National Memoir Writing Month on November, 2023: Memoir book called "PS I love you" - Author?
November, 2023 is National Memoir Writing Month 2023. Ramble About Writing National Novel Writing Month
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Cecelia Ahern.6 copies available at Aliso Viejo Library, Fountain Valley Library, Ladera Ranch Library, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library, Tustin Library, and Westminster Library
it is from 1981. that site is good. u can look up lots of books. and u can see the review.Ahern, the mediagenic 22-year-old daughterof Ireland's prime minister, debuts with a sweet, sentimental tale of a young widow's trials and triumphs in the year after her husband's death. Soul mates Holly and Gerry married in their early 20s; when Gerry dies of brain cancer at 30, Holly is utterly bereft. But Gerry has a final gift: a series of letters, which Holly is to open on the first of each month from March to New Year's, and which will guide her on her journey from grief. Gerry correctly predicts that Holly will not have gone through his belongings by June, found a new job by September or considered falling in love again by December, but with his posthumous epistolary encouragement she does all those things. She also enters a karaoke contest, takes a beach vacation and dances at a holiday ball she'd always attended with Gerry. The months pass as close friends help prop Holly up; around her, a marriage falls apart, a couple gets engaged and a friend announces her pregnancy. Within her tight-knit family, Holly's youngest brother makes a revealing film of her birthday party, her elder brothers change places in her allegiance and her parents take in one stray grown child after another for stays short and long. Ahern's speed (she wrote the book in three months) and her youth do show-the wisdom in evidence owes much to Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella-and her prose is pedestrian. She boasts a natural storytelling talent, however, resulting in a compelling tale sparked by an unusual premise. (Feb. 3) Forecast: Ahern-who's young, gorgeous and rich (thanks in part to a huge advance and rights sales to over a dozen countries)-should prove a huge draw on her eight-city author tour, and Hyperion is backing her with a $250,000 marketing budget. Warner Bros. and Wendy Finerman (a producer of Forrest Gump) have signed on for the movie version of this screen-friendly tale (the epilogue even boasts a meet-cute). The novel's curiosity factor will be high and, smartly priced at $21.95, it has an excellent chance of hitting national bestseller lists.
opinion on book beginning?
I will tell you this: you have some great material to start off with. Keep writing. This is key.
Do not think, when you write, whether what you are writing is good or bad. This will, in my opinion, hinder the writing process. When you write, you will write good and bad. This is the nature of writing. You may be assured, however, that your writing is neither extreme: it is somewhere in the middle. Take this as impetus to write more. You will revise later.
If you are writing a novel, my first piece of advice is write the whole story before you edit it. If you edit as you go, most likely you will never finish it. I subscribe to the National Novel Writers Month () method of writing: don't get it right, get it written. Keep writing until you have at least 50,000 words, and you will have a novel. You will have this at the end of a month if you write about 2000 words a day (about 3-4 single-spaced, typed pages in Arial size 12 font).
Then, and only then, go back and edit it. In order to edit it or critique it, you have to have something to critique.
While you are on your quest to finish writing your novel, scout around and see if you can find a writers group. Check your libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops. Check Meetup.com (). There you can read your stuff and others' so that you can get a perspective on your own writing and where it stands. I've found this helps me realize that my work is not only less frightful than I thought it was, but that it has a chance of being published, as well! You may find someone who can critique it for you: take a red pen and go over it for grammar, syntax, style, and content. This is what I did with a published friend of mine. Then we spent a straight 8 hours going over each red mark and discussing what the best action for it was.
After we discussed the red marks, I edited the novel but ONLY on those red marks. Once I got finished with the last red mark, I stopped. That's when I said, "Okay, it's time to send it to a publisher."
A publisher knows what he gets will not be the final thing that will be bound and sold. He has to read a lot of stuff from stacks of novels sent in (called a "slush pile"). It takes about 9 months to a year sometimes to get to a submission once it is sent in. This is normal.
Once you get your novel in the form you think best, then go to the library and ask at the reference desk for Writers Market (also check out if you want to subscribe to it). Read the stuff in the front about how to make submissions: they have some very good information about cover letters, queries, and submission guidelines. Then read how to use the book. It is well worth your time to do so. In this book is listed all of the publishers and what kind of publications they will accept. When you read these, note their website, too. Their website will most likely tell you how to get your novel in the right format to submit to them. If they do, do exactly what they say, no more, no less. They say these things for a reason. They also say how long it takes to get to your novel so that you can start on your next one.
Questions about Edgar Allan Poe?
On this day in History -- October 3, 1849 --
He died in Baltimore -- (SOURCE = The Writer's ALMANAC -- by Garrison Keillor, Carried on National Public Radio daily)
On this date in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found unkempt and delirious outside a pub in Baltimore. He had been en route from Richmond to Philadelphia on a business trip, and stopped off in Baltimore on September 28 for reasons known only to him. He was found on Lombard Street, outside Ryan's Tavern, and he appeared to be dressed in someone else's clothing. He was taken to Washington College Hospital, where he lapsed in and out of consciousness -- occasionally lucid but often delirious or combative -- until he died four days later. He was never able to tell how he came to be in such a state; newspapers reported "congestion of the brain" as the cause of death, but there was no death certificate and no autopsy, and the reason for his demise remains a mystery, though his biographers have put forward several theories.
Because he was found outside a tavern, many people assumed he'd gone on a bender, even though he'd sworn off alcohol six months earlier. The temperance movement was quick to point to Poe as a cautionary tale. Another theory holds that Poe was the victim of "cooping," in which political gangs would kidnap people, imprison them, drug them, beat them, and force them to vote repeatedly at polling places all over the city, wearing an assortment of disguises. Ryan's Tavern was also a polling place, and Poe was found on election day; what's more, his clothes were ill-fitting, dirty, and threadbare, which didn't jive with Poe's reputation as a natty dresser.
Much of the Poe legend -- namely that he was a drunk and a madman with few friends and no morals -- originated with an obituary and memoir written by Rufus Griswold, a literary rival and the subject of one of Poe's scathing reviews. Griswold spread rumors about the recently deceased Poe in an attempt to scuttle sales of Poe's books, but the rumors had the opposite effect. Griswold is now remembered as Poe's first biographer; his own literary output has long since been forgotten.
Poe was buried at the Westminster Hall and Burial Ground in Baltimore. In 1949, 100 years after his death, a stranger paid a visit to the cemetery in the wee hours of January 19, which was Poe's birthday. The stranger, presumed to be a man, was dressed in a black coat and hat, and his face was obscured with a scarf; he drank a cognac toast to Poe and left the rest of the bottle, along with three meticulously arranged red roses, on his grave. Thus began a tradition that lasted 60 years. The "Poe Toaster," as he became known, would slip in surreptitiously, leave his tribute, and disappear into the night. Although onlookers occasionally glimpsed him, his identity was never revealed. He died in 1998, after passing the tradition on to his son, according to a note that was left with the bottle and roses. The last visit by the Poe Toaster was in 2009; he may have died, or perhaps the ending was planned to mark the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth in 1809. Other fans, known as "faux Toasters," have carried on the tradition for the last two years, but the original Toaster appears to have retired.