JAMES JOYCE ON WORD COUNT
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 22nd January 2020
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Further to our post on Word Counts, here’s a little story Stephen King relates about James Joyce and the amount of writing he did.
“A friend came to visit James Joyce one day and found the great man sprawled across his writing desk in a posture of utter despair.
James, what’s wrong?’ the friend asked. ‘Is it the work?’
Joyce indicated assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. Of course it was the work; isn’t it always?
How many words did you get today?’ the friend pursued.
Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled facedown on his desk): ‘Seven.’
Seven? But James… that’s good, at least for you.’
Yes,’ Joyce said, finally looking up. ‘I suppose it is… but I don’t know what order they go in!”
Reminds me of the Morecambe & Wise sketch: “I’m playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.”
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Three things you cannot recover in life: the WORD after it’s said, the MOMENT after it’s missed and the TIME after it’s gone. Be Careful!” – Unknown
Happiness is…getting the words and notes to flow in the right order
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Q: What vegetables do libraries like? A: Quiet peas
Love is…laughing more worrying less
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