Stuck on Perspective (And Reading)

TheOceanattheEndoftheLane_Hardcover_1359996597I seem to be a bit obsessed with perspective lately, and I’m not sure why. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something?

Anyway, the universe (also known as the Tub Where I Get Ideas) told me to share my thoughts on Neil Gaiman and perspective over at the Muffin and so I did. If you’re feeling a wee bit overwhelmed by everything you need to do, marketing-wise, I hope you’ll take a look see.

To be honest, in the summer, I’m always struck with just the tiniest bit of ennui (which is just a high falootin’ word for my laziness, but still, it sounds so much better, right?). It’s not that I don’t want to write, per se…it’s just that I want to sit outside and read more. And so I needed inspiration and bless Neil Gaiman, he came through for me.

By the by, the book I mentioned in the Muffin post, The Ocean At the End of the Lane, is great summer reading (or anytime reading). And of course, Mr. Gaiman has a new book out, Trigger Warning, (Because he always has a new book out) and I have to read that, and naturally, when I was perusing his website and such (for research), I noticed a book or two I hadn’t yet read and I think the summer is the best time to catch up on Neil, don’t you?

Which is, I’m quite sure, the universe telling me that it’s okay to slow down a bit and read when there are wonderful books out there, waiting. So how about you, my writing friends? What books are on your Summer Reading List?

Neil Gaiman and Writing Quotes

A few minutes ago, I saw a picture of Neil Gaiman on Facebook. And under that picture, I read a quote. (Thanks, Lisa!) Which reminded me that I saved a Neil Gaiman quote a few days ago. To wit:

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”
— Neil Gaiman

I think that’s a very nifty quote for writers. And I do so enjoy nifty writing quotes, don’t you? So you might want to lift your writing spirits with a quote or two or seventy from this wonderful site called (very aptly), Writing Quotes.

And all because I was fooling around on Facebook instead of writing. Isn’t writing a funny business?


Finding Neil Gaiman in Decatur

A friend (who just happens to be a photography wiz) worked on my Neil Gaiman photo and wheee! Now you can tell it really, truly is neilhimself!

The other night I dashed down to Decatur and heard him speak. But apparently, I didn’t dash down soon enough, as I was watching and listening from a balcony seat. That may have wreaked havoc on my photo, but it didn’t matter when it came to Mr. Gaiman’s delightful discourse. Following are a few things I learned:

If I lived next to a graveyard instead of the suburbs, I may have written The Graveyard Book.  Now I know why all my characters have names like Mark or Tiffany and hang out in boring, old playgrounds.  I’m just kidding about that- I’d never name a character Tiffany.

Neil Gaiman may return to DragonCon someday. Probably not.

Mr. Gaiman’s daughter was the inspiration for his book Coraline. He told a charmingly, funny tale about his little girl and her make-believe world and how one thing led to another, including those weird button eyes. Actually, he could not remember how he came up with the eye idea. But he wishes he could.  Not to beat a dead horse, but if my daughter had told me creepy/funny stories I could have written Coraline.  Instead, I’m stuck with Girl Scout stories. Which, now that I think about it, had a couple of scary GS leaders.

Mr. Gaiman doesn’t think all that tweeting he does helps him write. I think he just likes to tweet.  Sometimes about things he probably shouldn’t. (Sign up on Twitter and you can follow him. And me! neilhimself is probably a tad more interesting.)

Thank goodness, the Little Shop of Stories participated in a promotional competition for The Graveyard Book and won. Because Neil Gaiman is witty and exceptionally generous and how would I have known that, if I hadn’t been sitting up there in the balcony in Decatur, Georgia?

(You can read my sad tale of having to leave before getting my book signed by neilhimself over at Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame. But Mr. Gaiman stayed till 1:18 in the morning, autographing books.  And I heard he was charming and witty till the very end!)