The Wighting Life


“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley  (Even the comics!)

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley (Even the comics!)



writing, writing ideas, Arthur Miller, looking out the window

Interviewer: Where do you get your ideas?
Arthur Miller: I wish I knew; I’d go there more often.

I’m looking out my window, searching for ideas…

slelf-publishing, indie publishing

Here’s to JOY in reading, writing, and frolicking in the universe.

writing, reading, across the universe, joy, beach, ocean

Words are flowing out like
Endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
Are drifting through my opened mind
Possessing and caressing me. (lyrics by the Beatles)

creativity, writing, poem


Cripes, I need to create a

Ripe and fully-formed character who

Even burps on the page, or who eats

An apple with its core, or who

Talks in half sentences, like a brother-

In-law, or another relative the reader

Vividly connects with so the pages are

Inhaled, enjoyed, so engrossing

That the story is passed to

You and you and you.

"Books Are a Uniquely Portable Magic." Stephen King

“Books Are a Uniquely Portable Magic.” Stephen King


the writer

writing, writing practice, writing a book

“The best way to become acquainted with a book is to write it.” Benjamin Disraeli

Easy reading is damn hard writing.”   Nathaniel Hawthorne

words, powerful, writing, mankind

book, writing, love, from the heart

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” (William Wordsworth)

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the
wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover is yourself.
Alan Alda



“I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.” Francoise Sagan


Write about all that inspires you in your life. Then, you'll never run out of 'good stuff' to write about!

Write about all that inspires you in your life. Then, you’ll never run out of ‘good stuff’ to write about!

Natalie Goldberg, writing

“Suddenly, you are sitting in your chair, fascinated by your own mundane life.” (N. Goldberg)














“Writing is at its best – always, always, always – when it is a kind of inspired play for the writer.” (Stephen King)

The  Six Golden Rules of Writing:

“Read, read, read and write, write, write.” -        

(Novelist Ernest Gaines)


  1. Stephen King’s remark above recalls the best workshop I’ve ever attended at Wesleyan (CT). Keynote speaker was Joyce Carol Oates. The theme of her talk basically was that all art begins in play. That was in 1988. I’ve tried ever since not to take myself too seriously. Nowadays I can tell on reading old stuff that Stephen King got it right, as did Joyce. If only it were easier to do! I have a notion you know the secret, just from what I read by a “roughwighter.”

    I give up–I know what a wight is, but a wighter?

    • Stephen King’s book on writing is inspirational and helpful in a non-bossy way. Interesting about J. C. Oates – her work is so intense!

      Yes, we must play with our words! And watch our life and its inhabitants with a wry funny eye. Makes for fun reading!

  2. You already have me fascinated. I’ll be following you. Perhaps, I’ll learn to be a “roughwighter” too.


    • Oh, I think you’re a ‘roughwighter’ already. Nice to meet you, and thanks so much for following.

  3. I love your quotes and beautiful photos, particularly your dogs. I have two blue merle border collies.

    • Thanks for stopping by here – I just dropped into your lovely blog. Yes, on this page I have a good time adding quotes and photos that inspire me!

  4. I LOVE Stephen Kings’ book On Writing He is a brilliant author! I don’t care for most of his genre but I loved 1963 and Dumas Key ….his Tower series not so much. I somehow got through the first book but it was painful :-(

    • King knows how to write, because he knows how to scare just with words! But I’m with you, I enjoyed On Writing most of all. Of his fiction, I think it’s The Stand that I enjoyed the most (but many of his books I did not read because of that fright!).

      • Exactly…that is why I do not read his horror stuff. But 1963 isn’t horror at all. It was about a guy going back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK. It was awesome! I highly recommend it! :-)

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