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!



 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
<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:
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.