"Well meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading - do not discourage children from reading because you feel they’re reading the wrong thing. There is no such thing as the wrong thing to be reading and no bad fiction for kids." - Neil Gaiman
I remember the strange panic attack before I went on to give this speech: the conviction that I wouldn’t be able to read what I’d written, or speak in articulate sentences. I wound up talking (in my head at least I was talking) in a really slow and measured way, because I was not certain any of it would make sense, or that I’d be able to get through it.
Which I mention only because I get lots of messages in Tumblr asks, asking how I got to be so good at this, or how people can do things if they are scared or stressed or things are too hard. And the only answer I really have is, you do it anyway. But maybe you breathe and do it a bit slower than normally.
*cop murders yet another black kid*
white people: w/e
*angry protesters burn the flag of a country built on and supported by systematic oppression*
white people: WELL HONKY TONK DIDDLY DARN WHAT THE HECKAROO IS THIS DISRESPECT OF THOSE WHO GAVE YOU FREEDOM??? *shouts slurs* *fucks the confederate flag*
Actual photo of me at graduation
If you’ve seen a better picture of a dog dressed as two dogs carrying a present today, I don’t believe you.
I thought the swearing vocabulary of American Gods was fairly rich, while I was writing it. I remember how much fun it was to write something like
“Fuck you,” said Czernobog. “Fuck you and fuck your mother and fuck the fucking horse you fucking rode in on. You will not even die in battle. No warrior will taste your blood. No one alive will take your life. You will die a soft, poor death. You will die with a kiss on your lips and a lie in your heart.”
…although it’s probably a bit heavy on the fucks for real richness in swearing.
I’ll try and swear more richly in the next American Gods novel.
michael jones is one of the members of lazer team
gavin free is one of the members of lazer team
burnie burns is one of the members of lazer team
this is so exciting and i’m crying tears of joy right now
I almost choked reading this for it is that glorious. One can only hope that one day, in the future, all names will be turned into puns.