LISTS ARE THE NEW BACON. Or the new black. Or the new fill-in-the-blank however you like. I write them, I read them, I encourage others to do the same. And today is the anniversary of one of the best lists ever written.
It was on this day in 1839 that Charles Darwin took a wife. In anticipation of that event, he made a list. And not just any list. Oh, no. And this from a man who thought and wrote some of the most “dangerous” thoughts and writings in the history of the world, or so said his critics at the time. If you think the origin of species was a dicey thing to ponder writing, read his list of the pros and cons of marriage. Just a test: Which side — pro or con — do you think having less money for books was assigned? You can see Darwin’s list here.
But after you read it, what are you going to do with it? Merely chuckle over it and forward it to a friend? Not if I can help it. And not if you are writing with intent. If you’re doing that, you will let that list provoke you, which it can, in many directions. I consider Darwin’s wedding as one of the emotional high holy days of my calendar years. And you can see many more such dates on my interactive calendar, where you’ll also be linked to related blog posts and essays that such dates might inspire.
Recently I found a like-minded, list-loving person online who has the most marvelous website called Lists of Note. The website is my new bacon, or whatever it was that previously held the number one spot on my list of favorite things, and now has been bumped to number two.
See a typo, a grammar flub, my (ever-present) overuse of commas? Point it out, and I’ll throw you in the pool for a monthly free book giveaway. Which book? One of mine – your choice – all of which were professionally copy edited, thank goodness.