"Giving orders you know won't be obeyed is one of the best ways I know to destroy your own authority."~David Weber (2014). “Safehold Boxed Set 1: Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, and By Heresies Distressed”, p.1045, Macmillan American science fiction and fantasy author David Weber was born on this day in 1952.
"As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.""Weird" Al Yankovic American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, and author "Weird" Al Yankovic was born on this day in 1959.
"Grieving, like being blind, is a strange business; you have to learn how to do it. We seek company in mourning, but after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is … Continue reading Random Quote for October 21, 2020
"Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species, and be loving."~John Lithgow American actor, musician, poet, author, and singer John Lithgow was born on this day in 1945.
Today’s word comes from First Reader. Follow me on Facebook: @jjshaunauthor. Today’s Word Part of Speech noun Definition The act of discomfiting. The state of being discomfited. Archaic: Defeat in battle; rout. History This word was first used in the 14th century, as meaning to find discomfiting. From the Middle English, from Anglo-French descumfit, past … Continue reading Wednesday Word for October 14, 2020
On Friday, October 13, 1307, the King of France, Philip IV, ordered the French Knights Templar be arrested. He claimed that the Templar initiation ceremonies forced recruits to deny Christ, spit on the Cross, worship idols, and engage in homosexual practices. The next month, Philip pressured Pope Clement V into arresting the remaining Knights Templar, … Continue reading Trivia: The Templar’s Doom
“As Romeo and Juliet found to their cost, marriage is never just about two people falling in love, it is about families.”~Marina Lewycka British novelist Marina Lewycka was born on this day in 1946.
At dawn, Master Henrick bellowed orders to the drovers and guards as the camp stirred. As men, dwarves, and elves moved around the wagons, a short, squat figure approached the area where the group had laid their heads the previous night. “Top o’ th’ morn’, to ye,” a gravelly voice hailed with a slight bow … Continue reading Chapter 8: Blessings
“It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.”~Harold Pinter British playwright, screenwriter, director and actor Harold Pinter was born on this day in 1930.
Think about some of your favorite books. What makes the story memorable? Was it the non-stop action? Maybe it was the extraordinary way a tired old plot was presented. Or maybe, it was the protagonist. Who were those characters? Why did they out in your mind? One of the most standout protagonists for me was … Continue reading DIY MFA: What’s in A Character?