"You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be."
- Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird is a wonderful book. I talked to Julia for a long time yesterday, and she's read it, and she said she liked it a lot, too, but hated how Anne reiterates the potential of failure. I don't think that's the message, though. I think the message is that writing is its own reward ("It's like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony."), that you're the same person on the inside whether you write a bestseller or not.
I was nominated for the Coat Hanger Award.