stefan-girl-olaua:

"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.

In Hamburg, about to have my photo taken. I’m out of practice at press and interview world.View more Neil Gaiman on WhoSay

In Hamburg, about to have my photo taken. I’m out of practice at press and interview world.

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sierra-does-arts asked: Do/did you ever worry? You're famous now and stuff but when you were living paycheck to paycheck, did you ever worry you wouldn't make it? Not that you weren't talented enough, but just generally that you wouldn't be able to make rent and bills and student loan payments?

Yes.  I was supporting myself with writing and I had two infant children. I was pretty terrified. But failure wasn’t really an option, not if the kids were going to eat.

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brainstormye asked: I am going to try NaMoWriMo, if for no other reason than to get myself into the habit of daily writing. Any advice?

Well done, even if all you’ve done is decide to do it. The best advice I have for you is…

0) Have a story to tell. Know something about it, even if you don’t have it all plotted out.

1) Write every day. Make your word count. Train everyone to leave you alone while you’re writing.

2) Look at the pep talks on the NANOWRIMO website. Here’s mine: http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/neil-gaiman

manuelpre:

And…done! My humble homage (featuring the Endless AND one special guest) to my favorite comic (and author!) and one of the main reasons I seriously started thinking to work in the comic book industry! Thanks for inspiring us, Neil Gaiman!

manuelpre:

And…done! My humble homage (featuring the Endless AND one special guest) to my favorite comic (and author!) and one of the main reasons I seriously started thinking to work in the comic book industry! Thanks for inspiring us, Neil Gaiman!

somethingsomethingwittycomment:

Do you know how many times I’ve walked around bookstores, carrying this around, only to put it back on the shelf and leave? Even in London last summer, I badly wanted to buy it, to have a UK edition, and I carried it around a shop by the hotel, searched for it after some “Tex-Mex” in Notting Hill, but I still couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I’ve even checked it out a couple of times from the library, and actually read a couple of pages. But I wasn’t ready. Maybe now I am? THIS IS GOING TO MAKE ME FEEL THINGS, ISN’T IT?!

I’m afraid so.

somethingsomethingwittycomment:

Do you know how many times I’ve walked around bookstores, carrying this around, only to put it back on the shelf and leave? Even in London last summer, I badly wanted to buy it, to have a UK edition, and I carried it around a shop by the hotel, searched for it after some “Tex-Mex” in Notting Hill, but I still couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I’ve even checked it out a couple of times from the library, and actually read a couple of pages. But I wasn’t ready. Maybe now I am? THIS IS GOING TO MAKE ME FEEL THINGS, ISN’T IT?!

I’m afraid so.

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viperdragoon asked: Hello Mr Gaiman. I am delighted to hear you will be in France for signings. While I really dont mind traveling through the whole country for a chance to see you in person, there is a good chance I wont be able to make it. Because if anything might delay you, I have a good chance to miss my train and then miss showing up for work the next day. Anyway my question is : Could it be possible to phone the library and ask them to make you sign a copy of one of your books so they can mail it to me ?

Sure, call the bookshop. Most bookshops are very happy to take phone orders for signed books, if there’s a signing going on.

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watercolorstain asked: Dear Neil! One had to pre-register via email for the Vienna event, but they've reached full capacity and aren't accepting any more people. So excited to see you there! xx

Thanks for the info!

inklines:

Here’s the scanned and cleaned up drawing—along with some isolated details—inspired-by and projected live-as-it-happened during neil-gaiman's discussion with Wesley Stace at WAMFEST on Thursday. Thanks again to Neil, Wes and WAMFEST for having me along and thanks to everyone who turned out for an inspiring talk …

Beautiful drawing of a wonderful talk…