Saturday was chilly and somewhat dreary where I live, so it seemed like a good day to hang out at the local bookstore; have a cappuccino; and peruse the possibilities of books for gifts during the upcoming holiday season – something I highly recommend (both the hanging out part AND the books as gifts part).
I’ve always liked British author Neil Gaiman's quote on giving books as gifts. He noted, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.”
Gaiman wrote both The Sandman series and the multi-award-winning The Graveyard Book, which is another great example of a really interesting idea being brought to life (so to speak) through a writer's imagination. The protagonist is a young boy who lives in a graveyard where he’s being raised by the occupants (yep, those "occupants"). Neil Gaiman
As I like to tell my student writers: "Storytelling is limited only by the depth of a writer’s imagination." So, fire up the old computer and Happy Writing!
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