Terry Pratchett aten’t dead

Death is good at his job
I’ve nothing profound to say about the death of my favorite author and one of my favorite human beings now that I’ve stopped crying enough to type, but I’ll try. Terry Pratchett had an immense influence on my own writing style, including some bad habits, and on my humanistic philosophy, including some opinions on exclamation points. His death feels like losing a friend, a mentor, and a family member.

Selfishly, I mourn the future stories of dozens of characters that I loved and now feel a little bit lost to me too: Esme Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Tiffany Aching, the Patrician, and Archchancellor Ridcully are just a few that I feel I’ve lost.

I’ve had two Pratchett quotes up on Facebook for the decade I’ve been on it, so I’m glad that I celebrated him while he was alive and might somehow have been able to appreciate it. But perhaps I’ll share one more now. *Leans in conspiratorially.*

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”

Terry Pratchett aten’t dead

5 thoughts on “Terry Pratchett aten’t dead

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    I’m rereading my favorite Discworld book Hogfather so I can savor pTerry’s writing, his humaneness, and his love of humanity. He shows us our foibles in a gentle but uncompromising manner. I’ll miss not having another Pratchett book to look forward to.

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    Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people

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    That idea of sending a name around on the clacks was one of many amazing things in Pterry’s books.

    (By the way, Chief Seattle felt that he could not rest until his name had ceased to be spoken. He was not happy about having a city named after him.)

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