I came across this wonderfully funny and true quote yesterday in the New York Times Book Review:
“Look, writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It’s a wonder that most of them don’t.” - Stephen King
The whole piece is definitely worth reading: "Burn Before Reading." For my part, I'm somewhere out on the Atlantic, paddling as fast as I can. And one of the things I'm doing to keep my little literary boat afloat is writing shorter essays as well. Gina Misiroglu here at Red Room help out with the rowing a little recently, putting me in touch with some folks from AOL for a piece for Women's History Month. I've included a taste or it below, with link to the whole piece on AOL.
Hope you have a great reading and/or writing week. - Meg
Women's History Month Hero -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The fight for women's suffrage started, as so many things do, with women talking to each other around kitchen tables. The result was the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in July 1848. There, Elizabeth Cady Stanton presented the Document of Sentiments: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."
It was written -- primarily by Stanton -- at a three-legged table now residing at the very respectable Smithsonian. But at the time the document's presentation was called "the most shocking and unnatural event ever recorded in the history of womanity." ... Read more here.