"I decided I'd do my best in the future not to write books just for the money. If you didn't get the money, then you didn't have anything. And if I did work I was proud of, and I didn't get the money, at least I'd have the work. Every now and then I forget that rule. And whenever I do, the universe kicks me - hard - and reminds me."
–Neil Gaiman's commencement speech on the life of an artist