Ray Bradbury, giant of science fiction and creator of fantastical worlds, left this one today. 

It’s certainly worth taking a moment to reflect on his accomplishments and how the literary and literal worlds have changed in the course of his long lifetime.  As a writer, I’m charmed particularly by his descriptions of the many, many rejections he received before becoming the powerhouse we remember.  He referred to it as an blizzard of rejection letters that covered several wall in several rooms.  My favorite confession was this one: “… my latest books of short stories contain at least seven stories that were rejected by every magazine in the United States and also in Sweden!”

His life is a lesson in the power of imagination, but never underestimate the importance of resiliance.  We all need a metaphorical winter coat if we’re going to make it to the other side. It sounds like a sense of humor might be the best insulation of all.

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