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We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight. – H.P. Lovecraft

Month: February, 2013

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award… Thanks David Lee Summers!

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To my amazement, I was just nominated for another award. Thanks David!

The Rules of the Award are as follows:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven thing about me:

1. The first novel I ever read was by Virgina Andrews was when I was 9 or 10.

2. I have a cat named Angel.

3. I would love to publish my own book one day.

4. I have a tattoo on my back.

5. I have been to University twice, but dropped out both times.

6. I wear glasses occasionally.

7. I was born on the 7th of May.

My nominees for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1. Just After Words

2. Luminous Dreamer

3. Sunita Osborne

4. Harsh Reality

5. Words of Birds

6. Kezia Lubanszky

7. Frost at Midnight

8. 15 Dancing Frogs

9. Talin Orfali

10. Joshsang

11. Hollis Plample

12. Lily Wight

13. Double Moon Pie

14. London is for Living

15. Interesting Literature

Versatile Blogger Award…Thanks Dear Kitty!

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I was just nominated for my first award, so I would like to thank Dear Kitty. You should really go check her blog out.

Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

Seven things about me:

1. I live in Australia.

2. I am a chocoholic.

3. I have three blogs in total.

4. I love reading and writing!

5. One of my favourite movies of all time is A Long Kiss Goodnight.

6. I just moved out of home.

7. I am not a morning person.

My nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything

2. Serenity’s Musings

3. Waxing Memoirs

4. Dear Kitty

5. A Table in the Sun

6. 15 Dancing Frogs

7. Sunita Osborne

8. Petchary’s Blog

9. Phil Slattery’s Art of Horror

10. Not all who wander are lost

11. All the in between

12. David Lee Summers Web Journal

13. Ironclad Folly

14. Skyeyemachine

15. Deborahweetman

Agatha Christie: The Disappearing Author

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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller Christie Mallowan (Wow that’s a lot of names) was born the 15th September 1890 and died the 12th of January 1976. Agatha Christie was mainly known for her popular crime novels. According to the Guinness Book of World Records she is the best selling novelist of all time. She has sold around 4 billion copies of her novels world-wide. In 1926, a mystery developed around the crime novelist herself when she disappeared one evening after an argument with her husband. It seems that he was in love with someone else and wanted a divorce from Agatha. The search was on to find Agatha Christie, many fans were upset over her disappearance. 10 days later she was found in a hotel in Yorkshire, refusing to tell anyone what had happened to her. Many people have speculated that she just had a nervous breakdown or that maybe she was trying to frame her husband for her murder. No one knows still to this day why she disappeared and what happened during.

Here are some interesting things that you may not have known about Agatha Christie:

Agatha Christie wrote the longest running play in history ‘Mousetrap’. It has run for approximately 55 years.

Agatha Christie wrote two very popular characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Both these characters were detectives. Miss Marple was based on Agatha Christie’s grandmother.

Agatha Christie learnt how to play the piano and sing in Paris when she was only 16.

Her first book was written as a challenge from her sister.

Agatha Christie was a dog lover and was especially fond of the colour green. Her favourite flower was Lily of the Valley and a rose was named after her.

She wrote 6 romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott. She also wrote the novel ‘Absent in the Spring’ under this name in one weekend.

Her first manuscript was rejected 6 times before it was accepted and published in 1920.

In World War II she was a pharmiscist in a hospital. This is where she learnt a lot about medicines and poisons that came in handy for her stories later on.

When Agatha Christie died London’s West End theatres dimmed their lights for an hour to show respect.

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Emily Bronte: One of the ‘Bell Brothers’.

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Emily Jane Bronte was born the 30th July 1818 and died the 19th of December 1848. She was 30 years old when she died. Emily is best known for the novel Wuthering Heights, this was the only novel that Emily ever published. Wuthering Heights is about a farm in the Yorkshire moors where a treacherous story of love and revenge takes place over many years. Wuthering Heights was considered very controversial for it’s time, but these days is considered part of classic literature. Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about Emily:

Emily secretly published Wuthering Heights under the pen name Ellis Bell. This could be for obvious reasons like the fact that male writers were held with higher esteem than female counterparts. Her other two sisters also wrote under the name of Bell. Charlotte wrote as Currer Bell, and Anne wrote as Acton Bell.

Emily Bronte was considered the odd one of the family. She was a bit of a recluse, didn’t like socialising with people and was very strong-willed for a lady of that era.

Emily’s mother died when she was 2. Emily also had a brother called Patrick. Emily and her sisters didn’t stay in school for long due to sickness. Shortly after the children were removed from school by their father, Emily’s other sister Elizabeth died. It seems that their father was very strict towards the children.

Emily taught herself how to play the piano and speak German.

Emily had an affinity with nature and animals, this was also depicted in Wuthering Heights“My sister Emily…loved the moors…they were far more to her than a mere spectacle; they were where she lived in and by as much as the wild birds…She found in the bleak solitude many and dear delights, not the least and best loved was liberty.” – Charlotte Bronte

It has been said that Emily would go into a strange state like trance when writing. Her mind would disappear into different worlds. Emily was considered anorexic, thin and pale. Her trance like states could have been due to her starving herself.

Emily was very attached to a dog she called ‘Keeper.’ It seems this dog was very loyal to her and that ‘Keeper’ was her only best friend, other than her sisters.

Emily was the only one with a middle name in the family.

Not much of Emily’s work or writing was left after she died. It is believed that Charlotte, her older sister burned a lot of her notebooks.

Wuthering Heights is considered a great piece of work, even maybe more so than Jane Eyre written by her sister Charlotte. It is nice to wonder what else Emily Bronte may have written if she had lived past the age of 30. Judging by her novel Wuthering Heights she may have been an even bigger success than her sister Charlotte.

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Legendary Headstone Reads: Author of Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Douglas Bradbury was born August 22nd 1920 and died June 5th 2012. He was 91 years old. Ray Bradbury is best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 but also as one of the best short story writers. Although a lot of people believed Bradbury to be mainly a science fiction writer, he was more into the fantasy genre.

Something that he frequently stated was “I’m not a science fiction writer…I’ve written only one book of science fiction. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can’t happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.”

Ray Bradbury was one of the authors that pushed fantasy into a more prominent position in literature to what it is today.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not have know about Ray Bradbury:

He never drove a car or cared to get his license, even though he lived in L.A.

He wrote the book From the Dust Returned over 55 years. This book was compiled of many short stories about a family of ghosts and monsters called the Elliots. Very similar to the Addams family. This book began in 1945 and was finally printed in 2001.

Bradbury wasn’t a fan of modern day technology. “We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.”That’s right, he was even against e-books. He said that “They smell like burned fuel.” He also told Yahoo to go to hell when they tried to put one of his books on the Internet.

Ray Bradbury never went to college or had any other formal education other than high school. His philosophy was just to write lots and lots every day.

Ray Bradbury was against politics and believed the less government the better.

Ray Bradbury was a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe.

The headstone of Ray Bradbury reads: Author of Fahreheit 451. This was something that he requested.

If you are an aspiring writer, I suggest you pick up a short story or novel by Ray Bradbury and have a read.

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Robert Jordan: A Pseudonym of Epic Proportions

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I thought it would be wise to do an author review on Robert Jordan considering A Memory of Light came out not too long ago. Robert Jordan is a name that you will know if you have ever read any of The Wheel of Time series. Robert Jordan’s real name was James Oliver Rigney, Jr. He was born October 17th 1948 and unfortunately died September 16th 2007. His death was due to a rare blood disease called cardiac amyloidosis. Robert Jordan had published 11 of the 14 Wheel of Time books when he died. His wife then went on to find Brandon Sanderson to finish the series. There were only suppose to be 12 books, but Sanderson realised that A Memory of Light was going to be longer than 900 000 words. The publisher decided to split it into 3 parts, angry fans thought this was a ploy for the publisher to make more money.

Here are some things that you didn’t know about Robert Jordan. Or should I say James Oliver Rigney, Jr.

James taught himself to read at the age of 4 and was reading major pieces of literature at 5. Personally I don’t know how he did it, considering I have trouble with some classic literature.

When war broke out he served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter gunner. He was given many awards for his service. These awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with “V” and oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm.

James had a degree in physics. He thought that physics and fantasy writing went hand in hand. “You can’t study quantum mechanics without a feel for fantasy.”

Some of James’s hobbies were hunting, sailing, collecting pipes, fishing and playing pool, chess and poker.

Pseudonyms that James wrote under were Robert Jordan, Reagan O’Neal, Jackson O’Reilly and Chang Lung.

A rumour of a new series he was going to write after The Wheel of Time series was another fantasy. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. This fantasy was going to be in a whole other universe than The Wheel of Time books. The rules in this universe was that anything that happens to wash up on shore becomes property, even people. The hero of this story is shipwrecked and washes ashore, becoming property of an empress.

Something interesting he said in an interview once upon time was “I thought, when I was going to be a writer, maybe I’d go live south of France and write in the mornings, and then in the afternoons I’d go down to the beach and have a blonde, a brunette and a redhead in string bikinis come down and slide scented oil all over me. Now I work 60 to 80 hours a week, and the only time I get near the beach is if my wife pokes me out of my study with a stick!”

Even though he is dead now, he has left a large mark on the world with his novels.

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Dean Koontz: A Brilliant but Odd Man.

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Dean Ray Koontz was born July 9th 1945. He was an only child. Star Quest was the first novel he wrote and was published in 1968. Dean Koontz is better known as the author that wrote the popular Odd Thomas books. The first Odd Thomas book is actually going to be made into a movie. The main genre that his books usually fall under is suspense thriller, but has been known to have some horror and mystery mixed in. If you are a big fan of Stephen King, it is more likely than not that you have heard of Dean Koontz. Here are some things that you may not know:

Dean Koontz refused for a long time to do a book tour. He also doesn’t like using the internet or e-mail because it distracts him from his writing.

He sent some of his work to playboy, but came to the conclusion that writing these types of magazines wasn’t what he wanted to do.

Some rumours on the Internet claim that he has borderline obsessive compulsive disorder. Whether this is true I can’t say.

Dean Koontz has had a lot of sad experiences with dogs throughout his life. He had a dog as a child called Tiny who almost strangled him to death in the backyard with a chain it was tied to. He was forced to give up the dog because of this. He also had a dog called Lucky once that had to be put down because it was constantly sick. Some of Dean’s books were inspired by a dog called Trixie that was very close to him. Trixie was a gift to Dean by the Canine Companions for Independence organization for all his charitable donations.

Dean Koontz had a job as park ranger. While working here he was robbed at gunpoint by two men.

Dean Kontz’s wife made a deal with him to support him for 5 years while he wrote books. I think all writers trying to make it would love to have a partner like that.

Some of my favourite books are by Dean Koontz. Books that I have loved are the whole Odd Thomas series and From the Corner of his Eye.

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