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VO4TA: New Year

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VO4TA: New Year


When people get it right, you just get out of their way.


Warren Ellis’ and Neil Gaiman’s work have meant a lot to me for a very long time. I’ve let one of Warren’s Christmas greetings from more than a decade ago sign off for me for many years. So long, in fact, I can’t find it online. I really hope I archived it somewhere. Below is his sign off for 2015. Also worthwhile. The second piece is by the inimitable Neil Gaiman.     


“New Year's Resolutions are a crappy idea. Just try and make things a little bit better for yourself, step by step, year by year. It's all incremental. Lots of small victories is better than one big one. No single victory changes everything. Lots of little ones change a whole spread of things. I'll be raising a drink to you on the first of the month. See you a couple of days later. Luck and love to you all”.

- Warren Ellis 12/06/2015  


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing; Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

  • Neil Gaiman 12/31/2011  


Remember, Gentle Reader, progress is not a straight line. When you inevitably stumble or stop, don’t let fear be the only thing that happens to you. And if you find that you can’t pick yourself up or restart, look around; because there’s someone willing to help.


Peace be unto you and unto those you care about. We’ll resume our talk in 2018.


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