Sage Advice from an SF Writer
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Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:15 am)

Last night I was reading This Mortal Mountain, the third in a six volume set of books containing the writings of Roger Zelazny when I ran across this quote in one of his essays, toward the back of the book.

If I were in the process of counseling a would-be sf writer, I would say to him, "you need a sense of humor and a sense of place. You need a sense of history and a sense of time. You need a sense of science and a sense of the human condition. You need a sense of the fear, shame and mocking laughter, which for want of a better word I'll call the guilt involved in being a man. But most of all, you need a sense of humor." And assuming that the guy knows how to put words together at all, I think he'll probably make it on the scene, along with the rest of us priests of the absurd, time-keepers of the never-to-be-calendared occasion.

Part of me has always wanted to write, and another part says I have no stories to tell. Mostly I think that's just an excuse. But Zelazny's words spoke to me more than sparse ink covering paper usually does. Perhaps I will find a story to tell…

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