Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jane Austen and I agree

"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery."
Jane Austen

When I pick up a book to read, I don't want to suffer along with the downtrodden. I don't want to sludge through the mires of mankind.
I want to laugh. I want to look at the glass half full, and I get very impatient with people who are trying to pound it into my head that the glass is half empty.
Yes, I have read some heartrending fiction. I cry easily when the plot takes me to an emotional pothole. But by and large, I don't want to DWELL on gloom, despair, and agony. The brooding hero doesn't get much sympathy from me.
And therefore, when I write, I write what I would like to read. One parent gave me one of the best compliments I have ever had. She said she trusted me because even though I took her children to a dark place, she knew I would not leave them there.


  1. i love your ideas that is soooooooooo true i just need to write like ime reading of coarse i already do that some times i love youer advise me and my cosin are starting to wright a great book i think thank you soooooooooooo much

  2. 'A brooding hero doesn't get much sympathy from me."

    So...true... O__O
    I could never figure out what it was about some main characters that I just don't like, now I get it! I agree with everything you said in your post too, of course... But that one sentence stood out. Thank you for posting!

  3. This was posted by Galadriel several days ago, but somehow got deleted. So, I am reposting it.

    "Sad is happy for deep people"--Sally Sparrow, Doctor Who. I actually did a blog post on this topic recently. There are two different types of sad stories in my mind. If sadness is rain, some stories are like beautiful spring rains, and others are nasty, unclassifible preceptation that stings the face.

  4. I don't know what I think about "Sad is happy for deep people." I'm still turning it over in my head. I think the quote are words that sounds good but when you really examine the concept, something is missing. In this case it might be the touch of Christ. You can be an ordinary "Joe" and still be blessed, counting all things good, dwelling on the positive, being joyful or content under stressful situations. Thanks for making me think, Galadriel.