Fiction is the truth inside the lie

Mark Twain once said (though it is often misattributed to Tom Clancy, of all people) that "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense."  The quote above, another favorite of mine, is by Stephen King.

links and reading

  • Why Prayer is Not Answered :: This was written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a powerful piece about desire and getting what we want.
  • Inky Girl ::  A website/weblog run by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, my favorite part of which is her comics. 
  • The Fantasy Novelist's Exam ::  Thought provoking "quiz" about that fantasy novel you're working on right now.
  • Fiction :: As primarily a fiction writer, this page collects some of my inspirations and personal reflections on writing science fiction and fantasy.
  • NaNoWriMo :: This is my collection of NaNoWriMo pages, one for each year, containing my word counts and thoughts as I progressed.

it is not the critic that counts

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt (Paris Sorbonne,1910) [link to full speech]