“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 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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Fannie Flagg, On Writing, at Brazo’s Book Store, 01/06/2011

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“Patricia Neal (born September 21, 1944), known professionally as Fannie Flagg, is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game, and for the 1988 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes.  Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1cu711Q

To view Ms. Flagg’s interview at Brazo’s book store, visit: http://bit.ly/1f5jFch

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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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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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William Faulkner Critiques His Own Work . . .

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[William] ” Faulkner worked in a variety of written media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays.  He is primarily known and acclaimed for his novels and short stories, many of which are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, a setting Faulkner created based on Lafayette County, where he spent most of his life, and Holly Springs/Marshall County. “  For more visit his Wikipedia page at: http://bit.ly/1ck0AuY

To hear William Faulkner critique his own work, and give personal insights in a 1:37-minute video, visit: http://bit.ly/1k5g6Fd

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