Hal Clement (Harry C. Stubbs)A quiet and underrated master of "hard science" fiction who, among other things, foresaw integrated circuits back in the 1940s.
As I've never, to my knowledge, read a Hal Clement story, I have no idea whether it's true or not.
Two memes in succession. Hmm... It can only mean I'm procrastinating.
So far this morning all I've done is go through my Yahoo mail box. I have now read all the Freecycle messages and enquired about a slowcooker (IS crockpot) that was offered. I already have one, but I find them very useful and another could come in handy for mass stew/soup/casserole making.
I really must settle to do some work, but I'll just pass on this related and perhaps more useful thought. matociquala linked to a transcript of her chat session on the Absolute Write boards. There was quite a bit of useful stuff relating to aspiring writers, but this quote jumped out at me.
The other thing is something Steve Brust said to me after I finished my first novel. Which was, more or less, that I should be proud, even though it probably sucked, because I had done something that 99% of the people who set out to write a novel never do. And even if it did suck, if I had finished one, I could finish two. And the second one would suck less than the first. *g* Steve's honest.
I tend to obsess about the fact that I have failed to get a novel published, but she's right. How many people who start novels actually finish them? How many finish two? How many finish three? I am heading in the right direction. I just need to keep going.