Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! Happy Independence Day!

Yes, I’m a day late. But when you think about it, the holiday is kind of arbitrary. Independence was actually declared on July 2. Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4. It wasn’t signed until August 2. So I figure anytime between July 2 and August 2 is fine for celebrating.

Who am I kidding? I thank God every day for the benefits and freedoms this country gives me. Which is why today’s quote is not about writing itself, but it is by some powerful writers (five, to be exact—Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman).

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator

with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I know we don’t all live in the United States, but I believe we are all endowed with these rights and wish them for all of us.

And if you are lucky enough to live here, I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

And now, this week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

43 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Pingback: Fictional Bad Boys: 3 Questions – Staci Troilo

  2. Happy Independence Day, Staci. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading that quote and thinking about thr wisdoms behind it. Hope you are having a fabulous holiday weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I hope you had a lovely Fourth, Staci. Early American history is a passion mine, so I was familiar with the dates, but it’s nice to be reminded that such an important document didn’t come into existence overnight. I am awed every time I think about the stand our young nation took with such a bold and brash declaration.

    We did most of our celebrating on the third, then had a relaxing pool day on the Fourth. I had Raven outside in her “catio” for a while last night, but she didn’t do well with all the fireworks going off around us, so I had to bring her inside.

    Wishing you an awesome holiday weekend!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Amen, Staci, about the wonder of this country we call home. As for the arbitrary date–me too. My husband moved it to the weekend because he couldn’t get himself to bbq hamburgers on a weekday. Yeah, that’s my guy.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Happy Friday, Staci! I’m with you for an ongoing celebration of these amazing gifts we have. Cheers to that!
    Many thanks for another awesome share and for including my blog post. You’re the best! Wishing you a fabulous weekend. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I love those words, simple but true, especially the first line – self evident – it does not require discussion of religion or politics, it is just so. And the last line; of course people should be free, but life is more than that and we should all be able to live it to the full.
    Of course we know that ideal is not lived up to in any country, but we should all aim for it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Max was scared of them, but he’s scared of everything. He was better this year than ever, though. Casey was happy and excited, but he’s always happy and excited. I had to bring them inside because he was about to jump in the pool to chase the reflections of the fireworks, and he still isn’t supposed to get his surgery areas soaked.

      But all in all, it was a nice day. Sorry you missed fireworks, but I hope you got a good night’s sleep.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Wonderful post, Staci! I did know about those other dates, but only because Mark is a history buff and passed that along to me years ago. I was glad to see you sharing it here, as well. And I hope your Independence Day was a great one. My neighborhood celebrated like mad last night, fireworks going off in every direction. Some of them were pretty spectacular, and others, simply loud, but all were festive and celebratory and made me smile. (Not so much smiling from our animals, though. They mostly huddled here and there until it was over.)

    Great links this week, as always. Thanks for sharing them. And thanks for including my “Florida Summers” post in the mix. Truly, it is almost as bad as some of those jokes make it look. But our winters? Now that’s some fine time to be outdoors!

    Have a wonderful weekend, and a great (and productive) week ahead. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • And Happy Belated Canada Day! Wouldn’t it be cool if someday the whole first week of July was a North American celebration? (I wonder if Mexico has anything to celebrate this week.)

      Thanks, Mark.


    • Well, I worked, so… Honestly, I can’t complain. Would have been nice to have been with more of my family, but that’s really the only thing I regretted. Hope you had a good day, too.


    • I’m no history expert, but I do love to learn historical facts. My husband and I don’t agree on many television shows, but we can (and do) almost always agree on the History Channel.

      Have a great weekend, Priscilla.


Your turn...

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s