Writing Tips, Tricks, Thoughts

Birthdays: John Roberts (1822), Mirza Ghalib (1869), Mina Loy (1882), Louis Bromfield (1896), Ingri Parin d’Aulaire (1904), Mary Howard (1907), Charles Olson (1910), Elizabeth Smart (1913), Wilfrid Sheed (1930), Aidan Chambers (1934), Greg Mortensen (1957), Gerina Dunwich (1959), Wendy Coakley-Thompson (1966), Chris Abani (1966), Sarah Vowell (1969), Erin Stead (1982)

Louis Bromfield won the 1927 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for “Early Autumn”

Erin Stead won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”

Quote: “Few pleasures, for the true reader, rival the pleasure of browsing unhurriedly among books: old books, new books, library books, other people’s books, one’s own books – it does not matter whose or where. Simply to be among books, glancing at one here, reading a page from one over there, enjoying them all as objects to be touched, looked at, even smelt, is a deep satisfaction.” – Aidan Chambers

“Dig deep into its communitarian ethos and it reads more like an America that might have been, an America fervently devoted to the quaint goals of working together and getting along. Of course, this America does exist. It’s called Canada.” – Sarah Vowell

Tip: Consider setting up a separate bank account for your writing. Then when it’s tax time, you won’t have to muddle through personal stuff to find your business stuff.

Jumpstart: You go to a pound to get a pet dog for your son. When you get home, you discover the dog has a very unusual talent…

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