When I put new words to the Blue monster, I used the way Terry Pratchett got one of his characters to write it. I have a shelfful of his books, including some very rare unsigned ones. I like his wit, and there are some great allegories to draw on.
There’s a story on the Web site of Paul Kidby, who now draws the covers for Terry’s books, explaining that Terry has been diagnosed with “a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s”
In my OneNote notebook I have a section of quotes with a page of Terryisms e.g.
On work. If it wasn’t for the fun and money, I really don’t know why I’d bother.
On the fact that modern people are so miserable: You can’t make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago “Would you be happy in a world where medical care is widely available, houses are clean, the world’s music and sights and foods can be brought into your home at small cost, travelling even 100 miles is easy, childbirth is generally not fatal to mother or child, you don’t have to die of dental abscesses and you don’t have to do what the squire tells you” they’d think you were talking about the New Jerusalem and say ‘yes’.
And guidance for interviewers – which I have in my head when I do them: Write a list of your main questions to fix things in your mind; Throw it away; Start the interview; Then LISTEN to what the guy is saying so that you can follow any interesting thread; Because if you don’t, then what you’ll get is a quiz, not an interview.
Having met him a couple of times and read him quite a lot, I have to say it’s pretty typical for him to post this under the Title “An Embuggerance” , and to end by telling us that the news ” should be interpreted as ‘I am not dead’. ” and “it’s a very human thing to say
‘Is there anything I can do’, but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.”
This post originally appeared on my technet blog.