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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thinkin' Thursday - Words to Touch Someone By

Yesterday I started reading 'A Twisted Ladder' by Rhodi Hawk. This is her debut novel; a Southern Gothic. So, here I sat in my recliner, reading the first few pages when a line struck me. Profound enough that I grabbed one of my highlighters & covered the words in lime green. Here it is:

"Beads formed and traced lines of clarity down the glass."

The simplicity of it, mono-syllable mostly, created a picture that really brightened my view of the world she was creating. Which leads to the question; what lines in your reading really stood out for you? What resonated as pure beauty, genius or both?

Happy Writing,



  1. I love that line...
    Off the top of my head I will repeat a line that is so famous it is cliche. But I love it for what the author conveyed so much that I gave my daughter Rose as a middle name.

    Yes, William S. said, "A rose by any other name would spell as sweet."

    This is a character, Romeo, who was referring to Juliet, the member of a rival house. I am so glad we don't simply hate another family because of something their ancestors did. At least, I don't.

    Everyone is invited to my blog Halloween party.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  2. I recently read this in "Death of the Heart" by Elizabeth Bowen:

    "We are minor in everything but our passions."
    "Wherever did you read that?"
    "Nowhere: I woke up and heard myself saying it, one night."
    "How pompous you were in the night. I'm so glad I was asleep."

    It really struck me as funny in an insightful way.


  3. Nancy,
    A rose by any other name is such a beautiful sentiment.
    You're right, it is funny. I got a tickle out of it.
    Thanks for the comments ladies.