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I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

What one has to do usually can be done.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

A man is usually more careful of his money
than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

Don't take it personally -
it's not usually about you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is usually people in the money business,
finance, and international trade that are really rich.
- Robin Leach

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
- Joyce Brothers

I love decorating my home.
I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with.
- Suzy Bogguss

The big difference between sex for money and sex for
free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
- Brendan Behan

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly,
usually for the same reason.
- Anonymous

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like
doing for their babies is usually best after all.
- Benjamin Spock

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first,
rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user
can do to ensure his security.
My first answer is usually 'Nothing;
you're screwed'.
- Bruce Scheneier

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything.
They just cry over their condition.
But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
- James Russell Lowell

If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world,
there's usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that's wrong.
- Jeff Hawkins

I make no conscious effort to be tough,
or hard-boiled, or grim, or any of the things I am usually called.
- James M. Cain

The bore is usually considered a harmless creature,
or of that class of irrationa bipeds who hurt only themselves.
- Maria Edgeworth

Artists usually don't make all that much money,
and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the
money rather than due to it.
- Linus Torvalds

The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses
that proceed from innocence.
- Flannery O'Connor

As an actor, you usually live your life with faith.
- Molly Parker

I'm usually called upon to play the dreary suicidal girl.
- Hope Davis

The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster.
- Chris Morris

There's always been some moron-who usually went by the name of 'producer' -
who would have to justify his existence,
and interfere.
- Frank Tashlin

But usually I'll wake up and start writing about nine o'clock.
I'll probably write for about three hours,
and I'll do that over the next month and a half.
- Stanley Tucci

Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.
- Warren G. Bennis

Wit is a weapon.
Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority.
But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin,
usually in solitude.
- Frank Muir

When an opera star sings her head off,
she usually improves her appearance.
- Victor Borge

Just the other day, my assistant was on the line with Calvin Klein.
Golly, I usually shop at Sears.
- Billy Bob Thornton

A drummer is usually like the backbone.
- Brody Armstrong

But usually I begin things through a drawing,
so a lot of things are worked out in the drawing.
But even then, I still allow for and want to make changes.
- Roy Lichtenstein

I'm working 2 days a week right now,
narration usually on Wed.,
and host on camera on Friday.
- Robert Stack

Usually when you're working is when people want you to work.
They don't want you as much when you're not working.
That's the frustrating nature of our business.
- Faith Ford

Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.
- Sylvester Stallone


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