Coincidental with the calendar change, I’ve retired a used-up spiralbound work notebook. Below, in chrono-order, is a selection of uncrossed-out marginalia.
Hereonout (nice word)
“Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.” Goroka (PNG) saying.
Supernatural is our term for mother chaos and her husband chance.
Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
Chionophobia—fear of snow
Feelings are just visitors. Let them come and go.
Pussy—possibly from Icelandic for horse’s cunt.
Whispering her own praises.
Reality is more inventive than I am.
Book ideas: Witchcraft Cookery, Create Your Own Private Language, Midwinter’s Nightmare
Stradivarius’s first violins probably weren’t that hot.
In a land where ignorance is not just bliss but blessed.
All good books manage to satisfy and surprise.
He bought her green bananas so that she would have a reason to hang around another day or two.
The best jokes—when the punchlines are the unexpected truth.
I don’t write books. Books happen. I write scenes for my characters. I write the beginnings and ends of chapters.
Obstruction of misjustice.
A passionate person—someone on the side of their hormones.
Lost like noses from Roman busts.
Someone who feels self-righteous about not cheating at solitaire.
Prayer—the solace of thinking you are doing something while wasting your time.
Selfie death rate.
People who flaunt their intolerance wear their insecurity with pride.
A shadow mistaken for a stain.
At least I don’t have digital dreams.
Vampire dopers only get stoned after dark.
Her conversation was like verbal charades—she talked and you tried to intuit what it might mean.
“A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it is built for.” A. Einstein