The Muses Companion

The Muses Companion – February 9, 2024

Good day, readers. Today is February 9th, the 40th day of the year 2024, with 326 days remaining.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb

Today in Literary History:

On this day in 1944, Alice Walker, an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist, was born. Walker is best known for her novel The Color Purple, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Her work is celebrated for its vivid and insightful exploration of race, gender, and identity in the American South.

Notable Birthdays:

  • Carole King (born February 9, 1942), an American composer and singer-songwriter, celebrates her birthday today. Her music, often rich with narrative and emotion, has inspired not only musicians but also writers and poets with its storytelling power and lyrical beauty.
  • Joe Pesci (born February 9, 1943), an American actor and musician known for his intense and dynamic roles in cinema, also marks his birthday today. His performances in films based on narratives rich with conflict and character study, such as Goodfellas and Raging Bull, have contributed significantly to the film and storytelling world.

Today’s Readings:

From The Color Purple by Alice Walker: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”

Literary Fact of the Day:

On February 9, 1886, the first successful shipment of frozen sheep meat from Australia arrived in London. This event not only marked a turning point in global trade but has since been explored in literature regarding the impacts of globalization and the interconnection of international markets.

Poem of the Day:

“Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Advice for Writers:

Inspired by Alice Walker’s deep character development, focus on crafting characters with rich internal worlds. Consider how their personal struggles and triumphs reflect larger societal issues, which can deepen your readers’ connection to your story and its themes.

Have a thoughtful and creative day, dear readers. Until tomorrow, may your reflections and writings inspire and challenge both you and your audience.

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