about

stephanie roberts author 2014

Oceans and Fire is my journey as an author,
from the fire of dreaming to the oceans of being.

Being: How

  •  i find deep pleasure in some very simple quiet things
  •  i take the presence of fear in my life more seriously than the threat of disease

“It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” — Wendell Berry

  •  i have been saved from my insufferability by my unsaving
  •  i can’t bear indifferent people in my personal life, likewise if you forget that i love you i will remind you
  • i try to look out for the people i love

“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” — Margaret Laurence

“I’d love to be one of those guys with a really methodical Process With A Capital P, but my brain just refuses to operate that way. Those guys seem so confident and relaxed. Not me. I’m a wreck when I’m working, especially if it’s on something I care about.” — Bobby McKenna

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”—Franz Kafka

“Everything depends on how near you sleep to me.”Leonard Cohen

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” —Cadet Maxim, Taking Chances

“People tell you who they are, but we ignore it – because we want them to be who we want them to be.” — Don Draper, Mad Men

“Love casts out fear; but conversely fear casts out love. And not only love. Fear also casts out intelligence, casts out goodness, casts out all thought of beauty and truth.” —Aldous Huxley

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” Louise Erdrich 

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” —Jane Austen

“If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.”Charles Bukowski 

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