Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quick Update by BJ Neblett

Look for a year end tally and run down of all of my stories and books and where you can find them this weekend. Right now I have a couple of quick items to share. As always, click the links!
Fellow writer and blogger Jessica Collins has posted a very nice interview she did with me on her blog site. Be sure to check it out and leave a comment. And while you are there, give a look at this wonderful writer's home page and her Facebook page. Tell her I sent you!
I mentioned here before that I will be teaching a course in short story writing, Short Stories And Shorter Stories starting in February at Seattle's Hugo House For Writers. Click here for schedule and details. We'll I am pleased to announce I have been asked to return for the Spring Semester. I'll be teaching Intro To Fiction. Check back here and at Hugo House for details as time nears.
Finally, I have said it before and I guess I will keep saying it... I am always surprised, indeed overwhelmed at how far my words sometimes travel and how they are used. I'll let the following email I received this week speak for itself. Again, check back here in the near future for more info.

Message : I am writing a memoir which will include an account of my treatment for cancer, when I was helped and moved by a nurse quoting "We are the sum total of our experiences...." from "George". I wonder if I might have your permission to reproduce that paragraph (up to "..nor  will be tomorrow") in my book. With many thanks in anticipation. Kind regards.

Thanks and peace.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Who Said That? by BJ Neblett

Hello once again and welcome to our year end round up and house cleaning.  First order of business is something that finds me at once honored and humbled. Many quotes attributed to me have found their way into the most interesting places, including being used as photo tags and within the text of motivational and inspirational speeches. I am often asked about their origin and where they can be found. Below is a list of what has turned out to be my most popular quotes, and their source, be it one of my books, short stories or just a quip of the lips. I hope you enjoy them. Next week look for a full catalogue of my publications. Thanks.

“The things we keep hidden deepest inside are often those that need most to be released.”
                        Princess Haylee from Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett (9-2016)

“I am just a roadside attraction on your journey down life’s highway, a place you stop briefly before moving on. Years from now, in a long forgotten box of memories, you’ll come across one of my souvenirs and think of me. And maybe you’ll smile.”
                        BJ Neblett (8-2016)

“Every journey must proceed at its own pace, each step following the other in its proper order. For that is the way of life.”
                        Planet Alt-Sete-Nine by BJ Neblett (7-2016)

“It’s not what you see, but what you believe. It’s not what you fear, but what you trust. It’s not what you love, but the love you give.”
                        Princess Haylee from Princess Haylee by BJ Neblett (7-2016)

“It’s not what is said, it’s how it is spoken; it’s not what you write, it’s how it is written; it’s not what’s implied, it’s what’s inferred.”
                        BJ Neblett (from the essay Flash Fiction 12-2015)

“Sex mirrored our drinking; both defined our relationship: indulgent and satisfying.”
                       From: A Change Is Gonna Come by BJ Neblett (Forthcoming memoir)

“You’ve got to have ice cream to write good romance.”
                        BJ Neblett

“A love letter lost in the mail, forgotten, miss-delivered, and then discovered years later and received by the intended is romantic. A love letter ending up in someone’s spam filter is just annoying.”
                        BJ Neblett

“The half empty container of warm beer in my hand was the perfect metaphor for our relationship.”
                        From Beer And Broken Dreams by BJ Neblett

“Some of my best writing has come at the hands of heartache and frustration. Being totally crazy about someone you cannot have is great food for inspiration.”
                        From Beer And Broken Dreams by BJ Neblett

“The two greatest assets a writer can have are an unbridled imagination and to have lived an unabashed life.”
                        From All The Wrong Places by BJ Neblett

“Where exactly lays that fine line between hopeless romantic and helpless fool?”
                        From Beer And Broken Dreams by BJ Neblett

“Fantasies… who needs fantasies? I have memories.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“Love knows no boundaries, seeks no guidance; obeys no rules.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“Nothing is as wonderful and wondering as love’s first awakenings.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“There are as many things to love about someone as there are some ones to love.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“Can anyone ever really know another?”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“We’re all victims of our rearing, carrying the sins of our fathers like so much baggage; fearful of the demons inside escaping.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“Never having done something is the best reason to be doing it.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“Summer is for lovers, dreamers and fools.”
                        From No Boundaries by BJ Neblett

“Memories are reality’s ghosts”
                        From Three Of A Kind by BJ Neblett

“Love doesn’t ask much… simple things, like a gentle touch.”
                        BJ Neblett

“…As tender as a kiss
My empty arms enfold you,
And as strong as a tear
My empty heart longs for you…”
                        From: Mi Amor Es Tuyo by BJ Neblett

“See with your mind, speak with your heart, touch with your eyes, and love with your entire being.”
                        From: Elysian Dreams by BJ Neblett

“The past is a hotel. You can visit anytime; enjoy the view. But you can’t live there. The cost is too high.”
                        From: Elysian Dreams by BJ Neblett

“Yesterday’s faults become today’s lessons. Today’s dreams become tomorrow’s reality.”
                        BJ Neblett

“Loving you is like walking between rain drops.”
                        From Never Let A Vegetarian Pack Your Lunch by BJ Neblett

“Where does one run to escape from feelings?”
                        From Rain by BJ Neblett

“Remembering the past is one thing; living in it is another. If you don’t enjoy today, you won’t have any memories of it tomorrow.”
                        From Static by BJ Neblett

“We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”
                        From George by BJ Neblett   

“Providence has its price.”
                        From The Man Who Wouldn’t Die by BJ Neblett

“I’ve been told I am a great catch. Trouble is I keep getting thrown back.”
                        BJ Neblett

All the women of the world have two things in common: one, they are beautiful… all women are beautiful. Two, none of them want to have anything to do with me.”
                        BJ Neblett

 Learn from the past 
 Live for the present
 Look to the future.
                          BJ Neblett

“Education is what happens as you learn to live life.”
                        BJ Neblett

“You might as well laugh at yourself, everyone else is.”
                        BJ Neblett

Note: Planet Alt-Sete-Nine and Princess Haylee are books tentatively scheduled for release Spring/Summer, 2017 and Winter, 2017 respectively. A Change Is Gonna Come is a follow up to my memoir Ice Cream Camelot. No release date yet. “Mi Amor Es Tuyo” is a poem/song.

Check back next week for info on where you can find these and all of my other books and short stories.