Monday, March 2, 2009

Quote du jour/Brenda Ueland

The imagination needs moodling, - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
Brenda Ueland (1891-1985)

Addendum: On December 20, 2011 read that
Brenda My Darling
The Love Letters of Fridtjof Nansen to Brenda Ueland
edited by Eric Utne

has been published:


  1. I looked up the word, moodling, and it isn't in the dictionary, but I read online that Brenda U. invented it. Isn't it a great word?!

  2. Oh, hear, hear!!
    I always tried to get my teachers to understand this whenever I was caught "daydreaming".

  3. Pamela, could you hear me laughing as I read your comment? :<)

  4. So very true. I think I will go moodle for a bit.

  5. Nan,

    I've read her book and just went on our library site to find it and it is gone. Off the shelf! Oh dear, oh my.........thanks for the reminder of a good author. AND I didn't know Elizabeth Enright was related to Frank Lloyd Wright. Thank you for that tidbit that I find very interesting.


  6. a fine and strong and intelligent minnesotan!

  7. Bonnie, I fear this happening more and more - that writers like Brenda U. or Gladys Taber, or Miss Read will not be read and so the books will be removed and then who will ever find them? I've discovered so many great writers by just walking down library aisles; writers who aren't in the bookstore, writers from the past, and I hate to see them replaced with the newest popular book and writer. Speaking of new, I believe there's a new biog of FL Wright.

    Laurie, thanks for coming by. From what I've read, she was quite a woman.

  8. I love Brenda Ueland. Her book is very helpful to a struggling writer, and so is the concept of "moodling." My favorite thing is that the boy friend who gave me the book said I looked like the picture!

    (Next to that pic is one of her in her very-much-later years, about 90 I'd say, and he said I don't have to worry about that.)

    And I love that the word for verification at this moment is "wismses!"

  9. Mary Lois, I read that she wrote about writing. There's a wonderful photograph I almost used here (it is long and stretches past the line so scroll over to the R when copying:

    Those word verification words should be real words!


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