Quote Unquote

Following is a  selection of quotes that struck my fancy or those of my characters. Over the years I’ve read various genres, and you’ll notice the quotes reflect the same eclectic mix.


“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later, Philip K. Dick

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling


“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein

“Nay, this is not wise at all. But sometimes the heart tells us to venture where the mind fears to tread.” River of Tim, Lisa T. Bergren

“Love is not about conquest. The truth is a man can only find true love when he surrenders to it. When he opens his heart to the partner of his soul and says: ‘Here it is! The very essence of me! It is yours to nurture or destroy’.” Lord of the Silver Bow, David Gemmell

“Quit being so hard on yourself. We are what we are; we love what we love. We don’t need to justify it to anyone… not even to ourselves.” The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch


“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

“Courage isn’t the absence of fear, Owen. Courage is moving forward even when you’re afraid.” The Queen’s Poisoner, Jeff Wheeler

“All you have is what you are, and what you give.” The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin


“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.” Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden“Even darkness must pass.” Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien

“Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

And lastly, just for fun.


I hope you enjoyed the quotes. ~till next time, Helen


I Can’t Choose, Don’t Make Me

Welcome to another week of the 2018 challenge. The official topic is the favorite thing I’ve written. To an author that is like asking them to choose between their children.

1_58b57dd2b3a72ae127eed1c52bb28152It could be the first feature I wrote on Amercan art tiles. It was special to me because it was not just my first feature story (and got me started on a writing path that has lasted more than three decades,) but also because I became a tile historian.


Or, it could be one of the three local history books I authored. Two still hold a special place in my heart. The third, not so much. However I refuse to visit the troll that ruined that book’s release.




But the group is marketing for romance authors so the book showcased should be my fiction. Windmaster was my first book so it will always be special.

Then there is Dragon Destiny. It was used as encouragement during a relative’s rehab after surgery. And the main character was based on a family member who has since grown up into a beautiful young woman.

Both those books were followed by others including Hatchling’s Vengeance and Imprisoned in Stone. Each presented a challenge to write and the resultant increase in skills makes them a favorite.

But to answer the question?


~till next time, Helen