Jun 10, 2012

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Salute to Ray Bradbury

He was one of the authors that helped me to discover worlds of fantasy and a life-long desire to create worlds of my own through writing.  I remember my mother would tell me to go outside and play.  Because, as usual, my nose had been stuck in a book for hours.  I’d nod and say “okay” and stay to read for another hour because I simply couldn’t put down the book.  It was usually Bradbury or Asimov or Le Guin among so many others.

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”  — Ray Bradbury

I still shiver in delight  when I see one of his books on a shelf, knowing the contents and relishing the emotions they will elicit. I open a book and remember the wide-eyed wonder of his worlds as well as the pull-the-covers-over-your-head reactions from strange things happening to strange people.  He will be missed but not forgotten.  Now  I have to go off and write, wearing Dandelion Wine perfume and wearing Fahrenheit 451 on my head like a sunhat.  I’ll go outside with my laptop as a nod to my mother and play…

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