June 14, 2014
"When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thickskinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back."

Neil Gaiman in his 2012 commencement speech at The University of Arts

I wrote about ten of my favorite commencement speeches on Lady Clever this week.

(via amandaeoliver)

(via thewritingcafe)

10:20am  |   URL: http://tmblr.co/ZHoMiw1IgeY7t
  
Filed under: quotes 
January 23, 2013
"Sometimes love doesn’t last. If you just keep on being yourself and you aren’t the person someone else wants you to be, the person they want to love, sometimes they stop. And if- if someone doesn’t love you back, sometimes you stop loving them. Everything else stays, all the pain and the mess. But love gets lost."

Sarah Rees Brennan, Demon’s Covenant (via bygoshbygolly)

I clearly have a well of darkness in my soul.

January 6, 2013
"‘I don’t know why anything should,’ Kami said. ‘I don’t see why anything should even slow me down.’"

Sarah Rees Brennan (The Summer Before I Met You)

My girl. ;)

(Source: thatgirlthosemoments)

January 5, 2013
"A friend of mine once said this famously. And I think it’s very true. To write a book, in the process of writing, you have to become the person you need to become to finish that book. And so when you write a book, you yourself have to be transformed in the process of writing it. And that can take a while, man. Especially if you’re serious about the transformation. That could take a while. Each of my books have demanded in me an extra bit of humanity that I never had. And to make yourself more human, to make yourself more humane isn’t— a week project. Sometimes that takes a couple of years, man."

Junot Díaz, interview with Bill Moyers [x] (via mswyrr)

I think it’s very true as well… but.

I think it’s very true that to write a book, you have to become the person you need to become to finish that book.

I think it’s true that to write a book you have to make yourself more human.

But I don’t think it’s a process that can be predicted. There have been days—hell, there have been moments—that made me more human, in a way that other years haven’t managed. Humans grow by fits and starts: nobody can predict the slow beautiful evolution of the self. 

I have seen people write books in really tiny amounts of time. (Nine days, Kiersten White, what are you.) H. Rider Haggard wrote ‘She’ in a month. And I have seen people disdaining a book written in a short amount of time. This is ridiculous: taking more time is no guarantee of quality. (Take away my internet, and I can write like lightning. A book doesn’t gain more dignity because the time it took to write was, uh, enhanced by my addiction to twitter…)

I have also seen deadlines being bent and broken, and books not as good as they could have been being published, by people who straight-up needed more time. Neither of these things is okay: nobody can work by oven-timer.

The thing to take away is that nobody should ever feel pressured to remake themselves to someone else’s schedule, or have to hand in a book with its soul half-formed.

January 5, 2013
bunnylake:

Favourite Books → Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
“Angela spared a glare for Kami, and then resumed her marathon glaring session at Jared. ‘It’s too weird. I’m going to call you Carl.’ Jared scowled. ‘I don’t want you to call me Carl.’ ‘That’s interesting, Carl,’ said Angela, cheering up.” 

PICTURES! Beautiful pictures! My reactions:
Oooh pretty, Ye Gothyk Manore, the ship of not touching, uh-oh ritual always knives and never Christmas, my cover cos this is for me!, the neeeeeewsroom, Oh BOYS, atmosFEARic woods, get it girls.

bunnylake:

Favourite Books → Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

“Angela spared a glare for Kami, and then resumed her marathon glaring session at Jared. ‘It’s too weird. I’m going to call you Carl.’ Jared scowled. ‘I don’t want you to call me Carl.’ ‘That’s interesting, Carl,’ said Angela, cheering up.”

PICTURES! Beautiful pictures! My reactions:

Oooh pretty, Ye Gothyk Manore, the ship of not touching, uh-oh ritual always knives and never Christmas, my cover cos this is for me!, the neeeeeewsroom, Oh BOYS, atmosFEARic woods, get it girls.

(Source: thebookbar)

November 23, 2012
I tell you one of the fun things about writing a book: seeing the quotes people choose, their special favourite lines. This one comes up quite a bit!

I tell you one of the fun things about writing a book: seeing the quotes people choose, their special favourite lines. This one comes up quite a bit!

(Source: yalitquotes)

November 15, 2012
"Not doing things you can do is the whole point of laziness. Not doing things you can’t do is just sensible."

Sarah Rees Brennan (Unspoken)

Rusty Montgomery, Philosopher At Large (Or At A Sofa Near You).

(Source: armoryofquotes)

October 29, 2012
"She knew what she wanted. There was no reason for her to bother with me. Unless I made myself less of a bother. What I’m trying to say is, you can’t change a guy. Concentrate on your own life."

— Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan (via zombieninjanicole)

(Source: nerdyninjanicole)

October 26, 2012
"I would argue that J. K. Rowling saying that Dumbledore was gay does not make Dumbledore any more or less gay than he already was. It’s easy to read the novels thinking Dumbledore is gay; I suppose it’s also possible to read the novels thinking he isn’t. But all that matters is the text. The only authoritative source for the Harry Potter novels is the text of the Harry Potter novels, and if J. K. Rowling announced tomorrow that Hermione was actually a Jedi Knight who time-traveled to Hogwarts from the Star Wars universe, it would not in any way change the novels or Hermione."

— John Green (via thechamillionaire)

(via fyabooks)

October 23, 2012

E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

This book is a book of genius and magic and deeply underappreciated.

E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

This book is a book of genius and magic and deeply underappreciated.

(Source: aseaofquotes, via fyabooks)

Liked posts on Tumblr: More liked posts »