“Write something true.
Write something frightening.
Write something close to the bone.
You are on this planet to tell the story of what you saw here.
What you heard.
What you learned.
Any effort spent in that pursuit cannot be wasted.
Any way that you can tell that story more truly, more vividly, more you-ly, is the right way.”
Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over 20 fiction and poetry books, including The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, and the new The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two.
Okay, the gauntlet has been picked up. Gulps!