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Relax . . . Time Is On Your Side December 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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150px-Carlo_Crivelli_052Merry Christmas!

As an “early” Christmas present to those of you who have set your sights on writing the Great American Novel . . .

Relax, take a breather, and enjoy the holidays with kith and kin.

Time is on your side.

Many of the best selling American novels of the past 50 years have been  penned by authors in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s:

Irving Stone (1903-1989) wrote The Agony and the Ectasy in 1961 at age 58.

Katherine Ann Porter (1890-1980) wrote Ship of Fools in 1962 at age 72.

James A. Michener (1907-1997) wrote The Source in 1965 at age 58, Centennial in 1974 at age 67, Chesapeake in 1978 at age 71, and The Covenant in 1980 at age 73.

Elia Kazan (1909-2003) wrote The Arrangement: A Novel in 1967 at age 58.

Leon Uris (1924-2003) wrote Trinity in 1976 at age 52.

Robert Ludlum (1927-2001) wrote The Bourne Identity in 1980 at age 53.

James Clavell (1924-1994) wrote Noble House (the sequel to Shogun) in 1981 at age 57.

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Jean M. Auel (b. 1936) wrote The Plains of Passage in 1990 at age 54.

Alexandra Ripley (1934-2004) wrote Scarlett in 1991 at age 57.

Robert J. Waller (b. 1939) wrote The Bridges of Madison County in 1992 at age 53.

Granted, some of these authors were already best-selling authors before they hit the big 5-0, but others picked up the writing bug much later in life and still managed to hit pay dirt well into their life cycle.

One last bit of good news . . .

Most of these authors are no longer in competition with us.

Write On . . .

Winter Warmth December 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Poetry.
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Listen to the wind
As it rushes to and fro
Snuggle ever closer to
The fire’s warming glow

Relaxed and reposed
Rocking back and forth
Warmed by burning logs
Glowing on the hearth

The Eve of Christmastide
Despite the dark of night
Surrounds us with Peace
Bathed in firelight

Be Merry.  Be Bright.

Filled with warmth, joy,
laughter, and light.

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