August 27 Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: Theodore Dreiser (1871), C.S. Forester (1899), Ira Levin (1929), Antonia Fraser (1932), Ann Rinaldi (1934), Sarah Stewart (1938), William Least Heat-Moon (1939), Suzy Cline (1943), Lisa Yee (1959), Jeanette Winterson (1959), Jill Lepore (1966), Thando Mgqolozana (1983)

Ira Levin’s 1954 book “A Kiss Before Dying” won the Edgar Award for best first novel.

William Least Heat-Moon is best known for his book “Blue Highways”

Quote: “The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.” – Antonia Fraser

“A book you read when you were a child will read differently when you pick it up later.” – Thando Mgqolozana

Tip: Learn about singular, plural, and possessive nouns: The cat scratched at the door (singular). Three cats showed up on our porch (plural). She was playing with the cat’s toy (single possessive). She was playing with the cats’ toys (plural possessive).

Jumpstart: It’s the future and everyone has a “gem” embedded in their wrist. It monitors your movements, your health, everything about you. Green is perfect; yellow is a problem; red is serious. Yours suddenly turns black…

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