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-

-K-

Authors on Coffee and Cigarettes II

Another Nickel’s Worth of Wisdom

  • “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”-Dave Barry-
  • “Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suicide.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“Reflection”
  • “Don’t stir all the warmth out of your coffee; drink it.” -Kate Chopin-
  • “Some very considerable part of the gestural language of public places that had once belonged to cigarettes now belonged to phones.” -William Gibson-
  • “I like coffee exceedingly…” -H.P. Lovecraft-

-K-

Authors on Working

Several Cents Worth of Common Sense

  • “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.” -Arthur Miller-
  • “You should not confuse your career with your life.” -Dave Barry-
  • “Do not whine…Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” -Joan Didion-
“Notice”

  • “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-
  • “Apparently I lack some particular perversion which today’s employer is seeking.” -Patrick Kennedy Toole-
  • “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you are a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” -Kurt Vonnegut-
  • “In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not subversive.” -Bill Waterson-

-K-

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