Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Bit of Pagan Encouragement from Emerson

"The maker of a sentence, like the other artist, launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of a wild, creative delight."

4 comments:

Richard said...

And here's something with a bit of a contrary take - I forget who said it. I think a screenwriter.

There's a part of us that wants to be flattered, a part of us that wants to believe we're wonderful...but we're all just trying to make it through the day.
rk

Peggy said...

I don't see that as contrary. I think every single person can make sentences and head out into the unknown. And every reader can follow with delight. I don't think of that makes anybody more special than someone else.

I like what Tim McLaurin said one time: "Yeah, writing's hard, but so is driving a Pepsi truck, which is what I was doing before."

richard krawiec said...

Actually, I used to drive a truck - transporting 20,000 bottles of milk from one dairy to another. McLaurin is wrong. Driving a delivery truck is WAY easier than writing.

Except if you crash it, which is what I did - flipped over on Rte 128 in Massachusetts, thought I was going to die, watched a stream turn white from all the spilled milk. Made the news. Lost the job.
rk

Peggy said...

And you still think the truck is easier than the writing! That's an unforgettable story.

Well, it seems that things worked out right, though. Better that you should write and teach...