Sometimes you have to go with your gut, hold your breath, and jump. We just did that with our kids. After 10 years in the suburbs, we took them out of school and all moved to New York City. It's been an awesome period of change. That's why I'm celebrating pivotal moments in life with a creative challenge that asks for your key moments of change -- and to mark Valentine's Day, why not read a passage from one of the most romantic books I know. The excerpt below highlights the pivotal moment in which two great loves of our lifetime (well, at least my lifetime) met -- author Antonia Fraser and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter. Cheers -- to awesome moments of change! -Susan
Describe that one turning point -- that one moment of major change -- in your life. Was there a moment when you went with your gut, held your breath and jumped? You can enter your moment of change here.
The Intellectual Devotional II
The Intellectual Devotional series on DailyLit, based on the bestselling Intellectual Devotional book series, proved to be one of DailyLit's most popular series. More importantly -- at least to me :) -- it's a series I continue to enjoy every day. In case you're not familiar with this series, it's a collection of daily lessons drawn from history, literature, philosophy, mathematics, science, religion, music and the visual arts. Given how much everyone seems to enjoy the series, I've decided to release The Intellectual Devotional II. If you signed up for the original Intellectual Devotional series, you needn't do anything; you'll automatically receive this sequel. And if you're new to this series, you're in for a real treat!
Swooning Over Heathcliff
Which fictional character could be the love of your life? Proclaim your love here.
Last Minute Love Notes
Surprise your sweetheart on Valentine's Day with love poems in his/her inbox. Imagine receiving daily love poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning or Shakespeare's sonnets with a personal, loving message. Just click the "Gift this Book" tab when signing up for the poems and be sure to set the delivery date for February 14th. Who says you're not romantic!
Gives Me Goosebumps
Given that Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I thought I'd feature a passage from one of the most romantic books I've ever read. Reading it still gives me goosebumps. It's from Must You Go, the diary of author Antonia Fraser who describes meeting the love of her life, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.
8 January 1975 A very enjoyable dinner party at Rachel and Kevin's house in Addison Avenue: a long and convivial table. I was slightly disappointed not to sit next to the playwright who looked full of energy, with black curly hair and pointed ears, like a satyr. Gradually the guests filtered away. My neighbors Richard and Viv King offered me a lift up the road. 'Wait a minute,' I said. 'I must just say goodbye to Harold Pinter and tell him I enjoyed the play; I haven't said hello all evening.' They waited at the door. I went over to where Harold was sitting, 'Wonderful play, marvelous acting, now I'm off.' He looked at me with those amazing, extremely bright black eyes. 'Must you go?' he said. I thought of home, my lift, taking the children to school the next morning, the exhausting past night in the sleeper from Scotland, my projected biography of King Charles II…'No, it's not absolutely essential,' I said. About 2.30 in the morning, poor Rachel and Kevin were visibly exhausted and we were the last guests. In the end, it was Harold who gave me a lift home, in a white car with a driver (he never drove at night having once been found 'weaving' in Regent's Park). I offered him coffee. I actually gave him champagne. He stayed until six o'clock in the morning with extraordinary recklessness, but of course the real recklessness was mine. __ [N.B. They were together from that day on for 33 years until Harold Pinter's death]
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It's hard to believe that the holidays are fast approaching. If you're like me, your "To Do" list seems insurmountable. Just when you've tackled your holiday shopping list, decorated your tree, and planned your celebrations, suddenly the tooth fairy needs to make an appearance! I suppose it's time to take a deep breath, sneak in a few DailyLit installments -- hint, hint -- and at least try to enjoy these last few weeks of the year. Cheers -- to happy holidays and a happy new year! -Susan
Here are a few classic holiday tales to sneak in during a coffee break or while waiting in line: -The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry -Little Women by Louisa May Alcott -A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens You can also check out the Holiday section of DailyLit for more holiday reads. You may even want to send one of these holiday books to a friend for the holidays, together with a personalized note. You can do that on the sign-up box found on any book page where you'll find a tab that reads "Gift this book".
If you're traveling this holiday season or just need a break, remember you can suspend your books and have them automatically resume for when you return. Just click on the link at the bottom of any book installment that reads: "Need a break? Suspend delivery of this book". You can also suspend your book (or multiple books) by going to "Your Settings" after logging in to DailyLit.
If you missed this holiday question, I asked which have been your favorite literary gifts (I'm try to get some last minute ideas); you can still answer it here.
Twas the Night Before Christmas Challenge
Whenever I read A Visit from St. Nicholas I think of my old, worn out pop-up book version of this poem that I loved reading and re-reading as a child. This new creative challenge asks you to finish the line "Twas the night before Christmas…" and come up with your own verse. Here's the entire poem by Clement C. Moore; I hope it brings back your own magical memories: Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads; And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap-- When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter, Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon, on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer, With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzen-- To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall! Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, So, up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With a sleigh full of toys--and St. Nicholas too. And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack; His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll little month was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump--a right jolly old elf; And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself. A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle; But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" ---- DailyLit is the leading publisher of serialized books in digital form. Selected the #1 Book Website by The Sunday Times, DailyLit has sent over 47 million book installments. DailyLit's books and series are all free and feature bestselling and award-winning titles. Installments can be read in fewer than 5 minutes wherever you receive email, including on any computer, Blackberry, tablet or iPhone.
Ever since starting DailyLit, I've wanted to launch The Intellectual Devotional on DailyLit. If you're not familiar with The Intellectual Devotional, it's a bestselling book which features daily lessons from literature, history, visual arts, philosophy, religion, music, and math/science. Now, after much author-hounding, negotiation and patience, I'm thrilled to announce a DailyLit version.
It was only recently, since the death of Steve Jobs a month or so ago, that I knew I wanted to launch a series to commemorate his extraordinary life by featuring his inspirational, thought-provoking words. I hope you'll enjoy The Wisdom of (Steve) Jobs.
With these new series to feast on, I'm reminded that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. To get you in the mood, I've launched a new creative challenge to invent your own imaginative dish for Thanksgiving.
I love the way the author describes The Intellectual Devotional: "Millions of Americans keep bedside books of prayer and meditative reflection -- collections of daily passages to stimulate spiritual thought and advancement. The Intellectual Devotional is a secular version of the same -- a collection of daily lessons that will inspire and invigorate the reader. Each nugget of wisdom is drawn from one of seven fields of knowledge: History, Literature, Philosophy, Mathematics & Science, Religion, Visual Arts, and Music." And on DailyLit, the daily lessons can literally come on a daily basis. I'm thrilled to feature The Intellectual Devotional on DailyLit.
The Wisdom of (Steve) Jobs
Ever since the death of Steve Jobs, I knew I wanted to launch this series -- The Wisdom of (Steve) Jobs -- that features his words on life, design and Apple. Whether or not you believe he was a visionary or charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution (he was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple), his words are moving, inspirational, and sometimes even shocking.
Creative Juices for Thanksgiving
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, this month's creative challenge is to think up a dish for Thanksgiving (recipe and all if you like). Make it literary, make it funny, make it crazy -- it's up to you. Get your creative juices flowing (so to speak!) and add your dish here. ---- DailyLit is the leading publisher of serialized books in digital form. Selected the #1 Book Website by The Sunday Times, DailyLit has sent over 47 million book installments. DailyLit's books and series are all free and feature bestselling and award-winning titles. Installments can be read in fewer than 5 minutes wherever you receive email, including on any computer, Blackberry, tablet or iPhone.