Category: Writing

My favorites for National Poetry Month

My favorites for National Poetry Month
With thanks to Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune, whose column for Sunday, April 11, listed parts of nine of her favorite poems, I’m joining in her celebration of National Poetry Month by listing at least part of ten of mine. (Catch up with the original column here.) I’ll include every word of the shorter... Read more »

Hey, March 20 is World Storytelling Day!

I ran across a reference to World Storytelling Day in a message from a Scottish-American group on Facebook. Lo and behold, it’s coming up on March 20. (I know, not much surprise after the headline, but what could I do?) But what else struck my attention is that March 20 is also the birthday of... Read more »

Come on, machine...

We’re switching to a new version of WordPress software here at Chicago Now. It will be more secure, and it will do more for us, but for now, it’s worse than trying to play a new piece of music. In some ways, it’s like going from the ways I’ve known for decades to play my... Read more »
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What characters are in your imagination?

What characters are in your imagination?
I’ve been leaving my window blinds slightly open for the past few nights. Closing them completely keeps the coldest of the air from getting through any gaps in my window, gaps which seem molecular at times these days. But the cold air is a slight relief as my over-excited radiator keeps chugging along over 80... Read more »

Diaries, normal days, and looking up data

Diaries, normal days, and looking up data
My diary for 2021 is getting lots of data about historic things along with the historical ones, the notes about each days as it becomes history at bedtime. Personally, I will be a bit nervous on Wednesday — from the insurrection or coup on Jan. 6 to impeachment on Jan. 13 to inauguration on Jan. 20,... Read more »

The last problem of the year: Diary Hunt!

The last problem of the year: Diary Hunt!
Christmas 1974 was a momentous day on my path to becoming a writer. My parents gave me a 1975 Peanuts “Day By Day” book — a cartoon by Charles M. Schulz, a funny caption, and space to write about the day. I suppose that the paperback book might have been used as a planner, but... Read more »
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Some 'major' advice from Edwin Newman

Some 'major' advice from Edwin Newman
I’ve kept reading “A Civil Tongue” by Edwin Newman since writing previous posts about it. The only thing slowing me down from its funny and eloquent style is that it’s like rich food — if I read it all in one big clump, other things will seem poorer by comparison. One section I enjoy returning... Read more »

A date which will live where? FDR as writer and editor

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As the proud daughter of a veteran of World War II, of course I was conscious of yesterday, Dec. 7. It still does live in infamy. But today, Dec. 8, gave me the shivers of memory, too. I remember my dad talking about hearing President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech when dad was at school —... Read more »

Happy birthday, Robert Louis Stevenson -- like it or not

Happy birthday, Robert Louis Stevenson -- like it or not
I’ll be spending some time today in the Imaginary Writers’ Room, because it’s a unique occasion.  Robert Louis Stevenson was born on Nov. 13, 1850. He didn’t celebrate every birthday before his death on Dec. 3, 1894 — and not (just) because of his poor health. He legally gave away his birthday.  The little daughter... Read more »
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What to call a detective story that's not a 'whodunnit'

What to call a detective story that's not a 'whodunnit'
While dealing with my recent logjam of writing ideas, I’ve been reading a very good novel, “The Black Ascot” by Charles Todd. Inspector Ian Rutledge is working on a murder case, but I can’t call it a “whodunnit.” I’ve seen enough of the crime to know Rutledge is on the right track. This crime happened... Read more »