All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.
When legendary musician Johnny Cash (born February 26, 1932) joined the Air Force, he wasn’t allowed to use his birth name, J.R., so he named himself John. Based in Germany during the Korean War, Cash was a Morse Code interpreter and became the first American to know of Stalin’s death.
Sometimes thou seem’st not as thyself alone, But as the meaning of all things that are.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
February 10, 1862: Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s wife, Lizzie Siddal, died 152 years ago today. At her funeral the distraught husband lay the only manuscript of his poems to rest in his wife’s coffin. Seven years later, he had her body exhumed and retrieved his work.
Find your quiet center of life and write from that to the world.
Sarah Orne Jewett
Sarah Orne Jewett (born September 3, 1849) was known for her regional fiction that focused on life in her native Maine. Her stories and vignettes—often about New England’s declining farms and seaports—appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and other periodicals. Critics consider her best book to be The Country of the Pointed Firs, which beautifully captured the flavor of an isolated seaport town, and she was a lasting influence on Willa Cather, who dedicated O Pioneers! to her.
In the planning stage of a book, don’t plan the ending. It has to be earned by all that will go before it.
Happy birthday, Rose Tremain! The award-winning British novelist (Restoration, Music & Silence, The Road Home) focuses on historical narratives and the lives of outsiders. She studied English as an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., later taught creative writing there, and is now the chancellor—the first writer, woman, and UEA graduate to step into that role.
Yea, all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.
H. Rider Haggard
Long before J.K. Rowling introduced readers to the villainous He-who-must-not-be-named, English writer H. Rider Haggard (born June 22, 1856) gave us She-who-must-be-obeyed, an ancient queen and sorceress, in his 1886 adventure novel, She.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
American author Erich Segal (born June 16, 1937) is best known for his 1970 romance, Love Story—he wrote the popular novel and the screenplay for the hit film adaptation. Not so successful? The 1978 sequel, Oliver’s Story. That movie was advertised with this tagline: “It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.”
Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny.
Happy birthday, Gregory Maguire! A year after his bestselling novel Wicked was published, composer Stephen Schwartz stumbled across it on vacation in Hawaii. He fell in love, convinced Maguire to give him the stage production rights, and got to work. Wicked, the musical, premiered in 1998 and is now the tenth longest running show in Broadway history.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
May 21,1910: On this day, French novelist Colette (born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) began to publish her novel The Vagabond in serial form. The book focused on women’s independence in a male society and received three votes for the Prix Goncourt, a prestigious French literary award.