On This Day Christopher Marlowe


On this day, playwright Christopher Marlowe was born, supposedly. Born February 6, 1564 and without a doubt baptized on February 26, 1564. He was a renowned playwright ad poet of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was a major influence to William Shakespeare (born two months after Marlowe). And other generations of writers.

Dr. Faustus, was his greatest work (and one I must read someday). Which was also used as a bit of poking fun in the movie Shakespeare in Love (loved that movie).

As well as being a poet and playwright, Christopher Marlowe was also rumored to be a spy. He’d later died at the early age of 29 on May 30, 1593.

Happy Birthday Christopher Marlowe! And to celebrate, here’s a reading of his poem “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.” You can read the full poem on Poets.org.

Who do you think was the better playwright and poet, Marlowe or Shakespeare? Read any of Marlowe’s works? Have a favorite poem or play? Why?

IWSG Day- A New Chapter

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Hey all! It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Know what that means? It’s IWSG day! A day where us writers get together in the blogosphere to share our successes and concerns. To encourage each other when we stumble in our lives as we undergo our writing journey. And thanks for gathering us together each month goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex J. Cavanaugh!

Thanks also goes to our awesome co-hosts today: Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter!

Interested in joining our community? Click on the badge above. The Twitter handle is @THEIWSG and hashtag #IWSG. Continue reading

To Prologue or Not To Prologue


Welcome to this third segment of “To or Not To!” If you’ve been following my blog than you know that this post is an ask and answer. I put out a question to readers and writers about a certain topic. The previous two were about romance and one of its many tropes, the love triangle. I asked how you felt about including a romance plot in a story. And how you felt about love triangles.

Well in today’s post we’ll be discussing prologues. Love them or hate them? If you run a search online you’ll find a bunch of results about how publishers and agents feel about them.

They. Do. Not. Like. Them.

So what’s a prologue? A prologue is a prelude of the story that offers background information. So why is it liked about as much as that annoying cousin you dread meeting during the holidays? Continue reading