Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snoopy, Ray Bradbury, and Blizzards


Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life collects the thoughts of 30 authors/entertainers on their favorite Snoopy comics. Here's what Ray Bradbury had to say about his:

"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."

4 comments:

  1. Next time I'm lost in a rejection slip snowstorm I'll try to remember it's not a lonely place.

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    1. Definitely not -- we've all been there, and most of us are there on a weekly basis with W1S1.

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  2. I'm gonna sound like a youngling when I say I don't know who Buck Rodgers is. :(

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    1. If you have Netflix streaming, you have no excuse. =] I grew up with that show and its endless reruns.

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