Happy birthday, Will Shakespeare


It’s April 23, so I feel I ought to join so many others in wishing Shakespeare a happy birthday. This is the day we celebrate him, though we don’t know for sure when he was born, just that he was baptized April 26 and his mom probably needed a few days to recover before heading to church. I feel that this is the sort of thing time travel could straighten out. Let’s assume it will.

I owe Shakespeare a lot as a writer, including my heroine’s name and endless useful quotations. I’ve used Twelfth Night the most, but Othello features poignantly in Time Goes By, and of course the title of the upcoming Not Time’s Fool is from Sonnet 116 (below). And I’m also grateful as a reader and a viewer of plays – I’ll be seeing yet another production of Romeo and Juliet this weekend, and never manage to get tired of it.

It’s also St. George’s Day today – isn’t that convenient. 🙂

Spring has been really busy for me, but I promise more updates soon. Go read some Shakespeare!

Let me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove. 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand’ring bark, 
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. 
If this be error and upon me prov’d, 
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

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