Category Archives: Curl My Toes (who said that?)

Rainer Maria Rilke on memories, nights, love #quote

I just need to say:   Rainer Maria Rilke And you thought old German poets were boring. Also, there’s more to that quote, but cutting it off THERE is perfect for today. mjanecolette TellMe@mjanecolette.com WANT LOVE LETTERS? ¬†ūüíē¬†SIGN UP FOR

Rainer Maria Rilke on memories, nights, love #quote

I just need to say:   Rainer Maria Rilke And you thought old German poets were boring. Also, there’s more to that quote, but cutting it off THERE is perfect for today. mjanecolette TellMe@mjanecolette.com WANT LOVE LETTERS? ¬†ūüíē¬†SIGN UP FOR

Anne Lamott on discipline (not that kind) (well, sort of) (where’s my whip) #quote

I am a big believer in the value of applied discipline, as is my heroine, Anne Lamott:   Discipline,¬†I¬†have¬†learned,¬†leads¬†to¬†freedom, and¬†there¬†is¬†meaning in¬†freedom. Anne Lamott Anne Lamott, of course, is the author Bird by Bird, which is among the very few books

Anne Lamott on discipline (not that kind) (well, sort of) (where’s my whip) #quote

I am a big believer in the value of applied discipline, as is my heroine, Anne Lamott:   Discipline,¬†I¬†have¬†learned,¬†leads¬†to¬†freedom, and¬†there¬†is¬†meaning in¬†freedom. Anne Lamott Anne Lamott, of course, is the author Bird by Bird, which is among the very few books

Pierre Berton on pornographers #quote

All you need to know about adjectives, from the granddaddy of Canadian literature: The¬†worst¬†offenders¬†are¬†the¬†pornographers¬†who¬†have¬†never¬†met¬†an¬†adjective¬†they¬†did¬†not¬†like. Pierre Berton And let’s not get started on adverbs. Oooh. Unless we’re talking about these adverbs: Daniel Handler’s Adverbs are (is?) good and you should read

Pierre Berton on pornographers #quote

All you need to know about adjectives, from the granddaddy of Canadian literature: The¬†worst¬†offenders¬†are¬†the¬†pornographers¬†who¬†have¬†never¬†met¬†an¬†adjective¬†they¬†did¬†not¬†like. Pierre Berton And let’s not get started on adverbs. Oooh. Unless we’re talking about these adverbs: Daniel Handler’s Adverbs are (is?) good and you should read

On finding paradise #quote #curlymytoes #whosaidthat

Yeeessss: Women had found paradise in his arms before now‚ÄĒand told him so, with considerable emphasis and eloquence. He had accepted the assurance cheerfully, because he had not really cared whether they found paradise or only the Champs Elysees, so

On finding paradise #quote #curlymytoes #whosaidthat

Yeeessss: Women had found paradise in his arms before now‚ÄĒand told him so, with considerable emphasis and eloquence. He had accepted the assurance cheerfully, because he had not really cared whether they found paradise or only the Champs Elysees, so

On NOT searching for perfection (for writers) #quote #amwriting #advice

I wish I could explain to “aspiring authors” and “I love to write, but I just don’t have the time” writers how important this is: One¬†thing¬†I¬†learned¬†real¬†early¬†in¬†my¬†career¬†is¬†that¬†if¬†you¬†wait¬†for¬†the¬†perfect¬†mood,¬†or¬†the¬†perfect¬†place,¬†or¬†the¬†perfect¬†situation¬†for¬†writing,¬†you‚Äôll¬†never¬†write¬†a¬†word. John Nichols mjanecolette TellMe@mjanecolette.com WANT LOVE LETTERS? ¬†ūüíē¬†SIGN UP FOR LOVE LETTERS & GET

On NOT searching for perfection (for writers) #quote #amwriting #advice

I wish I could explain to “aspiring authors” and “I love to write, but I just don’t have the time” writers how important this is: One¬†thing¬†I¬†learned¬†real¬†early¬†in¬†my¬†career¬†is¬†that¬†if¬†you¬†wait¬†for¬†the¬†perfect¬†mood,¬†or¬†the¬†perfect¬†place,¬†or¬†the¬†perfect¬†situation¬†for¬†writing,¬†you‚Äôll¬†never¬†write¬†a¬†word. John Nichols mjanecolette TellMe@mjanecolette.com WANT LOVE LETTERS? ¬†ūüíē¬†SIGN UP FOR LOVE LETTERS & GET

Your anti-Valentine’s Day Quote #gbshaw #quote #whosaidthat #notromantic

Because I hate Valentine’s Day: (But I love you.) ‚ÄúWhen¬†two¬†people¬†are¬†under¬†the¬†influence¬†of¬†the¬†most¬†violent,¬†most¬†insane,¬†most¬†delusive,¬†and¬†most¬†transient¬†of¬†passions,¬†they¬†are¬†required¬†to¬†swear¬†that¬†they¬†will¬†remain¬†in¬†that¬†excited,¬†abnormal, and¬†exhausting¬†condition¬†continuously¬†until¬†death¬†do¬†them¬†part.‚ÄĚ George Bernard Shaw Yeah, so he was a crank, but he had a point. I’m not anti-marriage. Or anti-love. Fuck, I write romance (sort of) novels for a living!

Your anti-Valentine’s Day Quote #gbshaw #quote #whosaidthat #notromantic

Because I hate Valentine’s Day: (But I love you.) ‚ÄúWhen¬†two¬†people¬†are¬†under¬†the¬†influence¬†of¬†the¬†most¬†violent,¬†most¬†insane,¬†most¬†delusive,¬†and¬†most¬†transient¬†of¬†passions,¬†they¬†are¬†required¬†to¬†swear¬†that¬†they¬†will¬†remain¬†in¬†that¬†excited,¬†abnormal, and¬†exhausting¬†condition¬†continuously¬†until¬†death¬†do¬†them¬†part.‚ÄĚ George Bernard Shaw Yeah, so he was a crank, but he had a point. I’m not anti-marriage. Or anti-love. Fuck, I write romance (sort of) novels for a living!

Tim Parks on the life beautiful #quote #whosaidthat #attachment

Yes, for me too: Precisely¬†the¬†problem¬†for¬†me¬†is¬†that¬†life is¬†so¬†so¬†beautiful. I¬†am¬†very¬†attached to¬†it. Tim Parks Tim Parks is a British novelist whom I encountered through his memoir Teach Us To Stand Still, from which this quote is taken, which he (or his publisher) calls “a

Tim Parks on the life beautiful #quote #whosaidthat #attachment

Yes, for me too: Precisely¬†the¬†problem¬†for¬†me¬†is¬†that¬†life is¬†so¬†so¬†beautiful. I¬†am¬†very¬†attached to¬†it. Tim Parks Tim Parks is a British novelist whom I encountered through his memoir Teach Us To Stand Still, from which this quote is taken, which he (or his publisher) calls “a

Maria Popova on universal human longing #quote #whosaidthat

This: Among¬†our¬†most¬†universal¬†human¬†longings¬†is¬†to¬†affect the¬†world¬†with¬†our¬†actions¬†somehow, to¬†leave¬†an¬†imprint with¬†our¬†existence. Maria Popova I am not sure if this is a universal human longing. Universal human longings are much more basic: survival. Sex (reproduction… and therefore, survival…). Belonging (which is essential for survival…). But. For those

Maria Popova on universal human longing #quote #whosaidthat

This: Among¬†our¬†most¬†universal¬†human¬†longings¬†is¬†to¬†affect the¬†world¬†with¬†our¬†actions¬†somehow, to¬†leave¬†an¬†imprint with¬†our¬†existence. Maria Popova I am not sure if this is a universal human longing. Universal human longings are much more basic: survival. Sex (reproduction… and therefore, survival…). Belonging (which is essential for survival…). But. For those

How many crayons do you have? #quote #creativity #workwithwhatyouhave

I’m doing the post-mortem on my last Organized Creative workshop, and pondering what to cut, what to add, and I think I might add this: If¬†you¬†have¬†12¬†crayons¬†in¬†your¬†box,¬†use¬†your¬†creativity¬†and¬†resourcefulness to¬†make¬†the¬†best¬†picture you¬†can¬†with¬†those. Don’t¬†spend¬†your¬†time¬†worrying¬†that¬†someone else¬†has¬†48¬†or¬†64¬†crayons. Laurence G. Boldt The quote is from the very thick

How many crayons do you have? #quote #creativity #workwithwhatyouhave

I’m doing the post-mortem on my last Organized Creative workshop, and pondering what to cut, what to add, and I think I might add this: If¬†you¬†have¬†12¬†crayons¬†in¬†your¬†box,¬†use¬†your¬†creativity¬†and¬†resourcefulness to¬†make¬†the¬†best¬†picture you¬†can¬†with¬†those. Don’t¬†spend¬†your¬†time¬†worrying¬†that¬†someone else¬†has¬†48¬†or¬†64¬†crayons. Laurence G. Boldt The quote is from the very thick

Rumi on work and desire #quote #whosaidthat #sufiwisdom

I have work and dharma and purpose on my mind these days, so here you go: Everyone¬†has¬†been¬†made¬†for¬†some¬†particular¬†work, and¬†the¬†desire¬†for that¬†work¬†has¬†been put¬†in¬†every¬†heart. Rumi mjanecolette STAY IN TOUCH TellMe@mjanecolette.com INSTAGRAM¬†*¬†Twitter¬†*¬†GOODREADS¬†*¬†Facebook¬†*¬†LOVE LETTERS mjanecolette.com ¬†ūüíē¬†GET A FREE BOOK!¬†ūüíē BUY TEXT ME, CUPID  

Rumi on work and desire #quote #whosaidthat #sufiwisdom

I have work and dharma and purpose on my mind these days, so here you go: Everyone¬†has¬†been¬†made¬†for¬†some¬†particular¬†work, and¬†the¬†desire¬†for that¬†work¬†has¬†been put¬†in¬†every¬†heart. Rumi mjanecolette STAY IN TOUCH TellMe@mjanecolette.com INSTAGRAM¬†*¬†Twitter¬†*¬†GOODREADS¬†*¬†Facebook¬†*¬†LOVE LETTERS mjanecolette.com ¬†ūüíē¬†GET A FREE BOOK!¬†ūüíē BUY TEXT ME, CUPID  

Omar Khayyam on (what else) love #curlmytoes #whosaidthat #quote

Again with them silver-tongued Persians… How¬†sad,¬†a¬†heart¬†that does¬†not¬†know¬†how¬†to¬†love, that¬†does¬†not¬†know¬†what¬†it¬†is¬†to¬†be¬†drunk¬†with¬†love. If¬†you¬†are¬†not¬†in¬†love,¬†how¬†can¬†you¬†enjoy¬†the¬†blinding¬†light¬†of¬†the¬†sun,¬†the¬†soft¬†light¬†of¬†the¬†moon? Omar¬†Khayyam (View all illustrations from the first English-language edition of the Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam on Wikipedia) mjanecolette //¬†TellMe@mjanecolette.com GET LOVE LETTERS ¬†ūüíē¬†GET A FREE BOOK!¬†ūüíē CHECK OUT TEXT ME, CUPID

Omar Khayyam on (what else) love #curlmytoes #whosaidthat #quote

Again with them silver-tongued Persians… How¬†sad,¬†a¬†heart¬†that does¬†not¬†know¬†how¬†to¬†love, that¬†does¬†not¬†know¬†what¬†it¬†is¬†to¬†be¬†drunk¬†with¬†love. If¬†you¬†are¬†not¬†in¬†love,¬†how¬†can¬†you¬†enjoy¬†the¬†blinding¬†light¬†of¬†the¬†sun,¬†the¬†soft¬†light¬†of¬†the¬†moon? Omar¬†Khayyam (View all illustrations from the first English-language edition of the Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam on Wikipedia) mjanecolette //¬†TellMe@mjanecolette.com GET LOVE LETTERS ¬†ūüíē¬†GET A FREE BOOK!¬†ūüíē CHECK OUT TEXT ME, CUPID

“Can’t you write a book that isn’t about love?” #quote #whosaidthat #curlmytoes

My pseudonym, kittens, is not a coincidence: But can‚Äôt you write a book that isn‚Äôt about love, adultery, semi-incestuous couplings and separation? Aren‚Äôt there other things in life? Henri¬†de Jouvenal to¬†Colette (he was her 2nd husband–of three) Yes. Yes, I

“Can’t you write a book that isn’t about love?” #quote #whosaidthat #curlmytoes

My pseudonym, kittens, is not a coincidence: But can‚Äôt you write a book that isn‚Äôt about love, adultery, semi-incestuous couplings and separation? Aren‚Äôt there other things in life? Henri¬†de Jouvenal to¬†Colette (he was her 2nd husband–of three) Yes. Yes, I

J. Michael Straczynski on transitions and pain #quote #whosaidthat #transition

Something you probably didn’t know or suspect about me: I’m a huge Babylon 5 fan. The future is always all around us, waiting, in moments of transitions,¬† to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of

J. Michael Straczynski on transitions and pain #quote #whosaidthat #transition

Something you probably didn’t know or suspect about me: I’m a huge Babylon 5 fan. The future is always all around us, waiting, in moments of transitions,¬† to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of

J. D. Salinger on digression #quote #whosaidthat

Today, the topic is digressions: The trouble with me is, I like it when somebody digresses. Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye mjanecolette TellMe@mjanecolette.com ūüíē¬†GET A FREE BOOK!¬†ūüíē ūüíėBUY TEXT ME, CUPID¬†‚̧ԳŹ  

J. D. Salinger on digression #quote #whosaidthat

Today, the topic is digressions: The trouble with me is, I like it when somebody digresses. Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher In The Rye mjanecolette TellMe@mjanecolette.com ūüíē¬†GET A FREE BOOK!¬†ūüíē ūüíėBUY TEXT ME, CUPID¬†‚̧ԳŹ  

Maria Popova on developing your own barometer of self-worth #quote

Today, this: Develop an inner barometer for your own value.¬†Resist page views and likes and retweets and all those silly-sounding quantification metrics that will be¬†obsolete within the decade. … They can‚Äôt tell you who you are and what you‚Äôre worth.

Maria Popova on developing your own barometer of self-worth #quote

Today, this: Develop an inner barometer for your own value.¬†Resist page views and likes and retweets and all those silly-sounding quantification metrics that will be¬†obsolete within the decade. … They can‚Äôt tell you who you are and what you‚Äôre worth.

Georgia O’Keefe is thinking of you and doesn’t that make you feel good? #quote #georgiaokeefe

She’s thinking of you, kitten, and so am I: …when I think of you‚ÄĒI think of you rather often‚ÄĒit is always with the wish‚ÄĒa real wish‚ÄĒthat the work is going well‚ÄĒthat nothing interferes ‚ÄĒ Georgia O’Keefe mjanecolette Catch up with

Georgia O’Keefe is thinking of you and doesn’t that make you feel good? #quote #georgiaokeefe

She’s thinking of you, kitten, and so am I: …when I think of you‚ÄĒI think of you rather often‚ÄĒit is always with the wish‚ÄĒa real wish‚ÄĒthat the work is going well‚ÄĒthat nothing interferes ‚ÄĒ Georgia O’Keefe mjanecolette Catch up with

Grateful: Doris Lessing on the essentials #happythanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones moving easily under the flesh. Doris Lessing Grateful to

Grateful: Doris Lessing on the essentials #happythanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones moving easily under the flesh. Doris Lessing Grateful to

Olga Broumas on roses

How do you feel about thorns? “She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns.” // Olga Broumas That’s all for today. mjanecolette STAY IN TOUCH TellMe@mjanecolette.com INSTAGRAM¬†*¬†Twitter¬†*¬†GOODREADS¬†*¬†Facebook¬†*¬†LOVE LETTERS mjanecolette.com ¬†ūüíē¬†GET A

Olga Broumas on roses

How do you feel about thorns? “She who loves roses must be patient and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns.” // Olga Broumas That’s all for today. mjanecolette STAY IN TOUCH TellMe@mjanecolette.com INSTAGRAM¬†*¬†Twitter¬†*¬†GOODREADS¬†*¬†Facebook¬†*¬†LOVE LETTERS mjanecolette.com ¬†ūüíē¬†GET A

HOT READ: Transcending Fire by Casey Moss #newrelease #excerpt

I have a new-to-me author I want to introduce you to today–Casey Moss.¬†Casey ¬†(I’m stealing shamelessly from her bio; here, I’ll just put quotation marks around it, and so it won’t be plagiarism) “delves into the darker aspects of life

HOT READ: Transcending Fire by Casey Moss #newrelease #excerpt

I have a new-to-me author I want to introduce you to today–Casey Moss.¬†Casey ¬†(I’m stealing shamelessly from her bio; here, I’ll just put quotation marks around it, and so it won’t be plagiarism) “delves into the darker aspects of life

SMOLDERING READ: Symphony Amore #bookreview #erotica #musiclovers

I ‚Äúfound‚ÄĚ author Jordan Monroe ¬†(“erotica author, nasty woman, and owner of sexy librarian glasses”) on the cyber-ocean late this summer and there are so many amazing things about her I‚Äôd like to tell you‚ÄĒbut I think the first and

SMOLDERING READ: Symphony Amore #bookreview #erotica #musiclovers

I ‚Äúfound‚ÄĚ author Jordan Monroe ¬†(“erotica author, nasty woman, and owner of sexy librarian glasses”) on the cyber-ocean late this summer and there are so many amazing things about her I‚Äôd like to tell you‚ÄĒbut I think the first and