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much madness is divinest sense to a discerning eye

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Diana Pharaoh Francis
Fantasy writer/mother/chocaholic/lover of wine/lover of sparkleys/easily amused/morbid sense of humor/Dr. (PhD in Victorian lit)/carboholic/avid reader/teacher/wife/musically eclectic/clodzilla

Novel I'm working on: Blood Winter, fourth in the Horngate Witches books

Books of mine that are currently available in bookstores

I'm a professor of English at the University of Montana Western.

Quotes I like:

"TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?" ~Edgar Allen Poe

"Ever try. Ever fail. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." ~Samuel Beckett

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
~William Butler Yeats

Before englightenment: Chopping Wood and Carrying Water
After englightenment: Chopping Wood and Carrying Water

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
~from Ulysess, by Alfred Tennyson

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
~ from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" byT.S. Eliot,

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