It occurs to me that I have been ridiculously quiet on this little corner of the interwebs as of late. And by that I mean, “for nearly the past year or so.”
I think it’s well past time I started wordsing over here. I’m working with words for a living now, quite joyfully, and I haven’t given up on my other writing dreams. There’s a novella in the works, and a few scripts that haven’t moved in an approximate age. I’m working on the novella first, dangit! You Don’t rush these things…
And I’m going to try to make myself get out to movies more often, so the wordsing is expanding every day!
What wordsing is everyone else up to lately?
And this is why I write. It’s a terrible addiction and a ruthless dragon to chase.
“The triumphant softball coach was treated with all the veneration of a movie star for days following the big game.”
Veneration – noun
1) to regard with reverential respect.
2) adore, revere, reverence, worship.
“The coroner’s assistant tripped over the cadaver in the darkness of the crime scene.”
Cadaver – Noun
: a dead body.
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Kindred – adj.
: of a like nature or character.
As it happens, I like my Nook and wish I had a nook to read it in! Although I generally do more writing on my Nook than reading.
“With a Nook for company, I curled up in the breakfast nook to read in the sunshine.”
Nook – noun
1) an interior angle or corner formed usually by two walls.
2) a sheltered or hidden place.
3) a usually recessed section of a larger room.
Lately I’ve been on a sci-fi/urban fantasy kick. And by lately, I really mean the past few years. It just sort of showed up and then decided to stay. Accordingly, I’ve found a few sources to help me along as I’m plodding through my writing projects. I’m sure they’re supposed to be for more intelligent, academic pursuits, but they certainly suit my purpose for chasing potential muse-rabbits down their plot-holes.
The Medieval Bestiary is exactly what it says it is. And it has some fun graphics. The site itself is a bit out of date, but it’s dealing in old lore and folktales so the information isn’t terribly likely to have changed too much since it was put up. Everything sources back and usually has neat quotes from ancient texts, just in case you don’t like their summaries.
Encyclopedia Mythica is a bit more straightforward and less graphically-inclined than the Medieval Bestiary. It’s set up like a wiki. In my poking around between the two, the Mythica seems to cover a broader range of topics. It includes an option to check their references but it doesn’t have the same handy quotes right there on the entry page.
And then there’s WolframAlpha, which is a cool little quick-fact generator. Type in a topic and it will do a breakdown of the information for you. For example, type in the name of a city and it will return with a page full of stats and demographic information and random facts useful toward the goal of writing about them. Very user-friendly, rather like Google.
A friendly warning: All of these pages are rather easy to get lost in, just like tvtropes.org, tumblr, or urban dictionary. One search leads to another which leads to another and before you know it you’ve lost an hour to looking up if bears really pee in the woods or if that’s just a fairy-inspired wives-tale.
“When Trina came down with the flu, Old Bill suggested the nostrum of an onion peel and honey.”
Nostrum – noun
: a questionable medicine or remedy.
~ per Merriam-Webster
“I have no idea how to use godhead in a sentence.”
Godhead – noun
1) divine nature or essence
2) the nature of God, especially as existing in three persons
Back to the tedious basics…
“A noun does not always require a colorful adjective; sometimes they can be rather bland.”
Adjective – noun
: a word that typically serves as a modifier of a noun
~ per Merriam-Webster