In any event, I don't want to give the impression that I don't appreciate
the man's writing. Ellison is, in fact, one of the people who inspired me
to begin writing. I think I was eleven years old, or twelve, when I first
read Ellison's writing, probably in the prologue to Dangerous Visions. I
quite clearly remember thinking, at that early age, "I am going to write
as well as Harlan Ellison."
And then, for the next year or so, I did. But practice hones one's talent.