Sir Terry Pratchett’s Wisdom on Writing Courtesy of Cate Russell-Cole

Click on the following link to read and enjoy a serious of wonderful and inspiring quotes from Sir Pratchett: Sir Terry Pratchett’s Wisdom on Writing.

I’ve come rather late to the Sir Terry Pratchett party.  I’ve seen  him and his writing discussed on several blogs, but didn’t even have a clue what he wrote until a month ago.  Now I’m a huge fan of his.

First, some background.  I’m a fan of audiobooks.  Best. Thing. Ever.  I love listening to audiobooks while I walk or knit or commute.  If it weren’t for audiobooks, my imaginary worlds be far poorer.  I have a subscription to Audible.com and when preparing for my recent vacation, I was on the website casting about for some audiobook that could easily entertain or at least distract me if I had any down time, such as on the flights or in the late evening while knitting.  Snuff was on sale.  It sounded like a good old police procedural.  Yeah, even the novel’s description wasn’t enough to clue me in on the world I was about to enter.  And obviously I didn’t look close enough at the cover.

Snuff (Pratchett novel)

Snuff (Pratchett novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first evening I started listening, I was totally blown away:  dwarfs?  trolls? vampires? werewolves?  social commentary on discrimination against other … hmmm … not really people but let’s say, sentient beings? WTF?

What riotous fun Snuff was to listen to!  The narrator, Stephen Briggs, was wonderful, one of those great narrators who doesn’t resort to high-pitch whines when he reads the female characters.  Snuff was so amazing that I want to buy the book (eventually) since oftentimes I literally could not believe my ears at what I was hearing.

To anyone who is a long-time fan of Sir Pratchett’s, my apologies if I sound (as I am) like an idiot for not already knowing of him and all the great work he has done.  To top off my “discovery” of his work, I find that Sir Pratchett is not just an extraordinary writer, but an extraordinary human being.

You don’t have to enjoy fantasy (high or low) or police procedurals or supernatural/paranormal fiction to enjoy Sir Pratchett.  You just have to enjoy good writing, full of humor and heart.  Many thanks to Cate Russell-Cole for posting his quotes!

 

I Interrupt My Hiatus to Forward This Important Message

I am back from vacation (and already having problems with WordPress but that’s another post).  And I’m still on hiatus from blogging as I (grudgingly) resume the daily grind.  But when I saw this post from Cate Russell-Cole, I had to break my silence.

It chills me that we might have lost Cate this summer.  I knew she was in pain, but I never knew how bad it was.  I am grateful that she was able to get help and she is still with us, and I hope she will be for a long, long time.

I’ve had times when I considered suicide, although for lesser reasons than Cate.  During a period when I had free access to drugs and alcohol, I leaned toward the “accidental” suicide approach, but I was never “successful.”  And to use Cate’s own words, this is why I’m glad I never was successful:  “If I had taken my life when I first considered it, I would have missed out on getting married, great jobs, knowing and loving some awesome people and so very much more.”

If those attempts had been successful, I would have missed out on meeting my husband which means I would have missed out on celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.  I would have missed gazing up at the wonder of the Milky Way as it came to life over Mono Lake.  I would have missed hiking up through the cinder and ash of Black Point.  I would have missed days of talking and laughing with our friends of 30+ years.  I would have missed the seediness of San Francisco as well as its glory.  I would have missed coming home and holding each of our cats although none of them like to be held.  I would have missed my husband who is my anchor in all things at all times.  I would have missed each of you.  Cate is right.  Life does get better.  Hang in there and reach out.

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