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Besides the mistakes that are pointed out,
by Alan Dean Foster

Besides the mistakes that are pointed out,
I love the way readers become involved with the characters.
When readers start asking about character motivations
instead of concentrating on the special effects,
it means you're connecting with them on a personal level.
- Alan Dean Foster

Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
- Alan Dean Foster

I write early in the morning, usually after reading
portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
- Alan Dean Foster

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement,
every character is based directly on someone I have known.
- Alan Dean Foster

 

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- Alan Dean Foster

I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in
exchange for protecting the innocent.
It's a life of sacrifice.
There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
- Alan Dean Foster

I try to challenge myself as much as possible,
as often as possible.
- Alan Dean Foster

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How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story.
For fantasy, none at all.
- Alan Dean Foster

I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material,
so rewriting is hard for me.
I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
- Alan Dean Foster

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- Alan Dean Foster

Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except
the biggest potential bestsellers.
Given all the changes, both economic and technological,
SF hasn't done too badly.
- Alan Dean Foster

I hear entire symphonies, oratorios,
in my head,
but I can't write a note.
- Alan Dean Foster

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make
the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes.
Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades.
I may go again this year.
- Alan Dean Foster

Dawn was written well before 9/11.
People speak a lot today about the banality of evil,
but not all evil is banal.
Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out.
That's where the real danger lies.
- Alan Dean Foster

There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing.
That means there's also more bad SF available.
Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
- Alan Dean Foster

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all.
Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies.
We're not a particular species.
Check out popular video games.
- Alan Dean Foster

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal.
I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year.
I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense...
I engage in too many activities already through the
actions of my characters.
- Alan Dean Foster

Keep writing.
Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap.
Getting from page four to page five is more important
than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
- Alan Dean Foster

Living gives you a better understanding of life.
I would hope that my characters have become deeper
and more rounded personalities.
Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight
into how cultural differences affect not only people,
but politics and art.
- Alan Dean Foster

Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer.
All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer.
Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible,
which is why I started reading it.
I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
- Alan Dean Foster

The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia
conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within
the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in,
but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
- Alan Dean Foster

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school,
especially then, you have some resistance,
because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.
- Arne Jacobsen

I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop.
My biggest resource is my mind.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I never dislike anyone that I am in competition with.
I welcome the challenge.
Besides, I get along with just about everyone.
- Dante Hall

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn
to direct our inner drives,
our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.
- Ethel Percy Andrus

I'll be a flop in movies.
Besides, I don't like 'em, and I never did believe
there was a place called Hollywood.
Somebody made it up!
- Patsy Kelly

The master class seldom lose a chance to insult a woman
who has the ability for something besides service to his lordship.
- Caroline Nichols Churchill

Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star.
- Patti Smith

Besides that, I felt guilty.
I thought for some reason...
I was alive, and Buddy and those boys were dead,
and I didn't know how, but somehow I'd caused it.
- Waylon Jennings

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart,
and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
- Joe Paterno

I needed to become something besides the star everybody had built me up to be.
- LeAnn Rimes

It's so difficult to find time besides the tennis.
- Steffi Graf

There is one question that I don't think Gary Condit can answer,
and that I think is why we all aimed at Gary Condit,
besides the fact that he has a relationship.
- Barbara Olson

I don't believe in dying.
It's been done.
I'm working on a new exit.
Besides, I can't die now - I'm booked.
- George Burns

I'm going to keep making films I believe in.
Whether I am successful or not is besides the point.
- Ajay Devgan

The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles,
I'm known as a character actor and I do auditions for
other things besides just cartoon shows.
- Dan Castellaneta

You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.
- Billy Higgins

Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar.
I love that damn instrument.
- Steve Vai

Now, what that means is that there is fundamental indeterminacy from quantum mechanics,
but besides that there are other sources of effective indeterminacy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

We are aware of the strategic location of Kuwait,
besides the stable region.
- Emma Bonino

Besides, a bald cap would have never looked real.
- Persis Khambatta

Besides, it doesn't make any sense to have these characters
living in the year 3000 when all their points of reference
are from the pop culture of the 80's and the 90's.
- Joel Hodgson

To tell her that I joined the parachute club was too hard for me.
I didn't want to trouble her; besides,
I was not completely sure about the success of my new adventure.
- Valentina Tereshkova

Besides, there were 50,000 fans or more there,
and they wanted to see the best you've got.
There was an obligation to the people,
as well as to ourselves, to go all out.
- Carl Hubbell

There is no such thing as a life of passion any more
than a continuous earthquake,
or an eternal fever.
Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
- George Byron

Besides, I'm a gypsy at heart and I like to travel around.
- Reba McEntire

When I was a kid, my dream was to be a farmer and marry Charlie Brown.
I wanted to rescue him and make him happy.
Besides, he was always lusting after the little redhead girl.
- Alicia Witt

Besides, Weebles are too hard to draw -
they just end up looking like eggs,
not people.
- Jesse James Garrett

A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
- Herbert Hoover

But this show reminds me that there are other aspects
to me besides the fact that I'm a funny chick.
- Kristen Johnston

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.
- Wallace Stegner

So many actors wear wigs nowadays.
Besides, if someone is hiring me because of how I wear my hair,
I don't want to work with them anyway.
- Maria Bello

And to turn it into rap wasn't too difficult besides
just rhymin' the last words of each line.
- Slick Rick

We were in all four men with eight animals;
for besides the spare horses led by Shaw and myself,
an additional mule was driven along with us as a reserve in case of accident.
- Francis Parkman

And besides, because of all she has accomplished,
Barbara Jordan has always been a hero of mine.
- Tom Selleck

Besides, I have a sister who's straight.
And I want her to know that I love her and support her.
- Dan Butler

So that between the Cape of St.
Maria and Japan we were four months and twenty-two days;
at which time there were no more than six besides myself
that could stand upon his feet.
- Will Adams

The fame aspect of winning the Masters...
besides being married and becoming a father,
that's a strong third there.
- Mike Weir

Besides, I'm fairly incompetent.
I can't play that fast.
- Benmont Tench

Besides the two Christmas things, we've got a about
a dozen new tracks we're working on.
- Chris Frantz

Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions,
care about some other part of experience besides making
money and being successful on the job.
- Toi Derricotte

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

You should pull him back besides in all the lines before the quarter,
just as you make the others advance.
- William Cavendish

I have been singing for the last 50 years,
you know, so I deserve a break.
Besides, there are talented singers around who can
do justice to their work.
- Lata Mangeshkar

How do I know why Miles walks off the stage? Why don't
you ask him? And besides,
maybe we'd all like to be like Miles,
and just haven't got the guts.
- Dizzy Gillespie

My table seats eight, so that's my maximum.
Having a small number of guests is the only way to
generate good conversation.
Besides, your whole house doesn't get wrecked that way.
- Paul Lynde

With whom do you argue? With a woman,
of course.
Not with a friend, because he accepted all your defects the moment he found you.
Besides, woman is mother-have we forgotten?
- Marcello Mastroianni

The House of Commons, refused to receive the addresses of the colonies,
when the matter was pending; besides,
we hold our rights neither from them nor from the Lords.
- Christopher Gadsden


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