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What was the rst story you ever wrote, and what happened to it?
ere were of course early miscarriages, but the rst story I wrotethat felt like a story, walked like a story, and quacked like a story was “Kazoo.” It was published in
Two others quickly followed, one for
and one for Damon Knight’s
in-culcating in me the absurd and sweetly naive notion that I couldmake a living writing. From such moments are lives ruined.
When you sold your rst piece of writing, how did you celebrate?
I was twenty-one and impoverished—excellent training for a writer, by the way—so I probably took my wife out for a nemeal at Howard Johnson’s.
Tell us about your process: Pen, paper, word processor, human blood when the moon is full...how do you write?
As though in a pitch black room where I am trying to nd theblack door, stumbling over black furniture all the while. And Iswear that furniture keeps moving about.