When I'm truly absorbed in what I'm writing, the inspiration doesn't stop for me each time I close my laptop and call it quits for the day. On the contrary, inspiration is a very panoramic thing. Music and lyrics bring out new emotions and unexpected ideas for what will happen when I sit down again to write; poetry takes on new and broader meaning; the energy of those singers, those lyricists, those poets become a mobile spinning through the atmosphere.

Below are the titles and passages of works that I find inspiring, and that I hope might inspire others.



APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

-T.S. Eliot, taken from The Waste Land

"must try to write simply, fully, freely, from my heart. Quietly, caring nothing for success or failure, but just going on?"
-Katherine Mansfield

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."
-T.E. Lawrence

When the rain falls and enters
The earth, when a pearl drops into
The depth of the sea, you can
Dive in the sea and find the
Pearl, you can dig in the earth
And find the water. But no one
Has ever come back from the
Underground Springs. Once gone, life
Is over for good. My chest
Tightens against me. I have
No one to turn to. Nothing,
Not even a shadow in a mirror.
-Mei Yao Ch'en

"In life, the microphone passes your lips but once... you had better be ready to sing."
-David Foster



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