Naming Tropical Storms

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George Carlin

“Do you know why hurricanes have names instead of numbers? To keep the killing personal. No one cares about a bunch of people killed by a number. ‘200 Dead as Number Three Slams Ashore’ is not nearly as interesting a headline as ‘Charlie kills 200.’ Death is much more satisfying and entertaining if you personalize it.Me, I’m still waitin’ for Hurricane Ed. Old Ed wouldn’t hurt ya, would he? Sounds kinda friendly. ‘Hell no, we ain’t evacuatin’. Ed’s comin’!”

― George CarlinBrain Droppings

Caitlín R. Kiernan

“Demons never die quietly, and a week ago the storm was a proper demon, sweeping through the Caribbean after her long ocean crossing from Africa, a category five when she finally came ashore at San Juan before moving on to Santo Domingo and then Cuba and Florida. But now she’s grown very old, as her kind measures age, and these are her death throes. So she holds tightly to this night, hanging on with the desperate fury of any dying thing, any dying thing that might once have thought itself invincible.”

Caitlín R. Kiernan

John Green

“If people were rain, I would be a drizzle and she would be a hurricane.”
― John GreenLooking for Alaska

NAMING TROPICAL STORMS

3 Corner Love

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Vera Nazarian

“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:

1. Acceptance
2. Understanding
3. Appreciation

Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.

Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?

So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Ally Carter

“Don’t let two men fall in love with you, girls. It’s not the sort of thing that ends well.”
-Uncle Charles”

― Ally CarterUncommon Criminals

Gabrielle Zevin

“As many have discovered, it is entirely possible (although not particularly desirable) to love two people with all your heart. It is entirely possible to long for two lives, to feel that one life can’t come close to containing it all.”
― Gabrielle ZevinElsewhere
Aprilynne Pike

“I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing.”
― Aprilynne Pike

John Green

“I didn’t know what to say to her – I was caught in a love triangle with one dead side.”
― John Green

3 Corner Love

Love triangles

Funerals

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John Green

“Funerals…are for the living.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

Benjamin J. Carey

“Funerals aren’t scheduled.”
― Benjamin J. CareyBarefoot in November

“God helps everything come to pass. However, he reminds us that nothing comes to stay.”

― Shannon L. Alder300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late

Funerals

Characters in Fiction

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Henry David Thoreau

“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

― Henry David Thoreau

G.K. Chesterton

“I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.”
― G.K. ChestertonWhat I Saw in America

John Green

“I don’t know where people got the idea that characters in books are supposed to be likable. Books are not in the business of creating merely likeable characters with whom you can have some simple identification with. Books are in the business of creating great stories that make you’re brain go ahhbdgbdmerhbergurhbudgerbudbaaarr.”
― John Green

Berkeley Breathed

“I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn’t exist.”
― Berkeley Breathed

Shannon Hale

“But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you’ve traveled with them through every page?”

― Shannon HaleMidnight in Austenland

Ray Bradbury

“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

― Ray BradburyZen in the Art of Writing

Characters in Fiction