Primary – April 23

“Listen to many, speak to a few.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Explain your understanding of and opinion about this famous quote of his.

Secondary – April 23

“They stumble that run fast.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Explain your understanding of and opinion about this famous quote of his.

Romance – April 23

“Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s affection becomes the source of a burning affliction.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 23

“This rough magic I here abjure and when I have required some heavenly music, which even now I do, to work mine end upon their senses that this airy charm is for, I’ll break my staff, bury it certain fathoms in the earth, and deeper than did ever plummet sound, I’ll drown my book.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your...

Mystery – April 23

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must comfort someone who believes her/his life is in jeopardy becaues of her/his position.

Literary – April 23

“He that loves to be flattered is worthy o’ the flatterer.” Today is the accepted birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which flattery persuades your protagonist to make a decision that s/he would not have otherwise made, and for good reason.

Interesting Times and Heavy Lifting

A college friend who is an avid reader and married to another college friend and avid writer sent this story to me with this note: “Interesting times ahead.” Big Six publishers decline to renew contract with Amazon over unfavorable terms He, several friends, and I engaged in some commentary on the article. Here’s an edited/condensed version of my thoughts: Isn’t that an old Chinese curse – interesting times?...

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