|Two things woke me up this morning … one a poem ...|
and the second a documentary film.
January 16, 1923 –
I finally heaved myself out of bed this morning when I couldn’t stop thinking about “The Book of Yolek,” a poem included in
Interesting Facts - Anthony Hecht
Hecht and fellow poet
Whew! I think I’ll stick to prose.
Thoughts about a documentary film chronicling the life of the bestselling mystery writer of all time,
While she was an aspiring writer from an early age, working in a pharmacy during WWI sparked her interest in the use of poison as her favorite method of causing someone’s demise. She perfected the genre and began churning out books at an astonishing rate.
With sales of over 2 billion novels translated into 45 languages,
I was interested that Christie did not write about her experiences as a nurse and a licensed pharmacologist during the war, which I'm sure readers would find fascinating; but instead used her personal knowledge about poisons to enrich her fiction ... and commit the perfect murder. When she took that job to stay busy and help with the war effort while her pilot husband was off fighting the war, I'm sure she didn't have a single clue that it would become her springboard to fame and fortune and the sale of billions of books.
Note to self and others: don’t give up. You may find inspiration for your writing anywhere … in the chaos of war like
Interesting Facts - Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's first book was rejected by six publishers.When she killed off her most famous detective,
Her novel, Endless Night, is narrated by a young working-class male. She wrote it when she was 76.
Poison was Christie's most common choice of deadly weapon, but she did allow some creativity. In addition to using poison to dispatch her characters, Christie’s fictional victims were: strangled by a raincoat belt, strangled by a ukulele string, jabbed in the neck with a venom-tipped dart, stabbed with a corn knife, stabbed with an ornamental Tunisian dagger, drowned in an apple tub, crushed by a bear-shaped marble clock, and electrocuted by a chessboard rigged to deliver the fatal charge upon completion of the third move of the Ruy Lopez opening.