There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Writers Born in November

On the first of every month this year, I’m listing writers’ birthdays! I know there are more than I have recorded, so please share in the comments other beloved/famous/well-known writers who were born this month. If you’re unfamiliar with the writer, I linked the birth year to Wikipedia so you can find out more about him or her!

November 1
• Stephen Crane, 1871 

November 2
• Shere Hite, 1942 

November 3
• Martin Cruz Smith, 1942 

November 5
Sam Shepard, 1943 

November 6
• Michael Cunningham, 1952
• Karin Fossum, 1954 

November 7
• Albert Camus, 1913 

November 8
• Margaret Mitchell, 1900 
• Kazuo Ishiguro, 1954 

November 9
• Anne Sexton, 1928 
• Janet Fitch, 1955 
• Tahereh Mafi, 1987

November 10
• Neil Gaiman, 1960 

November 11
• Kurt Vonnegut, 1922

November 12
• Michael Ende, 1929 
• Christopher Pike, 1954 
• Richelle Mead, 1976 

November 13
• Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 

November 14
• Astrid Lindgren, 1907 
• P.J. O’Rourke, 1947 

November 15
• J.G. Ballard, 1930 

November 16
• Chinua Achebe, 1930 

November 17
Christopher Paolini, 1983

November 18
• Margaret Atwood, 1939 

November 20
Nadine Gordimer, 1923 
Don DeLillo, 1936 

November 21
• Voltaire, 1694 
• Elizabeth George Speare, 1908 

November 22
• George Eliot, 1819 

November 24
• Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849 
• Arundhati Roy, 1961 

November 25
• Helen Hooven Santmyer, 1895 
• Charlaine Harris, 1951 

November 26
• Eugéne Ionesco, 1909 
• Tracy Hickman, 1955 

November 27
• James Agee, 1909 

November 28
• William Blake, 1757 

November 29
Louisa May Alcott, 1832 
C.S. Lewis, 1898 
• Madeleine L’Engle, 1918 

November 30
• Jonathan Swift, 1667 
• Mark Twain, 1835 
• L.M. Montgomery, 1874 

Who are other well-known writers born this month? If you have a November birthday, please share the day (and the year, if you wish) in the comments!

Happy writing in November, Zigzaggers!

Friday, October 31, 2014

13 More Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 11 (for All the Haunted Writers)

Writing can be a bit like unfolding something...Slowly, the writer reveals what’s happening. But that’s only half of what’s going on. Writers are very cunning people who are not only unfolding and revealing. Just like conjurors and magicians, they are hiding stuff too.
{Michael Rosen}

A book is kind of like a good Horcrux, if we can imagine that–a piece of the writer’s soul, preserved in a physical object for all time, and changing the lives of all those who come into contact with it.
{Cheryl B. Klein}

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
{Ben Okri}

No task seems long but that which one dare not begin. It becomes a nightmare.
{Charles Baudelaire}

Writing a book is incredibly pleasurable, but very solitary. You have total control, but sometimes that can drive you insane.
{Justin Halpern}

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, ‘His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.’ 
{Hilaire Belloc}

When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.
{Charles Baxter}

To most, being locked away in solitary with nothing but pen and paper would prove a hard punishment. What a strange creature who views this as heaven.
{Richelle E. Goodrich}

I became a writer, a teller of tales, because otherwise I would have died... 
or worse.
{Carlos Ruiz Zafón}

I used to write things for friends. There was this girl I had a crush on, and she had a teacher she didn’t like at school. I had a real crush on her, so almost every day I would write her a little short story where she would kill him in a different way. 
{Stephen Colbert}

All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, ‘Sir, write me, I am beautiful.’
{Umberto Eco}

When you can bring yourself to write about it one day, you will find it all less painful. It is a catharsis of sorts, but the process can be brutal. Don’t do it until you’re ready.
{Danielle Steel}

Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it’s flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotions spent before I began a new story. My characters are my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.
{Red Haircrow}

May the muse haunt you all weekend, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop to keep in touch with other writers on this writing journey. Check it out on Jaime Morrow’s blog here if you’d like to take part, too!

What I’m reading... Mallory’s Oracle by Carol O’Connell. It’s a detective/murder mystery and chilling reading for Halloween week!

What I’m writing... I’m planning my novel for NaNoWriMo. Is it really almost November already? I’m Sunshine21 so if we’re not buddies yet, please buddy me so we can cheer each other on!

What works for me right now... Halloween is right around the corner! My new neighbors told me we get about 30-40 trick-or-treaters, and I’M SO EXCITED!!! That's a lot to me because there were no little monsters lurking around on Halloween night where I used to live. Did I buy too much candy?

I’ll be the fun house that lets the ghosties and ghoulies take more than one piece of candy. And with whatever is leftover I can easily make all of these. Too much candy is never a problem!

What else I’ve been up to... I just got a new job, so I’ve been MIA in the blogosphere lately, ooops! I like routine, and it’s been an adjustment with this job finding a new routine where I could fit in everything I wanted do and still get enough sleep to function each day. I think I got my routine down, so I should be more visible in the blogosphere after NaNoWriMo.

What are you reading and writing? What’s working for you right now? What shenanigans are you up to? I’ve been out of the blogging loop for awhile, so please fill me in with news!!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Zigzaggers! Happy writing!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

MQD – 13 Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 10

The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
{Philip Roth}

All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them.
{Isabel Allende}

Nothing is wrong with you. You’re not different. Everybody feels as bad as you do: this is just what writing a novel feels like. To write a novel is to come in contact with raw, primal feelings, hopes and longings and psychic wounds, and try to make a big public word-sculpture out of them, and that is a crazy hard thing to do.
{Lev Grossman}

I write to invite the voices in, to watch the angel wrestle, to feel the devil gather on its haunches and rise. I write to hear myself breathing. I write to be doing something while I wait to be called to my appointment with death. I write to be done writing. I write because writing is fun.
{Dorianne Laux}

Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible. 
{Virginia Woolf}

Perhaps it is our fear, that in the silence between stories, in the moment of falling, the fear that we will never find the one story which will save us, and so we lunge for another, and we feel safe again, if only for as long as we are telling it.
{Nick Flynn}

Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.
{Patti Smith}

Confront the dark parts of yourself. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
{August Wilson}

I’m sitting in my office trying to squeeze a story from my head. It is that kind of morning when you feel like melting the typewriter into a bar of steel and clubbing yourself to death with it.
{Richard Matheson}

Writing a first novel takes so much effort, with such little promise of result or reward, that it must necessarily be a labour of love bordering on madness.
{Steven Saylor}

Creativity—like human life itself—begins in darkness.
{Julia Cameron}

You write about the thing that sank its teeth into you and wouldn't let go.
{Paul West}

It’s a library. Only the stupid or the evil are afraid of those.
{Iain Banks}

What are your plans for Halloween?
Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing:

See the Ghosts from Halloween Past:

Monday, October 20, 2014

MQD – 13 Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 9 (and it’s my BIRTHDAY!!)

All I’ve ever wanted to do is darken the day and brighten the night.
{Clive Barker}

Once you have a skeleton in place, you are able to stand back and ‘see’ her story in an entirely new light.
{Martha Alderson}

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. 
{George Addair}

God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
{William Ellery Channing}

By the end, you should be inside your character, actually operating from within somebody else, and knowing him pretty well, as that person knows himself or herself. You’re sort of a predator, an invader of people.
{William Trevor}

I have found that, in my own writing, a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing. 
{Alice Walker}

Write about the emotions you fear the most.
{Laurie Halse Anderson}

When you write about what you dream, you become a writer. When you dream about what you write, you become haunted by a curse.
{A. Saleh}

You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can’t sleep at night because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.
{Ray Bradbury}

I’ve been doing this a long time now, and I’m going to do it until I die. Which probably won’t be long, given the constant insane deadline pressure.
{Warren Ellis}

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
{James Baldwin}

To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive...but with a separate, and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own. 
{Henry Green}

If it doesn't haunt you, you'll never write it well. What haunts and obsesses you may, with luck and labour, interest your readers. 
{Steven Heighton}

It's my birthday today, woohoo! Chocolate cake, here I come!!

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing:

Monday, October 13, 2014

MQD – 13 Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 8

Insanity is knowing that what you’re doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can’t stop it.
{Elizabeth Wurtzel}

I try to write about the stuff that torments us all.
{Danielle Steel}

Without literature, life is hell.
{Charles Bukowski}

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
{Nelson DeMille}

It’s not the one thing nor the other that leads to madness, but the space in between.
{Jeanette Winterson}

I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.
 {Joss Whedon}

I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me.
 {Jeanne Voelker}

The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
{Richard Wright}

I don't think the spider has an ego about what it creates; it just keeps going, as if its life depended on it (because, of course, it does). What would happen if you adopted the same attitude?
{Christina Katz}

I realized the amazing power of literature and of the human imagination generally: to make the dead live and to stop the living from dying.
{Ivan Klima}

I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.
{Clive Barker}

No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.
{Robert Byrne}

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
{Graham Greene}

Have a great week and happy writing, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing: