He spoke about his children; he spoke about his own childhood, growing up amongst the stacks of his local public library; and he spoke about the encounters he has had with those of us who read his work. It gave a glimpse into the author's life.
The speech was printed at the end of my copy of The Graveyard Book, which I just finished reading. I wasn't completely sure why it was included, but I was curious. So I continued to read. He talked about the very moment the germ of an idea for the book was born: watching his son ride a tricycle through the graveyard. And he noted that it took him twenty years for that idea to become a book. Luckily for us, the idea never let go of Gaiman's imagination.
I loved this part of the story. In part, because I have had an idea for a novel gnawing at my imagination for almost five years now.
But it was the quote above, the very last paragraphs of his acceptance speech, that really struck a chord. It reminded me that the story that I have unsuccessfully tried to ignore is important. Everyone has a story; and those stories matter. But that truth does not negate the fact that made up stories matter, too.
It's time to get to work.
Erica Holthausen escaped from a Boston law firm in 2001 and never looked back. Today, she is the Chief Instigator behind the Honest Marketing Revolution, where she serves as a marketing strategist for service-based microbusinesses. She works with the smallest of small businesses to help them clarify their message, share it with the right audience, and serve more clients. She is also co-producer of Micro Biz Weekly, a video podcast for microbusinesses. When she isn't working, she can be found reading a book, writing a story, planning her next adventure, or enjoying a good meal and conversation with friends.