Famous Last Lines to Finish Strong

Here are some stirring last lines, or just inspiring lines, from famous works to keep you going these last three days on #NaNoWriMo2016!

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From Henry V: (not the last line)

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger: Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. (Act III, Scene I) 

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From Lord of the Rings: (not the last line)

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is notthis day.

jamie claire outlander liquid courageFrom The Fiery Cross:

“When the day shall come, that we do part,’ he said softly, and turned to look at me, ‘if my last words are not ‘I love you’ – ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”

From Gone With the Wind:

“After all, tomorrow is another day.”


All right, enough inspiration! Get thee to the Page!


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Beware the Ides, & Doldrums, of NaNoWriMo

Jessica Yu, Academy Award Winner and Director of “Last Call at the Oasis,” Opening Night, Envision 2012

We’re in the third week, chickadees, and if you are participating in NaNoWriMo along with me, you may be tearing your hair out in desperation, or calmly sipping tea at 43,000 words. Tell us on the community page!

I know there are a million and one excuses to give up, but give yourself a moment to imagine not giving up.

You rearrange commitments in this last week in order to squeak out twice your daily quota.

You ask for help from friends who want you to succeed.

You don’t care anymore about making the words perfect.

You just want to see the end of the story: your story.

And then imagine the result: you’ve got a frickin’ novel in your hands!

You can edit it, crow about it, put it in a drawer, let it stew in the back of your mind until you’re ready to tackle it–but it’s corporeal! You’re on your way!


Image via EnvisionFilm

Oh look, Books!

I published an article on Taste Life Twice and Medium today. It’s political. If you’d like to read it, click here. Otherwise, read the nice roundup of What I’m Reading below.

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I’m doing NaNo, yes. But I don’t stop reading while I’m writing. Reading can provide the perfect break from creative work because it lets your mind disengage directly from its current problem while keeping the Inner Critic occupied.

So here are my latest reviews! Also, I had the idea of reading a book by every author named Margaret carried in the bookstore. There are a LOT in mystery! Whaddya think? 😉

Malice Domestic, Mollie Hardwick–my review

4 Stars: Elements of witchcraft, cropping up in our sleepy coastal English town?? *clutches pearls* Young Doran decides to investigate the newcomer. Plenty of dry humor, high literary reference, and entertaining mystery.

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead–my review

4 Stars: A very deft touch on this prose, with a few stark tales sketching the setting ably, and character of a few personnages coming out through their actions. Appreciated.

Froelich’s Ladder, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon–my review

4 Stars: Characters with identifiable foibles and fears, set against a fantastical backdrop, with nonetheless historical shapings. I got sucked in by the ‘1870s Oregon’ tag, then stayed for the funny adventures and strange opinions.

Eclipse, Richard North Patterson–my review

2 Stars: I studied a lot of what is the background for this novel, so I found the explanations–necessarily many-layered–tedious. But the emotion is real, the story ripped from the headlines, and the issues grappled with still current.

Bonus *Margaret* When I was at Wordstock (my full report in next newsletter!), I picked up a beautiful book by Catapult Books:

margaret the first book cover It’s about a Margaret who was the first woman to write for publication in England. Anyone want to borrow it when I’m done??

P.S. Someone had this scathing but funny take on NaNoWriters, which you might get a kick out of.

P.P.S. Writing is going well, see you back here next week for the third week of NaNo! Keep it up!