“He was an innocent joke.”

Today finishes a quote challenge I very much appreciated, especially since I haven’t been well for quite some time now. Currently, I’m settling into introspection, aiming for the quiet. There’s a lot of work to do, internally. 

Falsehoods, Shame, and Shaky Bravery allowed me to revisit someone I thought was lost. For a while, one could say my feelings were shallow, gray, and almost rehearsed. More recently, I’ve been overwhelmed. I’ve been falling flat on my face. Several times, I’ve been asked, “What’s going on here?” I haven’t issued an answer, as I can’t explain much myself. I think this quote will do: 

“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.” – Henri Frederic Amiel.

I’m going to share what I consider my best piece of writing. I’ve submitted this story to dozens of journals, and it has been denied. Of course, I can’t let that bother me. But I keep revisiting this story, adjusting it to reflect whatever impact I’ve felt by a certain handful of people. I think, ten years after the first draft, I can take this further. 

(The story written has been removed as I have chosen to submit it for outside publication).


I’d arrange a bundle of three bloggers, but really, I want quotes from all of you. Any of you. Words in their sincerity. 



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