Now I know him as totally charming. Harry Harrison, who was just awarded the Nebula Grandmaster award, is just a ball of joy to be around. He's loquacious, captivating, and engaging. When I did his portrait for Where I Write he was nothing short of useful, wrapped around successful, stuffed inside gregarious. He's been a graphic designer (back when they did everything with pencils and razors), a comic book artist, a soldier, and a novelist, and he learned Great Things from all of them.
I could listen to him all day. coppervale was quoting something that Frederick Pohl mentioned in his autobiography. It was very similar to something that Harry Harrison told me that day I was sitting on his sofa, trying to out drink him, -- I think it's useful for more than just people who write or draw, so I'll post it here:
When I write, I just sit down and I write. If you can't do that, you can't be a writer. Even when you're sick. Sometimes I'd be very sick, coughing, with a fever and I'd be going down the stairs to work and my wife would say "You're sick, don't work today" -- but really, if you don't work, who else is going to do it?
-- Harry Harrison
Wisdom from a titan. Work hard, everyone.
Work hard. That's how you fill the dream gulch.