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Writing by Hand

Ray Bradbury

"To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must write dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfume and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories--science fiction or otherwise. Which means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."
~ Ray Bradbury

As for me, I shall remember Ray Bradbury as the only Sci-Fi author I was ever made to read in grade school. That may seem insignificant but the assignment of Fahrenheit 451 is an iconic memory for me. As a burgeoning academic with immense respect for eduction, this act with his books legitimized the genre for me. In a strange way, because of this author, I felt it was OK to write science fiction and fantasy myself.

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The Hero's Journey

PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Second draft read through.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) First chapter reviewed, drops on YenPlus April 12th. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last. Out now!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date Fall 2013.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Not yet Released



Book News:
Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury dies age 91.

Quote of the Day:
"Libraries raised me. ... I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years."
~ Ray Bradbury

Daisypath Wedding tickers

Comments

A sad day indeed to lose another SF Grand Master.

Bradbury's October Country remains one of my all-time favorite books.
Quite a sad day, indeed. That quote by him is the most beautiful I've ever read about the love affair of writing. Thank you for sharing it.

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