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Joan Miro (b. April 20): “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems.”

20 Apr

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” ~ Joan Miro, b. 20 April 1893

Leonardo da Vinci (b. April 15): “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

15 Apr


“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci, b. 15 April 1452

Vincent Van Gogh ( b. March 30): “I put my heart into my work, and lost my mind.”

30 Mar


“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh, b. 30 March 1853


Maxim Gorky (b. March 28): “Science is the intellect of the world, art its soul.”

28 Mar


“Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.”

~ MAXIM GORKY, b. 28 March 1868


Lady Gaga (b. March 28): “I don’t see myself in terms of artifice.”

28 Mar


“I don’t see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way – artistically.”
~ Lady Gaga, b. 28 March 1986


Jonathan Ames (b. March 23): “I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.”

23 Mar

Jonathan Ames, born 23 March 1964, is an American author of novels and comic memoirs, which include Wake Up, Sir! And The Extra Man. He was also a columnist for the New York Press. He created the HBO television series Bored to Death.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I don’t know what’s more difficult, life or the English language.
  2. A lot of writing is a form of seeing – putting down what you see in terms of action and landscape.
  3. People don’t expect too much from literature. They just want to know they’re not alone with being confused.
  4. A lot of writers, probably because they’re sensitive and that makes them want to be writers, have fears about their masculinity, so they overcompensate by having an interest in boxing and tough-guy things.
  5. When I was in college, I had the good fortune to have Joyce Carol Oates as my writing teacher. She told me that I could take an aspect of myself, and from that one bit of personality, I can create a character. This is what I have done, particularly in my novels.

Novels by Alan Annand: free to borrow on Amazon

12 Mar

AMAZON: Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Online Lending Library

All of my novels are now available. Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow 10 ebooks at a time with no due dates. Amazon Prime members can borrow one ebook a month, no due date. KU/KOLL titles can be read on any Amazon device or Kindle app.

Along with four other mysteries, my NEW AGE NOIR trilogy is available as single novels, or in a box set. Steven Forrest says, “The coolest thing is that the detective is an astrologer, and the normal clue-following is aided by various divinatory arts. There’s just enough technical astrology to make it plausible without ever lapsing into a tutorial. That’s a hard balancing act to get right and Alan nails it.”

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