quote of the day

from kelly mccullough at his facebook page:

The older I get the more I think that Tolkien’s elves may have been on to something. I’m thinking of writing advice and this exchange: Frodo: “Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.” Gildor: “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.”

There are certain things I’m very concrete on–butt in chair time, for example–but mostly I’m a fan of modifiers and shades of gray.