Quick Bite

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Perhaps all a story is, is this quote up here. And all a character is doing is figuring out how to make lemonade with what they’ve been given.

If we look at writing from that sort of perspective, it begs the question of what sorts of lemons should we be throwing at our characters? What sorts of lemonade should we have them make? Or should we throw them some other Thing or have them make some other Thing or No Thing at all?

One way or another, I think adversity gives readers and viewers the opportunity to see how a character copes and deals with challenges and obstacles — it gives insight, and it also creates depth.

To keep with the theme of this notion, here are some quotes related to adversity aka all them lemons.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. 

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Continue reading “Quick Bite”

In the spirit of autumn, I thought I’d compile a short list of soundscape resources for anyone who may be interested in musing to the sounds of nature ^^;;

  • Rainy Mood. As the site’s tagline says, rain makes everything better (; P.S. Check out Rainy Mood’s tumblr for rain + select artist combos.
  • Nature Sounds. Compose your own track of nature’s elements through Nature Sounds. This is basically a customizable version of Rainy Mood with greater selection.
  • Calm Sound. Visit various places in Mother Nature’s backyard, from the ocean to the country to the rain forest, etc.
  • August Ambience. Recreates the memory of a quiet summer night, when all you can hear are the crickets, the cicadas, and your own heartbeat. ^^
  • And lastly, to help paint the picture of fall time, Forest Mood. :)

If you’d like to recommend any sites/music/resources, send us an email at timevaulted[at]gmail or visit our tumblr’s ask box ^^



I went looking for poems because I wanted to console myself. That is why from the beginning, they have not had much to do with rhetoric but not once have they not been sincere. Because what is not sincere cannot console me.

x Ma Jongki; Geoffrey Johnson (painting)


Mono no aware implies a “sensibility,” the awareness of and responsiveness toward something Continue reading “QUICK BITE 7”


So I’m sharing a Quick Bite early only because I stumbled upon this real life love story and couldn’t wait til the next time to share it. It’s told through Radiolab’s usual introspective-meets-zany style, which gives it a different flavor/dimension than I think it would have read just on paper. Very poignant and inspiring.

—> For those curious, it’s about a 21 year old art student whose girlfriend gets into a bad accident while riding her bike on the sidewalks of NYC — he rushes to the hospital to find that she’s become potentially blind and deaf. The doctors are close to announcing her as legally dead due to her body’s condition/her inability to respond, when the unthinkable happens…

Other Quick Bites of the day:

My best image will come in the future.

Illustration and quote from Yuko Shimisu

Alessandro Gottardo Continue reading “QUICK BITE 6”



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x Daul

Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?
Why do trees conceal
the splendor of their roots?
Who hears the regrets
of the thieving automobile?
Is there anything in the world sadder
than a train standing in the rain?

x Neruda, III from The Book of Questions

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