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Lynn Abbey Quotes and Sayings

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I'm dense when it comes to discouragement.
- Lynn Abbey

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching
in just enough background to ground the specific story.
- Lynn Abbey

There is nothing that compares to an unexpected round of applause.
- Lynn Abbey

Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something
magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one,
then their futures are ensured.
- Lynn Abbey

 

It took me about 12 years to reach my million-word mark.
The challenge now is to continue to challenge myself.
- Lynn Abbey

Editors of open anthologies actively seek submissions from all comers,
established and unknown.
They are willing to read whatever the tide washes up at their feet.
- Lynn Abbey

No one uses a ribbon typewriter any more,
but your final draft is not the time to try to wring
a few more sheets out of your inkjet cartridge.
- Lynn Abbey

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That bedrock faith that I could write was what blinded
me to attempts to discourage me.
- Lynn Abbey

When I have an idea, it goes from vague,
cloudy notion to 100,000 words in a heartbeat.
- Lynn Abbey

Once you've invested hundreds of hours in creating a coherent universe,
your story's grown to around a half-million words and
can't be written as anything less than a trilogy.
- Lynn Abbey

Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding
on to one long enough to get it written down.
- Lynn Abbey

It's possible to become so comfortable with one's style
and structure that one ceases to grow.
- Lynn Abbey

For me, writing a short story is much,
much harder than writing a novel.
- Lynn Abbey

The money can be decent, but I really don't recommend
the work-for-hire route as an entry into publishing.
Too many things can go wrong.
- Lynn Abbey

My writing has to support more than my research habit,
but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.
- Lynn Abbey

During the many centuries that magic,
here on this planet, was presumed to have worked,
there were at least as many theories as to how magic
worked as there were cultures and religions.
- Lynn Abbey

I think my prose reads as if English were my second language.
By the time I get to the end of a paragraph,
I'm dodging bullets and gasping for breath.
- Lynn Abbey

I'm always trolling for trivia.
- Lynn Abbey

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer.
Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel
and probably get it published.
- Lynn Abbey

I've read short stories that are as dense as a 19th
century novel and novels that really are short stories
filled with a lot of helium.
- Lynn Abbey

One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia.
- Lynn Abbey

It's been a long time since I've written old-fashioned sword and sorcery;
I'm hoping it's like riding a bicycle.
- Lynn Abbey

I write sets of books, but I've also written a lot of orphans.
- Lynn Abbey

I'm one of those writers who, when writing,
believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free
will on any of her characters.
In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
- Lynn Abbey

Short-story writing requires an exquisite sense of balance.
Novelists, frankly, can get away with more.
A novel can have a dull spot or two,
because the reader has made a different commitment.
- Lynn Abbey

I'm a writer first and an editor second...
or maybe third or even fourth.
Successful editing requires a very specific set of skills,
and I don't claim to have all of them at my command.
- Lynn Abbey

I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas
which I've never been able to sell.
I'm known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent
nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre.
- Lynn Abbey

When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer,
I do embroidery.
When I'm not plunging into the past,
tweaking,
or embroidering, I'm reading books about history,
computers, or embroidery.
- Lynn Abbey

If you write, one of the questions you're always trying to answer is,
Where do you get your ideas? And, if you write,
you know how pointless a question this is and how difficult it is to answer.
- Lynn Abbey

Because the quality of living with nature and allowing
it to manifest itself is different than the quality of living in a city,
especially a dense city.
- Lawrence Halprin

Pride works frequently under a dense mask,
and will often assume the garb of humility.
- Adam Clarke

I wanted something very dense, something that would
sustain long and more pieces of wood that would be soft,
sweet, for more of a mellow sound.
- Les Paul

Over the past decade, prescribing information has grown more and more complex,
more and more dense and more difficult to negotiate.
- Andrew von Eschenbach

A system of cameras and censors are used along the
border and interior to help detect the movement of
illegal immigrants crossing through the dense brush.
- Timothy Murphy

We were alone.
Where, I could not say, hardly imagine.
All was black, and such a dense black that,
after some minutes, my eyes had not been able to discern
even the faintest glimmer.
- Jules Verne

As the scene of life would be more the cold emptiness of space than the warm,
dense atmosphere of planets, the advantage of containing
no organic material at all,
so as to be independent of both these conditions,
would be increasingly felt.
- John Desmond Bernal

The most attention I get is in a book store or video
shop when I go to the foreign film section.
Sometimes that can be fun, but usually those women
want to talk about philosophy or something very dense.
It's not like they're tearing off my shirt,
you know.
- Tobey Maguire

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

It is the quality of the moment,
not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart,
cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust.
Service brings satisfaction.
Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
- James Cash Penney

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill

Honor your past, and all the consequences of that past.
Receive insight into relieving the pain
caused by past experiences and current attitudes toward life.
Observe life as it currently appears,
and then train yourself to observe life
from other perspectives that support a higher quality of living.
Re-consider your priorities.
Chart your Course.
Set Sail with Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Zen says that if you drop knowledge -
and within knowledge everything is included;
your name, your identity, everything,
because this has been given to you by others -
if you drop all that has been given by others,
you will have a totally different quality to your being: innocence.
This will be a crucifixion of the persona, the personality,
and there will be a resurrection of your innocence.
You will become a child again, reborn.
- Osho

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen.
Then what will be the quality?
Watchfully alert, joyously unmotivated,
centered, loving, flowing, one walks.
And the walking is sauntering.
Loving, alert, watchful, one sits, unmotivated -
not sitting for anything in particular,
just enjoying how beautiful
just sitting doing nothing is,
how relaxing, how restful.
- Osho

It is the quality of our work which will please God
and not the quantity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

Just one quality of the Buddha has to be remembered.
He consists only of one quality: witnessing.
This small word witnessing contains the whole of spirituality.
Witness that you are not the body.
Witness that you are not the mind.
Witness that you are only a witness.
As the witnessing deepens,
you start becoming drunk with the divine.
That is what is called ecstasy.
- Osho

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence,
is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
- Dale Carnegie

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
- Aristotle

High-quality food is better for your health.
- Michael Pollan

I think one of the finest gifts I can give
my friends in the holiday season is to pause
with a long enough quality to actually SEE them.
My calm, unhurried presence communicates
this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you.
I remember our times of together
and am contributing right now to another quality memory.
I value you and honor and take the time,
right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.
All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
- Andre Maurois

The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities...
because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
- Winston Churchill

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design -
it reinforces it.
- Pierre Bonnard

Beauty is less important than quality.
- Eugene Ormandy

The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.
- Kenneth H. Cooper

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
- William James

The disparity between a restaurant's price and food
quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.
- Bryan Miller

Creativity is the quality that you bring
to the activity that you are doing.
It is an attitude, an inner approach -
how you look at things.
- Osho

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design,
manufacturing...
layout, processes, and procedures.
- Tom Peters

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into
situations where you need it.
- Doug Larson

It's all about quality of life and finding a happy
balance between work and friends and family.
- Philip Green


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