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Shakespeare died a nobody, then got famous by accident

July 19, 2017 1 comment

Nicholas C. Rossis

Shakespeare's First Folio | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Christie’s Director of Books & Manuscripts Thomas Venning holding Shakespeare’s first folio
Image: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

With April 23 marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, few will remember that his lasting fame almost did not happen. A brilliant post by the New York Times explains how that came about.

Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616 on his 52nd birthday. A celebrated writer and actor who had performed for Queen Elizabeth and King James, he wrote approximately 39 plays and composed five long poems and 154 sonnets. However, by the time of his death, he had retired and was considered past his prime.

By the 1620s, his plays were no longer being performed in theaters. On the day he died, no one — not even Shakespeare himself — believed that his works would last, that he was a genius or that future generations…

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Ray of Light

July 5, 2017 Leave a comment

My OBT

Ray Vincent

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Signs of the Times

June 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Mitch Teemley

signs-join-us-unless-youre-doing-something-importantJoin us, if you’re not busy doing something “important.”

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Well, yeah.

signs-diapers-and-politicians

Sarcastic. But kinda, um, true.

presentation1Point taken.

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This explains a lot.

signs-summer-fun

If y’all see someone doin’ this…tell ’em they’re hiring at Burger King.

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Now they tell us!

signs-uninvolved-in-peace

Accidental editorial?

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Guidelines for the Zombie Apocalype.signs-things-i-hate

Oh, and one more thing…

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Life is one big road with lots of signs

So when you’re riding through the ruts

Don’t complicate your mind

Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy

Don’t bury your thoughts

Put your vision to reality

Wake up and live!

~Bob Marley

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Chivalry Amongst Enemies

June 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Aviation Trails

On December 20th 1943, high above war-torn Europe, the lives of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and the crew of an American B-17 would collide in an event that has become famous around the aviation world.

On that day, a B-17, “Ye Olde Pub“, of the 379th BG based at RAF Kimbolton (USAAF Station 117) , would be so severely damaged it would defy the laws of gravity and somehow remain airborne as it departed Bremen, Germany, having valiantly carried out its mission. In the skies over the freezing waters of the North Sea, the bomber hanging by a thread, with two engines out, all but one of its guns but the top turret empty or frozen, its rudder and left horizontal stabiliser torn to pieces, a dead crew member and several others wounded;  “The Pub”, as its crew affectionately nicknamed her, seemed destined to fall from the skies…

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Rustic California: The Wild West in Technicolor (9 Amazing Photos)

June 14, 2017 2 comments

Kevin Hotter

“The Bridge of My Journey” (Ventura Beach, CA)

“Life should be cherished, and treated as an adventurous voyage of which you are the navigator.”

I wrote the above quote a couple of years ago in a blog post, and I remind myself of that phrase quite often. It’s a motto to which I try to live by each and every day.

“Sweet Balance” (Vasquez Rocks, CA)

With all of that life cherishing going down, we shouldn’t forget about the most important part of our existence. And that is…the peoplewho love and support us. They are amazing, and we should remind them of that quite often. 🙂

Please enjoy these photos I took. Have a great day, my friends!

“Man vs. Nature” (Newhall, CA)

“Purple Skies” (Agua Dulce, CA)

“Industry in the Sun” (Santa Clarita, CA)

“Carefree” (Santa Clarita, CA)

“Broken History” (Mentryville, CA)

“Life in Green” (Pacific Ocean)

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Why Do Mirrors Flip Things Horizontally (But Not Vertically)?

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

by Fiona MacDonald on Science Alert Site:

When you look in a mirror, you’re looking at a horizontally backwards version of yourself, right?

Wrong.

As the Physics Girl explains, it’s more complicated than that.

Watch and listen to the video below.

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Famous author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up (Infographic)

May 31, 2017 1 comment

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by the very talented Kiara Halligan, who created the Infographic for GalaxyEssay. I have often written about the subject of author rejections, and this infographic is a great way to show why you should never give up!

Famous author Rejections: Why You Should Never Give Up

A publisher once wrote a rejection letter that simply said ‘It’s badly written’. For the author, it would have spelled doom if he was not persistent. Those three little words said that he had no talent and that he just spends well over a year working hard on something that no one is interested in. Those three little words were soul-crushing.

Or they would be if the author hadn’t persisted. A couple of months later, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was picked up by a publisher and Dan Brown became one of the…

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