If you really want to tell stories, do it and don't be dissuaded.
The only road to the highest stations in this country is that of the law.
And they're also very good at math, these super boogers, and so they teach Billy the ways of mathematics.
I raised frogs every spring in our house from tadpoles and by end of summer our house was overrun with frogs.
You know, I hate to give advice because my life has been so odd that almost nothing that's happened to me can apply.
I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's office for a consultation with my parents. But that was the beginning of my literary career.
Their toys are alive and can sometimes come to their aid, or get lost and Olie has to find them. They go to other planets. They go to the ice cream planet.
But if you really love to write and you really love to tell stories and you really love to draw, you just have to keep doing it no matter what anybody says.
The first book I ever wrote was in fourth grade and it was called 'Billy's Booger.' It was an autobiographical piece about a kid who was really bad at math.
And I was lucky enough to have teachers that really, really looked out for me and really encouraged all that. And in rural Louisiana, that was a rare thing back then.