It’s November (already!) and what a great month to be a writer! Any NaNoWriMo participants on board today? If so, I applaud you! It’s also National Memoir Writing Month and Picture Book Month. Yesterday was National Author’s Day, and today is the first Wednesday of the month when IWSG members convene through blogging, Facebook and Twitter to talk about whatever is on our writing minds and agendas. See what we’re all talking about here.
It’s also National Book Awards Month and Paul Beatty just last week became the very first American author to ever win the Man Booker Prize for his satirical novel The Sellout. Woot! Another first award to an American was the Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. After a two week silence he has at last accepted the award, saying the honor had left him speechless. And Stephen King has (of course) won another Edgar award this year for his short story called (spoiler alert) Obits.
In honor of Plan your Epitaph Day, I go only as far as searching for funny ones. Here are a few I found:
There’s one more celebrated day this month that I’d be willing to starve all year for. But first, can you imagine flying across the nation with high expectations of Thanksgiving dinner swirling in your mind as the anticipation of homemade pumpkin pie has you anxiously checking the time till your plane lands – only to find yourself a passenger on the only unsolved skyjacking in American history! Nicknamed ‘D.B. Cooper’ (for lack of any other information) for whatever reason chose Thanksgiving eve 1971 to successfully carry out the skyjacking and was never seen again. He does, however, share a nod (albeit somewhat dubious) every year on November 24th.
The IWSG Question of the Month is “What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?”
My take: I think the only thing better than getting lost in a good book is finding yourself while writing one.
The Lunar Society, which included Erasmus Darwin, James Watt and Josiah Wedgewood, took its name from the practice of holding monthly meetings on the Monday nearest to the full moon. Members referred to themselves as the Lunatics. spiritedenterprise.com
Have any experiences in your life ever made their way into one your stories? Could you write your own epitaph? What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? How would you describe a marshmallow to someone who’s never heard of such a thing?
“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American” ~ Ayn Rand