The first problem of any kind of even limited success is the unshakable conviction that you are getting away with something, and that any moment now they will discover you.
I saw Harper Collins post/Neil Gaiman retweet something about this book and say it was ideal for graduates. I remember watching the speech, but it hadn’t crossed my mind in a long time and I thought, hey, I’m graduating next month, I’ll go with a nice little To: me, From: me.
And what an unsurprising delight it was!
If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something.
So, I really love listening to Neil Gaiman talk. Two occasions I was lucky enough to listen to him chat in August – one on The Ocean at the End of the Lane and one on The Sandman – and it’s incredibly easy to find yourself inspired by the way he talks, and his reflections; so when the intent is to in a sense inspire, then you end up with something like this. And it’s just wonderful.
The book was fun. I’m not saying it’s a flawless design but I think that for what Gaiman was saying, a book that makes you squint to read, turn the pages, and draws you to stand out quotes is ideal.
I feel like Gaiman is a really inspiring person, and on a gloomy Friday morning, it was a welcome delivery from the postman. Whether my day is as productive following reading this as I feel it ought to be is another question.
Make interesting, amazing, glorious, fantastic mistakes.