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Something to think about: The woman that wrote 23 novels @ 82

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How could one single human impact humanity with her intelligence so much while the rest of us move from day to day not knowing where we are going?

In 1983, Barbara Cartland broke the world record, she wrote 23 novels. And she was 82 years old. If you do the numbers, that means she was writing two novels a month that year. At 82?

All through her life, she wrote 723 published novels. Her last work was published when she was 97. When she died at age 98 she had 160 unpublished novels still waiting to be published.

Dame Barbara Cartland, DBE, CStJ (9 July 1901 – 21 May 2000), was one of the best-selling authors as well as one of the most prolific and commercially successful of the twentieth century.

Her 723 novels were translated into 36 different languages, and she continues to be referenced in the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in a single year in 1976.

As Barbara Cartland, she is known for her numerous romantic novels, but she also wrote under her married name of Barbara McCorquodale. She reportedly sold more than 750 million copies. Diana, Princess of Wales, was her step-Grand Daughter’ She was hugely successful in her chosen field. In 1991, Cartland was invested by Queen Elizabeth II as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in honour of the author’s almost 70 years of literary, political, and social contributions.

When I was growing up, there were well over 60 novels by Barbara Cartland in my Mother’s library. I even read some of her works, but I never knew how prolific she was until I read it somewhere today. How could one woman be so productive even unto very old age?

How could one single human impact humanity with her intelligence so much while the rest of us move from day to day not knowing where we are going?

How can one individual be so generously blessed with such a fecund mind while billions of us are still gazing at the wonderment of the stars?

This 2016, God forbid that I waste even a second on unproductive ordinariness when I can remain perpetually hooked up with the extraordinary.

I chose to count only what counts…

Kelechi Deca


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