I did want to share a writing blog I just learned of, Linda Claire's Writing Tips. I took a look at it this morning and believe it would be a help to many writers, especially those still finding their writing legs. Linda also does book reviews and author interviews. So check it out!
Last night I watched the last installment of the HBO miniseries, John Adams, for the third time (our library has a copy, so I'm blessed to be able to check it out now and then when I want to ogle the wonderful 18th century costumes and settings), my reward for knocking a couple more thousand words off Kindred.
How many of you learned late in life, as I did, that the last surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both lived to see the 50th anniversary of that momentous date of July 4th, 1776... and that both men died on that day, July 4th, 1826, within hours of each other?
If it was written that way in a novel I think it would be hard to swallow. And it is a wonder to me that it should have happened so, that these men, once friends who helped forge a nation, then divided for decades by politics and hurt, should have rekindled their friendship through letters in their last years on earth, and died on the anniversary of that nation's birth, one with the name of the other on his lips. To me it's one of the greatest human stories in our nation's history.
Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!