Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Radio City Music Hall Could Be a Setting for Fiction Writing

location news in historyRadio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City, opened December 27, 1932. Until the late 1970’s, the theater alternated between showing first-run movies and as a site for gala stage shows. “More than 700 films have premiered at Radio City Music Hall since 1933.”

The Christmas Spectacular with the “high-kicking Rockettes, a precision dance troupe”, has been shown there since the 1930’s. Over a million people see the show annually.

“In 1999, the Hall underwent a seven-month, $70 million restoration. Today, Radio City Music Hall remains the largest indoor theater in the world.”

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As I read this information, and remembered my two visits to Radio City Music Hall in the 1970’s, I imagined several different characters and their possible stories with the music hall as a setting. Art Deco is one of my favorite designs in buildings, clothes, jewelry, movies, and art. A story set in a time and place that I find fascinating would make writing about it enjoyable.

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Have you thought of a setting you’d like to use in a future story? Let me know in the comment section.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres





What Was Your Favorite Gift This Year?

Christmas santa hat on sleeping dog The day after Christmas, were you “dog tired”? Could you relax or did the day-after-Christmas-sales draw you back to the stores?

Fortunately, I was able to stay away from the malls before, during, and after the holiday.

Neither my mom nor I put up any decorations. We wanted to keep it simple this year. We haven’t given gifts or cards to each other for several years since my parents are retired now. I cooked Christmas dinner, packed it up in my car, hoping to keep it warm, and delivered it to their house. We agreed it was one of the best holidays we’ve had, a memorable gift.

Gifts wrapped with gold paper

What was your favorite present this year?

Bing Crosby Sings White Christmas for the First Time In December 1941

White Christmas treesIrving Berlin, the Russian Jewish songwriter, wrote “White Christmas”and  in 1941 Bing Crosby sang it on his weekly NBC radio program, The Kraft Music Hall.  A year later, Crosby’s  recording of the song became a #1 hit.

“White Christmas” was listed as the world’s best-selling single in the first-ever Guinness Book of Records (published in 1955) and—remarkably—still retains the title more than 50 years later.




Happy Holidays Everyone

Christmas tree in a swirl

Last Minute Christmas Shopping is Coming to an End Tomorrow

Christmas shoppin in mall What stage are you in with your Christmas shopping?

I’m happy, I’m not here this year.









Christmas shopper in heelsAre you shopping in heels through snow?









Christmas shopper with man covered with giftsDid you have help with your shopping?








Christmas shopper with several bagsDid you enjoy Christmas shopping this year?








Christmas shopping girlsAre there treasures you’ve wrapped?









Christmas shoppers in EuropeInstead of rushing with last minute shopping, are you ready to enjoy the season?








christmas ball with girl silhuotteHold these moments, in a few days they will be gone.









How many notes for stories have you gathered from the holidays?