A to Z Challenge Day One - American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.


Yes, the secret's out! My theme for the A to Z Challenge is Favourite Books. I might slip in some ROW80 updates or some writing-related talk, but for the most part, it'll be a book a day. And of course, I had to start with my current obsession, Neil Gaiman.

I read American Gods back in January, and since then I've read Anansi Boys, Fragile Things, Stardust, and Smoke and Mirrors. Not been disappointed yet!

Though I did start a long discussion about Gaiman vs Lewis and the Problem of Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia, over at the Compuserve Books and Writers Community.

Gaiman's got a fun tumblr page, and through there I discovered his Writer's Prayer:
A Writer's Prayer

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too much;
who spreads himself too thinly with his words,
diluting all the things he has to say,
like butter spread too thinly over toast,
or watered milk in some worn-out hotel;
but let me write the things I have to say,
and then be silent, 'til I need to speak.

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too little;
a decade-man between each tale, or more,
where every word accrues significance
and dread replaces joy upon the page.
Perfectionists like chasing the horizon;
You kept perfection, gave the rest to us,
so let me earn the wisdom to move on.

But over and above those two mad spectres of parsimony and profligacy,
Lord, let me be brave, and let me, while I craft my tales, be wise:
let me say true things in a voice that is true,
and, with the truth in mind, let me write lies.
Happy April Fool's Day!
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