Dark Angels Note 171
Welcome back to our Friday Note – our weekly collection of writerly thoughts.
This week marks the anniversary of the death of F. Scott Fitzgerald (24 September 1896 – 21 December 1940).
Francis Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. Known as the “poet laureate of the Jazz Age”, his most famous works are The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night.
The Great Gatsby wasn’t much of a commercial success at the time but went on to become a literary classic. Despite publishing over 160 short stories during his lifetime, it seems Fitzgerald fought an inferiority complex, particularly when comparing himself to his rival, Hemingway.
Known as the wife of the famous novelist, Zelda Fitzgerald was one of the first American flappers, an artist and muse. She may have unwittingly provided material that Fitzgerald would pass off as his own.
Read how Zelda Fitzgerald was plagarised and silenced by her husband in this article on Domestika.
Think back to a party or social gathering that you’ve been to, and the interactions and observances that you made while you were there. Can you create a short story that presents your point of view of them?
We’d love to see what you come up with if you’d like to share.
To close out our last Note of 2023, we have two instalments in the Sharing section.
Sarah Farley is sharing her interview with Rob Self-Pierson on her excellent Substack The Writer’s Walk. You can read the interview here, plus there’s a chance to win a copy of Rob’s book, Moonwalking.
Janet Wilkes is sharing her Christmas poem Bethlehem.
At an inconvenient time
Mary travelled to Bethlehem
And, on arrival, found no room –
Only a stable in which to
Stay. But the animals, used to
Seeing birth, warmed the cold air with
Their rhythmic breath, gave her hay to
Lie on, their manger in which to
Place her child and guarded the door
Against the elements of night.
It was inconvenient when
Three Kings came unannounced looking
For a child, not questioning where
The bright star they had followed stopped,
As they knew the significance
Of the star they saw in the East.
But the story of their coming
Has slipped into legend as the
Animals blocked their exit and
They returned home another way.
Keep sending us any poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family. We love to read them.
Weekly Tuesday Gatherings
Our weekly Tuesday Gatherings will be back on 9 January 2024.
Join us again for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome – from the Dark Angels community and beyond. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance.
Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.
From everyone at Dark Angels