Monday, July 16, 2012

Fly-by Post With Trivia Answers

Anyone who visited last Friday knows I'm feeling a little time crunch and stressing out over its impact on my writing time.  My thanks to all of you who stepped up to give me a good smack. 

This weekend didn't help the situation.  I spent all Saturday working on the mission project home re-build - eating dirt and rolling in pink insulation.  (I'm going to feel prickly for a week.)  Sunday was claimed by church and family, which is as it should be.  But now it's Monday and I'm even further behind.

So this will be a quick fly-by post wishing you all a happy Monday before I dive into my WIP.

Answers for Friday's Trivia Questions:

1. Two of the longest-running musicals in the London West end theater scene opened in 1981 and 1984 and feature the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. What are they?

Several of you guessed Les Miserables, which is certainly a long running show but isn't an Andrew Lloyd Webber.   Cats was another top vote getter and that is correct.  The other is Webber's Starlight Express.

2. Born in 1847 in Hungary, he grew to become an American journalist and publisher who eventually purchased the New York Sun and the St. Louis Evening Dispatch newspapers. Who was he?

A few of you recognized this one as Joseph Pulitzer.

3. Near what body of water, not far from what town, did Henry David Thoreau build a cabin in 1845 and live for more thatn two years?

A number of you knew Walden Pond but only Eve knew it was near Concord, Massachusetts

Thanks for coming by today.  I apologize for the semi-post.

Quotes for Today:

"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."  ~William Somerset Maugham

"Do not put statements in the negative form.  And don't start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague."

~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"

14 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

I suspected it was Cats, but didn't know about Twilight Express.

How far did you get on the mission project home?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I wouldn't have gotten any of those!

Linda G. said...

LOL! I love both of those quotes.

Carol Kilgore said...

Well, one out of three isn't toooooo bad :) Love the quotes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't even think about it not being by Webber.

DL Hammons said...

I call these type of posts "drive-by blogging"! :)

Get to work!

LD Masterson said...

Silly Maria. Starlight Express, not Twilight Express. It ran much longer in London then it did on Broadway. Stan and I got to see it on the West End many moons ago.

Got a lot of work done but can't see the light at the end of the tunnel quite yet.

LD Masterson said...

Diane - Okay, you pick a trivia topic and I'll do a couple questions just for you next time.
(Anything for my followers.)

LD Masterson said...

Linda G. - I'd heard the first one before but just came across that second one. Had to include it.

LD Masterson said...

Carol - Hey, that would be considered a fantastic batting average.

LD Masterson said...

Alex - I was surprised at how many people thought it was.

LD Masterson said...

DL - Very accurate.

And I did. Still am, actually. Just took a quick break to respond to these comment. Back to it.

Maryann Miller said...

I knew the journalist, but not the answers to the other questions. Loved the quotes, too. Happy writing.

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Maryann.