Beautifully Said: Quotes that Fit my Novel, Vivos

As I’ve been working on my novel for about 2 years now, I find that certain quotes or songs resonate with me because they remind me of my story.  In Vivos, my protagonist deals with her fears in the dystopian society she lives in.  This is a quote I found on fear that reminded me of Shea Donovan’s fears, although not every part of it fits my book.  I think it is beautifully written.

From The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes:  “Fear festers in the imagination.  It’s not fear’s fault.  That’s just the way it’s made.  Nightmares breed.  Allies become enemies.  Subversives are everywhere.  Paranoia justifies any persecution, and privacy is a luxury when the Reds have the bomb.”

Vivos is about life.  Not only about being alive, but about living your life as you choose, and to the fullest.  This beautiful quote by poet Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, sums it up perfectly:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Part of the lyrics to Sheryl Crow’s “Home” fit Shea Donovan’s discovery of a life she loves with a man she loves.

“Home” by Sheryl Crow

“I woke up this morning
Now I understand
What it means to give your life
To just one man
Afraid of feeling nothing
No bees or butterflies
My head is full of voices
And my house is full of lies

This is home…”

In spite of the tension in Vivos, Shea Donovan has a snarky and irreverent sense of humor.  Please see my post “Meet Vivos‘s protagonist, Shea Donovan” for some Sheaisms.  I don’t know if they’re “beautifully said,” but they’re fun!

Thanks for reading – Colleen Eccles Penor


Colleen Eccles Penor – Introduction

Hi, my name is Colleen, and I live in Bar Nunn, WY.  I am an accountant, community theater actress, wife of a pilot, a veteran, and a writer.  I write short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and am putting the finishing touches on my first novel, Vivos.  I hope to have it to my editor by October 15th, but I still have to write the synopsis, which I’m dreading.  How do you boil a 350-page book down to 2 pages?  I guess I’ll find out.

I became a writer because I’ve always wanted to write a book, and when my husband proposed to me, he told me that he would support me in whatever I wanted to do, whether that be hanging out my own shingle as an accountant, writing that book, or anything else.  I’m really enjoying writing, especially seeing my book come to life.

Interests include:

Traveling by boat, airplane or motorcycle, whitewater rafting, working out, walking, acting, writing, reading, movies, plays and spending time with my husband and family.

My accomplishments include:

I was a top finalist in the Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Writing Competition for my essay, Fearsome Men.

I served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer for 4 years.  I was named Top Cop/Distinguished Graduate from the Fort George G. Meade Military Police Academy, and I held a secret security clearance.  I received an honorable discharge, and went home to attend college.

I put myself through college by working one job during the school year and two jobs during the summer break.  I also used the G.I. Bill I earned from serving in the military.  I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting from Montana State University – Billings, and was the Top Accounting Graduate.  I was a member of the Sigma Beta Delta and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies.  I passed the 15 1/2 hour CPA exam the first time.  I went on to practice all aspects of accounting, as well as human resources, personnel management, head of security and technology.

I enjoy theater, and try to make it to as many productions as possible.  I have acted in 8 plays, including 4 lead roles.  I was named Rookie Actress of the Year for my first play, and the Favorite Actress in a Comedy for my last play.  I enjoy farces most of all.  I hope to do a play this year.

My goal is to post something here once a week, focusing on the arts.  Next week I’d like to tell you about my Vivos protagonist, Shea Donovan.  I hope you’ll stop by and take a look.  She’s really something.