Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

1. "Thog reached into the icy waters and took hold of the fabled Warclub of Goog and set forth to purge the hunting lands of the evil demon that was plaguing . . . " Park & Dulllemond, The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (page 13).

2. "Call today and learn how you can be 'Job Ready'" - National College ad. "We live in a world where life skills seldom count." - Me. (Ad on the back of a local publication without 13 pages).

3. "Don't know what she expected, Crystal marrying one of those highfalutin Atlanta Wentworths," was a consensus, if not the general one. - Anne River Siddons in Burnt Offerings (page 13).

4. "When the woman is a contemporary, a living but not directly present other, her claim to authority becomes even more fragile, for she cannot override by sheer force of character the typification "woman" by which she is stereotyped and diminished in male consciousness." - Lengermann & Niebrugge, The Women Founders (page 13).

5. "New shows roll in from over the mountains and the magician reappears unannounced from a fold in the curtain you never dreamed was an opening." - Anne Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (page 13).

6. "Managing Your Risk is More Important Now Than Ever" - Morgan Stanley ad. "When was it ever not important?" - Me. (Ad on the back of a local publication without 13 pages.)

7. "At the same time, Reitz notes that members of the governor's staff have indicated to him that Brownback is considering whether to exercise his line-item veto power to strip out whatever funding the legislature approves for the commission." - "Arts Crunch in Kansas," in Poets & Writers, May/June 2011 (page 13).

8. "Consequently, it is not perfectionism that is the problem but the discrepancy between perfectionist standards and perform." - Piers Steel, Ph.D., in The Procrastination Equation (page 13).

9. "It's important to know when an author used the protagonist's name and when we was just referred to as "he."' - N. M. Kelby, The Constant Art of Being a Writer (page 13).

10. "Have you ever accidentally left your notes or diary behind on a train or plane and bemoaned the loss of what certainly had been your best work?" - Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers (page 13).

11. "She would love to see what the inside looked like. She just didn't think she had any right to." - Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper (page 13).

12. "If the situation calls for it, offer flexibility when talking with customers." "What's Being Done About Customer Service" in Valley Business Front, April 2011 (page 13).

13. "You just don't want to get tied up in somebody else's vision." - Nikki Giovanni in "A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni" by Chapman Hood Frazier in The Writer's Chronicle, March/April 2011 (page 13).

Today's Thursday Thirteen comes from the 13th page (or the last page, in two instances) of publications that are within my reach without getting up. These are mostly items that I am in the process of reading or they are in my "read this when you have time" pile.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 191st time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Lots of great quotes. They have me thinking this morning. Thanks.

  2. Annie Dilliard a real special read//sk

  3. I SO could not figure out what the similarities in the posts were! Whew, I am glad you 'splained at the end!

    Happy TT!

  4. Love how you got your t-13! I enjoyed it.

    Have a great Thursday!

  5. What a cool idea for a TT. I may steal it someday soon! And, as an advertising writer, I'm glad none of my lines made your list.

  6. You have quite the mixed bag. The only way I could come up with thirteen publications without getting up is if I wheel myself in my chair across the room.

  7. Nice post! Great idea for a thursday 13@ Have a great day!

  8. LOL! What a great idea for a TT topic! Sounds like you've got business on the brain, too.

    Happy TT!

  9. What an excellent idea for a TT.

  10. Great idea! And I'm always happy to see anything on Nikki Giovanni. :)

    Happy TT,

    13 (More) Distractions

  11. Cool Thursday Thirteen. Really makes you think.

  12. Love this idea. I may have to borrow it some desparate Thursday, lol.


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