"You don’t have to have taut flesh or a tight ass or an eternally upright set of tits. You have to find a way to inhabit your body while enacting your deepest desires. You have to be brave enough to build the intimacy you deserve. You have to take off all your clothes and say, “I’m right here.”
Stephen King on writing his first original story as a kid, for his mom:
I remember an immense feeling of possibility at the idea, as if I had been ushered into a vast building filled with closed doors and had been given leave to open any I liked.
I eventually wrote a story about four magic animals who rode around in an old car, helping out little kids. I gave it to my mother, who sat down in the living room, put her pocketbook on the floor beside her, and read it all at once.
"You didn’t copy this one?" she asked when she had finished. I said no, I hadn’t. She said it was good enough to be in a book. Nothing anyone has said to me since has made me feel any happier. I wrote four more stories about Mr. Rabbit Trick and his friends. She gave me a quarter apiece for them.
Four stories. A quarter apiece. That was the first buck I made in this business.
USA Today: A vote on a Texas bill that would severely curtail abortion rights in the state descended into chaos in the early hours of Wednesday morning as lawmakers said the final vote missed a midnight deadline.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session’s deadline. Dewhurst said on Wednesday morning that the abortion bill did not pass.
Photo: Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks as she begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill on June 25 in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)
“I thought of something I learned from reading Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas by Mari Sandoz. Crazy Horse believes that he will be victorious in battle, but if he stops to take spoils from the battlefield, he will be defeated. He tattoos lightning bolts on the ears of his horses so the sight of them will remind him of this as he rides. I tried to apply this lesson to the things at hand, careful not to take spoils that were not rightfully mine.”
"I always had hopes of being a big star. Then, as you get older, you aim a little lower. You just say, Well yeah, you still might make an impression. Everyone wants to leave something behind them—some impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think, You’ve left a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then you’ve left a mark.
"You don’t have to bend the whole world. I think it’s better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues, and enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high? Hooray for you."
—Drag legend Dorian Corey (1937-1993), Paris Is Burning