February 15

Birthdays: Sax Rohmer (1883), James P. Baxter III (1896), Normal Bridwell (1928), Gregory Mcdonald (1937), Jack Dann (1945), Douglas Hofstadter (1945), Art Spiegelman (1948), Phyllis Root (1949), Linda Grant (1951), Paul O. Zelinsky (1953), Maile Meloy (1972)

James Baxter won the 1947 Pulitzer in History for “Scientists Against Time”

Norman Bridwell is best known for his “Clifford the Big Red Dog” books.

Douglas Hofstadter won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for his book “Godel, Escher, Bach: And Eternal Golden Braid”

Art Spiegelman is best known for his graphic novel “Maus”

Quote: “Set aside time to write, even if it’s only an hour or two a day, and think of the time as the requirement. So you just have to be there, and it doesn’t matter what you finish.” – Maile Meloy

Tip: Identify your characters by showing not only what they own, but how they treat their possessions. Make a list of character traits that show this.

Jumpstart: On Feb. 15, 1946, the first digital computer, ENIAC, was dedicated in Philadelphia, PA. Computers have become essential to our modern lives. Imagine you will be moving to a place where you are allowed only five electrical devices. What can you not live without? Remember, stoves, fridges, and other appliances, are electrically based – even gas ones. And for many people, water comes from electric pumps in private wells. Think carefully.

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