Tuesday, October 1, 2013

They Say A Writer Writes



The recent well-intentioned three or four day hiatus from my longtime daily blog commentary has revealed (to me) a new and disturbing discovery -- I can no longer sit myself down before my keyboard and, without an outline or any other form of planning, start tap, tap, tapping the keys and write a lucid first draft of a fiction story.

I suppose this has come about over time through inaction and lack of practice, through sheer laziness and adoption of a who cares? attitude. And a bit of mental deterioration brought on by aging.

Does this mean that I am no longer a writer even though I still think of myself as such? Oh God, no. Can't be.

Can it?

(hiatus: a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process)


Did You Know . . .

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven is $6,400.



On October 1, 1946, 12 high-ranking Nazis were sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior. Seven others, including Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's former deputy, were given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life. Three others were acquitted.

The trial, which had lasted nearly 10 months, was conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the USSR, France, and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace to crimes of war and crimes against humanity. On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged one by one.

Hermann Goering, who at sentencing was called the "leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews," committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution. Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia; he is now known to have died in Berlin at the end of the war.



titular  [TIT'-yuh-luhr]
1. Relating to, having the nature of, or constituting a title.
a. Existing in name only; nominal: the titular head of the family.
b. Bearing the title of a church or monastery that is no longer active.
3. Bearing a title: titular dignitaries.
4. Derived from a title: the titular role in a play.
One who holds a title.

According to Wikipedia: "Titular means existing in title only."



(born October 1, 1950)
Randy Quaid is an American actor nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years. Quaid is well known for his roles in the National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Brokeback Mountain and Independence Day.

He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid and the uncle of Jack Quaid, and half brother, Buddy John Quaid. He is a third cousin of cowboy movie star Gene Autry.

(born October 1, 1935)
Julie Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer. Andrews is a former child actress and singer who appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot. In 1957, she appeared on television with the title role in Cinderella, which was seen by over 100 million viewers.

Andrews made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her second Academy Award nomination for The Sound of Music (1965). Between 1964 and 1967, Andrews had other box office successes with The Americanization of Emily, Hawaii, Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, making her the most successful film star in the world at that time.

(Oct 1, 1927 - Oct 19, 2010)
Tom Bosley was an American actor. Bosley is best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running ABC sitcom Happy Days, and the titular character on the NBC/ABC series Father Dowling Mysteries. He also was featured in a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote.

(Oct 1, 1920 - July 1, 2000)
Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie.


"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."
--Adolph Hitler

"I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
--Barack Obama



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