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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Looking Through Forgotten Drafts

I recently found this draft that I'd never posted, and I like it as much or more than I did originally:  

On Myth & Moor by Terri Windling, I found the following : 
Some time ago I stumbled across these words by children's book writer Cornelia Funke (author of The Thief Lord, Inkheart,  etc.), and they've been pinned to the wall above my desk ever since:
"I pledge to use books as doors to other minds, old and young, girl and boy, man and animal.
"I pledge to use books to open windows to a thousand different worlds and to the thousand different faces of my own world.
"I pledge to use books to make my universe spread much wider than the world I live in every day.
"I pledge to treat my books like friends, visiting them all from time to time and keeping them close."
Looking through other drafts that were never completed, I found this:

Found on Martine's blog 

The witchery of living
is my whole conversation
with you my darlings.
All I can tell you is what I know.
Look, and look again.
This world is not just a little thrill for the eyes.
It's more than bones.
It's more than the delicate wrist with its personal pulse.
It's more than the beating of the single heart.
It's praising.
It's giving until the giving feels like receiving.
You have a life - just imagine that!
You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe still another.
- Mary Oliver

 I have 23 drafts that have been sitting there.  Books I never reviewed, things I liked, links to stuff, etc.  Looking over the the list was interesting, and maybe I'll look at some of the others more closely later, but I loved these two and wanted to share.

This article is recent, but interesting--Silent Book Clubs, reading in solidarity.


  1. Love those quotes from Cornelia much so that I'm printing them out to have by my desk, too. Glad you posted these! :D

    1. :) Cornelia Funke has made some worthy pledges, especially since she is an author of books for young people.

  2. Ditto ^^ Lark--these are too good not to borrow for my library.

    1. I liked the article about Silent Book Clubs, too.

    2. Seeing a group of people silently engaged with books could be inspirational. I know I'd want to join the fun.

    3. The quotes would look great in your lovely library!

  3. What a treasure trove! Even if you don't end up using some of what you find, it'll be interesting to travel down memory lane.

    I love these two passages you shared. Especially the Cornelia Funke one.

    Thamk you for sharing!

    1. It was fun looking through the drafts. There were reviews of books that I never posted and had quite forgotten about, but there were also some links that enjoyed revisiting!