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Down the Writer’s Path Guest Author: Meet William Hoffacker, teen blogger/writer; a new plot twist: Dead Celebrity Soulmates a la Leonardo da Vinci

It’s about time we had another guest author, so mark your calendars and plan to check in every day next week for the April 2005 interview with teen blogger and writer Wiliam Hoffacker. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know Will and hear how blogging has impacted his writing. Feel free to post comments or ask questions as we go through the week. So remember, stay tuned for more about Will and a sugar bowl with a just a little bit of attitude. The interview runs Monday through Saturday, April 18–24.

Meanwhile, if you don’t have anything else to do click on over to–I kidd you not–the Dead Celebrity Soulmate Search found at, if you can believe it, A&E’s Biography site. (Thanks to Jeff over at Syntax of Things for the tip on the soulmate search.) When I looked at the site, I laughed. I mean, hey, what’s the most a poor-but-talented writer could expect . . . a plot for a chick lit novel, maybe?

Yes, I scoffed, but then I thought, why not? So I answered the three or four questions as honestly as I could and tried my very best not to giggle, but much to my surprise my ideal soulmate date responded:

Young_leonardo2 Leonardo da Vinci replied, saying,
“I really need to finish these sketches for my latest invention, and then start work on the mechanical lion statue that has been commissioned by the King, but your beauty and intelligence captivate me. Let us meet, and soon!”

And then he described what our date might be like…
“Think ADD and you might have an idea of what to expect. I, Leonardo, might suddenly disappear to work on an idea, or might change topics midstream as some concept or phrase triggers a new series of thoughts. You, my dear Vikk, your best bet is to offer to assist me on whatever project I am involved in at the moment; then, at least we’ll be able to talk a little, even if the conversation will mainly consist of being given a series of instructions by me, your overachieving master.”

Hey, I didn’t stack the questions. That snickering you hear in the background is my Artist Way group. They know next to Michaelangelo, da Vinci is da man. I would have probably had to admit to prayer and visions before the great Mick would show up. So I ask you, do I not have a great idea for a short story at least?

An epiphany. . . ?

Georganna, a high concept idea, at least?

Okay, it’s a fun thing to do when you’re trying to avoid the blank screen.

See ya tomorrow, and don’t forget Monday begins the guest author interview.

BTW: I highly recommend Michael Gelb’s How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci book and workbook. Several of my Artist Way members went through them and loved them. They’re great for any artist: writer, painter, musician, and all the rest. And if you number among the few thousand who haven’t read The Da Vinci Code, read the illustrated version. It’s much more fun.


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  • http://www.writers-edge.info Georganna Hancock

    I suspect you exercised your own fine mind and imagined the whole Leonardo thing, Vikk! Very creative, nonetheless. 😎

  • http://www.writers-edge.info Georganna Hancock

    I suspect you exercised your own fine mind and imagined the whole Leonardo thing, Vikk! Very creative, nonetheless. 😎

  • Deb

    I think I only won the booby prize — I was matched with Edgar Allan Poe, who warned me not to go near the new brick wall, and with James Baldwin, who was a lovely choice, but perhaps slightly less interested in girls than I would wish for a romantic involvement.
    I wonder what answers I’d have to come up with to get a date with Willy S.?

  • Deb

    I think I only won the booby prize — I was matched with Edgar Allan Poe, who warned me not to go near the new brick wall, and with James Baldwin, who was a lovely choice, but perhaps slightly less interested in girls than I would wish for a romantic involvement.
    I wonder what answers I’d have to come up with to get a date with Willy S.?

  • http://clear-lake-reflections.com Mark

    Timely entry Vikk. Today is Leo’s birthday. :)

  • http://clear-lake-reflections.com Mark

    Timely entry Vikk. Today is Leo’s birthday. :)