1962 – Rwanda & Burundi become independent

1966 – Leopoldville Congo is renamed Kinshasa

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1894 – Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid

1914 – Mahatma Gandhi’s 1st arrest, campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa

1941 – Pro-Nazi group declares Ukraine

1962 – Rwanda & Burundi become independent

1966 – Leopoldville Congo is renamed Kinshasa

1989 – Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup

1990 – East & West Germany merge their economies

2012 – Mohamed Morsi is sworn in as President of Egypt


1966 – “Iron” Mike Tyson, NY, youngest heavyweight boxing champ (1986-90)


1977 – Lola Odusoga, Finland, Miss Universe-3rd place (1996)

1975 – Ralf Schumacher, German race car driver (F1)


1985 – Michael Phelps, Baltimore, Maryland, American swimmer (16 Olympic medals)



1919 – John William Strutt, third Baron Rayleigh, British physicist (Nobel Prize 1904)


1985 – James Dewar, inventor (Twinkie)

2012 – Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister, dies…

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Short and Sweet Advice for Writers – 5 Ways to Add Suspense to Your Story

This part I like.

Add a ticking clock: There are few things more nerve wracking than a countdown. Adding a time constraint can really amp up the suspense by applying that much more pressure to an already tense situation. Think of any story with a deadline, and you’ll know what I mean. A couple of things that will help ensure that you do this successfully: a) keep checking in on the time so that your reader stays aware of the time limit, and b) you can also choose to slow time down to real time in order to draw out the action and build anticipation.

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Suspense isn’t just for mysteries. It’s a critical element of any successful story.

Done well, suspense uses uncertainty to make the reader feel both excited and anxious. Suspense is what keeps a reader turning the pages. It’s a sense of dread or anticipation brought on by a lack of information that keeps the reader guessing. Will she, or won’t she? Can they ever overcome the odds? Who will he choose? Will she tell the truth? Will they get there in time?

Last fall, during the Fiction I class I took via Grub Street our instructor, KL Pereira gave us five tips for adding suspense to our stories:

  1. Give your protagonist an explicit goal or objective: If your readers know exactly what your protagonist wants (or wants to avoid), they will be more easily hooked because they will want to know whether or not the…

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