Weekend Words #2

weekend words picWeekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day! Complete instructions can be found on the feature’s page. 

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote to the untrue man

“To the untrue man, the whole universe is false–it is impalpable–it shrinks to nothing within his grasp. And he himself, in so far as she shows himself in false light, becomes a shadow, or, indeed, ceases to exist.” — Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Yep, I’m reading The Scarlet Letter for school. We’re about halfway through and the story is starting to pick up (read: there is finally dialogue). I love this quote, both because it ties in nicely to annotations I’ve made throughout the book, but also because I feel that it connects directly to modern life. (And it shows off Hawthrone’s love of commas.)

2. A Quote that Inspired or Influenced Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything.

quote vacation escape

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

Honestly, in a different week this quote might piss me off, mainly because I often feel like the things that make me need vacations from school/life are out of my control. However, I’m trying to stay positive, and I’m going on vacation this Labor Day weekend anyway.

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

Public schools seem to be one of the only institutions where the “HR” department (the counselors or administrators) turns you away and tells you to talk to your boss (teacher) about any issues you have with them, with no intention of cleaning up the mess that such a confrontation would make. (At least at my school…) Is it ridiculous to think this is a problem?


Since this feature is still very new, I’d love some feedback on how to format it to make it the most user friendly. Do you guys like the quote written out under the image (or is annoyingly repetitive)? Do you guys like the images I’ve been making for each quote? (By the way, I’m using 100% free stock photos and fonts, mainly from Unsplash and Dafont–if you don’t know those websites, they are life savers!–with some mild Photoshopping.)

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What quotes have inspired you recently?

Weekend Words #1 (New Feature!)

weekend words picI’ve been wanting to have a quote-oriented feature on this blog for a while, but I couldn’t find an existing meme that addressed the components I wanted in my own feature. I have finally decided on a format that I like, and it is a new weekly meme at 52 Letters!

Weekend Words showcases inspiring quotes from books, about writing, and about life. This feature will happen every weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday, depending on my schedule. While this is a reading/writing centric blog, this feature doesn’t have to be focused on those areas–it is intentionally open-ended to give bloggers a chance to say what’s on their mind. Quotes can just be typed, or they can involve graphic design or drawing.

Everyone should feel free to take part–it would honestly make my day!

Each Weekend Words has three parts:

1. A Powerful Quote From a Recent Read

This one is fairly self-explainitory. Share a quote from a book that you are either reading or just finished. Avoid spoilers (of course) but other than that, anything goes.

quote think of the sky

I just finished reading this book, Black Dove, White Raven, and I’ve barely stopped crying. It was so beautiful and inspiring and heart-wrenching and surprising–I don’t know what to think. I’m in awe. If you’ve never read anything by Elizabeth Wein, you’re missing out on a lot of emotional torment, and some gorgeous storytelling.

2. A Quote that Inspired Me This Week

This quote can deal with life, writing, reading–honestly anything. It doesn’t even have to be a quote you “discovered” this week, just one that helped you get through the week or that gives you the extra bit of motivation you need to face the next week’s hurdles.

quote you must write it
(The fonts are Channel and Garamond, the original picture is from pxleyes)

3. Something I’ve Been Wanting to Say

This is entirely up to you. I’ll probably talk about school, politics, or my writing–who knows what mood I’ll be in when I write this each week. It doesn’t have to be positive, but it shouldn’t be intentionally mean or disrespectful. Let’s strive for constructive honesty. This is a chance for you to share the little thoughts that you had that weren’t big enough for a blog post (or that don’t exactly fit the theme of your blog), but that you want to put out into the world.

There is no worse feeling than realizing your time is being wasted by something you can’t get out of, when you know exactly what you wish you were doing instead.


 So there it is: the first Weekend Words! If this seems like something you’d like to take part in, please do, just link to the feature’s page  (essentially the same information as this post).

Have a great weekend!