Other Pens

“Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.” -Kathleen Kelly (You’ve Got Mail)

I have struggled in the past with the fact that any blog I write is basically without a larger purpose.  What makes what I have to say any more worthy to be read then the next person?  As I searched for a way to explain my thoughts on the matter I was reminded of the quote above from one of my favorite movies.  I like this quote, it seems to fit my life right now on so many levels.  I know this will change and my life won’t always feel small but, for the time being it seems an appropriate way to explain myself.  I want to use this blog to send my thoughts and doings out into the world so they can go where the may.  Because, when it comes down to it, I enjoy sharing parts of my life with the world at large.

“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore every body, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.” -Jane Austen (Mansfield Park)

I keep a small book with me to right down ideas or thoughts and quotes that I find.  On the opening page, I have the first sentence of this quote. It just seems so true to Austen’s writing (which I adore) and an appropriate sentiment for the kind of writing I want to do.


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