“That’s just how people are. They just got to talk. You can’t stop people from talking. They talk and pretty soon you got a story, and what’s a human being without a story?”—The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon (Tom Spanbauer)
“Because if you are like me, you know that some of us are not the world, some of us are not the children, some of us will not help make a brighter day. Some of us are the silent sufferers of a noisy disease. And that is all I have to say about fear.”—Amy Hempel, “To Those Of You Who Missed Your Connecting Flights Out Of O’Hare” (via tori-vicktoria)
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”—Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living (via bookmania)
Hi there, I follow your blog on Tumblr. Even though I do science for living, I sometime write in my spare time. Recently a publisher in England agreed to publish my novel: MediaAria (that's the name) They seem OK, particularly for an unpublished writer like myself, though the tentative publication date in the fall of 2016 sounds very distant. Do you know anything about them? I live in a world very remote from the world of writing and that's why I am asking people such as yourself. Take care, Ron
I haven’t heard of them, but checking into a publisher is always a good idea, even for self-pubbing. The Writer Beware website is a good resource, as is the Predators & Editors site. If there’s any red flags you need to be aware of with a publisher, you can usually find out about it there. And definitely get someone to look over any legalese & fine print your contract. Good luck!
“Don’t give up on books. They feel so good—their friendly heft. The sweet reluctance of their pages when you turn them with your sensitive fingertips. A large part of our brains is devoted to deciding what our hands are touching, is good or bad for us. Any brain worth a nickel knows books are good for us.”—Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? (via mttbll)
“Much fiction depends on people who never forget. This clinging, this refusal to ‘get over it,’ is very useful in fiction, however inadvisable it may be in real life.”—Joan Silber, The Art of Time in Fiction (via mttbll)