Sunday, February 14, 2010
An Evening with Ray Bradbury
An award winning author, who's simplistic view of writing has brought him success. He once said, "You must decide what is more important to you.....money or writing? If you are writing to make money, do something else." His words, not mine.:-)
Ray Bradbury has written and published over 500 stories, over 30 books, of which two of my favorites are Dandelion Wine and it's sequel, Farewell Summer, which was actually written prior to the first book. He also made time to throw in a few screenplays. He never locked himself into a specific genre. His writing was all over the market. He didn't believe in positioning himself in the race to be published. He believed in reaching deep inside himself and creating a masterpiece.
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, (about twenty five miles from where I live now, sigh) and unable to go to college or acquire any formal education in writing, he spent four days a week or so in the public library, while growing up. He will tell you, that after ten years, he graduated from the public library. His unique sense of humor is priceless.
Read an excerpt of his latest work of art, Now and Forever
And then pour yourself a glass of wine or whatever your pleasure and spend an evening with Ray Bradbury.