Photo Friday: Family Zoom

Tuesday was my mother’s 83rd birthday, and one of my sisters set up a group Zoom call, including an hour of old family photos and videos and some time to chat. Altogether, we had 15 people taking part at one time or another, though some people joined for only part of the time. Zoom isContinue reading “Photo Friday: Family Zoom”

April 16 Writer Birthdays

1844 – Anatole France, Nobel Prize-winning French poet, journalist, and novelist praised for “his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound sense of sympathy, grace, and true Gallic temperament.” 1871 – John Millington Synge, Irish playwright who wrote Playboy of the Western World. 1890 – Gertrude Chandler Warner,Continue reading “April 16 Writer Birthdays”

Camp NaNo: The Halfway Point

It’s April 15. You may know it as tax day (though the IRS has given us more time this year). But to those of us involved in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s much more important than that. It’s our halfway point. Camp NaNoWriMo is the more flexible version of National Novel Writing Month, which takesContinue reading “Camp NaNo: The Halfway Point”

April 15 Writer Birthdays

1055 – Guibert of Nogent, French Benedictine writer, historian, theologian, autobiographer, and memoirist whose extensive autobiographical works provide modern scholars with insights into medieval life. 1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian inventor, designer, writer, scientist, painter, sculptor, cartographer, and “Renaissance man”; he has been called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widelyContinue reading “April 15 Writer Birthdays”

What Was in That Shot?

After nearly a year of writer’s block, during which my plot ran around in circles and refused to develop into a coherent outline, I got my first covid-19 vaccine a few weeks ago. And suddenly, I could write again. I whipped the outline into shape surprisingly easily, after all the time I’d struggled with it.Continue reading “What Was in That Shot?”

April 14 Writer Birthdays

0216 – Mani, Babylonian writer, prophet, theologian, and religious leader who founded Manichaeism; six of his major works were written in Syriac, with the seventh in Middle Persian. 1126 – Ibn Rushd (often Latinized as Averroes), Muslim Andalusian philosopher and judge who wrote about philosophy, theology, medicine, astronomy, physics, psychology, mathematics, Islamic jurisprudence and law,Continue reading “April 14 Writer Birthdays”

A Few Side Effects

I got my second shot of the covid-19 Pfizer vaccine on Saturday. A lot of people have warned of side effects for a couple days after getting vaccinated, especially with the second dose. Some have said the symptoms can be quite debilitating. I am grateful that mine were relatively mild. On Sunday I had aContinue reading “A Few Side Effects”

April 13 Writer Birthdays

953 – Al-Karaji, Persian mathematician and engineer who pioneered the theory of algebraic calculus and wrote groundbreaking works on mathematics. 1743 – Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and author of some of the most influential documents in American history, including the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; he was also aContinue reading “April 13 Writer Birthdays”

Dreaming Again

Yesterday I wrote about a dream I had Wednesday night, about living on Guernsey Island and being separated from my son just as the Nazis invaded. I think it was really about my fears for my son during the pandemic, because he was not yet eligible to be vaccinated. The very next day, he learnedContinue reading “Dreaming Again”

April 12 Writer Birthdays

1573 – Jacques Bonfrère, Belgian professor, Jesuit priest, Biblical scholar, and leading commentator on the Old Testament. 1808 – Pauline Marie Armande Aglaé Craven (née Ferron de La Ferronnays), award-winning French novelist, essayist, memoirist, and biographer who spent time with many of the most influential people of her day; her style has been describing asContinue reading “April 12 Writer Birthdays”