emily benedict gascoyne

ruminations & realities


writing curiosities

my answers to the basic 5

who

who

Who do I write about? I write about the people in my life, and the relationships and lifetimes they comprise—the obvious family members, mother and father, grandmother...

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what

what

What do I write? I write about the search for, and discovery of, truth. The truth we know when we’re young, but are too young to know we know it. The truth we avoid as...

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when

when

When do I write? I write all the time; if not on paper or computer, then in my mind. Words are my oxygen – as natural as breathing, they flow in . . . and out . . ....

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where

where

Where do I write? As many writing junkies confess, I’ve literally written anywhere the muse beckoned; with, and on anything. From predictable—fountain pen journal...

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why

why

Why do I write? I write because it feels right. To write. To touch and be touched. To return to the past and understand from where I came; to possibly see where I am...

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musings and meditations

my fav quotes and excerpts - hover thumbnails below

“Authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It’s a practice—a conscious choice of how we want to live. Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen. Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection – photo credit

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No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter – photo credit

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When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.” Anais Nin – photo credit

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Where we are from, where we come from, that doesn’t make us, it can’t be all that we are … madness brings clarity.” Abi Morgan’s cinematic character River, River – photo credit

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“…concision is not a definitive virtue, on occasion one loses out by talking too much, it is true, but how much has also been gained by saying more than was strictly necessary.”  José Saramago, The Stone Raft –  photo credit 

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If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell.”  Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar – photo credit

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“Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in the cave, that was so dreaded, has become the center. Joseph Campbell, Reflections on the Art of Living – photo credit

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I am for all time and eternity bound to Denys, to love the ground he walks upon, to be happy beyond words when he is here, and to suffer worse than death many times when he leaves.” Baroness Karen von Blixen, Out of Africa – photo credit

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I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.” Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita – photo credit William Claxton

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I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” Audre Lorde – photo credit

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“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”  Carl Gustav Jung – photo credit

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Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everybody else.”  Margaret Mead – photo credit

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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly in to the past.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby – photo credit

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The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherf**king sh*t out of it.” Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar – photo credit

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  • Brené Brown
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Anais Nin
  • Abi Morgan
  • José Saramago
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Baroness Karen von Blixen
  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Audre Lorde
  • Carl Jung
  • Margaret Mead
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Cheryl Strayed