Birthdays: Ian Fleming (1908), Patrick White (1912), Walker Percy (1916), May Swenson (1919), Maeve Binchy (1940), Zahi Hawass (1947), Richard White (1947), Geoffrey Landis (1955), Laura Amy Schitz (1955), Meg Wolitzer (1959), Muriel Barbery (1969),
Ian Fleming is best known for his James Bond novels, but also “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang.”
Patrick White won the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature
Laura Schitz won the 2008 Newbery Medal for “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!”
Quote: “Always write as if you are talking to someone. It works. Don’t put on any fancy phrases or accents or things you wouldn’t say in real life.” – Maeve Binchy
“I don’t have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.”
― Maeve Binchy
Tip: Trust the process. You can do this—as long as you persevere. Set a schedule—whatever works for you—and stick to it.
Jumpstart: The clock is striking midnight. You are the keeper of all fairy tale trinkets. So… do you give the prince the glass slipper, or do you confiscate it for your collection?