“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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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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An Interview with Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus”

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“Erin Morgenstern (born July 8, 1978) is an American writer and visual artist best known for writing The Night Circus.  Erin Morgenstern was raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts and studied theater and studio art at Smith College in Northhampton Massachusetts, graduating in 2000. 

In addition to writing, she paints, mostly in acrylics, including the Phantomwise tarot deck. She signed with Inkwell Management  in May 2010 after being rejected by thirty literary agents, and sold her debut novel to Doubleday in September 2010; The Night Circus was published in September 2011.”   – Wikipedia  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/Kcik4G

To view the 5:44-minute video of Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus,” visit: http://bit.ly/KNSu7G

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An Interview with J. K. Rowling

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“Joanne “Jo” Rowling (born 31 July 1965), best known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.They have become the best-selling book series in history,  and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel  . . . ” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1eKWkrC

To view the 5:07-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eKWu2d

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An Interview with E. L. James, author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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E. L. James“Erika Leonard (born Erika Mitchell; 7 March 1963) , better known by the pen name E L James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey,  Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The combined novels have sold over 35 million copies in the United States, and over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time. 

In 2012,Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” – Wikipedia    For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1gkoH0W

To view the interview with Ms. James, visit: http://bit.ly/1lEct7o

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Patricia Highsmith – A Woman of Mystery

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“Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor.

Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature.Michael Dirda observed, “Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide and Camus.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1bPDMmG

To view this 1:46-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/KCgrzD

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A 6-Minute Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

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“Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.  His works such as Cat’s Cradle 1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction.

As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. 

The New York Times headline at the time of Vonnegut’s passing called Vonnegut “the counterculture’s novelist.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1lfEJgr

To view one of his last interviews (6 minutes) before his 2005 death, visit:  http://bit.ly/1hnVFRC

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