by Susan Ferguson
WOTS Steering Committee
When doing some research, I stumbled upon several interesting proverbs and reflected on their global universality. Proverbs, whether from Africa, Asia or England, are pithy sayings, often allegorical, that give advice based on common sense or practical experience.
- “A tree is known by its fruit” is of Zulu origin, and means you should judge a person by his deeds not his words.
- “The old horse in the stable still yearns to run” is of Chinese origin and means older people still have things they want to accomplish.
- “Even a small star shines in the darkness” is of Finnish origin and means all people have worth.
Registration for the 2016 Write on the Sound Conference opens at 9:00 a.m. on July 18th. The proverb that comes to mind is “the early bird catches the worm”. This year’s conference offers writers a tremendous lineup of presenters whose expertise will help you hone your craft. Each session can accommodate a limited number of people and the sessions fill up fast. If you wait to register, some of the sessions you want may already be full.
“The early bird catches the worm” is of English origin and means those who act quickly will have an advantage. The proverb was first recorded in John Ray’s “A Collection of English Proverbs” in 1670 as “The early bird catcheth the worm.”
So, be the early bird that “catcheth” the worm and register for the conference as soon as you can. After all, “Life is short, art is long” (of Greek origin and means it takes a long time to perfect one’s craft and there’s a short time in which to do it).
Hope you have a great conference experience!
Susan Lehne Ferguson is a writer who savors getting lost in her work. A former lawyer, Susan has written a screenplay that was optioned, and a book called “Lopez Island”, published by Arcadia Publishing. Susan is President of EPIC Group Writers, has considerable editing experience, and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers School of Law and the UW Writing Certificate Program. Susan is at work on a historical novel called “Follow the Condition of the Mother”, the story of four generations in 1750-1840 Charleston. She lives in Edmonds with her husband, and enjoys their large, eclectic family.