Quotes for Writers: Breaking the Ice

dearest odyssians,

axe frozen soul kafka quote

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.” – franz kafka

I think as writers, we should be writing these types of books.


O and Om.


The Eyes Of Odysseus


… and upon the eyes of Odysseus there fell a sleep, gentle,
the sweetest kind of sleep with no awakening, most like
death; while the ship, as in a field four stallions drawing
a chariot all break together at the stroke of the whiplash,
and lifting high their feet lightly beat out their path, so
the stern of this ship would lift and the creaming wave behind her
boiled amain in the thunderous crash of the sea. She ran on
very steady and never wavering; even the falcon,
that hawk that flies lightest of all winged creatures, could not have paced her,
so lightly did she run on her way and cut through the sea’s waves.
She carried a man with a mind like the gods for counsel, one whose
spirit up to this time had endured much, suffering many
pains: the wars of men, hard crossing of the big waters;
but now he slept still, oblivious of all he had suffered.

The Odyssey
Book 13, Lines 79-92
Homer, ca. 8th century B.C.

-Richard Lattimore translation.

Art credit:  ‘The cyclops’,  1898. by odilon redon (1840-1916)

O and om. ♡


theres something magical happening to me as i read this book Hyperion (dan simmons 1989). its as if  its words have entered the very essence of my soul and pulled out my heart. not only is it some of the most incredible writing ive read ever (a one two three punch of intellectual delight with its mix of sci-fi, poetry, history, and classics) its passages or synching up perfectly with the minutes and hours of my days. i whole-heartedly believe this book ahs tapped into my very own private personal line in the matrix. plugged right into my neural processor net. scanned all the zeros and ones of my universe time card.  my fate and destiny are entertwined with the reading of  its pages.. now for the proof.

perfect synchonicity example 1:

the main characters end up on a ship called Benares, (after taking a series of other ships named other things). Benares is totally foreign to me… Ive  never heard of it now have i ever seen the word before in my life.  (its a city in indian also known as Vanasi)i write Benares down on the piece of paper ive been using as a list of words/things i need to learn/explore.

now 5 minutes earlier, maybe less, i switched my phone to play chill non vocal electronic. something ive never done before;  normally I play indy electronic fringe.

a new song streams over my player. i check to see what it is. i usually never get up but i make an exception for this song because its weird/not good and i have to ban it foverever. what is this crap i wonder?  the song  it by a band called.. you guessed it.. Benares!!!

what in the holy hell i think. hand of god i think. synchronistic genius i think. and so it was.  within the first 5 minutes of me seeing this word for the first time ever in my somewhat well read life in a book ive finally picked up  after  its been on my shelf gathering dust for 10 months, the word shows up on a rare corner of my  randomly selected music player that i just started using on a genre of music i never play! now thats amazeballs.

perfect synchronicity example 2:

After several starts and stops of reading the book again today (to make time for business interactions, to spend time with a friend of mine who came to visit, and to spend time with my boss that stopped by)  i began re-reading  at a good, steady clip around 6pm. im on page 331  breezing away when  the sentence reads, “in the same instant my phone rings”..

and. it. did.

my phone rang. I shit you not. right at that moment my. phone. rang.  my phone! and its not a busy phone mind you. i field mabye 3 -6 phone calls per day on average. besides…the characters in hyperion shouldnt even have been using phones in the year 2765 a.d. but she was!!! thats pretty amazing. it was pretty so amazing!

so im convinced. its immaculate inception. this book was meant to be read by me at this exact time in my life. its like my scifi deja vue intellect complex experience. its enough to convince me that my destiny and fate lines are intact. which i feel great about.

im on the right path baby i was born to read this book this way!!


a synchronized odie mama.


Tiki time

At my new favorite beach bar in the middle of dry land, having a tiki drink. Of course i’m alone. But that’s besides the point. I came all the way out here and i’m honoring a craving I’ve had all week. And i’m getting my blog done at the same time!
That Sci fi book i’ve been reading would make a great film. Its got intrigue mystery romance warfare, trilogy potential, and sex. But since its written in the style of the Decameron, whereby each character tells his or her tale, it would be difficult to adapt to the big American screen. all the same, in competent hands, I still think it would be well worth the task.
Like any great idea, i’m not the first to have it. And certainly not with a book that came out on ’89 and win a Hugo Sci fi award .and “hyperion the movie”is no exception. From what I’ve surmised, it was auctioned off the block around 2006. And is scheduled for movie release in 2013. According to imdb.
That ain’t gonna happen. No way.no how. No cast has been set. No filming dates. Only a director. And if his Past work is any predictor for future failure…well this is our man. We’ve got some poopoo and peepee on or hands. If you’ve read hyperion this childish bodily function description makes sense.
For such a brilliant and breath taking novel, with a great sense of scatological humor,  to meet such a big screen fate is a sad thing. O can only hope that the right hype masters sign on, and thereby the right actors and decent writers in turn. Thought that’s not usually how Hollywood land operates.
Alrighty. I’m gonna go finish my gallon tall tiki drink. Smiles!
I’m proud of myself forhow well i’ve kept to my one a day blog regimen. Rain.shine. Tiki.drinks or not!
Odie mama