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Neil Gaiman talking about the author Harlan Ellison

"He said he wanted to demythologize the process of writing. He wanted to show people it was a craft like building a chair and mostly it was done by sitting there and staring at a blank piece of paper and hating everything."
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If you haven't heard yet, the author Neil Gaiman is doing this project called a Calender of Tales in which he posed 12 questions on twitter and then wrote 12 stories based on the answers he got. Now he's posted the stories and is asking people to create art based on them which will then be made up into a calender. This process of asking for prompts and having other people create art based on your writing is very familiar, and it suddenly struck me that this world-renowned, best selling author is doing what we fanfiction writers have been doing for years.

"There's lots of artists in the world, but there's only one you, and the only person who has your point of view is you. If you decide not to make things, all you've done is deprived the world of all the stuff only you could have brought to it ... The best part of actually writing is that sudden magical moment where there is something coming out of your pen that wasn't even there a second ago. Everything you've be writing up until that point suddenly magically comes together, and you, you're flying." ~ Neil Gaiman


May. 21st, 2012 05:40 pm
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So I may very well have developed an extreme Avengers obsession, but its helping me getting through a hellish month. Will this produce fic? Maybe.

And I can't believe I'm saying this but I haven't actually seen the Supernatural finale yet. I'm saving it for when I'm in a more Supernatural state of mind.

"Never change. Or do if you want. I'm not your boss."

Troy to Shirley, Community
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So the sneak peek of the next episode of Supernatural is out. I have the feeling this might be an episode where I have to actually wait until I can download it. I may need to pause it several times during viewing just to ensure I keep breathing.

From the four corners of the globe,
Comes the idea that a globe has corners

~Les Barker
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"This evening in the twilight's gloom
a butterfly flew in my room
oh what beauty, oh what grace
who needs visitors from outer space"

The Butterfly by Spike Milligan

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From Jasper Fforde's book One of Our Thursdays is Missing:

"Where have you been?" she said with a smile. "Fan Fiction isn't copying--it's a celebration. One long party, from the first capital letter to the last period!"

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Put Something In

Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance,
’Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.

~ Shel Silverstein

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"It's really affectionate anarchy. That's what the Muppets are. Affectionate anarchy."
- Frank Oz

ETA: My new icon :)

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"It is well known that in an infinite universe everything that can be imagined must exist somewhere."
- Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
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My wonderful father, who has been changing all his LPs into MP3s, gave me a copy of our old Captain Beaky albums which I've been spending a lot of time listening to. This is my favourite song from that.

My Best Friend
by Jeremy Lloyd

Save for the humming of the bees
And raindrops falling through the trees
The wood was silent as a grave
While shafts of sunlight made a brave attempt to pierce the velvet gloom
As lonely as an empty room

Alone was I but not afraid
The friend I'd been with must have strayed
For though I called no answer came
And so I called and called again
Still no answer came

And so I played a splendid game
In the bracken wet and thick
With my favourite walking stick

And then a voice called out quite near
"Oh there you are old chap, come here."
And sitting there upon a log, was my best friend
Who said "Good dog."

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"Suddenly, a serious figure appears.

He says, 'I am the angel of death.'

'But I'm not ready to die.'

'Ah if you do not wish death, how about a rubber chicken.'"

- Gummo Bergman's Silent Strawberries as translated by Sam the Eagle in The Muppets Go to the Movies

YouTube clip --> Silent Strawberries


Feb. 19th, 2010 04:56 pm
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Down by a little dock where they launch kayaks, I saw a sign nailed to a tree. It said this:

Albert is known
to tease kayakers.
The queasy waves
coat his grey
slippery fur.
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I feel this should be applied to Castiel in someway either as inspiration for a fic or music video, but I don't have any ideas for it.

"An Angry Blade"
By Iron and Wine

Who left you so?
Who left you so?
Who left you so?

Striking a match for the keyhole
Dark as the evening laid
When he left you all alone

Turning to fade through the sawgrass
Tall as the only love
That you'll ever really know

Who left you so?
Who left you so?
Who left you so?

Grace is a gift for the fallen dear
You're an angry blade and you're brave
But you're all alone

Turning a shade of an angel born
In a bramble ditch when the doors
Of heaven closed

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...only those with their feet on rock can build castles in the air.
- Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum

Such A Common Bird

I am a lone wolf
a beauty and a beast
both hunter and hunted
soft tongue and sharp teeth
I´m toned from my travels
yet raw from this road
as I drink from storm puddles
and the stories I´m told
contd... )

- Performed by Ane Brun, Written by Wendy McNeil
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The fact is that I don't know where ideas come from, or even where to look for them. Nor does any writer. This is not quite true, in fact. If you were writing a book on the mating habits of pigs, you'd probably pick up a few goodish ideas by hanging around a barnyard in a plastic mac, but if fiction is your line, then the only real answer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn't collapse when you beat your head against it.

- Douglas Adams
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I have to stop listening to Spike Milligan. It's going to make my writing weirder than it already it.

"I woke up this morning and I was still alive, so I am pretty cheerful."

“I thought I'd begin by reading a sonnet by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.”

“This silent call you make, A silence so loud I fear the world knows it's meaning If you fill every corner of a room Where can I look? If I close my eyes the silence becomes louder! There is no escape from you The only way out is in”

"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; I left my shoes and socks there - I wonder if they're dry?"

“For ten years Caesar ruled with an iron hand. Then with a wooden foot, and finally with a piece of string.”

“It's all in the mind, you know.”

Quoty Quote

Dec. 4th, 2009 07:21 pm
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It's just fun to be born. Where do we go from here?

- Sister Constance Murphy, Age 105
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You are the Light...

plus there was a drawing of a whale with a speech bubble with a heart inside  :)

ETA:  Recently found out that this is a reference to a song by the group Said the Whale.

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She was crazy, he was mad, together they danced
He believed her to be the Queen of Sheba
She was convinced that he was a prince
And they were dancing together in the wind and the weather
She was crazy, he was stark staring mad

It's absolutely clear that you can't dance here )

-Leon Rosselson


Sep. 15th, 2009 10:14 pm
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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony
which once existed between man and the universe.

~Anatole France
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