Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Let the party begin

Welcome to my party! Remember, it lasts all week, so please come back again and often.

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Everyday this week, I will post a quote that resonates with me in my writing journey. I'll start off today with:

If you only reach one person with your art, you will have succeeded.
---my mother.

I am sure this idea is not original to my mother, but when she said it to me in my first year in music school as I lamented the fact that only very few people came to the lunch-hour recital series that I performed in, it made a huge impact. My focus has shifted from music to writing, but the thought is still very much relevant.

And now the contest. Some rules:
  1. You may enter every day, but only once a day.
  2. Because I am a poor unpublished writer, I am limiting the contestants to those who live in the continental US so I don't go broke with postage.
  3. I want my parents and children to read this blog so it is rated G.
  4. Some days I may run two contests and if you fulfill the requirements for both contests, your name will be entered in both.
  5. Limit yourselves to two drinks at the party (note the poor unpublished author info above.)
  6. Any other rules I realize later that I need. (How's that for covering all my bases?)

Let the games begin!

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Quick, give me a famous movie line.

Show me the money!

If you build it, they will come.

I'm not being ignored, am I?

The station is now the ultimate power in the universe.

I'd never hurt you, Margaret.

You talkin' to me?

Most people can spout off line after line of movie quotes. (Incidentally, the person who identifies all the movie quotes will be entered into a different book giveaway, and you may enter both contests if you wish.)

So, the contest is:

Quick, give me a memorable line from a book, any book, and remember to keep it G-rated. Tell me the book title, and if you choose, why that line is the first one that popped into your head.

Leave your answers in the comments section and make sure you leave me a way to contact you electronically.

Party on, Garth.


Anonymous said...

Oh no, I am stumped! My brain is a blank, empty void...

I love the quote of your mom's! What a gift she must be!

"We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto."

Frankly my dear, I don't give a (darn)...

Corey Schwartz said...

"Let the wild rumpus start."- WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, Maurice Sendak. Why did this pop in my head first? I don't know.. maybe because President Obama read it recently.

Yat-Yee said...

Meredith: I know the blank brain feeling all too well!

Do you have a book quote to share with us?

Corey Schwartz said...

I blogged an twittered about this so hopefully you'll get some great entries.

PurpleClover said...

Can we cheat? I've never read the following book (it's on my list) but thought it was a great line:

She seemed glad to see me when I appeared in the kitchen, and by watching her I began to think there was some skill involved in being a girl. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 12

If you need one that I remember from the top of my head: Then I always remember the poem in Song of Solomon (bible) chapter 1 vs 2: May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth for your expressions of endearment are sweeter than wine. (differs by version)

Solvang Sherrie said...

"It was a dark and stormy night."

It's the first line in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Such a cliché opening, but a great book.

Rebecca said...

"But that is not all, oh no, that is not all" -- from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess. Why that one? Maybe because I always think of rhyming stuff? Or because I've read that book so many times that I almost have it memorized.

a. fortis said...

Party on!! Happy blogoversary to you. I also am suffering from total brain blankness.

Okay. Here's something. I guess because it rhymes, and I picked this poem to memorize and recite in front of the class in fifth grade:

"I cannot go to school today," said little Peggy Ann McKay. "I have the measles, and the mumps, a gash, a rash, and purple bumps!"

from "Sick" by Shel Silverstein

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks for playing, even when your brain has decided to take a break ;)