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Jeff VanderMeer quotes: People who asked questions didn't necessary like being asked questions. People who asked questions didn't necessary like being asked questions.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: That is the tragedy of everyday life: when you are in it, you can never see your self clearly. That is the tragedy of everyday life: when you are in it, you can never see your self clearly.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Sometimes you need to know when to go on to the next thingfor the sake of other people. Sometimes you need to know when to go on to the next thing
for the sake of other people.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: History has shown us all too often the consequences of dreaming poorly or not at all. History has shown us all too often the consequences of dreaming poorly or not at all.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Sometimes you had to keep things from people just so they wouldn't do the first thing that came into their heads. Sometimes you had to keep things from people just so they wouldn't do the first thing that came into their heads.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I do believe very much in the idea of unexpected or 'convulsive' beauty - beauty in the service of liberty. I do believe very much in the idea of unexpected or 'convulsive' beauty - beauty in the service of liberty.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Never do something for just one reason. Never do something for just one reason.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: To paint that horrible scene, something terrible must have befallen the artist. To paint that horrible scene, something terrible must have befallen the artist.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Above all, don't think, for what you think happens! Above all, don't think, for what you think happens!
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: There are countless things in this vast universe that humankind does not know. There are countless things in this vast universe that humankind does not know.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: The one thing I always come back to as a writer, what I consider my bedrock, is a lot of charged images that appear in the text. The one thing I always come back to as a writer, what I consider my bedrock, is a lot of charged images that appear in the text.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Hellooo Pelican, come in, come in? No? Okay. You just be that way, you petulant bird. Hellooo Pelican, come in, come in? No? Okay. You just be that way, you petulant bird.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I see music as an aid. It overcomes my internal editor, especially when the music evokes the character or the mood I'm trying to build. I see music as an aid. It overcomes my internal editor, especially when the music evokes the character or the mood I'm trying to build.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Accidents and acts of God don't mean a thing, unless they're followed later by acts of will. Accidents and acts of God don't mean a thing, unless they're followed later by acts of will.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Cultural indigestion, I tell you, the gripe in the bowels of your spirit. Cultural indigestion, I tell you, the gripe in the bowels of your spirit.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: If he'd had something to say, he should have picked up the phone a long time ago. If he'd had something to say, he should have picked up the phone a long time ago.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Silence creates its own violence. Silence creates its own violence.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: You can be deeply non-serious and still focused, disciplined, and on task. You can be deeply non-serious and still focused, disciplined, and on task.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: How many invisible, abstract incantations ruled the world beyond the Southern Reach? How many invisible, abstract incantations ruled the world beyond the Southern Reach?
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: A bird can be a bat. A bat can be a piece of floating plastic bag. Way of the world. To see things as other things. A bird can be a bat. A bat can be a piece of floating plastic bag. Way of the world. To see things as other things.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: the trees were putting on their September garments, brown and red and yellow, the trees were putting on their September garments, brown and red and yellow,
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: If I wasn't a writer, I don't know what I'd be. Probably a marine biologist or something. If I wasn't a writer, I don't know what I'd be. Probably a marine biologist or something.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: There, scuttling across the floor, blind and querulous, is the old cell phone - scrabbling and bulky, trying to get away from you. There, scuttling across the floor, blind and querulous, is the old cell phone - scrabbling and bulky, trying to get away from you.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: You can either waste time worrying about a death that might not come or concentrate on what's left to you. You can either waste time worrying about a death that might not come or concentrate on what's left to you.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: He'd said they were studying the "taywah" or "terror" of the region, even when he'd spelled it out as t-e-r-r-o-i-r. He'd said they were studying the "taywah" or "terror" of the region, even when he'd spelled it out as t-e-r-r-o-i-r.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: It is a curious fact of nature that that which is in plain view is oft best hidden. I It is a curious fact of nature that that which is in plain view is oft best hidden. I
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Think about how backstory fits the tale you're trying to tell... p.195 Think about how backstory fits the tale you're trying to tell... p.195
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: As Shakespeare points out, it is common for people to die. Going As Shakespeare points out, it is common for people to die. Going
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: An inordinate love of ritual can be harmful to the soul, unless, of course, in times of great crisis, when ritual can protect the soul from fracture. An inordinate love of ritual can be harmful to the soul, unless, of course, in times of great crisis, when ritual can protect the soul from fracture.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary. I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: You may be an unintentional avatar, but you are an avatar nonetheless. You may be an unintentional avatar, but you are an avatar nonetheless.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: If I could play an instrument, it would probably be a cello or an electric guitar. If I could play an instrument, it would probably be a cello or an electric guitar.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Even a dream as inspiration doesn't mean anything unless you then find that it's sparked an actual story with a plot. Even a dream as inspiration doesn't mean anything unless you then find that it's sparked an actual story with a plot.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I had long ago stopped believing in promises. Biological imperatives, yes. Environmental factors, yes. Promises, no. I had long ago stopped believing in promises. Biological imperatives, yes. Environmental factors, yes. Promises, no.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: The only solution to the environment is neglect, which requires our collapse." A The only solution to the environment is neglect, which requires our collapse." A
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Like most men, Wick could not help terror about one thing erupting as anger about something else. Like most men, Wick could not help terror about one thing erupting as anger about something else.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: When you are too close to the center of a mystery there is no way to pull back and see the shape of it entire. When you are too close to the center of a mystery there is no way to pull back and see the shape of it entire.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: What can you do when your five senses are not enough? What can you do when your five senses are not enough?
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: He drank deeply from his orange juice - really drank to savor it so that for a minute or two nothing existed in the house but his enjoyment. He drank deeply from his orange juice - really drank to savor it so that for a minute or two nothing existed in the house but his enjoyment.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Gerard turned away and ignored the cruelty of the meerkats, tore it from his mind. Lucretia needed a heart. Gerard turned away and ignored the cruelty of the meerkats, tore it from his mind. Lucretia needed a heart.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Maybe all of this was prevarication and excuses and not an afterword at all. Maybe all of this was prevarication and excuses and not an afterword at all.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: If people were not by nature insane and resistant to self-improvement or therapy, If people were not by nature insane and resistant to self-improvement or therapy,
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: We live in a universe driven by chance," his father had said once, "but the bullshit artists all want causality. We live in a universe driven by chance," his father had said once, "but the bullshit artists all want causality.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: If the reader enters a kind of immersive experience reading a book, then I have to enter a kind of immersive state to do my best work. If the reader enters a kind of immersive experience reading a book, then I have to enter a kind of immersive state to do my best work.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: You can't trust how I'll get somewhere, but you have to trust I know where I'm going. I always know where I'm going. You can't trust how I'll get somewhere, but you have to trust I know where I'm going. I always know where I'm going.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: We all just want to people, and none of us know what that really means. We all just want to people, and none of us know what that really means.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Has there always been someone like me to bury the bodies, to have regrets, to carry on after everyone else was dead? Has there always been someone like me to bury the bodies, to have regrets, to carry on after everyone else was dead?
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I looked not for shooting stars but for fixed ones, and I would try to imagine what kind of life lived in those celestial tidal pools so far from us. I looked not for shooting stars but for fixed ones, and I would try to imagine what kind of life lived in those celestial tidal pools so far from us.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: There's also a lot of gritty Americana type of bands. I actually have a lot of Britpop on my iPod, too. There's also a lot of gritty Americana type of bands. I actually have a lot of Britpop on my iPod, too.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: You're on your own, like you've always been on your own. You have to keep going forward, until you can't go forward anymore. You're on your own, like you've always been on your own. You have to keep going forward, until you can't go forward anymore.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: That's how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality. That's how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Ten years ago, we would have been writing perfect stories, but people's attention spans have become more limited in these, the last days of literacy. Ten years ago, we would have been writing perfect stories, but people's attention spans have become more limited in these, the last days of literacy.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I've always wrestled with the difference between plot and structure, and after re-reading a lot of writing books I realized I wasn't alone. I've always wrestled with the difference between plot and structure, and after re-reading a lot of writing books I realized I wasn't alone.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: his head burst in a blizzard of seeds that hung in the lamplight and drifted slowly to the ground like a tiny division of poison paratroopers. his head burst in a blizzard of seeds that hung in the lamplight and drifted slowly to the ground like a tiny division of poison paratroopers.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: I always try to be alert to the potential for repetition, for a decaying orbit with regard to my use of technique, etc. I always try to be alert to the potential for repetition, for a decaying orbit with regard to my use of technique, etc.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: Honesty was often just a way of being cruel. Honesty was often just a way of being cruel.
Jeff VanderMeer quotes: So long as you don't tell people you don't know something, they'll probably think you know it. So long as you don't tell people you don't know something, they'll probably think you know it.