Thursday, January 19, 2012


No Matter. Try again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

- Samuel Beckett

one from percy

I snatched this from Brendan at City Planning. I've yet to read Percy, a New Orleans writer, but this passage is a lure.

"But life goes on and on we go, spinning along the coast in a violet light, past Howard Johnson’s and the motels and the children’s carnival. We pull into a bay and have a drink under the stars. It is not a bad thing to settle for the Little Way, not the big search for the big happiness but the sad little happiness of drinks and kisses, a good little car and a warm deep thigh.”

— Walker Percy “The Moviegoer”

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

fiction rules

The Guardian has a pretty epic list of rules from wonderful writers. Read it here.

Some personal favorites:

"Avoid detailed descriptions of characters, which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants", what do the "Ameri­can and the girl with him" look like? "She had taken off her hat and put it on the table." That's the only reference to a physical description in the story." - Elmore Leonard

"You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You've been backstage. You've seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a ­romantic relationship, unless you want to break up." - Margaret Atwood

"Finish the day's writing when you still want to continue." - Helen Dunmore (This really works)

"It's doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction." - Jonathan Franzen

"Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free." - Anne Enright


Camel trekking. Sweating in hammams (bath houses with ancient tile). Mint tea. The ghosts of writers in Tangier. Saffron. Rugged coastlines. Ramshackle hotels on gold sand.

One day my pretty.

apology and a quote

I fell right off the blahg truck this winter season. It's been really interesting in the life of KFW lately. Good. Bad. Weird. Exciting. But, by design, this blog is a slide carousel, if you will, of what I've found lately that holds my attention. It isn't a means for me to sort out anything messy. Here, I give you quotes, pictures, the craft of fiction, and any little thing you need to know. These are my gifts.

I will sum up my odd fall into winter with something my friend Summer said awhile back that I've clung to:

"At the end of the day, it is my belief that two things will get you through: conducting yourself with dignity at all times, and truly believing that the best of your life is yet to come."