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I cant fuck up his whole life and take away everything that means something to him just because I think Ive found my soul mate. Yeah, but ... Yeah, but. I know. Having found my soul mate, how cruel is it for me to stay with Bob, pretending I feel more for him than I do and preventing him from going out and finding someone who loves him the way I love Mark? You cant be responsible for other peoples feelings,
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If something wants to be a story, it will be.

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I erased the thought from my mind, but I couldn't undo the fact that I'd had the thought in the first place.

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Oh fuck. It's like period pain in my head. It's toothache of the brain.

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Not all events are stories.

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People make events into stories. Stories give events meaning.

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'being published' is not the same as being a real writer.

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I'm a great believer in gathering together all your obsessions and seeing if you can make a novel out of them.

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Honesty and authenticity are a big deal for me.

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In some ways I'm a frustrated scientist or mathematician. The amount of times I've thought I'd go back to university and do theoretical physics because I like the big questions, but really I know now that that's not quite me. What's me is to do it in novels.

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My novels are high concept. I guess big ideas interest me more than, say, the minutiae of domestic life.

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OK, so this is the story of a Chinese father and son and their best horse. The horse runs away, for no reason, and lives with some nomads across the border. The son is very upset that the horse has gone, and the father says to him, "What makes you so sure this isn't a blessing?" Then the horse comes back, a few months later, with a beautiful nomad stallion. The son is thrilled, but the father says to him, "What makes you so sure this isn't a disaster?" The son loves riding the new horse, but one day falls and breaks his leg. Everyone is sad for him, and his father says, wait for it, "What makes you so sure this isn't a blessing?" At some point the nomads invade, and every able-bodied young man has to go off to battle. The nomads basically wipe out all the men, but the son is safe because he is lame, and so he and his father live on and look after one another.

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Christopher, like most people, didn't like his universe being unfathomable, so I doubted that a Zen koan would help him.

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They really do have nothing in common on paper, these people and him. But yet there are so many common reference points; even some unexpected ones ... they all want to be cool. And they're all scared but no good at showing it ... [t]hey all know how to act cool. after all, life's pretty scary most of the time. And the number one skill you need out there is how to show no fear ... Stay calm. Don't let people see that you are shy or nervous. If you watch a horror film, remember to laugh. If someone else seems scared, laugh at them. In the real world, danger is either fantasy, in which case you laugh, or too real, in which case you ignore it.

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The clue's always, always, buried deep in the boredom ...
Where do you feel most bored? Go there.

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For other people, love is like some rare orchid that can only grow in one place under a certain set of conditions. For me it's like bindweed. It grows with no encouragement at all, under any conditions, and just strangles everything else.

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