I was first introduced to John Scalzi when I started working at my current job (Sci Fi Bookstore in Melbourne CBD) and the boss handed me Old Man’s War. It was a fantastic read, probably the best military sci fi I’d read since The Forever War. A little more hunting on the net led to me to his blog, Whatever, which is a great insight into the tough world of professional writing.
Today I went backtracking through his archives and found this post which I understood perfectly. I’ve been real lucky in life, but I know a lot of people who haven’t, and their pain still influences a lot of my decisions.
I don’t think I can take things for granted any more.
“Being poor is seeing how few options you have.
Being poor is running in place. “