April 23 has long been an important date in world literature. It’s the traditional death date of contemporaries William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, as well as poets William Wordsworth, Rupert Brooke, and even P. L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. It’s also the birth date of notables such as Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness and one of my favourite mystery novelists, Ngaio Marsh. It’s no wonder, then, that UNESCO chose this date for World Book and Copyright Day, aka the International Day of the Book. (It’s held earlier in the year in the UK and Ireland because of Easter school holidays)Continue reading “Let’s celebrate books!”
The planet Mars has been in the news a lot lately, what with:
- The discovery of water;
- the planet being at its closest perigee in 15 years;
- the 6th birthday of the Curiosity rover;
- The use of “Mars Awaits” in one of the proposed logo for Trump’s “Space Force”. (Still shaking my head at that whole thing)
So, here’s a bit of Mars-related sci-fi for you, a short story I wrote last fall. I hope you like it!
Here’s another adventure (the first, actually) about the gang from “Happy Birthday, Valerie.” It was inspired by a conversation I was having with some friends about our ideal road trip and by a word prompt from StoryaDay.org that tasked us with writing a story in the format of a list.
Key people: Brooke, Sonya, Valerie, and me.
Goal: to have a great girls’ weekend away
Note to self: the others will laugh at this document, especially the 24-hour clock, so keep it hidden, but close.