Yesterday, I read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The entire book was charming and fun-- which explains how I read it all in one day and hungered for more. But one sentence of thousands jumped out at me and nearly strangled me with brilliance. I wished to be in my old college dorm room again, just long enough to write it on the wall in Sharpie.
After a few weeks of the writing blahs, I wanted to write again.
Because of one sentence.
Here it is.
"The drapery was so thick and the furniture so cloaked that I half expected to find Sherlock Holmes thumb-wrestling with Jane Austen in the corner."
Does that not perfectly describe a rich old eccentric woman's parlor as seen through the eyes of a teen boy bibliophile? It's genius.
If you love words and want to remember what is possible in a world full of possibilities, give Dash and Lily a chance.
p.s. My favorite line from my WIP is: I looked like the cancan dancer of the damned.
p.p.s. It's my favorite because my agent loved it. If something I write speaks to someone enough for them to mention it on Twitter, it becomes my favorite. So there.