Authors on Deadlines

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish? It’s no coincidence we call them deadlines.” -Tom Robbins-
  • “One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.” -Emile Zola-
  • “Going off the grid is always good for me. It’s the way I’ve started books and finished books and gotten myself out of deadline dooms and things.” -Neil Gaiman-
“After Hours”
  • “With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it’s more a polite suggestion.” -David Benioff-
  • “Like all writers, my greatest inspiration, my ultimate muse is a deadline.” -Dave Barry-
  • “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” -Douglas Adams-


Nature and time have the ability to make the works of man vanish.

Dose of Dr. Gonzo

“I couldn’t imagine, and I don’t say this with any pride, but I really couldn’t imagine writing without a desperate deadline.”

-Hunter S. Thompson-

Whatever we hoped for, dreamed to become has lost past.


Those unremarkable shared moments are sometimes the best of times.

Firsts and Lasts


My shadowed memories differ
From oppressive realities.  I can't
Eliminate the necessitity to create
Luxuriant fictions.

I don't recall when we first met.
Unhoped for loved at first sight? I imagine
You working the room with 
Unstrained beauty.


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