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You write.  That’s the hard bit that nobody sees.  You write on the good days and you write on the lousy days.  Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die.  Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny.  But that does not matter.  What matters right now are the words, one after another.  Find the next word.  Write it down.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.
    —   Neil Gaiman
[From the “About” page of Maria Mankin and her web site: “Books, j’adore“.
For me, blogging isn’t the hard bit.  Making the time for it when there is so much of life to be lived (tasted, swallowed whole, squeezed out like lemon juice) is the hard bit.  Reflecting and writing is the easy bit.  I guess that’s just the cowboy in me…    —    KMAB]

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Books are information – they remind readers that nothing under the sun is new – so if you cut, or drink, or suffer abuse, you are not the only one.  If you dream of a world where you make a better vampire than you do human, where it’s possible to fly through the galaxy, where exist dragons and villains, and most importantly, allies, you are not alone.  If you live a sheltered life, books are where you can face fear or recognize compassion and true friendship for the first time.  Books allow you to fall in love and to test out feelings that have no outlet outside of literature.  Books are cathartic.  Books are a lifeline.  Books are dear friends when life is mysterious and dark and sad.  Books are information.  They are power.  They are perspective.
Does this mean you have to read every book out there?  No.  You don’t even have to allow your children to read any book that they want; but if you do, or if you have an honest conversation about why a particular book might be less age-appropriate, or more disturbing than another, you’re teaching your children that you value the experience they’re bringing to the table, not just your own.  Maybe it will prompt you to read a book that your child is reading so that you can try to answer questions or concerns they have.  Maybe it will remind you that not every experience is yours, and that the child you’re raising will be far better off equipped with knowledge than they will ignorance.
    —    Maria Mankin
Quoted from her blog site:  “Books, j’adore”
From the blog:  “Censorship in the YA world” dated December 26, 2011
[Every now and then, when I find an interesting blog I go back to the first entry to see how much the person has changed in their writing style.  In this case, not so much change (since Dec ’11).  But when words touch my soul – when I Grok them – I have to include parts on my own site.  Please take a few moments to visit her site and you’ll see what I mean.  It’s not JUST her love of reading; it’s her love of words and ideas.   —   KMAB]

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