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I’m Featured on 451 Fridays!

I’m thrilled to have been featured recently on As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves’ 451 Fridays.  While I’ve never read 451 Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury, I think it’s neat that Elizabeth created a weekly feature based on the book.

Click here to see which books I think are worth saving and which book I’d “become.”  Thanks, Elizabeth!

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To Jerry on Our 9th Anniversary

Hi honey! I know you know what today is, though you looked a bit confused when I said “Happy anniversary” this morning. I’ll forgive you since it was 4:30 in the morning. I know you haven’t forgotten because you asked me yesterday what I wanted to do this weekend to celebrate.

Remember this picture? 9 years later, it’s pretty much the same. We’re exhausted much of the time and cranky sometimes. But at least we’re still happy and in love. Oh, The Girl is a lot older and finding new ways to cause us grief, but I still haven’t found any gray hairs, so that’s good.

I just want you to know that the last 9 years have been great. We’ve had our ups and downs, our struggles, our arguments, but I don’t regret anything. Sure, there are days I wish I’d married a millionaire, but I don’t hold that against you. LOL Seriously, you’re a wonderful husband and father. You take an interest in my hobbies (I still can’t believe you joined the book club, but I’m thrilled!) and you listen to me blab (on and on and on) about books and blogging. I think you tune me out sometimes, but that’s okay because I should have learned over the last 9 years not to talk when the Red Sox or Patriots are on. (Sorry!) Most of the time, you pause the television to hear what I have to say, and you support my book obsession by handing me cash and sending me off to the library sales. (Or is that just your way of getting us out of the house so you can play video games?)

Most importantly, you put family first. And you notice when I’m not myself and try to cheer me up. And because of all these wonderful things about you, I’ve almost forgotten the time you bought me rice cakes (blech!) for a snack when you ate the Snickers bar. Or the time you whined about waiting on me when I had the stomach flu, and then you caught it and expected me to wait on you. I’ll pretend those things never happened if you pretend I never nag…and you put your dirty socks in the hamper.

You thought it was funny when my dad said he’d give you a sympathy card on our wedding day. After 9 years, I’m sure you know what my dad was talking about. But unless you plan on sleeping on the couch for the rest of your life, you’ll keep your thoughts on that to yourself. 🙂

I still think we’re perfect for each other. Happy anniversary!

Love,

Anna

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Serena and I attended the Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Getting Published conference on Saturday, April 11, in Washington, D.C. As she’s already posted a pretty comprehensive account of our day complete with pictures (I can’t believe I let her post a picture of me), I won’t bore all of you by repeating the details. I’ll just talk about my thoughts and feelings about the day and what I got out of the conference.

I don’t like crowds or walking all over the city in cold rain, and I tend to avoid D.C. unless I’m traveling through on my way to work or taking friends and family on a tour. But I braved the rain and the flood of tourists eager to see the cherry blossoms to attend the conference because I’d like to finish my novel before I die. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, and it seems like I’ve been working on this book and living with the characters inside my head for as long as I can remember. I’ve managed to put a little bit of their stories on paper, but they’re not content to sit in my head any longer and need to get out. I was thrilled that the conference organizers replaced some of the panel discussions with craft lectures, and I jumped at the chance to get out of my writing rut.

We attended session on point of view, writer’s block, and writing sex scenes, and I was glad to learn some things I can actually put to use in my writing. (Last year it seemed as though the whole conference was published writers simply discussing their individual experiences, which didn’t help me much considering that I didn’t have a finished novel to market. I needed help with the writing so I could have a finished novel.)

Anyway, I’ve already started writing more in the little time I have after work, family obligations, household stuff, blogging, and reading. (And my husband wonders why I don’t sleep much!) I don’t want to impose a deadline on myself to complete the book because that would be disastrous, but I needed some motivation and now I know how to get something on the paper even if it’s not something I can use in my book.

I opted not to do speed dating with the editors this year because I didn’t have any snippets from my novel that I wanted to share (but I made Serena show part of hers just to prove to her that it’s a good start…I was right, of course…hee hee), I haven’t worked at all on the short story I brought last year, and I don’t write poetry anymore. The only thing I would change about the conference is to get rid of the featured speaker slot and add another craft lecture.

All-in-all, I had a wonderful, inspirational, motivational day (complete with tortellini and chicken from Bertucci’s because it’s mostly about writing but also a lot about the food LOL). Now I just have to work on creating some non-negotiable writing time when the hubby and The Girl know not to bother me. That’ll be a challenge, but I know it has to be done if I’m ever going to finish writing this book. Wish me luck!

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Wendy/Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty has launched an awesome feature on her blog called A Page in the Life, in which she interviews book bloggers. I can’t wait to learn more about the bloggers I admire and enjoy reading.

I am honored that Wendy asked me to be her guinea pig. If you’d like to read our interview, click here.

Thanks, Wendy, for being such an asset to the book blogging community!

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My Writing Playlist

Every evening after The Girl goes to bed and hubby’s either snoozing on the couch or engrossed in sports, I have a little time to myself. While I’d love to use that time to catch up with all the blogs I follow, most of the time I try to write a little bit of my novel or a story or anything.

After a long day at work and a long commute home, I need to get the clutter out of my head so I can concentrate on my characters. A little background music helps me relax, and I selected a bunch of songs that sort of fit the mood of my novel and created a writing playlist on my iPod. There are too many songs to listen to them all in one sitting, so it takes me awhile to get through them all. I thought I’d share that list with you all.

(I bet you can tell which artists I like best, and…um…excuse my love for those 80s and early-90s hair band ballads!)

Here’s my extensive playlist (the ** ones I could listen to over and over):

You and Me~Lifehouse
Collide~Howie Day**
The Day Before You~Rascal Flatts
Broken~Seether w/ Amy Lee
China~Tori Amos
Silent Night~Bon Jovi
Break Down Here~Julie Roberts
Suddenly~LeAnn Rimes
Holy Water~Big & Rich
Here Is Gone~Goo Goo Dolls
Be the One~Poison
Damaged Goods~Jesse Valenzuela
I’m With You~Avril Lavigne
Let Love In~Goo Goo Dolls
Lay Your Body Down~Poison
Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)~Cinderella
Life Goes On~Poison
Become~Goo Goo Dolls**
Wild Is the Wind~Bon Jovi
What Hurts the Most~Rascal Flatts**
Alabama~Cross Canadian Ragweed**
Again~Lenny Kravitz
Fallen~Sarah McLachlan
Holes~Rascal Flatts
Feel the Silence~Goo Goo Dolls
Through Glass~Stone Sour
Without You Here~Goo Goo Dolls**
Everything Changes~Staind**
Far Away~Nickelback**
The Flame~Cheap Trick
Completely~Jennifer Day
Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad~Def Leppard
Far and Away~Suzy Bogguss
I Won’t Forget You~Poison
Feels Like Today~Rascal Flatts
Keep Holding On~Avril Lavigne
As Long as It Matters~Gin Blossoms
Bless the Broken Road~Rascal Flatts
Stay With You~Goo Goo Dolls**
Only Time Will Tell~Poison**
The One~Gary Allan
Whatever It Takes~Lifehouse
How I Feel~Martina McBride
Breath~Michelle Branch**
A Real Fine Place to Start~Sara Evans**

Do any of you listen to certain songs to get the creative juices flowing? Feel free to share!

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As part of BBAW, my friend Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit (that’s her in the picture below with my daughter…isn’t that a cute picture?) wanted to discuss the writing process.

It doesn’t matter whether us bloggers write only book reviews or pen fiction/non-fiction/poetry, etc., in our spare time–we’re writers. Sometimes getting the creative juices flowing is a difficult task, and we all have our own ways of doing things.

Serena thought it would be neat for us to do a post together. Having been friends in real life for 13 years, we’ve traveled a big portion of the writing road together–we took many creative writing and English classes together in college, worked on a literary magazine together, launched our blogs right around the same time…heck, we even work at the same company and share an office. (Isn’t it amazing we aren’t sick of each other yet??)

Anyway, what follows is some bantering about our writing processes. Keep reading to find out about today’s BBAW giveaway!

Serena: Hey Anna, I’ve been wondering how you prepare mentally for writing? Does ambient noise bother or inspire you? And does your mood influence what you write?

Anna: I don’t do much mental preparation for writing blog posts and book reviews. I have a schedule in my head (because I lose all the darn sticky notes), so I already have an idea what to write. But when it comes to my novel and short stories, etc., I try to block out the real-life things that affect my mood (screaming kid, bad day at work, bills) and try to channel my characters. There are times when I don’t have to do much preparation at all, and my pen takes me on some wonderful adventures that I had no idea were inside my head.

I can’t write with lots of background noise. I have to wait until my daughter is in bed or not in the mood to bother me, and I can’t watch television at the same time. (It’s so hard to go a day without watching Hogan’s Heroes!) But I have a play list on my iPod where I stick songs that fit the mood of my novel; listening to them helps the words flow.

Of course, my mood affects my writing! I wrote some of my best poems when I was depressed. Then I had to find my husband and become a mom, which put me in a good mood most of the time, and the poetry muse is either hiding in disgust or gone for good. I don’t mind so much about the loss of my poetry; I’m glad I have a happy home life!

Serena: You haven’t given up on writing sticky notes because I’ve seen all of those notes all over your desk and books. I remember in college you used to hate studying in the same room with me because I had to have the radio on loudly. I assume that would still drive you crazy.

So would you say that you are like Stephenie Meyer in the sense that you have a play list for particular projects or just a particular play list for creative writing in general?

I think the poetry muse is just pissed you never had any of her children published! Just kidding.

Anna: Yeah, I’ll admit I still use the sticky notes, but once I write them, I don’t really look at them again. (What’s the point of writing them, you might ask. I ask myself that, too.)

I think you’re forgetting that it was my stereo, so it was on my side of the room. Actually right next to my desk, so when you’d grab the remote and turn the music up, I was deaf for three days afterward!

As for the play list, I set it up for my novel. Since I’ve been working on it for awhile (I’m going to tell you to shut up before you say anything because I know what you’re going to say!), it’s the only play list I’ve used. If I ever finish this one and start another, I’ll let you know whether I need a new play list.

I didn’t mean to upset the muse…I just never felt the urge to publish my poetry. The one poem I read at the Sigma Tau Delta convention in St. Louis (how many years ago was this??)…I just don’t know if I can go through the rejections with that one. The others are far, far from being ready for publication. You’ll have to publish them for me when I’m gone.

Serena: Well, you know that I will publish them when you are gone, which I hope is not for a very, very, very (ok you get the picture) long time.

Anna: As long as the muse doesn’t have a murderous streak, I should be okay!Anyway…tell me about your mental preparation? Do you need loud music for creative writing, or was it just a way to keep yourself awake while reading that boring political science stuff in college? Do your moods affect your writing?

Serena: I hope muses don’t have murderous streaks because I could be in trouble; I haven’t had anything published in a couple of years.

In college, I admit that the radio was my way of staying awake while reading that boring poli-sci stuff I already learned in honors history in high school…we all know what happened if I wasn’t listening to music, I was asleep and never made it to my 8AM class. Thank goodness, they invented iPods.

Ok, preparing my mental space first requires the husband to either be asleep or out of the house! When I sit down to write, I must have some kind of ambient distraction. Whether that is music or the television will depend on my mood. I tend to listen to a particular group or genre of songs for the novel and poetry it can be any music. As for the short stories, I tend to work on those in silence or with the television going, which I think is akin to the fact that I find short story writing harder. As you can tell, I am long-winded!

Moods, hmmm, I have a wide variety of those. I used to write poetry only when depressed, but now I tend to be most poetic when I’m contemplative. (Is that a word? English grammar and spelling don’t fail me now!) Whether there is something on the television, in the real world, or just something I come across and I have time to the think about it (who has much of that these days), I will jot down a few lines. I also have been inspired by books I’m reading to write a couple lines or stanzas of a poem, which you can find out more about in Jill’s interview of me for BBAW. Anyway, to make the story short, I think poetry is impacted by my mood. Where the novels and short stories come from I have no idea, although there was that one that came from a dream!

Anna: I think it’s cool that stories come to you in dreams! (Now I’ll assume the nagging friend role…have you worked on that story lately, young lady??) I also remember you jolting awake, climbing down from the loft bed, and rummaging around on your desk to jot down poetry ideas in the middle of the night. That darn banker’s lamp was too bright for my sensitive eyes! Do you still do that?

Serena: I actually find that poetry comes more now when I am awake on the bus, subway, walking down the street, or just observing something on television or reading a book, among other things. THAT short story is in hibernation until I have fresh eyes to look at it again. I’m following Stephen King’s advice from On Writing.

And it was only that one story that came in a dream!

Anna: Do you have any other writing book recommendations? Personally I like The Novelist Boot Camp.

Serena: I love Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont and the 3 A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley. I still have not read The Novelist Boot Camp; it may be the army green color of the book that makes me nervous.

So once you are prepared mentally to write, where do you physically plunk yourself down and get to work?

Anna: Sometimes I write blog posts on the train, but never my novel or stories. I don’t like people looking over my shoulder. At home, I’ll sit on the couch with a notebook and my lapdesk, or if the husband insists on having the TV on, I’ll go upstairs and lay on the bed to write. I’ve always preferred a notebook/journal to writing at the computer. I sit at a computer 8 hours a day for work, and I don’t find those computer chairs comfortable enough to allow a free flow of creativity. I used to love writing outside. When we were at Quinnipiac College (now University, but it will always be QC to us!), there was the view of Sleeping Giant, which was beautiful when the leaves started changing colors. And hiking up to the overlook and writing there was peaceful.

Serena: So that’s your most unusual writing place, on top of the Sleeping Giant overlook? No computer writing for you? In terms of writing with a notebook and pen, would that change if you had a laptop and not a desktop computer?

Anna: I don’t know if it would change if I had a laptop. I think I’d be a lot more comfortable when I’m typing, but I really like the way the pen flows on the paper. I guess I’m weird like that. How about you? Where do you write? What’s your most unusual writing place?

Serena: Well, you do also like to smell the pages of your books, especially new ones. That is a bit weird.

Poems are generally written in a small notebook or journal that I carry everywhere–on the subway, the bus, in the car, walking–it’s always on my person. I only use those roller ball pens, usually black, but I don’t discriminate if I have a different color handy. I really like the electric blue pens, speaking of how ink flows onto a page. However, there are those occasions that I write poems on the laptop, which can be anywhere from on the desk/kitchen table to the couch, the comfy leather chair my husband saved from the trash man, or the porch. Short stories are written in a variety of college-ruled notebooks, again with those roller ball pens I love so much. They only get typed up when I am ready to say it is finished, and that’s when the story or novel undergoes its first editing process, as I am transcribing my written words from paper to electronic document.

The most unusual writing space for me is probably at the camera shop I used to work at. While developing and printing photos, I often had my notebook/journal out, and I jotted down poems or short story ideas. Yes, I was writing away while wearing white photo developing gloves and a lab coat. I must have looked ridiculous.

Anna: So I’m weird, and you’re ridiculous! We make quite a pair!

Those roller ball pens ROCK, and that’s what I was saying about the ink flowing on the page. I’m like you in that I’ll type after I’ve written and edited things in my notebook.

How about book reviews? You write them at the computer? I tend to write those in my notebook first…I don’t like the pressure of the glaring white screen (or the uncomfortable computer chair, which you already know about so I’ll stop mentioning it).

Serena: Book reviews are written on the computer at the computer desk/kitchen table. I don’t write those out beforehand, but then I generally write the book reviews while the book is fresh in my mind. I tend not to wait too long to review what I’ve been reading because I’m likely to forget the details.

How about you, dear readers? How do you mentally prepare yourself to write? Do you have any writing routines? Do you prefer pen and paper, or would you rather sit in front of the computer? Have you written in odd places? Answering at least one of these questions will enter you in our joint giveaway!

Serena is offering a lucky winner a one-year subscription to Writer’s Digest! And I’m offering a copy of Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres to another lucky winner! The best part is that readers of both of our blogs will have a chance at both prizes!

Here are the rules:

1. Those of you who answer these questions in the comments on this post will receive one entry. (Same for those who comment only on Serena’s post.) If you comment on my post AND Serena’s post, you’ll receive two entries.

2. If you blog your answers to these questions and link to this post, as well as Serena’s post, you’ll receive two entries. Don’t forget to leave a link to you post in the comments here!

3. If you comment about your ideal writing space on either post, we’ll give you another entry.

4. Make sure you include your email so we can contact you if you win!

International entries are accepted. The deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sept. 21. 2008!

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate.

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Remembering My Father

After mentioning that my father was a Vietnam veteran in my review of her book, Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel, Phyllis Zimbler Miller asked me to write a guest post for her Mrs. Lieutenant blog discussing what it was like growing up in the home of a war veteran and some of the war stories my father told me. My father’s been dead for almost 9 years, and I’ve tried in the past to write something–anything–about him, always coming up short. Until now.

There are so many more things to be said about my father, and what I wrote does not come close to showing how caring he was, how he was a hard worker and an excellent provider, and most importantly, a wonderful husband and father. It’s so hard to write about someone I miss so much, but even the little I wrote was cathartic. Thanks, Phyllis, for giving me the opportunity to immortalize a little bit of the man I knew and will love forever. I’d nearly forgotten his voice, his face, all the little things, but writing about him helped me to remember.

You can read my “tribute” to my father by clicking here.

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate.

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Why I Write

I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, and despite some dry spells, it really has become who I am. I don’t feel complete if a pen and paper is not within reach–something I’ve come to understand over the past couple of months.

Here’s my writing story:

I wrote my first poem in 5th grade. (There’s no paper copy of it–it’s all in my head.) I wrote my first “novel” (It was actually a short story, and it was really, really, really bad) in my early teens.

In college, I wrote mostly poetry (and two short stories–funny that I actually remember how many). I was even chosen (along with Serena) to read one of my poems at the Sigma Tau Delta conference in St. Louis in 1999. I channeled all of my depression into my poetry. I always joked that I’d be one of those drunk or suicidal poets (i.e. Sylvia Plath), but it wouldn’t matter because I’d be pathetic and alone anyway. No one would miss me, and Serena would publish my works posthumously.

I stopped writing in August 2001. I remember this time well, because Serena moved away and she and I spent a lot of time emailing poems and comments and revisions back and forth. I like to say I quit poetry because I wasn’t depressed anymore. (Getting married and having a child will do that to a person, you know.) But it was more than that. The words simply stopped coming.

I wasn’t a great poet by any stretch of the imagination, and out of the 25 or so poems I’ll actually admit to writing, maybe only one is good enough for publication. I gave poetry up for good because it wasn’t fun anymore. Sitting with pen poised above blank paper night after night drove me batty. I used to see so much inspiration in the world around me, and it all dried up real quick. (As part of a writer’s group Serena and I formed with a couple of our co-workers, I recently dragged a poem out of retirement, mainly because I had nothing else to share. They made comments, and I went home with good intentions of revising it. Didn’t work. It still wasn’t any fun.)

After I gave up poetry, I didn’t write for a long time. A couple of years, in fact, though a lot of planning was going on inside my head. Once I started writing again (I viewed it as an extended vacation of sorts), I told myself I’d take a stab at a REAL novel this time.

Characters, plots, subplots were taking shape in my head, and then I knew I HAD to write. It’s become sort of like breathing. (Though I’d be lying if I said I no longer encountered nights where the notebook served more as a pillow than an endless stream of prose.)

There are so many things I want to do or say, but I cannot bring myself to do or say them. In reality, I cannot control the outcome. But when I’m writing, every single life on the page is under my control. During the months of creating these people, shaping their lives, I’ve come to know them, feel their joy and pain, know exactly what they are thinking at any given moment, and it’s like they’re real people.

When I know what’s going to happen to them, it’s hard to write the actual words and make it real. When a character dies, I die right along with her. When a character walks out, I’m going along for the ride. I can guarantee when I am finished with this novel, a labor of love for sure, I will be crying right along with them.

Any other writers (this means you, Serena!) want to share your stories? I’m all ears…

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My Dream Writing Space

After reading “The Write Space” in the August 2007 issue of Writer’s Digest, Serena encouraged readers of her blog, Savvy Verse & Wit, to describe their perfect writing space.

As the mother of an almost 7-year-old, it’s hard for me to fathom having a place to jot down my thoughts in private. With the girl still attached to my hip (often literally), I can’t even pee in private. When I’m in the shower, she’ll sit on the toilet lid and read me a story (she’s actually getting quite advanced in reading, of which I am proud!) or furiously blow into a harmonica until her cheeks turn red and threaten to explode because she believes a shower is not relaxing without some music. Most of the time it’s cute, but after a stressful day of back-and-forth with clients, I want to hear nothing but the water, and I want to breathe in my mandarin-mango shampoo, letting the burdens slide down my shoulders and down the drain–all in peace and quiet.

My dream writing space would be something like that. A place where I could lose myself in a world I actually control.

My dream house would have a room used for writing and knitting. I’d have storage for yarn, bookshelves lining the walls, an old-fashioned roll-top desk, a computer desk, and plenty of shelves to store my writing paraphernalia. But there are two major requirements for my writing space: a window seat with a view of mountains or water (depending on where I decide my dream home will be) and a cushy chaise lounge. I’m on my rear at a computer all day at work, so I don’t want to sit behind a desk at home. A chaise lounge also suits my paper-and-pen writing style and would make it easy for me to type up manuscripts on a laptop as well.

I’d want a Bose radio, a docking station for my iPod, and some of those cool Bose noise-canceling headphones. But no TV. Music sometimes provides inspiration, but I know from my current writing setup that I get too involved in cooking shows and never get any writing done.

The walls in my perfect writing space would be painted yellow with white trim. The curtains would be silky and a different shade of yellow. I’d want daisies and other flowers in the room (artificial, mainly because I tend to kill all forms of plant life). I want the room to look sunny, awake, and alive–especially when I’m dreary, sleepy, and feeling nearly dead.

As for my storage shelves, bookshelves, and desks, mahogany or cherry wood would be great. I don’t like computer desks that look like an office setup. I want something simple, with smooth lines. I don’t have any particular brands or models in mind; I’d know when I see it. If money were no object, I’d shop Ethan Allan, Pottery Barn, or Bombay Company. The desk chair wouldn’t be the typical swivel kind. Just a big stuffed, cushy chair with matching wood accents. (The only requirement is that it be soft and fit the desk.)

I just wonder how I’d get enough privacy to actually enjoy my dream writing space. I guess the dream house would have to have a special space designed by and for The Girl to keep her occupied–an art studio or game room, perhaps.

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Writer Relations

A recent blog post by Lolly resulted in much procrastination as I began building my family tree at Ancestry.com.

I was impressed at discovering numerous historical documents (Census surveys, etc.) linked to my father, my grandparents, and my great-grandparents and was surprised to see a hefty portion of the family tree on this side of the family inserted automatically (and correctly) after inputting and confirming information about my father and grandfather.

I especially was excited about being able to view the passenger manifest for the ship on which my mother and her family traveled from Germany to the States in the late 1950s. However, this experiment made me sad that I do not know a lot about my mother’s family in Germany and probably never will, as those who would know such information–my grandparents and my uncle–have passed on.

Anyway…the fun part of the Web site is clicking on the link to famous relations and viewing an extensive family tree to see how they are related to you. It says the list is only as accurate as the information keyed in by users, so I don’t know how true it is. I also tend not to believe much of what I find online, but I found it amusing and quite fitting that most of the people on my famous relations list were writers or poets.

Henry David Thoreau (Walden) apparently is my 6th cousin, 5 times removed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 6th cousin, 5 times removed
Robert Frost, 7th cousin, 4 times removed
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie), 7th cousin, 4 times removed
Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), 7th cousin, 4 times removed
Clement Moore (Twas the Night Before Christmas), 4th cousin, 10 times removed
Emily Dickinson, 8th cousin, 3 times removed
John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men), 9th cousin, 2 times removed
Edgar Lee Masters (Spoon River Anthology), 9th cousin, 2 times removed

AND…

Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice), 7th cousin, 8 times removed 🙂

True or not, I’m hoping this provides another source of much-needed motivation to keep working on my novel and short-story collection. However, I’m sure to be the least talented writer in my family. LOL

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