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Libba Bray
“I should never be left alone with my mind for too long.”
Libba Bray

Terri Windling
“Some years ago, I read an article about two people in the arts (alas, I can’t remember who they were) who’d been married for many, many years. Asked for the secret of their long partnership, they said: “We fell straight into conversation when we met, and we haven’t come to the end of that conversation yet.”

I can’t think of a better model for marriage than that. Or of a narrative more romantic . . . .”
Terri Windling

Ally Condie
“I believe, sometimes in spite of myself, in grace and better things to come and a time when we will all be whole.”
Ally Condie

Terri Windling
“When I was 15, I sat in despair one day in a creaky old bus that was winding its way through central Mexico (that’s another story), trying to decide if I truly believed in God. Not necessarily God with a big white beard looking down from a Biblical heaven, but some kind of sacred spirit above, beneath, and within all things. I’d always had a deep, instinctive faith (even as a small child) in a sacred dimension to life, a Mystery I didn’t need to fully define in order to know it, feel it, experience it. But recent grueling events had shaken my faith and closed that connection.

Now, I realize that sitting and railing at God is practically a cliche of teenage angst; that doesn’t make the experience any less urgent at age 15, and I was in a dark place. “Okay,” I said, throwing the gauntlet down to whatever out there might be listening, “if there is something more than this, then prove it. Just prove it. Or I quit.” The bus turned a corner on the narrow, dusty road, and a gasp went up from the people around me. Above us, a rainbow arched through a bright blue, cloudless, rainless desert sky.

Rainbows have been special to me ever since. I know the scientific explanation, of course, water and air and angles of sunlight and all that. But to me, they are always a message. They say: “The universe is a Mystery and you’re part of it.” And sometimes that’s all I need to hear; that’s all the answer I need, no matter what the prayer.”
Terri Windling

Theodora Goss
“Accept criticism. If you do not offer your work for criticism and accept that criticism, meaning give it serious thought and attention, then you will never improve.”
Theodora Goss

Patrick Rothfuss
“That’s one of the best things about horror movies – they’re not real life. They’re like emotional cardio. They give us the chance to be terrified in a consequence-free environment.

That’s the joy of all fiction, really: you get the benefit of experiencing something without the burden of having to actually experience it.”
Patrick Rothfuss

Brindle Chase
“Its not the size of the rise that satisfies, it’s the throb of the knob that does the job.”
Brindle Chase

Terri Windling
“It's my birthday, by the way, and as of 2:05 this morning (the time of my birth in the middle of a snow storm on the Fort Dix army base in New Jersey) I'm 52 years old. I decided to say that because there's such pressure in our culture for women...well, for everybody...to stay perpetually young. And that's never going to change if we (women especially) don't embrace, enjoy, and take pride in each and every age that we pass through. I'm not young, I'm half a century old, and grateful to have made it this far. And I have this to say to the young women coming on behind me: 52 feels pretty damn good!”
Terri Windling

Theodora Goss
“Write all the time. I believe in writing every day, at least a thousand words a day. We have a strange idea about writing: that it can be done, and done well, without a great deal of effort. Dancers practice every day, musicians practice every day, even when they are at the peak of their careers – especially then. Somehow, we don’t take writing as seriously. But writing – writing wonderfully – takes just as much dedication.”
Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss
“If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe to yourself and your readers, and to your writing itself, is to become wonderful. To become the best writer you can possibly be.”
Theodora Goss

Darren Shan
“We all make basic assumptions about things in life, but sometimes those assumptions are WRONG. We must never trust in what we assume, only in what we KNOW.”
Darren Shan

Scott Westerfeld
“Writers can live everywhere. It’s our superpower.”
Scott Westerfeld

Catherynne M. Valente
“I’ve read science fiction and fantasy all my life – though when you’re a child, they just call that “books.” The first book I ever read on my own was The Neverending Story. I studied classics at university, and in ancient literature, monsters, witches, magic, curses, and impossible machines aren’t genre, they’re just Tuesday afternoon. I had no idea that I was writing fantasy at first, because I was so saturated in Greek literature that it never occurred to me that my talking animals and sentient mazes were anything but realism. Our instinct toward folklore and magical stories, parables and imagining the future, are as much a part of the human experiences as divorce, grief, falling in love, politics, or raising children. I’ve always read fantastic literature, because it’s always seemed truest to me. It makes the metaphorical literal and is all the more powerful for that immediacy and directness. I love genre fiction for the infinite expanse of stories it can tell – and it’s been my constant companion since I was a very small child.”
Catherynne M. Valente

Theodora Goss
“Read a lot. But read as a writer, to see how other writers are doing it. And make your knowledge of literature in English as deep and broad as you can. In workshops, writers are often told to read what is being written now, but if that is all you read, you are limiting yourself. You need to get a good overall sense of English literary history, so you can write out of that knowledge.”
Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss
“Learn as much as you can. Take every opportunity to learn about writing, whether it’s through classes, workshops, whatever is available to you. This may be difficult, because things like classes, workshops, writing programs, require time and money. But I say this honestly and somewhat harshly – if you’re not willing to prioritize your writing, perhaps you should do something else?”
Theodora Goss

Lois McMaster Bujold
“I know what the value [of storytelling] is to me -- varied and huge, giving me everything from delight, to knowledge, to access to friends and colleagues, a desirable identity through valued work, escape from pain, and a steady income. Not bad, for something so intangible as making and selling dream-by-number kits.”
Lois McMaster Bujold

Amal El-Mohtar
“...we have, each of us, a story that is uniquely ours, a narrative arc that we can walk with purpose once we figure out what it is. It's the opposite to living our lives episodically, where each day is only tangentially connected to the next, where we are ourselves the only constants linking yesterday to tomorrow. There is nothing wrong with that, and I don't want to imply that there is by saying how much this shocked me -- just that it felt so suddenly, painfully right to think that I have tapped into my Long Tale, that I have set my feet on the path I want to walk the rest of my life, and that it is a path of stories and writing and that no matter how many oceans I cross or how transient I feel in any given place, I am still on my Tale's Road, because having tapped it, having found it, the following is inevitable....”
Amal El-Mohtar

Terri Windling
“I wish I could have known Barbara Bodichon -- and her whole vibrant circle of smart, fearless women friends. I'd like to gather them all around the dinner table, along with a few smart, fearless friends of my own. We'd open a bottle of wine and sit back to to hear their stories -- marveling at all the things that have changed, and commiserating about all the things that haven't. And then we'd tell them thank you. We'd tell them that we never take for granted the rights they fought so hard for. And that we hope we, too, can make the world just a little better for the ones who follow after.”
Terri Windling

Terri Windling
“Although I've written a few (a very few) poems over the years, I am not a natural poet...and I remain in awe of people who are. The ability to evoke deep emotion, reveal a new facet of the world, or condense an entire story into the limited space and form of a poem (or likewise, of a good song lyric, or the text for a children's picture book) seems like pure magic to me.”
Terri Windling

Paulo Coelho
“Ono što sam od života naučio je,
Da bez obzira na to koliko je neko dobar čovek,
ponekad te mogu povrediti i zbog toga moramo da praštamo.

Potrebne su godine da bi se izgradilo poverenje a samo par sekundi da bi se uništilo..
Ne moramo da menjamo prijatelje ako shvatimo da se prijatelji menjaju..

Okolnosti i sredina imaju uticaja na naše živote,
ali smo mi ti koji su odgovorni za sebe..
Da moraš da kontrolišeš svoje postupke da oni ne bi kontrolisali tebe...

Da strpljenje zahteva dosta vežbe..da postoje ljudi koji nas vole,
ali jednostavno neznaju kako da to pokažu..

Ponekad osoba za koju misliš da će te povrediti i naterati te u propast ..
Je u stvari jedna od retkih koja će ti pomoći da ustaneš..

Nikad ne bi trebalo reći detetu da su snovi lažni, bila bi za njega tragedija da to zna..

Nije uvek dovoljno da ti neko oprosti,
u većini slučajeva moraš prvo oprostiti sam sebi..

Da u koliko god komada ti je slomljeno srce, svet to neće prestati da ispravlja..

Da ima Boga hteo bi da srećemo sve pogrešne ljude pre nego one prave..
Da onda kada konačno sretnemo one prave budemo zahvalni na tom poklonu..

Kada se vrata sreće zatvore, druga vrata se otvore..
ali često gledamo tako dugo u ta zatvorena vrata..da ne vidimo šta se to otvorilo za nas..

Najbolji prijatelj je onaj sa kojim možeš sedeti na tremu i šetati..
Bez da izgovoriš i reč i kada odeš osećaj je kao da je to najbolja konverzacija koju si ikada
vodio.

Tačno je to da ne znamo šta imamo pre nego što to nađemo, ali je isto tako tačno,
da ne znamo šta nam je nedostajalo pre nego što se vrati..

Ne posmatrajte izgled, može da vas zavara, ne sledite bogatstvo čak iako
može da iščezne,
Nađi nekoga ko te zasmejava, zato što je samo osmeh potreban da se ulepša dan,
nađi ono što ti uveseljava srce..

Postoje trenutci u životu kada ti neko tako mnogo nedostaje..
da poželiš da ih možeš uzeti iz svojih snova i stvarno ih zagrliti..

Sanjaj što poželiš, idi gde god poželiš da ideš.. zato što imaš samo jedan život..
i jednu šansu da radiš stvari koje želiš da radiš..

Najsrećniji ljudi najčešće nemaju najbolje od svega,
oni samo naprave najbolje od svega što im se nađe na putu.

Najbolja budućnost je ona koja se gradi na zaboravljenoj prošlosti..

Ne može ti dobro ići u životu dok ne pustiš svoje prošle neuspehe i tuge.

Svi smo mi savršeno nesavršeni.”
Paulo Coehlo

“As a child refugee who grew up in exile, I can tell you that life in exile is by far one of the most heart-wrenching, gruesome and mind-bending things anyone can experience.

Twenty years into this journey, I am still coming to terms with it...”
TellurianWrites

Terri Windling
“New York always feels more like my hometown than the places where I actually grew up (which weren't far from New York), perhaps because I did my artistic "growing up" while working in this crazy, wonderful city back in my twenties. Although I love the quieter, slower, nature-rich life I live now in the sheep-dotted hills of Devon, there are ways in which I still feel more truly myself here in New York, more than anywhere else. Even after all this time in the desert and on Dartmoor. Strange, isn't it?”
Terri Windling

Ruadhán J. McElroy
“As I’ve said before, “the Mod generation”, contrary to popular belief, was not born in even 1958, but in the 1920s after a steady gestation from about 1917 or so. Now, Mod certainly came of age, fully sure of itself by 1958, completely misunderstood by 1963, and in a perpetual cycle of reinvention and rediscovery of itself by 1967 and 1975, respectively, but it was born in the 1920s, and I will maintain this. I don’t care who disagrees with me, and there are dozens of reasons that I do so —from the Art Deco aesthetic, to flapper fashions (complete with bobbed hair), to androgyny and subtle effeminacy, to jazz.”
Ruadhán J. McElroy

Fernando Sánchez Dragó
“Otra vez tambores de guerra, y son siempre los mismos quienes los percuten. Decía Roger Garaudy que “Occidente es un accidente mortal para la humanidad”.

Llamo Occidente a la totalidad del territorio sometido a las tres religiones monoteístas. La línea divisoria entre el Este y el Oeste es la frontera de Paquistán con la India. Lo que aquí llamamos Oriente Próximo y Oriente Medio es en realidad Extremo Occidente.

Hurguen en las hemerotecas… Todas las guerras mayores de los últimos veinte años han sido desencadenadas por la OTAN, la Unión Europea y el Pentágono con o sin la anuencia de la ONU. A saber: las dos de Iraq, la de la extinta Yugoslavia, la de Afganistán, la de Libia y ahora, si el sentido común no lo impide, la de Siria.

¿Se me olvida alguna?

Las de Chechenia y Georgia fueron escaramuzas de corta duración. La del Líbano, que ya cesó, pero cuyo rescoldo se reaviva ahora, es secuela de la que desde hace casi mil años incendia los campos de Palestina.

Judíos, moros y cristianos… Monoteístas. Siempre va ese sonsonete al trigo...

“Agua del infierno” llamaban en la Edad Media al petróleo. Razón llevaban.”
Fernando Sánchez Dragó

S.P. Sipal
“Discomfort is often a door opening to growth.”
S.P. Sipal

Meg Cabot
“Read and write all the time. Never stop sending out your stuff. If you're constantly writing and sending stuff out, eventually someone will bite.”
Meg Cabot

Ruadhán J. McElroy
“I’ve enjoyed the comicbook writings of Warren Ellis since a friend introduced me to Transmetropolitan via the “holiday special” in collected volume three. Ah yes, Scott and Edé’s housewarming, I had passed out in a chair, our friend Aeric on the couch, and I woke up to the sound of Edé’s girlfriend coming downstairs and asking Aeric, “what’cha got there?” and Aeric replied, “I’m not sure, but it’s psychotic. Ru, are you up yet? You have to see this when I’m done.” Everyone else should be so lucky to have such an introduction to Ellis.”
Ruadhán J. McElroy

Arturo Pérez-Reverte
“Como saben, me gusta recordar viejos episodios de nuestra Historia. Sobre todo si causan respeto por lo que algunos paisanos nuestros fueron capaces de hacer. O intentar. Situaciones con posible lectura paralela, de aplicación al tiempo en que vivimos. Les aseguro que es un ejercicio casi analgésico; sobre todo esos días funestos, cuando creo que la única solución serían toneladas de napalm seguidas por una repoblación de parejas mixtas compuestas, por ejemplo, de suecos y africanos. Sin embargo, cuando una de esas viejas historias viene a la memoria, concluyo que quizás no sea imprescindible el napalm. Siempre hubo aquí compatriotas capaces de hacer cosas que valen la pena, me digo. Y en alguna parte estarán todavía. Como estuvieron.”
Arturo Pérez-Reverte

“Imagine you are a reader perusing reviews of a brand new title to decide if that book is right for you. All the reviews are positive, glowing reports, and you purchase the book feeling confident it’s a winner based on the high ratings it’s sporting. Then after reading it, your excitement and warm fuzzy feelings over the title (and those reviews) have vanished. We must not have read the same book, you begin to wonder. So you go back and look at the reviews again. Now there are several low reviews posted— ARCs that were previously held back. And low and behold, the less than stellar reviews point to the same issues you had. Don’t you feel duped? You should because under this scenario the review system didn't give you an ample sampling of varied opinions.”
Book –Bosomed in Mythbusting the Book Review System