Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Introducing Footnotes (new link-up, get excited!)

If there's one thing readers, writers, bloggers and even normal humans love doing, it's quoting each other.

AA Milne wrote, “[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business." I enjoy the irony of this -- when he wrote these words, did he picture future generations wanting to quote it, yet not wanting to quote it for fear of hypocrisy, and laugh to himself? Maybe there's truth in it, too; maybe sometimes we hide behind the words of others. But I'm sure that our yen for quotations is more than a cheap recycling of others' thoughts. To explain what I mean -- and, in the explanation, give an example -- I'm going to quote F. Scott Fitzgerald.

It's all getting a bit meta, isn't it?

F. Scott Fitzgerald

We quote others because, when their words match our feelings, we find ourselves part of some great and unstoppable tide of literature. Others have stood where you stand now. Others have felt what you are feeling, and translated that heart into language, and spoken it out. “You belong."

Now, do you remember way back in the dark and misty past of October 2015?

Hahaha, me neither, but reliable sources tell me that was the month when Ashley and I started a link-up called Starting Sparks. 

Starting Sparks has since reached its conclusion -- to quote (see, there's a theme going on here, folks) a wise Kenyan baker, “Everything that has a beginning has an end." But your favourite dynamic link-up hosting duo is back, and, to quote someone somewhere, “it's going to be fun!"


It's an easy concept, really. On the first of each month, Ashley and I will post a quotation-related prompt. You will choose a quotation and tell us why. That simple. This month we're starting easy:

A quotation from an author.

Hope to see you around!

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(And, to start us off on a good note, comment one or more of your favourite quotations!)

10 comments:

  1. I loved Staring Sparks, so excited for the new link up. Also perfect timing, because I needed to think of a blog post for tomorrow and this just solved my dilemma.

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    1. Wonderful! I see you've already posted, thank you so much -- I can't wait to read it! :D <3

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  2. I love this idea so much! I'm for sure going to be participating. :)

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    1. I'm so glad! Thank you for the comment and for the follow, Gennifer! <3

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  3. This sounds interesting! I may have to participate in this. My blogging schedule is always so packed. XD

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  4. Quite meta. Thus I love it!

    I love how you intro the link-up with quotes! I wasn't half as clever, but I tried. XD

    Anyhow, so excited for this! And I rather like that Fitzgerald quote.

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    1. Oh yes! And yes. And yes Fitzgerald.

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  5. This sounds like a great new link up - count me in! :)

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Thanks for commenting! :)