April 26

Birthdays: Marcus Aurelius (121 AD), Bernard Malamud (1914), Patricia Reilly Giff (1935), Anita Loos (1889), Lisa Unger (1970)

Tip: Similar to the previous day, when used as a name, Mom and Dad are capitalized (I love you, Mom). When used as a designation, they are not: (She’s my mom).

Thought for the day: “First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about.” – Bernard Malamud

Jumpstart: You are a newly adopted puppy or kitten. What is your new home like? How do you feel? What is your new family like? Write this scene from the new pet’s point of view.

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