Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors. I especially love Dandelion Wine. When I was in high school, I adored short stories and read many of Bradbury’s. Whether you appreciate science fiction or not (I’m not usually a fan, but he’s so much more than sci-fi), I think you have to credit him as a remarkable writer. He also offers wonderful advice for writers starting out. Here’s what he has to say about persistence.
Of course, I also love that he writes in shorts and a tie while enjoying cheese and Coors beer. Proof that a little eccentricity is appealing after you’re a success.
And here, to tempt you if you haven’t read Bradbury, the opening paragraph of Dandelion Wine.
“It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your window, and know that this indeed was the first real time of freedom and living, this was the first morning of summer.”