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i'll send you a tape from california

The raven.... spoke slowly, without looking at Mr. Rebeck. "There are people," he said, "who give, and there are people who take. There are people who create, people who destroy, and people who don't do anything and drive the other two kinds crazy. It's born in you, whether you give or take, and that's the way you are."

--Peter S. Beagle, A Fine and Private Place



It's SF&F Writer's Day, I am told.

So I've been reading SFF since I was this tall, and I've been fortunate enough to meet (or at least speak to) and thank some of the authors whose work meant so much to me when I was younger and which continues to delight me now--Hal Clement, Emma Bull, Steven Brust, Peter Beagle, Caroline Stevermer, Patricia Wrede, Suzy McKee Charnas, Pamela Dean, Harry Harrison, Will Shetterly, Nalo Hopkinson, Neil Gaiman, Diane Duane, Geoff Ryman, Samuel Delany, Ursula K. Le Guin, Barry N. Malzberg... well, I could be here for a while, couldn't I?--and I was once privileged to hear Isaac Asimov speak at Trinity College on the robot revolution.

I've also been privileged to meet many of my peers among the wee baby untested newbie SFF writers, and a whole bunch of apprentice writers who are working their way up the publication ladder, and in general I have to say it is a privilege.

Thank you all, every one of you, for giving your art, for giving your passion, for taking chances and allowing yourselves to be vulnerable. Thank you for being people who create, and making my world the richer for it.

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To say "Thank you" sounds so weak compared to the richness you've brought into our lives. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
You are exceptionally welcome.
Most of the ones you mentioned, and many more...and don't forget about e. bear...who is a delight to read.
Thank you!
Mazel tov!

Neil is absolutely fascinating about bees (and just about anything) and Charlaine is one of the nicest people it has *ever* been my pleasure to meet. I hope you get to speak with each of them.
I remember a somewhat similar bit, where Lazarus Long divides people into makers, takers, and fakers (authors, as I recall, can fall into either makers or fakers, depending :-)). I might have include 'breakers' myself, but maybe the people who destroy are best just lumped in with the takers.
And some are also takers, it's true. But that seems an uncharitable way to celebrate the day. *g*
Thank you, Bear, for writing all the beautiful books.
Thank you for reading them.
Thank you. And thank you for that wonderful quote.
You are welcome.
Yes. Thank you, Bear, for the wonderful stories.
You're welcome. Thank you for brightening up my corner of the internets on a regular basis.
Yes, well, thanks for helping us on that mother@#$%ing climb. It's quite the bitch, as I'm sure you know.
Oh, yah. Yeah I do.

Which reminds me

I had meant either to make a post on my own LJ, only then I would have felt a need to be more formal; or else to send you an email, only then you might have felt that peculiar embarrassment that only private correspondence invokes.

So I thought, under the circumstances, that I'd take this chance to tell you how hard I fell for the two volumes once, and maybe still, called "The Stratford Man." If I had asked for a giant fanfic for Yuletide, this would have fulfilled my wildest dreams. Not least, I hasten to add, because it has more than crack in it, or maybe I should just define crack more broadly. I thought your choices about dialogue, the balance between authenticity and readability, were brilliant. I have never met a fictional Will Shakespeare whom I believed in more. The structure of the first volume is breathtaking. The second is more open-ended, but still a joy to behold. Anne Hathaway was a joy, Kit Marlowe was a miracle.

Of course it made me cry, but it also made me laugh hysterically, sometimes at nearly the same time.

I'm presently trying to remember that your chronology is wildly idiosyncratic, in fact part of an alternate history, because at the moment it makes more sense to me than the likely actual one.

P.

Re: Which reminds me

Thank you so very much. Those books are dear to me and have a lot of my heart in them, and to know that they found such a perfect home with you gives me incomparable joy.

Thank YOU for being an excellent and approachable mentor for the wee and the up-and-coming! And, of course, for being such a rockin' writer yourself!
Seems like the least I can do. And thank you.