Friday, March 19, 2010

The Magic Of Words...

Hello friends, 
We are all enamored with books and being transported to other worlds by the exquisite assembly of words. 

With words we can live among fairies in the mist...

Or perhaps be entertained by dancing, petulant fairies...

With words we can express our love, lust, passion.  
(this, below, is one of my favorites EVER. My heart goes BOOM BOOM BOOM):

I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy.  I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die.  I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports.... When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours, I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them. 

~Gustave Flaubert, letter to wife Louise Colet, 15 August 1846

Damn! Dude meant business. HOT. (he had me at gorge) 
Ms. Colet was a very lucky woman.

Words can tell stories of tornadoes...

That send us to see wizards...

Or tempt us down a dark path, Poe's words...

they make us cry and hope and feel...even in our early years...even for spiders!...

Sometimes they send us off to sleep...

Or at least off into a wonderful weekend!

*edited to add a few of my favorite words:

rutabaga (isn't it fun to say?)

Words are things; and a small drop of ink
Falling like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
~ Lord Byron, poet (1788-1824)

Happy Weekend!



sarahjayne smythe said...

You have the best posts. :) Have a great weekend.

B. Miller said...

Love this post! Words are my best friends! Thanks for sharing, Lola. Have a great weekend!

KarenG said...

I love words! Thanks for the reminder!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Wow- That quote was HOT! I love the first fairy pic too- gorgeous!

Thanks for the reminder. I love words! (Especially lackadaisical. That's my fave.)

Jemi Fraser said...

That was fun - I haven't read that quote from Flaubert - wow!!

Enjoy a fabulous weekend :)

roxy said...

Dang, Flaubert. Can you imagine hearing him say that in French? Ooo, la, la. Love this post, Lola!

Katie Ganshert said...

I also love the word insipid! That's such a fun sounding word!

Thanks for visiting my blog today, Lola. I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather today!

Take care,

Postman said...

Every word true! (Man, Gustave is gettin' a little hot and heavy there, ain't he?)

Nothing like being whisked off to another world (by fairies) by, as you put it, an exquisite assembly of words. Something to strive for foremost in writing. Have a lovely weekend, won't you? And keep these effervescent posts coming.

Portia said...

I adore the fairy picture in toe shoes. Thanks for the weekend inspiration :-)

Summer said...

Lovely post! Too bad I didn't know about that Gustave quote before my wedding. :-)

Cop Mama said...

Wonderful photo story! Can you share where you got the images? I'm always trying to find good pictures!

Lola Sharp said...

I always try to give photo credit, whenever I can. With this post, the books come from stock images with no photo credit. One of the photos is by me. And the others are from my apple software, or pictures I've had on file for a long while.

Many of the photos on my blog are either stock that come from my macbook, or stock pictures I've collected over the years. Many come from tumbler and flickr, but in those cases, whenever possible, I give the photographer the credit, or the publication the credit, if that is all I can get.

I hope that helps.

Lexa said...

Wow I absolutely died when I read Gustave Flaubert's quote. It's my new favorite! I demand that my future husband write something along those romanticized lines at least once. =] Wonderful photo story.

Jen said...

Beautiful words, oh and I love the fairies!!!

Terresa said...

And kukaburra...that one always brings to mind the song I've sung in many a Library Story time. The kids love it.

Thanks for the transport, Lola.

Piedmont Writer said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Greenfingers said...

Well I think you know that Byron is a fave of mine Lola!
I loved this post and I love words. I suppose one of the greatest challenges though is been able to make them jump from the page into ones mouth and to be able to say them person to person?
In that, I'm still learning.

Shelley Sly said...

What a fun post! Loved the quote AND the pictures AND the words. I've always liked the word kookaburra too!

ggray said...

Lovely, light and dark, paradoxical and diverse inspiration!

Susan Fields said...

Wow - I love this post! The pictures and quotes are just fantastic. Thanks for sharing. There's something waiting for you at my blog. :)

TechnoBabe said...

Such a great post. Words can transport us and they can make us tingle. Like the quote from the letter to Mrs. Colet.

mo.stoneskin said...

I have to confess I don't often read or think about fairies. Love the letter though, inspiring to read, I ought to write more letters to my wife I think.

E. Elle said...

Your posts are always awesome. How do you do that? ;o) I have something for you at my blog.

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

I am a word whore too. ;)

Dawn Simon said...

Beautiful post--the words and the pics. :) Hope your weekend was great!

Talli Roland said...

Lovely. Really enjoyed it!

Elana Johnson said...

Ah, and by your words, I can tell you're a writer. Great post. :)

DL Hammons said...

I know I left a comment for you Friday regarding this post, but it was from my iPhone, so technology left me holding the bag. Sorry, It must have something least that's the story I'm sticking with. :)

Michele Emrath said...

Beautiful words, yours and the quotes as well. I never know what I'm going to get coming to your blog (though I've only been following for a few days), but I know the imagery will be fantastical.

I saw on Sarah Jayne's blog you have trouble with plot, too--that's my hangup! What do you do about it?


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