Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Harlem Renaissance icon Langston Hughes (born February 1, 1902) was elected class poet at his grammar school in Lincoln, Illinois. Though largely ambivalent about the “appointment” at the time, he began seriously writing short stories and poems a few years later.
The dead can survive as part of the lives of those that still live.
Happy birthday, Kenzaburō Ōe! The Nobel Prize winner owes his love of stories to his mother, who bought him The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils when he was a young boy. Ōe has said he “will carry to the grave” the impact of these books on his life.
Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.
Happy birthday, Nora Roberts! Her novels have spent a combined 861 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list—almost two and a half years.
What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
August 19, 1938: On this day, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, used a few card tricks to convince fellow French writer Andre Gidé that he was clairvoyant.
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.
~George R.R. Martin
August 6, 1996: A Game of Thrones was first published 19 years ago today. George R.R. Martin wrote the landmark fantasy novel (as well as its sequels) on a thirty-year-old PC using a rather ancient WordStar 4.0 word processor. He owns a separate computer for checking his email.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.
Beatrix Potter (born July 28, 1866), author of the beloved Peter Rabbit books, showed an early interest in animals. As a child, she and her younger brother took care of mice, rabbits, a hedgehog, bats, butterflies, and insects.
I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
Alexandre Dumas (born July 24, 1802) was born Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie. He took the surname Dumas from his grandmother, an enslaved Haitian woman named Marie-Césette.
To say goodbye is to die a little.
American novelist Raymond Chandler (born July 23, 1888) worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on the screenplay for Strangers on a Train. The collaboration did not go well. The two called each other names and refused to talk to each other, culminating in Hitchcock throwing Chandler’s drafts in the trash while holding his own nose in disgust.
Arthur is a legend and a hero. The Arthur perceived through the legends is somewhat based on fact and he did, through many ways exist. He lives on immortally now, in our faith, hearts, minds, and writings. So, if his bones were discovered, and he will not return to rule as the legends states, he still remains alive through us.
Jill M Roberts
June 25, 2015~Happy Birthday to Me! Jill M Roberts born and raised in New York City fell in love with the Arthurian Legends and spent her twenties scouring England for rare books. Jill has written articles about King Arthur for academic journals and books about his history and legends. In 1998 she became a member of the International Arthurian Society and writes about King Arthur still.
The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
May 29, 1925: On this day, Richard Wright delivered the valedictorian speech at his ninth grade graduation. His original speech—the one he wrote before the school’s principal interfered—was a criticism of the South’s segregated system of education.
All My Best,
Jill M Roberts