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The people who are there to get their books signed are wonderful, and they keep me going. There is always someone new in the line, and everyone has...
I’ll be on the radio tomorrow with Philip Pullman. About 8:20 am UK time on the TODAY show, Radio 4. Subject to breaking news, American Frankenstorms, new revelations about which stars have been arrested for what, and subject to complete cancellation int he event of an alien invasion.
Two of my favorite authors together, YEAHHHHH
You don’t lose sight of your goal.
Think of it as a mountain. Just make sure you’re walking towards the mountain, all the time.
You aren’t going to be a more lesbian and undoubtedly prettier version of Steven Moffat just like that. You’ll take other jobs, do other things. Just make sure that what you do is walking towards the mountain, not away from it. (So something in television, or writery, or producery, even answering the telephones in a TV production company, is walking towards the mountain. Getting a job milking cows or showing people around houses probably isn’t.)
Big mountain. Small you. Just keep walking towards the mountain.
What did I do to combat the fear of failure? I honestly don’t remember a fear of failure. I had a fear of starving, and, shortly after that, a fear of not feeding my kids, which tended to keep me working and writing. I wanted what I’ve got now. But I would have been satisfied with anything that kept me fed — as long as it was moving towards the mountain. (The hardest job to turn down was when I was offered the job of features editor on Penthouse. It was the first and last time I was ever actually offered a real job, with a salary and an office, and I was a hungry young freelance journalist. But I said no, because it felt like I would have been walking away from the mountain. And looking back on it, I would have been.)
Reblogging because this helped me write my paper last week when I was sitting at my computer at 2 am, in tears, with only a few vague assertions about alienation in Modernism scribbled on a scrap of paper. I knew if I didn’t write the paper I was not just walking away from the mountain but running in the opposite direction and into a pit. So I wrote it and it was the best paper I’ve written all semester.
I think a lot of people need to read this.
Actually, the title says it all. Season 6 of Doctor Who is streaming on Netflix, so if you haven’t seen “The Doctor’s Wife”, now’s your chance.
Hang on. I will go and find something to randomly illustrate this with, by searching for “Idris” on DeviantArt & picking the first thing that makes me smile.
Neil Gaiman how are you so perfect?
I ask myself the same thing on a regular basis