Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Staci Troilo

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…

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