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    I write really well on the road.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: write 
     
    My parents were travelers. Every time my parents got ten dollars ahead they went somewhere. That's what they did. So I got the bug from them.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: time  parent 
     
    I love the Bahamas, and I used to go there all the time with my friend who passed away, Henry. And I love it there, especially that island [Grand Exuma], so I've been there a lot over the twenty years.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: time  friends  year 
     
    Sometimes I'm writing for magazines on assignment, but the university has to be patient with me. I mean, during the ten-week periods that I have a class, I'm there every Thursday night or whatever it is, but sometimes that's all I'm there, because I'm somewhere else the rest of the time.
    — Pam Houston
    When a book is in its final stages, I've just got to be home, looking at it seventeen hours a day, and that's fine. But all that initial creation of the early drafts, I'd just as soon write it on the road in any extreme place. That's sort of ideal.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: creation  book  write  extreme 
     
    in general, I feel most comfortable between known quantities.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: quantity 
     
    I write well on the road. I have the energy, I have the motivation to write. I'm happy when I'm on the road.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: energy  write 
     
    I always think, when I'm in motion, writing seems like the most natural thing.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: writing 
     
    The more important question, of course, was what the new Lucy would do, and even though I was pretty sure the old Lucy wouldn't be around much anymore, I was a little bit afraid the new Lucy hadn't yet shown up.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: questions  afraid 
     
    The Universe has a plan to make sure we don't ever stop learning, not only in our minds, but also in our hearts.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: heart  mind  learning  universe 
     
    I'm not very interested in telling the facts. I have a lot of investment in telling the truth.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: truth  facts 
     
    Stillness is a harder concept for me than ecstasy, but I can imagine it best when I am fully present and paying strict attention to a place I am moving through.
    — Pam Houston
    When I was a little kid, I used to walk miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles of railroad tracks.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: kids 
     
    One thing I'm always thinking about myself is what am I willing to make up? And the answer is not much.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: thinking 
     
    I wanted her to see that the only life worth living is a life full of love; that loss is always part of the equation; that love and loss conjoined are the best opportunity we get to live fully, to be our strongest, our most compassionate, our most graceful selves.
    — Pam Houston
    I've always said the toughest thing about learning to feel your feelings is that then you have to feel your feelings.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: learning 
     
    There's this great Ron Carlson story, "A Note on the Type," and it's about this guy who keeps escaping from prison. He's really good at escaping, but he gets caught all the time, because he can't stop writing his name on underpasses where he's running from the law. And there's this whole beautiful paragraph about how to run is to write. And, you know, it's obviously about the writer's life.
    — Pam Houston
    People are supposed to accumulate, I thought, as they get older, but I seem to be sloughing off, like a person wrapped in a hundred layers of cellophane, tearing one layer off at a time, trying to get down to me.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: time  people  thoughts 
     
    Life gives us what we need when we need it; receiving what it gives us is a whole other thing.
    — Pam Houston
    I've been to a lot of school and read a lot of thick books, but at my very core there's a made-for-TV-movie mentality I don't think i will ever shake.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: school  book  read 
     
    Dogs change lives. Half Buddha, half Bozo, they keep us tethered to the earth, and teach us to fly. Our dogs are our sanity keepers.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: live  earth  dog  buddha 
     
    I always tell my students, about the biggest baddest things in life you must try to write small and light, save the big writing for the unexpected tiny thing that always makes or breaks a story.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: writing  stories  write 
     
    It's September 21st, a day I love for the balance it carries with it.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: balance 
     
    There was something about the prairie for me-it wasn't where I had come from, but when I moved there it just took me in and I knew I couldn't ever stop living under that big sky.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: living  sky 
     
    Cheryl Strayed is a courageous, gritty, and deceptively elegant writer.
    — Pam Houston
    Praise Roxane Gay for her big-hearted self-examining intelligence, for her inclusive and forgiving stance, for her courage and determination . . . for saying out loud the things we were thinking, for guiding us back to ourselves and returning to us what was ours all along.
    — Pam Houston
    I'm always out looking for weird, beautiful things.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Being in the presence of the "other" seems to show me who I am in a way that is really important to me. I feel radically more comfortable in Laos, say, than I do in Pennsylvania.
    — Pam Houston
    Give me a labyrinth to walk and I can usually free my mind.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: mind 
     
    Movement helps keep me centered. I am a disaster, for instance, at sitting meditation, but I'm pretty decent at walking meditation.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: decent  help  meditation 
     
    For me, the shaping of the story is more important than accuracy.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: stories 
     
    I've always traveled. I'm a professor in a limited way. I teach one class two quarters out of four, so I get traveling done.
    — Pam Houston
    Traveling is my priority, because it drives the writing, so I teach around the travel, and sometimes the travel is the teaching.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: travel  teaching  writing 
     
    It would have been so perfectly ironic if I had been killed by the dog, because I was petting a dog who was not used to being pet, because I think I'm some kind of dog whisperer, and I think I can make any dog love me.
    — Pam Houston
    tags: dog 
     
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