Saturday, December 29, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.


<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>

The rules run thusly:
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.

2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.

3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.

4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!

5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Candy
 
Mammock, verb
 
                ~ to tear something to shreds.
 
 
Our lovely sentence(s) are:
 
They squared off across the kitchen.
"Get out of my way," Mary hissed.
"No," John said. "It's mine."
"Step away from my candy, or I'll--I'll--"
"You'll what?"Her little brother said with a smile.
"I'll mammock you!"
 
 
Next week's theme: rain.

Also, I just finished a book called The Marriage Plot. I should have known it would depress me when I saw that the author had won a Pulitzer. Please, for your own sake, DON'T READ IT!!!!!!!

Unless you enjoy wading through vagueness and unhappy sex in a dank Postmodern gloom, that is.
 


Monday, December 24, 2012

ELF and Love-Hate for Plot Revelations

So at first you're like...

YESSSS it's so good! It's perfect. I'm a genius!

(I execute this dance almost precisely.)




Then you start thinking: 

But WHY couldn't I have thought of that two revisions ago????  At the rate I'm figuring things out, I'm NEVER going to finish this book.

Just say it.  I'm the worst writer ever.  In fact...




Then finally, you face the reality: 

NOOOO now I have to write it.  Hide me. 




The epic love-hate of late-stage plot revelations. 


Merry Christmas, everyone!  And just remember, when things get stressful: 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.


<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>

 
The rules run thusly:
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.

2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.

3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.

4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!

5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Christmas 
 
Our word this week is:
Anon, adverb
 
1. Now; at once; soon; shortly
 
And here are our Christmas-ey sentences: 
 
        She sat in the soft, golden-brown armchair stared at the whirling flakes out her window.  The wind rushed around the crevices of the house, making a noise that was too soft to be a howl and too fierce to be a whisper. 
 
        Her sister called from downstairs, "Come help me wrap the presents!"
 
        "I'll be down anon!"  She swallowed a last sip of hot cocoa and stood, her eyes lingering on the snowy world outside.
 
 
It's really quite easy to use this one--you can just subsitute it for "soon": 
 
        "Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
        Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
        The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
        In hopes that St. Nicholas anon would be there..."
 
 
So it does sort of demolish the meter, but you get the idea.  And unless you run around speaking in verse, that shouldn't be a problem. 
 
...If you do run around speaking in verse, please contact us and we'll interview you on this blog. 


Next week's theme:  Candy
 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

An Unexpected Discovery

I haven't seen The Hobbit yet and I was on the fence about doing so. On the one hand we have Hobitty awesomeness and Richard Armitage (even if he does have prosthetic on his excellent nose) and on the other a possibly horrible mishandling of a beloved story. I mean, we already know it's going to be three movies. As I recall, there didn't seem to be enough MATERIAL in The Hobbit for three movies.

Which means they added stuff.

Ah!

Eeep!

Sacrilege!

How dare they?

How DARE they think they can improve anything Tolkien wrote?!

Anyway,

Yesterday morning, whilst I was lying in my camp bed on the floor in the hut, checking all my little internet dodads, I discovered something.

Something Amazing.

It's called . . . drum roll, please . . .



richard armitage thorin oakenshield
It's the smolder.
And what an excellent smolder it is, too.
Merry Christmas.

It is a marvelous parody of The Hobbit, complete with Richard Armitage adulation and hipster jokes. Thank you, Sarah Brennan, for blessing us with this wonderfulness.

Since I was lying on my back in a camp bed that seems to slant mysteriously upwards so it always feels like my head is lower than my feet, as soon as I began to laugh I also began to cough and then to choke, prompting my young brother to fling back the curtain we've hung up so we can pretend there is more than one room in the hut and ask me if I needed him to call an ambulance.

After sorting out my oxygen supply and determining that I probably wouldn't need an ambulance, I gave Thorin Dreamboatshield to my mother who also laughed, but now might have plans to steer well clear of the Hobbit movies (how ever many there may be).

I, on the other hand, am now absolutely determined to see it. I find that I am willing to bear some liberties taken with Tolkien's work for the Shire Theme music, especially if Thorin and his tragic backstory are along for the ride.

I think my mother must not love dear Richard as much as I do.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

 
I've never done Teaser Tuesday before, so here goes!
 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along!  Just do the following: 
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS  (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away--you don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
I just started reading Beauty by Robin McKinley.  I know I'm supposed to pick a random page, but...I just love the way she ended this chapter: 
 
beauty book
" 'Don't forget the tarry aprons you prophesied before,' Hope said, smiling.
No one mentioned goblins or dragons or magicians." 
--Beauty pg 22
 
Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.
 
When her father comes home with the tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"
 
Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.
 
~~~
 
I love how that cover matches our blog colors...  And you know what else matches our blog colors?  Christmas, which is this week's theme for Save-A-Word Saturday!  If you're a fan of memes and old words, stop by and join in the fun!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.

 

 
<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>
 
 The rules run thusly:
 
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.

2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.

3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.

4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!

5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Freedom
Yay!!!!!!!!
 
Our word this week is:
 
Whisternefet, noun
 
a sharp slap
Our lovely sentence(s) are:
 
"You may go home now," the professor said. "Merry Christmas."
 
"Oh, sir . . ." Henry felt a little faint. In fact, the world was looking a tad hazy. His head was spinning. Henry collapsed in a limp heap at his professor's feet.
 
"Dear me," said another student who was standing by. "He appears to have fainted."
 
The professor looked dispassionately at the poor student passed out at his feet. "No matter. Give him a whisternefet. He'll soon come 'round."

Thursday, December 13, 2012

War and Peace and WhatamIgettingmyselfinto

I had a very pleasant surprise last week.  The professor for my "Reading in the Digital Age" seminar gave us a copy of the new translation of War and Peace as a gift--so nice of him! 

I was so excited that my joy was not in any way diminished by the assignment that went along with it.  We had to read the first hundred pages--50 in the paper-and-ink version, and 50 on a Kindle or similar device.  (I actually found it much easier to read this on the Kindle.  Perhaps I'll do a separate post about that sometime.)

Seriously, though, what is better than receiving an unexpected Christmas present?



Yes...not a small book. 


But a beautiful book.  Isn't the cover gorgeous?

It's a new and much-hailed translation, too.   Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are a couple who work together to produce translations.  I am far, far, farrrrrrrrrrr from being a connoisseur of Russian-English translations, but from the examples they gave in the preface, and from what I've read so far, it seems like they really do have something good going on. 

Taken in slow, steady chunks, it's a lot more engaging than I expected it to be.  These characters are REAL like nothing I've ever encountered...  It's pretty intense, actually.

So I've decided that I'm going to read the whole thing this year--I'm getting a head start now, but my goal is to be finished by the end of 2013. 


Aaaand this just so happens to fit along perfectly with the

Classics Reading Challenge!

Hosted by Jessica at Thoughts at One in the Morning, the 2013 Classics Reading Challenge only has one requirement:  read one novel published before 1980 (re-reads allowed).  Feel free to join in the fun!


I've left one thing out of this post.  I'm rather scared and worried this might be a totally idiotic thing to commit to, because this book is....

with rather small print....

wait for it....






















1,215 pages long. 

War and Peace, here I come!


PS--The Save-A-Word Saturday theme this week is FREEDOM.  So find yourself an old word and come join us!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The grass is always greener...?

writer graph work

Nothing like finals to make you realize just how much you LOVE writing....

I think being busy with other things actually helps get my creative gears going--anyone relate?


By the way, we have snow!  It may be slow snow, but slow snow is better than no snow!  (Bonus:  you can make it blow sideways with your cursor.)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.

 
<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>
 
 
The rules run thusly:
 
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.

2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.

 3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.

 4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!

 5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Cast Iron Skillets
 
Our word this week is:
 
Silvern, adj.
 
1. Composed of silver.
2. Resembling silver; silvery.
 
 
Our lovely sentence(s) are:
 
Looking out on the moonlit scene from the dark, Mara could clearly see the ugly cast iron skillet she had left on the porch railing when she had burned something earlier. She knew it was most likely ruined, but in the mist and the moonlight the common skillet looked almost silvern. Perhaps there was something magical in the air after all.

Next week's theme is: Freedom.



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oh My . . .

 
I took the post-its out of Twilight today.
They made a pile about three times taller than the book is thick!
 
pink notes
It's huge!!
The trees are weeping.


twilight pink notes
Monstrous, in fact.
 
pink notes
Bird's eye view of the Epic Post-It Pile.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Papers, Finals and Other Things from Hell

We apologize for the sparse posting lately. We've got papers due, last minute projects and Finals quickly thundering down upon us. Ah, the joys of Student-hood.

Rather than ranting or posting a gif of me pulling my hair out and beating my head against conveniently placed walls, I'll tell you about the Sociology project I just turned in.

It's a Popular Culture class, so the assignment was something like this:

Pick something from Pop Culture
(which is pretty much anything).
 
Perform a Content Analysis
(Basically a literature analysis in which you conclude what this all means for society).
 
You must have an element of Quantitative Analysis
(Count Something).
 
P.S. It has to be longer than 15 pages,
And you have two weeks.
 
GO. 
 
Naturally, I chose to do mine on YA Vampire fiction. I examined elements of immortality, beauty, eternal youth, and evil.
 
In other words, I wrote a 23 page paper on
 
 
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz, and
 
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
 
 
And I counted how many pages contain someone saying a vampire is hot.
 
vampire books
Jessica's Guide would be in this picture too,
except the library wanted it back
 and I gave it to them
lest they revoke my browsing privileges.
 
For your edification and amusement, I give you:
 
The Final Tally of Hot Vampires
 
Jessica's Guide: Of 349 pages, 135 or 38% contain at least one description of a hot vampire.
 
Blue Bloods: Of 301 pages, 80 or 26% contain at least one description of a hot vampire.
 
Twilight: Of 498 pages, 208 or a staggering 42% contain at least one description of a hot vampire.
 
 
Edward is obviously one hot, blood-sucking stud.

 
 

edward cullen peacoat
I like to call this:
"The Sullen Peacoat" Picture
 


Friday, November 30, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.
 
 
<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>
 
 
The rules run thusly:

1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.
 
2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.
 
3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.
 
4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!
 
5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Dark Places
 
We found our word for this week in a book called Forgotten English by Jeffrey Kacirk.  It's quite a fun read if you're interested in old words. 
Scatches, noun
1. Originally, stilts worn from the early sixteenth to the nineteenth century when walking in filthy places

The doctor peered into the dark alley and took a sniff.  A spicy, sour stench  filled the shadows.  Sighing, he pulled his scatches out of his pack and strapped them onto his ankles.  Clear streets never smelled that strong. 

Next week's theme is...cast iron skillets.
In the mean time, we will continue journeying through the dark place that is end-of-semester crunch time.  *straps on metaphorical scatches*

Monday, November 26, 2012

Writerly Angst: A Graph

 

Funny how this works, isn't it?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday #3

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.
 
<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>
 
The rules run thusly:

1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.
 
2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.
 
3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.
 
4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!
 
5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Thanksgiving
(For any non-Americans, read:  turkey, family, thankfulness, and general feasting.)
 
Our word for this week is brought to you by William Shakespeare, who may have made it up entirely:
 
Beslubber, verb
1. to smear; mess up; soil

The hungry little boy managed to beslubber his face, his shirt, and grandma's best tablecloth with cranberry sauce and gravy. 
 
(Shakespeare's sentence was a little more momentous:   "[He would make us] beslubber our garments with it and swear it was the blood of true men" (Henry IV Part I, 2.4.125).)
 
Have at it people!  And keep your napkins at the ready! 
 
 
PS:  Next week's theme is dark places.  (I'll be locked up somewhere writing papers, you see...)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving in the Hut

The Hut.
Alright, our hut is a little nicer.
At least we have a front door.
I went home to a garret for Thanksgiving, or as I have fondly named it: "the Hut."

Yes, while I was at school my family moved. They packed up all my things and put them into storage and, until our house, is ready I and my family are living in five-hundred square feet of country charm.

I am thinking of this as a kind of job-shadowing. Oh, should I ever choose to write a garret, this is what it will feel like.

We have a little front room, a little back room (we have divided the twain with a decorative curtain to give the feeling of 'roomness'), a little bathroom, and an itty bitty kitchen. Luckily, we do have a full size refrigerator or there would be more starving than there currently is.

My recommendation to all those writers currently considering noble starvation in garrets is that they do not attempt to bring more than ONE, very quiet, very small (or very accommodating), person to live with you in your garret.

The Hut.
Alright, a hut.
And unraveling Bob Cratchit gloves. Those are an absolute necessity.

However, in the spirit of the holiday, I have to say that the hut is really very cozy and the heater works and I'm not starving, there's a rose bush in the back garden, and, though they are sort of filling up any excess space, it is worth any spacial inconvenience to have my wonderful family in the hut with me.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Hut!



 
 
 
 
 
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Don't forget Save-a-Word Saturday!
This week's theme is, of course, Thanksgiving.
 
And one more hut for good measure:
 
A hill hut.
Hobbits exist!
I always knew it was true.


Monday, November 19, 2012

NOT OVER IT.

*STILL ANGRY ABOUT THE AIRSHIPS IN THE 2011 VERSION OF THE THREE MUSKETEERS*

It doesn't just merit a headdesk.  It merits Sean Bean doing a headdesk. 

Or a headsink or whatever this awesomeness is.

 

Expect these posts biannually. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday, our very own blog hop.
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least visited vaults of the Word Bank.
 
 
<a href="http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com" target="_self"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7UO138NOoX4/UItIxhKJwmI/AAAAAAAAArM/LBMYc_tVWdk/s800/sawmeme.jpg" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>
 
 
The rules run thusly:
 
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.
 
2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words, if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.
 
3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.
 
4. Add a link to your blog in the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!
 
5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
Tea
 
The word we have chosen is:
 
Frippery, noun
1. ornate or showy clothes or adornment
2. showiness; ostentation
3. unimportant considerations; trifles; trivia
 
 
And our lovely sentences are:
 
"I don't want any tea!" Richard bellowed. "Can you think of nothing but frippery, Cousin?"
 
Richard's elegant cousin raised a delicately scented handkerchief to his well-powdered nose. "but my dear Richard," he said with mild surprise in his lazy voice, "Frippery is the most important thing of all."

Next week's theme is: Thanksgiving



Thursday, November 15, 2012

NaNoWriMo

I thought I wasn't going to do NaNoWriMo,

                        and then . . .

                                    and then . . .

                                             and then I discovered my term papers!




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday and Some Announcements

Or rather, it should be Some Announcements and Road Trip Wednesday because the Announcements are happening first. Bwa ha ha!

Announcements


1. Our blog hop, Save-a-Word Saturday, is happening again this week! Come on by and help us save wonderful old words from extinction and thereby stop the fall of Western Civilization and by extension the End of the World.

* Hint *
 This week's theme is: Tea 

2. We've recently joined the Blogaholic Social Network and are listed in their blog directory and a number of their groups, which is pretty awesome.

3. Lastly, but not leastly, I caved and got Twitter last week. I am now a happy little Twitterer (Tweeter? Twitterette? Or, why not cut to the chase, Stalker of Celebrities). So, if you care to, you can now:
 

Road Trip Wednesday

 
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
 
This weeks topic: Tons of writers are in the midst of NaNoWriMo, trying to stay inspired as we reach the dreaded middle. Share your most inspiring and/or motivational video, book, or quote on writing!
 
I have a number of books that inspire me, depending one what sort of inspiration I am in need of on a given day. I think it is  tie between The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier and Chalice by Robin McKinley, with Robin McKinley's Sunshine coming in a close second. They are stories that have the most important part of what I am trying to achieve in my own work, a certain feeling that often eludes me. It helps that I can remind myself what it sounds like by returning to my favorite authors.
 
However, if I'm in need of another sort of inspiration (read: ego boost), I generally turn to Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. If she got published (by Tor, no less), then I certainly can.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday Has Finally Arrived!

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday, our very own blog hop.
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least visited vaults of the Word Bank.
 
 
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The rules run thusly:
 
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog. 
 
2.  Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words, if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.
 
3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.
 
4. Add a link to your blog in the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!
 
5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.
 
This week's theme is:
Snow
 
And the word we have chosen is:
 
Talionic
        adj. ~Pertaining to revenge in kind.
     It is the adjectival form of the noun Talion, which is a punishment identical to the offense.
     For example, the death penalty as a punishment for murder.
 
AND our miraculous snow related sentence(s) are:
 
Vladrigil's tent mate was talionic in his revenge. Vlad had put six frogs in Jadimil's cot two nights before and now there were exactly six ugly, warty frogs nestled together in a small blinking heap on Vlad's pillow. After removing them carefully, Vlad gave his pillow a long look then decided he would rather sleep out in the snow.
 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Save-A-Word Saturday is Coming!


Do you like old words? 

Do you like blog hops?

Old words AND blog hops? 



Then check back tomorrow morning for...

Save-A-Word Saturday!



All you need is a cool old word to share and a blog. :)  Hope to see you then!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

College Life

It's been pretty cold lately. We had a little snow a couple of weeks ago, and now it frosts pretty much every night.

When I walk back after dark all the grass sparkles like a troupe of fairies has been there before me :)

However, there are other, less charming, things about the oncoming winter weather. For example, our nice little Suite of rooms gets very, very cold at night. And during the day. And most of the time in fact.

Today, while we sat around shivering in our half gloves and fluffy sweaters, we remembered  that we had some success getting the air conditioning to come on in the summer by breathing on the thermostat.

A creative solution was born.


A Creative Solution 

We taped a tinfoil bundle of ice cubes to our thermostat.
 
 It did work . . . eventually. The thermometer hit a solid 57 degrees before any heat was felt. I find that *alarming*. We were all sort of hoping it would come on once it got to, you know, 67 or something.
 
Um, no.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

7 Alternative Uses for Your Laptop

If you're a blogger, and possibly also a writer, you probably spend a lot of time with your laptop.  I know I do.  So here are seven ways to make the most of it: 

1.  Light Source
Useful when you're trying not to wake up roommates, etc... Furthermore, its cumbersome nature provides a greater challenge than simply using a flashlight or reading light. 


2.  Clutter Concealer 
Step 1:  consolidate flat clutter. 
Step 2:  place laptop on top of flat clutter. 
Step 3:  Brag about how clean your desk is. 
WARNING:  I have never done this, and I think you shouldn't because it could possibly start a fire.


3.  Dust Collector 
Effort required on your part:  zero. 
If you ever wish your laptop weren't a dust collector, however, compressed air works wonders--and it's really fun to use!  Just don't shoot it in your eye. 


4. Cuddle-Buddy
Hard, square, flat--yet somehow, just as huggable as a stuffed animal. 


5.  Way to Look Busy 
Fake typing.  So much better than fake texting.


6.  Muscle Toning 
Unless you are lucky enough to have one of those super-slim, super-light laptops, carrying it around in a purse or backpack can do wonders for the shoulder muscles.  Doing this can also contribute to scholiosis. 


7.  Hot Water Bottle 
Really.  Not even kidding on this one.  This discovery is what prompted me to write this entire post.  Good for those nights when you've stayed up so late writing that you just feel ill. :D


And you'll want to have your laptop ready THIS SATURDAY because we are officially starting. . . .

Save-a-Word Saturday!  If you like old words and blog hops, you'll want to check it out!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dance Cards

a Victorian dance card
It's finally happened.

Our college finally held an event to which you were kindly asked to bring a pen or pencil so you could fill out a dance card.

For those of you who don't know what a dance card is (you should be ashamed of yourself) here is a definition from the San Diego Waltz Club website:

Dance cards are small folding cards, usually palm-sized or smaller, with a list of the dances scheduled for the evening: a miniature program. Each lady is given a dance card as she enters the ballroom, and the men may receive cards also. Next to each musical number is a blank line where she may write a man's name (or have him write it) to reserve her company for that dance.
                                                                                                             ~Robert Wilfred Franson

This announcement produced stunned silence for several minutes. We even paused Pride and Prejudice to think about it. While we were sorely tempted to drop everything and experience the dance card, it was decided that it would most likely be fatal to watch Pride and Prejudice and to waltz in the same evening.

And we just couldn't leave poor Mr. Darcy all heart broken. Even for dance cards.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Follow Friday

I missed the Friday Feet.
 
The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. They also have two lovely featured blogs: Love, Literature, Art and Reason and Fiction Predictions. If you haven't followed them, you should. They're amazing.

Today's Question: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

There have only been a few books in my life that have been so bad I haven't read them all the way through. If I do make the decision to shred the book I'm reading instead of reading it, that is usually because of a (I like this word) multiplicity of unpardonable errors and not just one fudge. Though there are many things I find perfectly obnoxious that make me roll my eyes, sigh, and check to see how many pages are left to the end of the chapter, just one of them appearing all on its own won't make me throw the book across the room. That only happens if it brings friends.

And I perfectly adore (fictional) love triangles. Just sayin'.

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We wish a joyous and productive month to all our brave NaNoWriMo friends.
You can do it!
 
Also, keep a weather eye out for Save-a-Word Saturday. It's coming along sometime.


Monday, October 29, 2012

How powerful are book blogs?

Photo by Zsuzsanna Kilian
 
Although we hold the occasional squee-fest for books we love, this isn't primarily a book-reviewing blog. It is true however, that a lot of blogs we read and interact with are first and foremost book blogs.

And I have a question about that...

I've heard some industry professionals express confidence that the book-blogging community can do a lot to spread the word about a book and even help sales. 

  • How effective do YOU think book blogs are in alerting readers about new books and helping them decide what to read? 
  • How much of your TBR pile is brought to your attention by book blogs? 
  • How many fellow readers whom you swap recommendations with are online vs. "in real life"?
  • Do you think book blogs influence which stories sell better than others? 


Are book blogs powerful in your reading life? 


I am really interested to know what you think about this!  Please let us know in the comments!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Follow Friday

 
The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. They also  have two lovely featured blogs: Carmen Jenner and The YA Bookworm Blogger. If you haven't followed them, you should. They're all awesome.

Today's Question: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

The trick (does it count as a trick? It's not very tricky) that irritates me most is when authors take common, real-world items and make them the most amazing, newly invented, magical things in their fantasy world. I have no issues with said common items actually becoming magical in an alternate world. My complaint is only when the ordinary thing stays ordinary and all the author has done is change or misspell the name. Yet all the characters are somehow shocked, awed and mystified.

The protagonist's discovery of coffee (only now it is called Cavage) does not count as plot or scene. Neither does a debate about what to call the (recently invented) magnificent rolled pastries with cinnamon between every roll and frosting on the top. Cinnamon Swirl? Sugar Roll? Cinnamon Spiral? It's like the perfect name is floating just out of my grasp.

On another note, we recently had a blog birthday, so check out our brand new "You may also like..." bar. And rather than having a giveaway ourselves in honor of our blogiversary (as some of our regular commenters have named it) we would like to direct you to Crystal of YA Society, who's giving away a Kindle or a Nook ( 'cause that's way cooler than what we'd be giving away) in about six days.

A joyous Friday to you all. May the weekend be magnificent.

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Keep an eye out for Save-a-Word Saturday. It's coming soon.
Save the words! Don't let them starve in the cold!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

We forgot our own birthday!

Susan:  Hey...when did we start this blog thing?
 
Tyler-Rose:  Um...around...this time of year.  *checks for first post*
 
Susan:  Wasn't it REALLY close to this time?
 
Tyler-Rose:  It was last week!
 
Yes.  We just realized that we had our first blog birthday...

...last week. 


So happy belated blog birthday to us! 



On October 18, 2011, we had our first, oh-so-brilliant-and-exciting post

We've had a great first year, and have come very far from that first post.  Our comment section no longer consists of us having random conversations with each other!  Thank you to everyone who made that possible!



To celebrate, we have installed "Related Posts" tabs beneath each post.  Or rather, Tyler-Rose installed them with her awesome html skills.  I watched gleefully and did a bit of cheerleading. 

We're also planning to start a weekly blog hop called Save-a-Word Saturday.  It's going to be great fun.  Keep an eye out for it if you like old words. ;) 

Since we obviously weren't prepared for this, I'm afraid we don't have a giveaway for you right now, but we CAN direct you to a place where you could win a Nook or Kindle!    (Yeah, that's definitely cooler than whatever we'd be giving away...)  Crystal Licata is starting a cool-looking blog called YA Society, and she's kicking it off with this great giveaway. 


Also, I don't usually have much to say when other bloggers ask this of me...but if you remember any favorite posts or would like to see more of something, please do let us know!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

I have recently discovered (thanks to my lovely blog partner, Susan) The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube.

Imagine a modern-day Lizzie Bennet (witty as ever) who keeps a twice-a-week vlog following her adventures in pursuit of that special man who is, no doubt, in need of a wife.

(Reading the book first=CRUCIAL)

They are terribly clever, as well as heartwarming and absolutely hilarious.

If you like Pride and Prejudice even a little, you NEED to see them.



They just released Episode 57 this morning and I feel Darcy's epic failure of a proposal is in my near future. I'm on the edge of my chair to see what they do with it.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We're Too Tired to Think of a Good Title

. . . but someone appreciates us anyway.


We've been given the Reader Appreciation Award by not one, but TWO lovely bloggers! 
 
EM Castellan, an epic fantasy author with a beautiful writing blog, who--WHOA.  GUYS.  SHE LIVES IN A AN ENGLISH CASTLE.  Ahem.  That is really, really cool.     
 
and...
 
Kristina Perez, a writer of diverse talents (and when we say diverse, WE MEAN IT.) 
 
 
Thank you, ladies! 
 
The rules for this award are as follows: 
1. Identify and show appreciation to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Add the reward logo to your blog.
3. Tell your readers 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate some other bloggers.
5. Inform your nominees that you nominated them.
 
We're doing the "7 things about yourself" in tandem...
 
1. We are wearing the exact color of our blog today. By accident. Plus jeans.
 
2. We made delicious vanilla chai scones this morning and had them with apple cider for breakfast.
 
3. We live in a suite with thin walls. Sometimes at night our neighbors take a smoke break and talk about their lives directly outside our windows and we hide in one of the rooms and listen to them quietly. They have very exciting lives. No, we don't think eavesdropping is wrong. We consider it professional research.
 
4. Susan slept through a date with her parents this morning and her mother had to stand outside and throw crab apples at her window. That blackout curtain she bought yesterday appears to have worked.
 
5. Tyler-Rose's laptop screen is flashing mysteriously. She is going to spend the day hunting frantically for her flashdrive so she can back up every word she ever wrote.
 
6. We think that while six is a lovely number, it should not be taken seriously.
 
7.  Mostly when we're together we just cackle manically. In fact, you can imagine all our blog posts attended by maniacal cacklings.

Thing number 8, just because: We short on sleeep. Can you tell?


Now to nominate nominees. Da DA! (more cackling)
 
1. Peter William Carrillo of Pete's Notes You are our favoritest reader ever, Peter From the Internet!
Peter regularly posts original poetry.

2. Suzanne Furness of The Word Is...
She is writer/blogger who loves purple and is currently querying a series intended for  early readers about Birthstone Unicorns.

3. Hannah Milton of Paper, Ink and Coffee
Hannah Milton we love you because of this sentence: "I'm that weird person in bookstores who cries while smelling a book because it feels like their soul has been transformed into sparkles." What more need we say? She's a new blogger. GO FOLLOW HER!


Thank you again, Eve and Kristina!