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Monday, November 19, 2012


Ray Bradbury wrote in this fun book:
“The blizzard doesn’t last forever; it just seems so.”

You can buy a hardcover copy for only $1.25!!

My favorite contribution comes from the always-insightful Ray Bradbury:

"The amazing Blackstone came to town when I was seven, and I saw how he came alive onstage and thought, God, I want to grow up to be like that!  
And I ran up to help him vanish an elephant. To this day I don’t know where the elephant went. One moment it was there, the next — abracadabra — with a wave of the wand it was gone!

In 1929 Buck Rogers came into the world, and on that day in October a single panel of Buck Rogers comic strip hurled me into the future. I never came back.

It was only natural when I was twelve that I decided to become a writer and laid out a huge roll of butcher paper to begin scribbling an endless tale that scrolled right on up to Now, never guessing that the butcher paper would run forever.

Snoopy has written me on many occasions from his miniature typewriter, asking me to explain what happened to me in the great blizzard of rejection slips of 1935. Then there was the snowstorm of rejection slips in ’37 and ’38 and an even worse winter snowstorm of rejections when I was twenty-one and twenty-two.  
That almost tells it, doesn’t it, that starting when I was fifteen I began to send short stories to magazines like Esquire, and they, very promptly, sent them back two days before they got them!  
I have several walls in several rooms of my house covered with the snowstorm of rejections, but they didn’t realize what a strong person I was; I persevered and wrote a thousand more dreadful short stories, which were rejected in turn.  
Then, during the late forties, I actually began to sell short stories and accomplished some sort of deliverance from snowstorms in my fourth decade.  
But even today, my latest books of short stories contain at least seven stories that were rejected by every magazine in the United States and also in Sweden! So, dear Snoopy, take heart from this. The blizzard doesn’t last forever; it just seems so."


  1. One of the best writing books, ever. I owned it since day one, and I still re-read it. Fantastic stuff.

  2. Alex:
    Yes, unless we're living in the world of the movie DAY AFTER TOMORROW!

    The Happy Whisk:
    Isn't it a great read? Thanks for visiting and commenting, Roland

  3. Ray Bradbury was the man -- without him, Write1Sub1 wouldn't even exist.

  4. Thanks for the insight into Ray Bradbury. I never knew of this book or of his writing journey.

  5. Hi Roland .. I've always loved Snoopy - and I love the post .. the snowflake blizzard .. but don't throw those stories away - they just might one day be appreciated ..

    Loved the trailer too! Cheers Hilary

  6. Michael:
    Ray was a great writer and better man. He blazed the trail for us writers in so many ways. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I'm beginning to get snowblind from that blizzard! Glad you liked the trailer and have a wonderful mid-week, Roland