Notable Quotable

Final Notable Quotable of 2013: Study Greatness


“Study! Do your homework! I used to always tell you, do your homework. Get footage! How the fuck are you going to know how to be great if you don’t study GREATNESS?!” ~Tracy Morgan, 2012

Well, here we are. Closing out a third year of writing and telling narrative. This year was a very, er… MIXED year. I won’t really get into that, but I think it was successful in some choice aspects. The first book of The Twisted World came out, and we’re well on our way into the next book with hopes that it will also be out this summer. (more…)

Notable Quotable: It’s Up To You to Make It Happen


I waited there outside, and I was the first person when he pulled up. He got out of that car, and he was so beautiful. He looked right at me… and I didn’t know what to do! I mean, I couldn’t say anything, I couldn’t even move. I never even talked to him and he was RIGHT THERE… I still have that red bandanna.

The thing is, you never know, you know? Had I at least said SOMETHING…. you never know.

Anyway, the point is I totally realized, fate! There IS fate. But it only takes you so far, because once you’re there it’s up to you to make it happen.

~Jenna Elfman, Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

What is fate? What is opportunity? Are they not the same thing? Maybe fate isn’t as complex as a series of events that will always play out regardless of the actions that you take. Maybe fate is just a synonym for opportunity, moments where everything is positioned JUST RIGHT for you to take an action, to move forward.  (more…)

Notable Quotable: Story Lives In Everything We Do

“Kung Fu lives in everything we do, Xiao Dre. It lives in how we put on the jacket, how we take off the jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything… is Kung Fu.” ~Jackie Chan, The Karate Kid (2010)

Hey guys. I’ve been meaning to do this Notable Quotable for a while now, but obviously recent events have slowed me down significantly. So please bear with me as I’m bound to make a few errors here and there.

This is probably the most important quotable that will ever appear on this blog for one very important reason, notably through the title of the post. If we change a few words, the meaning of it becomes much, much more potent, as evidenced below:


Final Notable Quotable of 2011: Live A Life You’re Proud Of

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ” ~Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Well boys and girls, it looks to be about that time. Tick-tock goes the clock and this year comes to a close, just like all the others before it.  This will be the final post as well as the last Notable Quotable of 2011, and I wanted to share it with you.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one of my favorite films of all time now, chokes me up every single time I watch it. This particular monologue is powerful indeed, and more or less encapsulates everything that I have told you about over the past few months. (more…)

Notable Quotable: What I Do Defines Me

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” ~Christian Bale, Batman Begins (2005)

I realized we hadn’t done a notable quotable in a long while, so I wanted to bring up a rather poignant one (and yes I do realize that this is the second notable quotable I’ve pulled from Batman Begins; What can I say, it was good writing).

The poetic and simultaneously blunt nature of this line is moving, because it cuts out a lot of the edges and gets straight to the point. This is a great, great thing to motivate you not just as an aspiring storyteller, but also everyday in your life.

Notable Quotable: I Must Not Fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Dune (1965)

Another wonderful, absolutely DELICIOUS quote for today’s Notable Quotable. I’ve said it a few times before, but it bears repeating: There are many forms of fiction and other creative works that do not personally interest me, but are constructed like absolute dreams; Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of them.

What you’re reading up above there is “The Litany Against Fear”, a chant used by the Bene Gesserit sisterhood in the Dune universe to calm themselves when they are distressed.

As Danika and I go back and forth in our project endeavors, I frequently describe to her a concept that I call “fiction bleedthrough.” I’ve briefly mentioned this in a previous post discussing fictional things that become reality, such as “handheld computers” (smartphones, tablets and the like).


Notable Quotable: You Don’t Have It

“You know all there is to know about fighting, so there’s no sense in us going down that same ol’ road again. To beat this guy, you need speed.

You don’t have it. And your knees can’t take the pounding, so hard running is out. And you got arthritis in your neck, and you’ve got calcium deposits on most of your joints, so sparring is out.

So what we’ll be calling on, is good ol’ fashioned blunt force trauma. Horse Power. Heavy duty, cast-iron pile-driving punches that will have to hurt so much they’ll rattle his ancestors. Everytime you hit him with a shot, it’s gotta feel like he tried kissing the express train. Yeah.

Let’s start building some hurtin’ bombs.”

-Tony Burton, Rocky Balboa (2006)