“There isn’t a thought or feeling that doesn’t alter or deepen when written. We are a writing animal. That is why all of us feel we have a book inside us. It is not an illusion. We have got a book inside us.” Carol Bly
“No work of literature is the product of only one or two conscious ideas. A story is mysteriously dense of meaning.” Carol Bly
Carol Bly, born April 16, 1930 in Duluth, Minnesota, was a short story writer, essayist, nonfiction American writer. She married Robert Bly the poet, in 1955.
“Bly’s short stories are known for their realistic characters and situations, which are fully developed within the small number of pages the story allows. Although many of her protagonists are content to live in “ignorant complacency, they learn to use their own strength and intelligence to make a change in her community.
She published five novels, six essays, two books on writing, and co-wrote four works with Cynthia Loveland. I haven’t read anything by Bly, but the titles that stood out for me are:
- Shelter Half (Holy Cow! Press, 2008) (Fiction)
- Bad Government and Silly Literature: An Essay
- Changing the Bully Who Rules the World (1996)
- Against Workshopping Manuscripts
Bly passed away on December 21, 2007, at the age of 77.
Editor of Written Across the Genres
Author of Hada’s Fog
Today I went with three of my long time friends to meet a mutual friend at Frank Coppola’s Winery Restaurant. We had an hour and a half drive from the south and the friend from the north had about 45 minutes to get there.
Heavy, dark clouds followed us and a misty rain teased the windshield as we drove through the wine country. The positive energy as we passed under the Coppola’s arc increased. An impressive castle-like building and swimming pool welcome visitors. The restaurant with movie artifacts surrounding it serves excellent food, especially the salmon. Each of the five of us takes a turn bringing our symbolic bling-covered centerpiece. At our last meeting, it appeared to be irretrievable because no one said they had it. Today it took it’s place on the wood table and Carol admitted that she had had it all along.
She said, “I lost what was in plain sight.”
What a great idea for a short story or novel. It’s general enough to fit any genre. It has a poignant feel and for me, it’s a hook.
What was lost? When it was found, was it too late or was it a solution?
What does Carol’s quote mean for you?
Dorothy L. Sayers was a novelist, playwright, essayist, and poet best known for her Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. However, she considered her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to be her best work. She was born on June 13, 1893. She was a good friend of C.S. Lewis. Here are some quotes by Sayers:
“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?”
“So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.”
“Books… are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”
“Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.”
“The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.”
Anne McCaffrey said, “Tell me a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.”
Wikipedia states, “Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series.
How many of you have read McCaffrey’s books?