Visiting Doc Martin

Ohmigosh. I’m going to Cornwall. After traveling nowhere farther away than Harrisonburg for the past year, this is huge. We’d originally talked about visiting England and Scotland in the summer of 2020. Then the pandemic began, and almost all overseas travel was canceled. We told ourselves we’d go in the summer of 2021 instead. ButContinue reading “Visiting Doc Martin”

May 2 Writer Birthdays

1362 – Empress Xu, Chinese Ming dynasty empress and writer whose work focused on virtuous women. 1551 – William Camden, leading English historian who is best known as author of Britannia, the first chorographical survey of the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Annales, the first detailed account of the reign of ElizabethContinue reading “May 2 Writer Birthdays”

May 1 Writer Birthdays

1672 – Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. 1751 – Judith Sargent Murray, American essay writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, and influential advocate for women’s rights. 1848 – James Ford Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning American industrialist, historian, and author whose work includes a seven-volume history of the United States. 1855 – Mary Mackay (also knownContinue reading “May 1 Writer Birthdays”

April 30 Author Birthdays

1830 – Sardar Ghulam Muhammad Khan Tarzi, Afghanistani Pashtun poet, scholar, soldier, politician, and military leader. 1864 – Juhan Liiv, Estonian writer, teacher, and journalist who was also one of Estonia’s greatest poets. 1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American-born member of the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde literary scene and lifelong companion of Gertrude Stein;Continue reading “April 30 Author Birthdays”

Happy NaNo Camper

Woo hoo! I just hit my Camp NaNoWriMo goal for the month, and with a whole day to spare. Camp NaNoWriMo, which happens every year in April and July, is the more flexible version of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which happens in November. The November version is a challenge for writers to startContinue reading “Happy NaNo Camper”

April 29 Writer Birthdays

1764 – Ann Julia Hatton (née Kemble) popular British novelist and poet; she also published as Ann of Swansea. 1780 – Charles Nodier, influential French author, poet, librarian, translator, journalist, entomologist, literary critic, novelist, and lexicographer who introduced a younger generation of Romanticists to the conte fantastique, gothic literature, and vampire tales. 1815 – AntunContinue reading “April 29 Writer Birthdays”

April 28 Writer Birthdays

1402 – Nezahualcoyotl (meaning “Coyote who fasts”), poet, philosopher, warrior, and architect who ruled the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian era Mexico; he is best remembered for his poetry. 1541 – Mustafa Âlî (full name Gelibolulu Mustafa Âlî bin Ahmed bin Abdülmevlâ Çelebi), Ottoman Turkish poet, historian, bureaucrat, and major literary figure. 1669 – AuroraContinue reading “April 28 Writer Birthdays”