Friday, July 18, 2014

Writing A Novel



"No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons."
--Ishmael Reed

No matter your definition of a novel, no matter your conception of what a novel is, the creation of and the writing of a novel is one thing most of all -- it is hard. It is hard. It is damned HARD!
--Charles Gene Chambers

Did You Know . . .?

James Smithson donated his entire fortune to the United States to create the Smithsonian Institution despite never having visited the USA.



On this day in 1969, after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts drove a car off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped from the submerged car. 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not.

The senator did not report the fatal car accident for 10 hours.

On July 25, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, received a two-month suspended sentence, and had his driving license suspended for a year. There is speculation that he used his considerable influence to avoid more serious charges that could have resulted from the episode. Although the incident on Chappaquiddick Island helped to derail his presidential hopes, Kennedy continued to serve as a U.S. senator of Massachusetts into the 21st century.



malaise  [muh-LAZE]
1.  a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease.
2.  a vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness, lethargy, or discomfort.

Malaise is often defined in medical literature as a "general feeling of being unwell".



(born July 18, 1921)
John Glenn is a retired United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator. He was a combat aviator in the Marine Corps, and now the only surviving member of the Mercury Seven; the elite U.S. military test pilots selected by NASA to operate the experimental Mercury spacecraft and become the first American astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth.

(July 18, 1913 - Sept 17, 1997)
Red Skelton was an American entertainer best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971 and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show.

(July 18, 1918 - 5 Dec 2013)
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

(born July 18, 1940)
James Brolin is an American actor best known for his roles in film and television, including sitcoms and soap operas. He is the father of actor Josh Brolin and husband of singer/actress Barbra Streisand.


"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one." 
--Terry Pratchett



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