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By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Byron says he won't go there. He give Kenny and Joey a story about "Wool Pooh," the supposed evil twin of Winnie-the-Pooh. They believe him, but Kenny still wants to go.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

I often tell young people that as a writer you are very powerful, that you can make absolutely anything happen.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

There comes a time when you're losing a fight that it just doesn't make sense to keep on fighting. It's not that you're being a quitter, it's just that you've got the sense to know when enough is enough.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Things aren't ever what they seem to be when you first look at them. What's important is that you keep your mind wide open and try to understand what's going on from a lot of different angles.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

There's one good thing about getting in trouble: It seems like you do it in steps. It seems like you don't just end up in trouble but that you kind of ease yourself into it. It also seems like the worse the trouble is that you get into, the more steps it takes to get there. Sort of like you're getting a bunch of little warnings on the way; sort of like if you really wanted to you could turn around.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Writing has always been a sanctuary or a refuge for me, any time I'm stressed or anxious or worried I find that a couple of hours expressing myself by writing always seems to have a calming effect on me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

. . . people use tricks to get you to think the way they do or take away something you have that they want. One way they do that is to interrupt your normal way of thinking and take you by the hand and guide you down the path they want you to take. Father says they make you take a teeny-weeny step in their direction, and then they start to nudge you a little further down the path and before you know it, you're running full speed with them in a direction that you probably wouldn't have gone alone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

As soon as I got into the library I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I got a whiff of the leather on all the old books, a smell that got real strong if you picked one of them up and stuck your nose real close to it when you turned the pages. Then there was the the smell of the cloth that covered the brand-new books, books that made a splitting sound when you opened them. Then I could sniff the the paper, that soft, powdery, drowsy smell that comes off the page in little puffs when you're reading something or looking at some pictures, kind of hypnotizing smell.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

I'm the same age as my tongue and a little bit older than my teeth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

It's great to create a story and then to submit it to your editor and see what her reaction is to it. It's great to have your editor tell what her suggestions and ideas for the story are. It's great to explain to your editor why her ideas and suggestions are bizarre and to ask her why is she trying to ruin my story.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

As the writer you are the puppet-master and can control everything. Believe me, that is a whole lot of fun because it ain't something that's going to be happening very often in real life!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Having a little pee in your pants had to be better than being dinner for some redneck.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

...that was Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner LIfe and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself Number 83...If a Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

When I left her office, I felt like she'd gut-punched me, brushed me off, slapped me back and forth, gave me a cool compress to put on my cheeks, cold-cocked me with a stiff uppercut to the jaw, picked me up, brushed me off again, then kicked me in the seat of my pants as she handed me a piece of cake and showed me the door. Being a reporter isn't as easy as it looks.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

As soon as I got into the library I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I got a whiff of the leather on all the old books, a smell that got real strong if you picked one of them up and stuck your nose real close to it when you turned the pages. Then there was the the smell of the cloth that covered the brand-new books, books that made a splitting sound when you opened them. Then I could sniff the the paper, that soft, powdery, drowsy smell that comes off the page in little puffs when you're reading something or looking at some pictures, kind of hypnotizing smell. I think it's the smell that makes so many folks fall asleep in the library. You'll see someone turn a page and you can imagine a puff of page powder coming up real slow and easy until it starts piling on a person's eyelashes, weighing their eyes down so much they stay down a little longer after each blink and finally making them so heavy that they just don't come back up at all. Then their mouths open and their heads start bouncing up and down like they're bobbing in a big tub of of water for apples and before you know it... they're out cold and their face thunks smack-dab on the book. That's the part that makes librarians the maddest. They get real upset if folks start drooling in the books

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

I try to make the writing as regular and regimented as possible. I usually get up at around 5 a.m. and read what I wrote the day before. Some of the time, after I read, I think the writing's very good and some of the time I feel embarrassed by what I've written. You have to learn not to pay too much attention to these feelings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

I write because I love to. I'm very, very fortunate to have found something that I love doing that also earns my living. But to be honest, I'd write even if I weren't being paid to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

A bud is a flower-to-be. A flower in waiting. Waiting for just the right warmth and care to open up. It's a little fist of love waiting to unfold and be seen by the world. And that's you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

There's a thin, blurry line between humor and tragedy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Rules and Things Number 63: Never, Ever Say Something Bad About Someone You Don't Know--Especially When You're Around a Bunch of Strangers. You Never Can Tell Who Might Be Kin to That Person or Who Might Be a Lip-Flapping, Big-Mouth Spy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Just like when there's a time that a smart person knows enough is enough, there's a time when you know you've got to fight.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

I'm sure there's some philosophy that says one of the best ways to deal with any of your problems is to take a deep breath and step away from them for a while, writing does this for me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Wow. Who would want a fish for a pet when they could have a turtle?!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

I do think it is important to look at the writing as a job though and to commit to it like you'd have to commit to a regular nine-to-five.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Besides the soothing effect it has, I think my favorite part of writing is being able to use my imagination and creativity to make new ideas and people and situations come to life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

The big steel wheels creaked a couple times, then started moving.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Probably the only thing that isn't great is the time when I know I'm very close to finishing the actual writing of the story and I'm overcome by this sense of loss. I think it's because I know I won't be "talking" to the main character anymore, it's sort of like what you feel when you know a friend is moving away and you probably won't be seeing her again.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

If you didn't have a real good imagination you'd probably think those noises were the sounds of some kid blowing a horn for the first time, but I knew better than that. I could tell those were the squeaks and squawks of one door closing and another one opening.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

Work at your craft, write daily, and follow your dreams because dreams do come true.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Paul Curtis

But don't ever call her ex-boyfriends by his name.