this question comes off the back of you answering a question about the drizzle/hurricane quote in LfA. what do you think when the "what is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable" quote gets thousands of notes on tumblr or retweets or whatever because it's taken out of the context of the book? because i think you've said that the point of that quote is that colin figures out it isn't true as the book progresses, but i could be misremembering.


Well, I think it’s an appealing sentiment, and it’s particularly appealing to the Internet, where value is counted in number of followers and success is measured by retweetability.

But let me flip the sentiment around: What’s the point of being alive if you’re only trying to do remarkable things? Isn’t life ultimately less fulfilling and rich if your aim is merely notoriety or getting strangers to talk about you? We celebrate fame in our culture, but do the famous really have desirable lives?

As I’ve said a million times before, Colin says that at the beginning of the novel. By the end, he clearly doesn’t believe it—or at least his belief has been tempered by having encountered many people whose lives are rich and full even though they haven’t won a Nobel Prize.

John Green - agreeing with what I said about that An Abundance quote on my blog. Slightly decreasing my secret fear that he will one day read that hugely personal piece of writing comparing his book to my MS diagnosis and come away thinking I’m a dick that missed the point of his book. But only slightly.

Art for Donations!


I am crowdfunding for my tuition fees and offering original artwork in return for donations…please share this and help if you can, all is greatly appreciated!

My girl Verity is crowdfunding her MA fees in return for arts. You should help her out if not out of the goodness of your heart do it because you’ll get your hands on her amazing work.

hey I was wondering what kinda sketchbook you use?



Why are these little horses suddenly everywhere? I have a red one that my aunt brought me back from somewhere when I was a kid. It’s in the loft, maybe I should get it down…