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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

APRIL 2ND and Insecure Writers Support

“If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read.”
― Giacomo Casanova
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(1725-04-02)Birthdate:2 April 1725
So?  You have decided to ride the Outlaw Trail of days with me, have you?

Come with me to 1927 and listen to a haunted tale from a stretch of the Badlands the Lakota still fear:

We will have some fun, no?

Almost as much fun as this gringo had:

On April 2nd, 1725, Giacomo Cassanova was born, and erotic tall tales were never the same.

On this date in 1796, a forged Shakespeare play, VORTIGERN AND ROWENA, flops in London,

helping to expose its author, William Henry Ireland, as a fraud ... or a late April Fool's prankster.

Emile Zola, author of Nana, was born on this day in 1840

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.” ― Émile Zola

Sadly, this date also contains irony and tears:


President Woodrow Wilson tells Congress "The world must be made safe for democracy." asking Congress for a declaration of war and to send U.S. troops into battle against Germany in World War I .

And American young men have been dying ever since making the world safe for democracy.

B stands for Bradbury -- Ray Bradbury,

whose loss I still feel.  SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES is one of my favorites of his.  What is your favorite Bradbury tale?

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury

Here is Ray Bradbury giving my insecure writers' support for this month:


  1. Casanova set the bar a bit high for me - there are a lot of us who will never meet those exacting standards. But I have never warmed to him anyway.

    Yay for Ray Bradbury (my copy of Something Wicked... is very well read)- and some Theodore Sturgeon too. Too many talented people whose loss I feel strongly.

  2. My fave Bradbury was 'The Illustrated Man'.

    I only remember a Casanova where Richard Chamberlain played the part in the eighties.

  3. Awesome post from Ray Bradbury. I like knowing how the greats got their inspiration.

    You've got a cool theme going Roland.

  4. Interesting and inspiring video featuring Ray Bradbury... (A to Z-er here)

  5. B for Bradbury is an excellent choice. He's one of my favourite writers and 'tutors'!

  6. One day I will finish Dandelion Wine! I lost the book after I started reading it in college, now it haunts me every time Bradbury is mentioned!

  7. When we stop reading, we stop growing.

  8. I don't know what I would do without reading. Bradbury was great. Do you have something for the letter V yet? As we drove by Vasquez rocks yesterday on our way to LA, I was reminded of that sexy, bandito.

  9. Great video! Bradbury will live forever. You picked a great companion for today's journey on the outlaw trail.

  10. Elephant's Child:
    Getting a late start answering my friends -- a meeting with my surgeon over my nose. Ouch!!

    I like Clifford D Simak too. My fantasy life would be great to read unlike my real one!

    Cassanova was a legend in his own mind. :-) Richard Chamberlain lived his own legend.

    Ray made me look good! I was concerned that others might not like my Outlaw Trail. Thanks for liking it!

    J. Gi.:
    Great of you to say that. :-)

    Ray was a genius and a warm, kind man. Thanks for visiting.

    You should get the audiobook and listen on the way to work with an old friend from college. :-)

    It helps to reflect upon what we read, too. Thanks for visiting when I know you are so busy!!

    Thanks for the suggestion -- I have written all but two of the posts -- work makes it a challenge!! I'll see what I can do!

    You're right: Ray is a great companion on our writing journey. Great seeing you here.

  11. Ray Bradbury. I couldn't have picked a better person to represent "B" if I tried.

  12. Just the title alone, Something Wicked This Way Comes has been a top ten for me. I always enjoy hearing from past writers who still follow us on this writing journey.

  13. Chrys:
    Yes, I love his style and imagination ... and heart. Thanks!

    The giants are like light houses showing us the way, right?

  14. I can't believe you have time to answer our comments during the challenge. I went back to see just in case. It was just a suggestion. I wrote a post about him a while ago and, sort of, fell for his long dead charm. And you should see those rocks where he hid out.

  15. Inger:
    It's only polite to answer -- Sam McCord would have it no other way! :-) I am going to have to look up Valdez. But my eyes are heavy and my strength waning! :-)

  16. I wish I had more time to do all the things I can't seem to find time to do. Like reading books.

    I have Her Bones... downloaded to be read eventually.

    If I didn't read so many blogs then I might read more books.

    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  17. Fantastic! I love the information I am finding here. Good job. :)

  18. Arlee:
    Thanks for downloading HER BONES! Do you have a Kindle Fire or an iPhone or smart phone? I would gladly send you the just released audiobook of HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS. Robert Rossman does a magnificent job on it! Let me know.

  19. Mel:
    Your words mean so much to me. Thanks!

  20. No, don't have any readers. I use my desktop which is one reason why it's slow getting to a lot of books. I can't sit too long at the computer to read books. So I guess Her Bones... is in some cloud that Amazon has waiting for me when I'm ready. Thanks for the offer though. I didn't realize audiobooks could be accessed with devices like you mention.

    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  21. I listen to audiobooks on my rare blood runs on my Kindle Fire, plugging it into the van's radio system. It makes the long, lonely night runs much more endurable. :-)