An Amateur Author's Odyssey to Recognition

First and Final Words of March, 2017

Speak Easy, by Catherynne M. Valente

First Word: There’s this ragamuffin city out east, you know? Sitting pretty with a river on each arm, lit up in her gladdest rags since 1624. She’ll tell you she’s seen it all, boy howdy, the deep own and the high up, champagne and syphilis, pearls and puke. Oh, she’s a cynical doll, nothing new to her.

Final Word: Reading this, you might almost think you’re reading the voice of that same city, all smoky and seductive and never quite smiling.


The Secret History of Twin Peaks, by Mark Frost

First Word: A wise man once told me that mystery is the most essential ingredient of life, for the following reason: mystery creates wonder, which leads to curiosity, which in turn provides the ground for our desire to understand who and what we truly are.

Final: The thing about the wise is they say the obvious thing.


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