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posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 09:40pm on 17/04/2009
Before I got distracted with last night's adventures in primal stories, I was going to remind myself of some advice that Neil Gaiman, patron saint of this and all my journals (despite the fact that neither he nor I are Christian), wrote in one of my extremely earnest blank notebooks once upon a time.

I think I saw him this time while he was reading from Anansi Boys -- or maybe it was Coraline? Whatever it was, it hadn't been published yet, and hearing him was marvelous. It's been years since I've seen him in person, which is a huge shame, because he is without a doubt a joy at every appearance. Digressions -- that seems to be the order of the evening. Anyway, one piece of advice he gave in his talk was to be a magpie: take every shiny piece of story you see lying around and steal it for your own. When I presented him with my extremely earnest blank notebook at the signing session, I told him I was writing a Big Geeky Fantasy Epic and that I really liked his magpie advice. It was only later that I realized I'd written and underlined Tori Amos on the opposing page -- I have to imagine he didn't mind. (Again: word of the day is earnest; I have Sandman comics signed by him to "Del," okay?)

Anyway. Here is what he wrote:
Keep writing — and finish it!

Should not be that hard, or that desperately simple. And yet here we always are.

(P.S., he also wrote, Be a magpie...)
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st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
posted by [personal profile] st_aurafina at 01:15pm on 18/04/2009
That is such good advice. Especially the bit about finishing it.

Is Dreamwidth going to be a place for you to talk about your original fiction? I'm feeling a bit braver about comms in this shiny new world, and thinking it might be a good place for workshopping Almanac into something readable.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (little boxes)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 05:39pm on 18/04/2009
Yes, it absolutely is! And I totally hear you about the atmosphere here -- it's wonderful. (Excuse me for a moment while I thrash happily at the thought of more Almanac.)
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posted by [identity profile] starletfallen.livejournal.com at 10:10pm on 19/04/2009
Ah, the best advice and the hardest to follow, in my opinion. I'll never have trouble with the first half, it's the second that's my downfall.

Incidentally, HI.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (I hate the space-time continuum.)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 10:12pm on 19/04/2009
Hey stranger! <3 And yeah, finishing can be difficult. But, because community-finding is awesome: [community profile] endings?
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posted by [identity profile] starletfallen.livejournal.com at 10:14pm on 19/04/2009
Oooooo.

See, the thing about that is that it makes me want to WRITE endings. Just a few sentences, but...

*yearns for her eventual account*
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posted by [identity profile] starletfallen.livejournal.com at 10:15pm on 19/04/2009
(Not that I can post in there yet, but you know what I mean. XD
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (the fox confessor)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 10:16pm on 19/04/2009
You know that all OpenID accounts are automatically getting an invite code on April 30, right?
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posted by [identity profile] starletfallen.livejournal.com at 10:17pm on 19/04/2009
:O Really? I did not hear that. Where did that info happen?
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posted by [identity profile] starletfallen.livejournal.com at 10:19pm on 19/04/2009
nm, I found it. YAY! HUZZAH! ...etc.
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (this happens quite a lot.)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 10:20pm on 19/04/2009
Oh, excellent! Because I couldn't find a link. :)
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posted by [identity profile] starletfallen.livejournal.com at 10:21pm on 19/04/2009
I found one over on the LJ dreamwidth comm. I have thus informed Aubrey so that she may receive an invite as well.

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