April 21 Writer Birthdays

1488 – Ulrich von Hutten, German knight, scholar, poet, and satirist who became a follower of Martin Luther and a Protestant reformer. 1816 – Charlotte Brontë, English novelist who wrote under the pseudonym Currer Bell; her Gothic romance Jane Eyre is one of the most popular novels of all time and revolutionized fiction by focusingContinue reading “April 21 Writer Birthdays”

April 20 Writer Birthdays

0660 – Empress Genmei (元明天皇, Genmei-tennō, also known as Empress Genmyō), poet who was the 43rd monarch of Japan and the fourth of eight women to take on the role of empress in her own right. 1826 – Dinah Craik (born Dinah Maria Mulock, and often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik), English writer,Continue reading “April 20 Writer Birthdays”

April 19 Writer Birthdays

1666 – Sarah Kemble Knight, American teacher, businesswoman, and diarist who is especially remembered for her diary of a journey from Boston to New York in 1704–1705, which provides one of the few first-hand-accounts of travel conditions in Connecticut during colonial times. 1819 – Frances Parthenope Verney, Lady Verney (née Nightingale), Italian-born English essayist, novelist,Continue reading “April 19 Writer Birthdays”

April 18 Writer Birthdays

1446 – Ippolita Maria Sforza, Italian writer and poet of the Sforza family, which ruled the Duchy of Milan from 1450 until 1535; she married Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, who later reigned as King Alfonso II of Naples. 1734 – Elsa Beata Bunge, writer, physicist, agronomist, botanist, satirical poet, and countess who made her reputationContinue reading “April 18 Writer Birthdays”

April 17 Writer Birthdays

1863 – Constantine Peter Cavafy (also known as Konstantinos Patrou Kabaphes), Egyptian-born Greek poet, journalist, and civil servant whose consciously individual style earned him a place among the most important figures not only in Greek poetry, but in all of Western poetry. 1870 – Ray Stannard Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, author, and biographer whoContinue reading “April 17 Writer Birthdays”

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”