July 29 Writer Birthdays

1214 – Sturla Þórðarson, Icelandic chieftain, poet, historian, and writer of sagas and contemporary history. 1605 – Simon Dach, Prussian/German lyrical poet and hymn writer. 1771 – Yun Zhu (or Wanglan Yun Zhu), Chinese poet, painter, and anthologist who gathered together and published thousands of poems written by hundreds of women; she was nicknamed “AdeptContinue reading “July 29 Writer Birthdays”

Camp NaNo Progress, or Lack Thereof

Oh, no! July is almost over, and my Camp NaNoWriMo goal is still unmet. I was doing well earlier in the month, but I fell behind in the last couple weeks, and I have not yet been able to catch up. (NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, in which writers try to write an entireContinue reading “Camp NaNo Progress, or Lack Thereof”

July 28 Writer Birthdays

1804 – Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach, German philosopher and anthropologist best known for his book The Essence of Christianity, which provided a critique of Christianity that strongly influenced generations of later thinkers, including Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Engels, Richard Wagner, and Friedrich Nietzsche; many of his philosophical writings offered a critical analysisContinue reading “July 28 Writer Birthdays”

July 27 Writer Birthdays

1777 – Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet known for his sentimental poetry and patriotic war songs; he helped create the initial plans for founding of the University of London. 1824 – Alexandre Dumas, son of the French author of the same name, his works have not attained the same acclaim as his father’s; yet, his novelContinue reading “July 27 Writer Birthdays”

July 26 Writer Birthdays

1165 – Ibn Arabi (full name Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad ibn al-ʿArabī al-Ḥātimī al-Ṭāʾī al-Andalusī al-Mursī al-Dimashqī), prolific Spanish-born Arab Andalusian Muslim scholar, mystic, poet, and philosopher, whose works have grown to be very influential beyond the Muslim world. 1693 – Alexandre Jean Joseph Le Riche de La Poupelinière (sometimes calledContinue reading “July 26 Writer Birthdays”

July 25 Writer Birthdays

1517 – Jacques Peletier du Mans – French Renaissance poet, translator, mathematician, and humanist who tried to reform French spelling to correct its inconsistencies. 1626 – Geeraerdt Brandt, Dutch poet, playwright, preacher, biographer, church historian, and naval historian who was a well-known writer in his time. 1761 – Charlotte Von Kalb (Baroness Marshal of Ostheim),Continue reading “July 25 Writer Birthdays”

July 24 Writer Birthdays

1802 – Alexandre Dumas, French adventure novelist whose famous works include The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo his son, also named Alexandre Dumas, was also a historical novelist and playwright. 1842 – Ambrose Bierce, American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer, fabulist, and satirist, best known for his short story, “An Occurrence at OwlContinue reading “July 24 Writer Birthdays”

July 23 Writer Birthdays

1823 – Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore, English poet and critic who was the son of novelist and editor Peter George Patmore. 1863 – Zabel Asadour (better known by her literary pseudonym Sibil, Armenian poet, short-story writer, playwright, publisher, educator, and philanthropist. 1867 – Koda Shigeyuki (pen name Koda Rohan), award-winning Japanese writer, novelist, and literaryContinue reading “July 23 Writer Birthdays”

July 22 Writer Birthdays

1733 – Mikhailo Mikhailovich Shcherbatov, Russian prince who was a statesman, historian, writer, and philosopher. 1807 – Karolina Pavlova, Russian poet, novelist, and translator known for her unusual use of rhyme and imagery; she was a friend of Tolstoy and translated his works into German. 1818 – Betty (Katarina Elisabeth) Ehrenborg, Swedish writer, psalm writer,Continue reading “July 22 Writer Birthdays”

Who Turned Out the Lights?

I was sitting at my laptop when something began rumbling outside. At first I thought it was an airplane. But it continued too long for that. Then it stopped. And started again. It took me a minute to realize that I was hearing some particularly epic thunder, though it didn’t look like rain outside. WithinContinue reading “Who Turned Out the Lights?”