There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.Somerset Maugham (via ellenkushner)
Freedom may be mankind’s natural state, but so is sitting in a tree eating your dinner while it is still wriggling.
-Lord Vetinari, in Terry Pratchett’s “Going Postal”
Vetinari gave him a look that did not actually employ a raised eyebrow but which implied that one might be forthcoming if the recipient of the look pushed his luck.Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (via lonesomeaesthetic)
Terry Pratchett, The Truth. (via j-august)
'Look out of the window. Tell me what you see.'
'Fog,' said the Chief Priest.
Vetinari sighed. Sometimes the weather had no sense of narrative convenience.
Not For the Better
The deal would never actually become part of recorded history as a deal, for the dates of the orders were carefully not coincident. Neither suspected that they had just materially altered the future of the planet. And not for the better of the Intergalactic. But that is sometimes the way with large commercial companies.
-Excerpt from L. Ron Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth”
I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.
-excerpt from Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies”
The world had moved on.
The gunslinger shouldered his tote sack and moved on with it.
-excerpt from Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger”
What you don’t understand you can make mean anything.
-excerpt from Chuck Palahniuk’s “Diary”
The first man entered with his hat on; he uncovered, however, as he looked about him, and so, unconsciously, set an example to the next. In such communities good and bad actions are catching.
-excerpt from Bret Harte’s “The Luck of Roaring Camp”
That’s pretty much how we get through our own lives, watching television. Smoking crap. Self-medicating. Redirecting our own attention. Jacking off. Denial.
-excerpt from Chuck Palahniuk’s “Choke”