"When I was a small child... I once saw a blank sheet of paper somewhere on a television program. It was a blank notebook, with lined pages and a pencil on the top of a pad. And something in me leapt. And I thought, "Oh my God, look at that. That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!
"But there is the feeling that it's... the one thing in the world that you're really, really good at, and you get good at it by working hard, but also because it helps you be you!"
From the Coode Street Podcast, episode 208, hosted by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan. (Caitlin Kiernan's on the show as well!) If you care about fantastic fiction, and especially writing fantastic fiction, you need to listen to this. Seriously. Lightninglouie seal of approval all around.