Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Writer's Zodiac: Who's Your Patron Writer?

January: J.R.R. Tolkien
You have a deep love of words and language, so much so that you've even tried to create your own. You're also a world builder, crafting broad landscapes filled with fantastic characters and creatures. Political and patriotic, your aren't afraid to speak your mind and you're educated enough to pull it off. Instead of quantity, you write for quality, taking years to finish a single manuscript. You like wizards.
  

February: Charles Dickens
You're a genre bender that relies on the audience to point your story in the right direction. You don't just want to be writer, you want to be a famous writer...a REALLY famous writer. But you have a strong sense of social justice and you're not afraid to put your name on the line for the right cause. When you fall in love you fall hard and you don't care about tradition or convention. And here's a little friendly advice: stay away from trains.


March: Louisa May Alcott
Your stories draw inspiration from your life to such a strong degree that they're nearly biographical. Despite your humble roots you've surrounded yourself with big thinkers and big ideas. Writing has never been your day job. Instead, you use writing as an outlet, crafting everything from wholesome children's stories to fiery romances. You keep your personal life to yourself, leaving those who want to speculate to their own devices.


April: Mark Twain
You started writing later than some but you've found success relatively quickly. Well liked and respected, it's your humor and your whit that draw people to you and to your writing. Your stories mix charm, adventure, and subtle social commentary. You've never had much trouble making money but because of your love of risky business ventures, hanging onto it sometimes presents a serious challenge. You have a love of science and pseudoscience alike and both find their way into your writing. And you have crazy hair.


May: Emily Dickinson
Introverted to the point of reclusive, you're well liked by those that know you but actually know by very few. Instead of venturing into the real world you commiserate with your fellow writers via blogs and forums. You have a fascination with death and immortality and these themes dominate your work. Also, although you're and extremely prolific writer, you're rarely (if ever) published. At least not while you're alive.



June: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
You've been writing epic poetry since you were ten years old. By the time you left home you'd read every book in the house and most of the books in town. Your writing is vivid, imaginative, and inspired by the change you want to see in the world. Health problems have plagued you since childhood but the love of your life gives you strength enough to carry on. You write with purpose and direction, leaving "art for art's sake" to others.




July: Ernest Hemingway
You have a talent for getting into dangerous situations and marriages that don't last. Your writing is deep and brooding, just like you. Character is key to your stories, whether they be six words long or 120k. You love to travel and the settings of your stories mirror your adventures. Oh, and you hate your mother.



August: Virginia Woolf
Despite your family's  wealth and connections, you had a pretty rough childhood. But that doesn't keep you from having fun. You're a practical joker and you surround yourself with like-minded people that you rely on for support. Your writing is lyrical, psychological, and highly stylistic. Sexual ambivalence is a theme common to your writing and your life. You only have one true love though and you'll stick with your lover until your dying breath.


September: Leo Tolstoy
You are one complicated individual. You're a realist in the strictest sense of the word. If it can be described as fanciful or romantic, you want nothing to do with it. At the same time you're a moralist and your writing reflects the many shades of gray you see in the world around you. You didn't write in your youth but now that you've started, you'll write until your dying day. Learning new things is never easy for you yet you're a ardent supporter of education. You're writing can only be described as "vast" in both scale and quantity yet you have the gift of constructing memorable one-liners. Oh, and Shakespeare? You think that guy was a hack.

October: William Faulkner
No media is off-limits. You're just as happy writing novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, or screenplays. Whatever you write, there's a good chance that race and gender politics play a central roll. You're proud of where you're from and your writing reflects that pride. In your personal life you have an on-again-off-again relationship with booze, kinda like all those lovers that aren't your spouse.




November: George Eliot
You started writing later than most and now you have serious concerns about whether other writers will take your work seriously. Your stories are deeply psychological, draw inspiration from the Greek tragedies, and include the theme of class warfare which reflect your humble beginnings. You are no stranger to unrequited love and your long term relationships are... non-traditional. 


December: Jane Austen
You're a hopeless romantic with a dagger sharp wit. Your writing weaves intricate dialog, biting social commentary, and heady love stories sprinkled with subtle humor. You have a fascination with the upper class and the world they live in. You've been writing as long as you can remember and you'll continue until your dying day. Personally, you're a very private person. The most important things in your life are your family and your books, in that order.



Images courtesy of Wikipedia.


20 comments:

  1. Nope. Doesn't match me at all. Fun to read though. Wish I could pick my birth month.

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    1. Yeah, mine doesn't really fit me either!

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  2. Did you make this up? I always carefully read all zodiac predictions because I'm convinced that people think that theirs is "so right" because they're expecting it to be. Confirmation bias, I think it is.

    Anyway, OH MY GOD I AM SO CHARLES DICKENS. And crap, I really *like* trains. :'(

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    1. Yup, this is my own home-made zodiac. Glad to meet you Chuck.

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  3. Doesn't match me either, but it's a novel way to arrange a zodiac. Oh to be a Decemberite.

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    1. They get Christmas and Jane Austin! Doesn't seem fair.

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  4. Love this, Adam! Totally matches me. Thanks for sharing it :)

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  5. I am SO NOT Emily Dickinson! Me? A recluse? HA! Sure, I like the online community, but I spend far more time in the regular world.

    Then again, some of my characters are the next best thing to immortal (they're really hard to kill), and I have yet to be published... Hopefully that last comparison there doesn't hold up much longer!

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    1. Most of her family knew she wrote poetry but it wasn't until they were going through her stuff after she died that they realized she had written LOTS of poetry, around 1,700 poems. Luckily for us, her family published most of them over the next 50 years.

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  6. This is a very interesting zodiac, Adam. Though I don't believe in astrology, and my month's patron doesn't fit me the least bit, this was a very entertaining and informative read. :)

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  7. You doubt the prognosticatory power of the amazing Adam!?!? I poured over star charts and ancient Aztec texts to divine this zodiac! Your month's patron is perfect for you! Mars takes a bank shot off Jupiter in the 3rd phase and lines up perfectly with Uranus!

    Ok, I'm done. I don't believe in any of this stuff either but it was fun to research so many awesome writers.

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  8. HOLY CRAP! Mark Twain is me to a tee!!!!! Serious. From starting writing later in life down to the crazy hair! Me, me ME! LOL. I love it.

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  9. Oh wow, did you come up with this yourself? Love it! I'm going to put it in next week's link blitz :)

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    1. Yup, this is an Adam original. I'm glad you like it and thanks for including it on your link blitz!

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  10. What a great idea!!! I didn't quite find my patron writer though... maybe if you added C.S. Lewis or Robin McKinley???

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    1. There just aren't enough months in the year for all the great writers out there.

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  11. This is so cool! I'm Hemingway... btw, nice to meet you - I write fantasy as well.

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  12. Glad to meet you Alexia Hemingway. Us fantasy folks have to stick together.

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