I’m trying out The Daily Post‘s 365 Days of Writing Prompts for 2014, and although I’m starting 10 days late (as well as using Day 4’s prompt for today), I’m still going to try it out. January 4’s prompt is called “Quote Me,” and asks: Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
Well, as a writer, I have MANY favorite quotes. And while I thought it would be difficult picking one, the first one that popped in my head tonight was one from a quote straight from the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. This famous quote of his is a description he wrote to a fan in a letter about how he felt during the alternating states of illness and recovery of his wife, Virginia, around 1840s. (This is a fun fact I actually learned tonight).So, why does this move me? Well, Poe has always been one of my favorite authors, for several reasons. The first few pieces of Poe that I read were his short stories were absolutely perfect —short and sweet, not actually sweet though, if you’ve ever really read Poe. So, while I was immensed in the Cask of Amontillado the first time I read it, it ended as quickly as I finally released a breath of shock at Fortunato’s actions. I went on to read many of Poe’s stories, poems, and letters after. I loved the darkness, horror, morbid, convoluted-ness that usually centered his stories. I even wrote news articles in my college newspaper to commemorate his birthday, and wrote my first SciFi story based on a lone writer in the future who travels back in time to visit Poe and later goes on to plagiarize his work.When I first stumbled upon his quote of his, I found it to be exactly what POE is all about! This dark wit, the realization of one’s senses, or lack thereof, and the overwhelming and impending feeling that yes, you might just be going crazy. Aside from the ‘losing your mind’ feeling from the quote, it made me feel that young, reckless feeling of acting, being, and feeling insane, and being content with that. The fact that you’re letting yourself be anything but the abnormal would be insane in itself.Sometimes, I do return to this quote, from time to time.
Sometimes to contemplate on how much I just love Poe. Other times, to consider this quote as my tattoo. (Too bad I’d never really get a tattoo). But, most of all, I return to it to remind me how much I love literature. Whether its scifi, horror, love, fiction, I am so damn happy I found lit and lit found me.