Posted by Joanne Hayle
Sorry, seriously bad pun in the title 😉
While I was researching Robert Burns I found out that Anton Chekov’s birthday is 29th January.
Intrigued, I investigated this Russian literary legend, reread The Cherry Orchard and as I’ve written about Jane Austen and Robert Burns it seemed perfectly rational to follow the A, B, C and write 101 Interesting Facts About Anton Chekov.
I learn so much by researching facts for these books. While we may know the literary works and believe that the tales are within the writing as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
These people who we respect and revere or choose not to appreciate have had lives – I know, it’s a revelation!!
All the good, bad and indifferent that causes light and shade in our lives affected these people too. Some of their experiences don’t make it into their writing but they’ll have been felt just as sharply as we feel loss, success, fear etc. now.
People are incredibly interesting, past, present or future and almost everyone has an extraordinary tale to tell.
If only I had time to write everyone’s life stories down!
Apart from Chekov I was really pleased that I made a shortlist again in a poetry competition and I am honoured that Children’s Stories Net (http://www.childrens-stories.net) have made my story Chuckles Nose their story of the week.
Believe me when I say that I’m not boasting but very grateful. It’s been a long journey from the OCD/PTSD grabbing my life and aspirations by the throat to here…that proverbial tunnel has light at the end of it.
Have fun and enjoy life.