I think in a way, you're doomed, once you can envision something. You're sort of doomed to make it happen. I've found that the moment I can envision leaving a relationship, that's usually the moment that the relationship starts to fall apart.
The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it's only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles, wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.
A short story is something that you can hold in your mind. You can really analyze how the entire thing works, like a machine.
Meeting authors is kind of the death of the characters. That is always heartbreaking.
M. Esther Harding
F. E. Smith