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pheebsw said: Mr. Gaiman, have you ever written a story you weren't excited about because you knew it would sell or receive positive reviews?
I’m hard to get excited about things. And I am very aware that a novel that takes 18 months to write is going to have days when you’re excited and days when it’s a grind and days when you wish you had a proper job that didn’t involve putting words down on paper.
I always think something’s a good idea when I decide to do it, though. And I try to remember that on the grind days.
My stars. I’ll try to remember this.
Here’s a reading (MP3) of the first part of my story “Petard: A Tale of Just Desserts” from the new MIT Tech Review anthology Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling. The anthology also features fiction by William Gibson, Lauren Beukes, Chris Brown, Pat Cadigan, Warren Ellis, Joel Garreau, and Paul Graham Raven. The 2013 summer anthology was a huge hit — Gardner Dozois called it “one of the year’s best SF anthologies to date, perhaps the best.”
“Well, Bill, it has come at last. God help us all!”
-Franklin Roosevelt to Ambassador William Bullitt, 2:50 a.m., September 1, 1939
At 2:50 a.m. on September 1, 1939 the President was asleep at the White House when the phone by his bedside rang. William Bullitt, America’s Ambassador to France, was calling from Paris with grim news. The German army was invading Poland. World War II had begun.
Two days later, Great Britain and France, who had pledged to defend Poland if Germany attacked, entered the swiftly widening conflict. The war—the most destructive in human history—would transform America and the world.
"Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity."
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’ve wanted to be a writer for most of my life. In elementary school, I had a lot of trouble getting my schoolwork done during class because I’d spend so much time dreaming up stories in my head. I’d often fail to complete homework because I’d sneak in play with action figures when I was supposed to be concentrating on math or social studies. The only work I never had trouble finishing were the rare assignments to write stories. By fourth grade, I knew I wanted to write stories for a living.
However, one does not, in general, begin a lucrative writing career in the fourth grade."
"I love how the book community advocates for everyone to read what they want, express their opinions on books whether it be negative or positive, and buy all the books to their heart’s content, but seriously, don’t make fun and ridicule people who don’t like/want to read. It’s like convincing someone who hates sports to take up soccer."