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”

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”

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”

April 11 Writer Birthdays

1492 – Marguerite de Navarre, writer, poet, playwright, salon leader, princess of France, and Queen consort of Navarre; as an author and patron of humanists and reformers, she was a key figure of the French Renaissance and was once called “The First Modern Woman.” 1883 – Camille Marbo (real name Marguerite Appell Borel), French writerContinue reading “April 11 Writer Birthdays”

April 10 Writer Birthdays

1734 – Eleonore von Grothaus, German poet, writer, and musician. 1778 – William Hazlitt, English writer, drama, literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. 1835 – Henry Villard, German-born American journalist, financier, and railroad president. 1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born American newspaper publisher; the Pulitzer Prize is named after him. 1867 – George William Russell,Continue reading “April 10 Writer Birthdays”

April 9 Writer Birthdays

1766 – Albertine Necker de Saussure, Swiss writer and pedagogue. 1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet, essayist, and art critic; translator of Edgar Allan Poe; his name inspired Lemony Snicket’s choice of family name for the Baudelaire children in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books. 1824 – Louise Cathrine Elisabeth Bjørnsen (pen name ElisabethContinue reading “April 9 Writer Birthdays”