“You are so young; you stand for beginnings. I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will, gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. Perhaps you are indeed carrying within yourself the potential to visualize, to design, and to create for yourself an utterly satisfying, joyful, and pure lifestyle. Discipline yourself to attain it, but accept that which comes to you with deep trust, and as long as it comes from your own will, from your own inner need.”—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via ruefle)
“Being part of the LGBT community, it was really inspiring and relieving to see you add a few LGBT characters into you CoB series. What inspired you to do so?”—
I accidentally deleted the name of the person who asked me this. For that I am EXTREMELY sorry.
These kind of comments are both incredibly complimenting, and make me a bit sad. I wish that there was no reason ever to ask me why I’d have gay characters in my books because they were reflected everywhere, and them being in my books wasn’t notable. I don’t think I did anything special by writing GBLQ characters — I just wanted to.
I have so many gay and lesbian and bisexual friends. My best friend is bisexual. My critique group has three queer members. My mother’s best friend, who I’m named after, is gay, as is my sister-in-law. When worlds and characters construct themselves in my mind, they have gay people in them.
A lot of my readers ask where all the gay characters are in books. They are out there —! and the best thing you can do to encourage there being more of them is buy and read books that feature them. That will show there is a market, and people excited and happy to read those stories. Here’s a good starting point to find them:
“Being a geek is all about your own personal level of enthusiasm, not how your level of enthusiasm measures up to others. If you like something so much that a casual mention of it makes your whole being light up like a halogen lamp, if hearing a stranger fondly mention your favorite book or game is instant grounds for friendship, if you have ever found yourself bouncing out of your chair because something you learned blew your mind so hard that you physically could not contain yourself — you are a geek”—
Reading is a bootcamp for developing and exercising critical thinking. Without that — intellectual apocalypse! And critical thinking is about developing a point of view, and all writing is — or, should be — about arguing a point of view, implicitly or explicitly. When you bring the crowd into the equation, this concept completely disappears — because a crowd cannot have a point of view, at least not one that is simultaneously focused and authentic to each individual in the crowd.
I don’t need a focus group of strangers to tell me what I should be reading or, more dangerously, how to read what I’m reading. Decision by committee doesn’t work in creative labor, and it certainly doesn’t work in intellectual labor.
”—I shared some thoughts on the future of reading, and why “social reading” isn’t necessarily a great idea, over at Findings. (via explore-blog)
“Thomas Mann observed that “a writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people”. That’s because professional writers know they need to eliminate obstacles to understanding. The more such obstacles they eliminate, the easier it is for readers to focus on the thoughts being conveyed.”—Geoff Hart on “mental friction and the five ways that consistency matters (via explore-blog)
“True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care—with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world.”—David Foster Wallace in The Pale King (via explore-blog)
Because I want to follow you all. People are so surprised to find out that even though I read a whole bunch of classics, non fiction, and fiction, I also read teen fiction. I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a bit of romance and paranormal action. I get so annoyed when people make fun of me for it, so I want to know that I’m not alone. :]