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