“Brilliant People’s Schedules – The Real Story for Women Writers”

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Woman writing“A couple of weeks ago, The Huffington Post published a piece called “Here’s How the World’s Most Brilliant People Scheduled Their Days.” Because I’m a writer — a creative person — I began to peruse the poster of “creative routines” to see how my schedule stacked up against those of brilliant people. I quickly saw that I fell short.

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven’t had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week. The visualizations of others’ schedules marked so much “real work” in dark green that I wondered whether my “real work” is writing, teaching or a mish-mash of loosely-related life tasks that includes laundry. I posted the link on Facebook so that I could go back to it after I’d recovered from my initial discouragement over being not very brilliant, mismanaging my time or both.”  For more, visit:  http://huff.to/RoOtuq

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An Interview with Cassandra Clare: The Story behind the Story

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“Judith Rumelt (born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare is a young adult fiction, write most known for her bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments. 

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran (Iran). Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1akQwW0 

To watch this 5:13-minute, interview with Cassandra Clare, video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1iNWjWv

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Neil Gaiman – 3 Books that Changed my Life

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“Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman born Neil Richard Gaiman; 10 November 1960)is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.”  – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eXhnaN

To view this 5:35-minute interview with Neil Gaiman, visit:  http://bit.ly/1aipU8g

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Ernest Hemingway’s 1977 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

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“Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the  Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature. ” For more, (Wikipedia) visit:  http://bit.ly/1auRATU

To hear Hemingway give his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, visit:  http://bit.ly/1dufWBN

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Dick Cavett Interviews Truman Capote

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“Truman Streckfus Persons (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984), known as Truman Capote  was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” (1958) and the true crime novel “In Cold Blood,” (1966) which he labelled a “nonfiction novel.”  At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced of Capote novels, stories and plays.

Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, a long absence from his mother, and multiple migrations. He had discovered his calling as a writer by the age of 11, . .  .  ”   – Wikipedia  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1l4jG0h

To view Part 1 of Dick Cavett’s interview of Truman Capote, visit:  http://bit.ly/1hXSvS5 

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Harper Lee’s 2006 Birmingham Acceptance Speech

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“Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel  To Kill A Mockingbird which deals with issues of racism that the author observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee’s only published book, it led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Lee has received numerous honorary degrees, but has always declined to make a speech.”  Wikipedia, http://bit.ly/1lzHkPG 

This 4:02-minute video is a photo montage of a day with Harper Lee in Birmingham where she was honored at a Birmingham Pledge foundation for low-income children in 2006.  Pay particular attention to 3:02 where she states that her heart was “foo full” to make her prepared speech.  Enjoy!  http://bit.ly/19HCTg8

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A Reflection upon Erle Stanley Gardner and Perry Mason

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Whether your know his works as authored by A. A. Fair, Kyle Coming, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray or Robert Parr, I’m sure you’ll agree that Erle Stanley Gardner was one of the most prolific writers.

There are many of us who know him for his creation of a favorite legal drama series, “Perry Mason,” but few know that because Mr. Gardner was reluctant to allow his most popular character to be transformed into a television soap opera, officials a major network decided they could do it on their own and created “The Edge of Night,” with a thinly-veiled main character much like Perry Mason – running for the next 28 years.  Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery! 

For more information on Erle Stanley Gardner, visit:  http://bit.ly/JEX7QT

 

To view this 2:31-minute video, brought to you by CBS Sunday Morning, visit: http://bit.ly/KgBBSW

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