Friday, March 12, 2010

Finding inspiration

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  Jack London had a simple formula for finding inspiration as a writer.

You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.
Jack London 
 Sounds like he would have been a good newspaperman. I've worn out a few clubs.

WORD OF THE DAY: I found this sentence the other day on And now, three years since Mr. Robinson died at age 88, the state that once subjugated him has put its money and imprimatur on a museum devoted to his life and legacy.

Naturally, I had to look up imprimatur.
Pronunciation: \ˌim-prə-ˈmä-ˌtr, im-ˈpri-mə-ˌtr, -ˌtyr\
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin, let it be printed, from imprimere to print, from Latin, to imprint, impress — more at impress
Date: 1640
1 a : a license to print or publish especially by Roman Catholic episcopal authority b : approval of a publication under circumstances of official censorship
2 a : sanctionapproval b : imprint c : a mark of approval or distinction 
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1 comment:

  1. Like the quote, Tom. Reminds me something attributed - I think - to Al Capone, about a friendly word and a gun.