Jayn (AJ), because without her, there really would be no “Elfin Magic.”  I have had dreams of writing the aforementioned book and writing the dedication page to her.  Someday, that will happen – I’m sure of it.

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again…who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly – Theodore Roosevelt