"I am often asked why I write fiction for children. Because I am still a child. Because the world is big, and the world is wonderful, but it is also terrifying. It is an ocean full of paper boats. And for many children, the only nobility, the only joy, the only strength and sacrifice that they see first-hand - that they see enfleshed - comes in fiction."
N.D. Wilson, Death by Living (2013)
"It’s a shame when I hear an intelligent adult say, “Well I’m not a young person so it’s not for me.” You were a young person. And you like a good book. Then there is a great YA book out there for you."
The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Cecil Castellucci, author, performer, librettist. This interview provides us with yet another reason to love Madeleine L’Engle…read on for more! (via yahighway)
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (via excessivebookshelf)
"Poets also know how to transform things," Ricardo Murga added. "They look at the world and they absorb it like a drink. And then when they start talking, nothing is the same. It is like magic. Each day I try to look at the world with such eyes. This is what keeps me going."
The Killer’s Tears (Anne-Laure Bondoux)