Keep On Writing!

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To everyone who is working on various writing projects, believe in yourself and your work.

 

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Most importantly though–keep on writing!

Remember: you are a writer, and you can do this!

 

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Who Are Some of Your Favorite Victorian Writers?

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In the next entry in my series on favorite writers, I want to consider Victorian authors, with a time period defined as the time of Queen Victoria’s reign–1837-1901. This period has been filled with many excellent writers, and I will focus on only a few as my choices. I could, however, easily expand my list.

Without further discussion, here are three of my favorite Victorian writers:

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Charles Dickens

Dickens was an extraordinary success, both as a popular writer and with critics. His work is part of the body of literature, and he has touched much of the population of the world. Among his most important and well-known pieces are A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

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Thomas Hardy

He achieved much in fewer novels than Dickens. Among his novels are Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, and Far From The Madding Crowd.

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Emily Bronte

While writing only one novel, her extraordinary Gothic piece, Wuthering Heights, places her among the great Gothic writers.

 

So, I ask all of you, who are some of your favorite Victorian writers?

National Library Week!

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What is one of the places in most communities where people can go to find information, use computers, talk to other people, and most importantly, read books for free? Your public library is a wonderful and important resource.

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I have loved libraries since I was a child; I remember going to the branch library in my town with my mother and siblings. I thought it was such a large and magical place. This library was actually a fairly small building, but the magic inside was enormous, and that was the magic of books and reading! That small, local branch library begin my life long love of libraries.

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Some of the institutions are magnificent city libraries, and some are small, but they are all important. Whether in a metropolis like New York City or a tiny town of 500, these treasure troves of knowledge and books all serve the people who use them.

 

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Please support your local libraries!

Quotations on Music

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“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

                                                                 Albert Einstein

 

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“If music be the food of love, play on . . .”

                                                                William Shakespeare

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

                                                                Ludwig van Beethoven

Who Are Some of Your Favorite Painters?

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I have been creating a series of posts about favorite writers in a variety of categories, and I wanted to expand to considering other art forms. With this idea in mind, I want to consider favorite painters.  I have loved and studied art history as an interest throughout my life, so I want to explore what painters others like.

For this post, I will include

Leonardo da Vinci

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Claude Monet

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and

Vincent Van Gogh

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I ask all of you: who are some of your favorite painters?

 

Quotations On Poetry

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

                                                                    Leonardo da Vinci

 

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“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”

                                                                    Robert Frost

 

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“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”

                                                                   Edgar Allan Poe

 

Quotations on Characters

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“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”

                                                                          Ray Bradbury

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“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

                                                                        Ernest Hemingway

 

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“It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.”

                                                                       William Faulkner