Cookie Monster IS Cookieness EverEat in "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur"!
(And may the cookies be ever in your flavor...)
|Orange Peel Candle|
"Your success as a writer is entirely independent from anyone else’s."As writers, we each have our own sense of what makes a good story and what we want/need to include in our own writing. That my take on this is different than yours is something to be celebrated and respected, not seen as something to be lashed out at. That's why Vance's follow-up sentence was surprising:
"Belittling someone’s accomplishment does not accelerate or enhance your own success."Vance has encountered the ugly side of writer's envy in ways that, frankly, just astound me. The (former) friend who, after reading Vance's first book, sent him ten pages of notes pointing out the book's flaws and Vance's inability to write is an act that I have a hard time wrapping my head around. What kind of people do that?
"Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is of all subjects my delight. I must have my share in the conversation, if you are speaking of music. There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient."It's the quintessential, I acknowledge your accomplishment but only to let you know how much better I would have done it, if I did such things.
"Selznick says he did not find it intimitdating to return to work after winning his medal, "because for a long time my goal with each new book has been for it to be 'better' than my lst one. I don't mean more commerically successful, I mean with each new book I have tried to push myself to do something I've never done before. Therefor, I'm not trying to win another Caldecott, or make a book that sells more copies than Hugo, but I'm trying to take all the things I learned from that book and do something new with them."Yet another reason why I like Selznick and his books.
|Downtown Raleighwood, Early Morning|
"...There's something potentially creepy about a middle-aged man scouting out kids to approach, even if it's just to give away a book."I made a point to talk to the parents first, explaining in a single sentence what was going on.
"It's World Book Night, the night when lucky people like me get to give away books for free."Most parents were okay with the idea. I think those that were suspicious thought I was peddling some kind of religious tracts. (Which, to be fair, is what I would have thought if someone approached me saying they were giving away free books.) The most suspicious person who took a copy remained suspicious until I actually walked away saying, "See? No money. It's all yours!"
|Watch for Pedestrians |
Downtown Raleighwood, March 2013