“The prize was at the bottom, gambles and perils and hazards be damned.”


You tried to teach me this years ago, how getting to the good stuff required a free fall into the unknown, that that was where the real joy would always be waiting. The prize was at the bottom, gambles and perils and hazards be damned.

Deborah Reed, Things We Set on Fire

Reed was born in 1963 and published her first novel at age 48.

It took me a long time to learn this type of bravery. I was 27.

“Remember, the opposite of bravery is not cowardice, but conformity.”

Gayle Forman, I Was Here

Forman was born in 1970 and published her first novel at age 35.

It’s funny that I knew this intrinsically when I was a little kid. At least that’s what I’d like to think. In reality I was probably just an annoying show-off.