dear Ray,

I haven’t yet quit my day job to pursue the written word, but I’m starting small: twelve short stories this year. I once did twenty-five; this should be no Herculean task. I’ve gotten three others to commit to this as well, and three more still to pitch in on occasion. hopefully, more than fifty horrible story children will be born in your honor this year. this is all because of Zen and you know it. looking forward to that drink I owe you in whatever circle of Heavell is reserved for writers and their unforgivable creations.

sincerely,
August

Is there no rest? No, only journeying to be yourself.

Ray Bradbury, What I Do Is Me – For That I Came

bout to start another one of those short story year-round projects awwww yeahhhhh

so I’m reading Zen in the Art of Writing for the third time. for inspiration :’D

oh snap did you read Zen in the Art of Writing??

theoldaeroplane:

bro. Bro

bro i read zen in the art of writing when i was still in high school and it changed my fucking life

I should have clarified. “““AGAIN”““ did you read Zen in the Art of Writing AGAIN because of COURSE you read it in high school

I didn’t get to it until college, which I sincerely regret but am also thankful for because I wouldn’t have listened to him in high school

I’ve had a sign over my typewriter for over 25 years now, which reads “Don’t think!” You must never think at the typewriter — you must feel. Your intellect is always buried in that feeling anyway.

For Ray Bradbury’s birthday today, a lovely 1974 interview. (via explore-blog)

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.

Ray Bradbury (via faithmckay)

When I left high school, I had all my plans to go to college, but I had no money. And I decided then, the best thing for me to do is not worry about getting money to go to college — I will educate myself. I walked down the street, I walked into a library, I would go to the library three days a week for ten years and I would educate myself. It’s all FREE, that’s the great thing about libraries! Most of you can afford to go to college, but if you wanna educate yourself completely, go to the library and educate yourself. When I was 28 years old, I graduated from Library.

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.

Ray Bradbury  (via dancinguponthearchitecture)