A yellow tag on my mirror
Pick up the dry cleaning
Stand up straight
Call your mother
A paper scrap by the coffee machine
Pay the phone bill
Mind your p’s and q’s
Don’t worry so much
Buy more coffee
On the refrigerator, stuck under a magnet
Don’t eat that
Eat this instead
Eat what you want
Drink more water
An email on my computer
Get off Email
Close down Facebook
Okay, maybe five minutes of Facebook
Scribbled on the palm of my hand
Remember the rest
I left you a note
She tossed the salt
Over her shoulder
Not for good luck
But in hopes of
Preserving the moment
Words by J. B. Everett
Photograph “Salt” by Kaptain Kobold © 2011 Creative Commons
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“I decided a long time ago that writers should not be encouraged. They should be discouraged. That’s more helpful to a writer than encouragement, because I think he’s going to learn a lot more that way.” I decided a long time ago that Erskine Caldwell ought to stick to writing, and keep his advice to himself.
Original quote in quotes by Erskine Caldwell
Photograph “Writer’s Block” by Marie Coleman © 2010 Creative Commons
“Writers will happen in the best of families.” So will lawyers, serial killers and reality television stars. I feel so much better now.
Original quote (in quotes) by Rita Mae Brown
Photograph “Pencil Collection” by Kreb’s Class © 2008 Creative Commons
“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.” So can you bring over some wine? I’m revising today. You all rock.
Original quote (in quotes) by Friedrich Nietzsche
Photograph “My 20K Reward” by Pewari © 2010 Creative Commons
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” So if your readers don’t like your work, rest assured, it’s totally that other guy’s fault.
Original quote (in quotes) by E.L. Doctorow
Photograph “Books to be Returned” by Hash Milhan © 2007 Creative Commons