See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,
Happy birthday, Neal Stephenson! The Snow Crash writer is actively involved in turning science fiction into science fact. In 2014, tech startup Magic Leap hired the author as Chief Futurist to aid in the development of their augmented reality devices.
I don’t want to put the world to rights… I just don’t like people who put the world to wrongs.
Happy birthday, Lee Child! His wife once told him that if the writing thing didn’t pan out, he could become a “reacher” at supermarkets, due to his height. The joke helped Child name his most famous protagonist, Jack Reacher.
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
Happy birthday, Zadie Smith! Before becoming a writer, she wanted to be a performer. The White Tiger novelist loved tap dancing as a child, considered a career in musical theater as a teenager, and worked as a jazz singer while at university.
Here’s another fact of the day but during the lives and times of King Henry VIII and the Tudor Court! Check out my other website TudorTime.org ! Enjoy 😀
On This Day 24th October 1537
On 24th October 1537, Jane Seymour died at Hampton Court, twelve days after an excruciating labour had brought forth Henry VIII’s heir. The exact cause of her death is uncertain – she did not (despite rumours) have a caesarean section. If she had, she certainly would not have made the immediate progress she did after the birth, being able to sit up in bed and receive visitors after the christening of the baby Edward. Modern research suggests that some of the placenta was left behind, leading to septicaemia. Attended by male doctors, rather than midwives, they may well not have understood that all of the necessary matter had not been expelled and thus did not treat her as more experienced midwives would have done.
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On a personal note, I’d like to wish my Dad, George M Roberts a very Happy Birthday!!! We are all so blessed to have you in our lives. May the year ahead bring nothing but happiness!
All Our Love,
And now, here’s the quote of the day…
Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.
Happy birthday, Emma Donoghue! The Irish-born novelist was inspired to write her 2010 bestseller, Room, after hearing about Elisabeth Fritzl, a young Austrian woman who was held captive in a basement for 24 years.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Happy birthday, Deepak Chopra! Today, the Indian American doctor and author is one of the most famous holistic health advocates in the world, but at the start of his career, he practiced medicine in a humble village where the lights would go out whenever it rained.
The creative adult is the child who has survived.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
Happy birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin! The acclaimed American author went to high school with one of her biggest writing influences, Philip K. Dick—though the two didn’t know each other then. Years later, they would both be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Where there is a woman there is magic.
Happy birthday, Ntozake Shange! After years of enduring racism and struggling through depression, the American playwright and poet (born Paulette L. Williams on October 18, 1948) changed her name—Ntozake means “she who has her own things” in Xhosa, and Shange means “she who walks with lions” in Zulu.
Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn’t it?
James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (born October 17, 1948) had a thing for pen names. He’s best known as Robert Jordan, creator of The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series, but he wrote westerns as Jackson O’Reilly, historical fiction as Reagan O’Neal, dance criticism as Chang Lung, and at least one thriller under a never-revealed name.