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"I have to say, I have found fantasy and science fiction to be a pretty gender-level playing field on the professional end. Any slope is provided by the actual readers -- for example, on average, books with male or mixed protagonists by women writers really do sell better than books with female protagonists by women writers, because thatís the way the readers select them, but one can always aspire to be the exception."
"I used to read almost exclusively just feminist texts, stories as well as scholarly. Feminism gave me my life and my freedom in so many ways, and that set of philosophies has become so much of who I am. It's not like I know everything, but there comes a point where reading feminist text is like reading about, say, being from California. It's who I am."
"Procrastination comes from fear. Fear of failure, fear of your completed work not living up to the idea. [Bradbury] just tosses that all out the window and says screw it. If I blow it I will just write something else. He just doesnít believe in fear in the creative process and I think that has been the secret to his prolificacy."
It needs to look appealing and feel
appealing; I hate pulpy paper, that crappy stuff of mass-market paperbacks that
causes a most unpleasant feeling when caressing a page with bathtub pruned fingertips,
and reminds me of the brown institutional paper towels from elementary school.