Saturday, March 30, 2013

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.

save-a-word-saturday
<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:
Laughter
Our word is:
Crapulous, adj
feeling ill due to excessive eating or drinking

And now for our illustrative sentences: 
"Hey, Eric, how are you feeling this morning?"   
Eric stared flatly into his coffee mug.  "Crapulous."  
His friend laughed, snorting his cereal. 


Next week's theme is...Footsteps.  

(By the way, if you haven't seen this article yet, you must take a look!  Old words illustrated by (most of them grumpy-looking) owls!!!!!  Seriously, what could be better?  I might start illustrating my words with owls as well.)  

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring is Coming

We're still alive!  We have not fallen irretrievably into our respective fantasy worlds or been buried under our school books--we're merely on Spring Break!

Or at least, Tyler-Rose is.  I'm not sure that I am....

ice snow pretty

This is not actually my driveway, but it is basically what my driveway looked like two days ago.  But the snow is melting finally, and the flowers are coming up.

Spring is coming. ;)

And--what the heck, let's do the metaphor--spring is coming in my writing life, too.  I'm finally getting to a stage in my revisions where I feel like I'm doing things right.  I think I'm going to meet my goals.  I think I'm going to finish this thing.  I'm soon going to be actually polishing.  I know why I'm writing what I'm writing, and I'm enjoying it.

Bulb Gardens snow flower

The ice does melt.  The night does end.  The flowers do, eventually, bloom. 


So...we may be taking a bit of a blogging break, but Save-a-Word Saturday is still happening tomorrow!  Join us if you love old, unusual words! 

Neither have we forgotten about the post we promised to do in response to meeting the author of "Darkness too Visible".  All in good time. 

AND we have a giveaway winner and Mystery Prizes to reveal!!  So much to look forward to!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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.
save-a-word-saturday
<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:
Castles
Our word is:
Sapidity, noun
flavorful; tastiness
Our sentence(s) are:
     "These peacock tongues have such delicate sapidity!" Lady Henry exclaimed. "I would expect no less in an elegant castle such as this."
     Sir Henry eyed his wife askance and wondered if she had lost her senses.

Next week's theme is...Laughter.  
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Fear not! We haven't forgotten our lovely giveaway. 
The winner will be announced as soon as may be.



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bird by Bird

Some days I worry I'll never finish anything. It seems like I keep revising and revising and revising and the things I revised somehow keep getting unrevised. Like I'm Sisyphus pushing my manuscript up a hill somewhere in the Well of Lost Plots.*

 I feel like this today because it was the 19th of December when I started the Novelette I'm currently working on. When I started revising it was 24,240 words long and now--after three months of sweat--I've managed to wittle it down to a svelte 16,978 words. Now that I'm writing this up, three months doesn't really sound that long but it has felt like an eternity. Okay, maybe not quite and eternity, but at least a couple of  lifetimes.

And THEN I start thinking, So, if this short little bit of nothing** is taking me so long, how long is my NOVEL going to take? We're all going to be little wrinkled old ladies with no teeth by the time it's fit for even my most trusted friend to read.

But I looked at my To-Do list*** today, and it appears that the revisions I'm doing aren't, after all, disappearing mysteriously as soon as I close my Word doc. In fact, I'm closer to being done with revisions than I thought.

book cover anne lamottI'm reminded of a story from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. She talks about one of her siblings who once left a large biology project on birds to the night before. He was working himself into a lather and wondering how he was ever going to get it done, when her father advised him, "Just do it bird by bird." Just a little bit at a time. Just as much as you can see through a one-inch picture frame. Eventually, all those little bits will add up and you'll be finished.

So, I'm going to focus on just doing a little bit every day and not on freaking out because things aren't getting done as fast as I thought they would. After all, all the work I'm putting into this novelette is an excellent exercise for when I really dive into revisions for my novel.

This is also how I plan to get through the rest of the week. I can see Spring Break shining on the horizon like the most glorious sunrise and it's making nearly every minute spent on school work into acute torture.#

Don't forget our Giveaway!##

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* If you don't know where this is, you seriously need to go read some Jasper Fforde.

** It's 50 pages. Compare that to my novel which is 350.

*** Yes, believe it or not, I have one. I think even die-hard Pantsers like myself should probably stop whining about constraint, suck it up and write one when they get to the revision part of this process.^

^ If you're wondering about the foot notes, Robin McKinley^^ uses them on her blog and I aspire to be as cool as she is someday.+

^^ who is an enchantress of the first water.

+ It's kind of freeing. I can just ramble on++ forever. I think it might even induce rambling. I almost feel compelled make more foot notes.=

++ with as many asides as I want

 = I think I'll spare you further ramblings.

# Do I really want to learn about Trobriand Islanders or the French Subjunctive on this hideous, windy, icy, snowy day? Not really. I think I would rather stick a fork in my eye.^

^Maybe that's a touch strong. What I would really rather be doing is eating my weight in cake and reading Mariana.+

+ Oops. That was another footnote, wasn't it?

## As usual, if you participated in Save-a-Word Saturday you are eligible for extra entries.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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.
 
save-a-word-saturday
<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:
Picket Fences
helluous, adj. 
gluttonous
And our lovely sentences are:

Marcia settled at her kitchen table and sighed.  Her deadlines had passed, and she had passed with them. Now all she had to do was sip her cup of tea and watch the helluous blue jays vie for the seed she'd strewn near the picket fence.  

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Don't forget to enter our Mystery Giveaway!  The winner will receive one of two (wonderful!) mystery gifts after specifying whether they want "pretty" or "funny."  Save-a-Word Saturday participants get extra entries, of course.

Next week's theme: Castles

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Remember that article...?

Do you remember THIS article? 

The one about "darkness" in YA?  The one that got many YA writers, readers, and publishing professionals angry enough that it spawned an army of vehement online responses? 


[yalit] Darkness Visible
(Image from WSJ's "Darkness too Visible,"
a piece on the alleged tastelessness of YA.)



We remember that article.  We didn't like it either.  (We still don't.) 

But!!  We recently got to see the author, Meghan Cox Gurdon, speak, and we were...let's say, surprised. 


So look forward to a post in the near future about the critic behind "Darkness too Visible" and what her message really is. 



ALSO, don't miss our giveaway!!!!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Of Time-Turners and Desire

Of all the things J. K. Rowling thought up, the one I most wish I had is this:


The time-turner.

It haunts me.

Not because I witnessed the slaughter of everyone's favorite hippogriff among other horrific things--though I think most people do have a couple dead-Buckbeak moments in their life. 

I want a time-turner because like Hermione, I......  What IS Hermione's problem? 

She's...an over-achiever?  Is it really that simple?  If so, what does "over-achiever" mean, and is it a good or a bad thing?

She's...smart?  Which means she should do more work?  *raises one eyebrow*  Which means she wants to do more work?  Is compelled to do more work? 



Hermione isn't taking extra classes for no reason.  She is engaged in the pursuit of worthy knowledge--knowledge that even proves to be useful when they're, you know, SAVING THE WORLD.



After staring at my computer screen for a while (and looking at Twitter and maybe eating some chocolate), I think Hermione's problem is this:  she has an almost inexhaustible supply of good things with which to fill her time, and the amount of time she would like to spend on said good things exceeds the portion of a 24-hour day that any sane mortal could be expected to stay awake.

But she is mortal.  And magic--we see the admission clearly here--is unnatural.  And fighting time is a little bit too unnatural.  So she goes back to living as the human being she is, no more and certainly no less, and (we presume, since this wasn't parsed out quite as thoroughly in the books and of course we're still only talking about Hermione Granger) simply does the best she can with every moment that is hers.

And I suppose that sounds okay to me, too. 



Though I STILL think I could manage not to go insane even if there were fifty of me running around together!!!  Perhaps it's better we can't test it... 


Unfortunately, (or fortunately?) we can't give away a time-turner here at The Feather and the Rose.  But we can give you a mystery gift that is either very funny or very pretty, according to your preference--that is, IF you are valiant and wise enough to click HERE and enter the giveaway.  (You could also just click on it if you want to see a really beautiful picture of tea.) 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

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.
 
save-a-word-saturday
<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:
Indecision
 
wroth, adj.
angry
 
And our lovely sentences are:
 
     "Why can't you make up your mind!" Mary cried. "I'm tired of waiting for you to choose your flippin' Gatorade flavor. There's only three of them, after all. Just pick a primary color and be done with it."
     "I'm sorry," Jane said. "I'm indecisive. Please don't be wroth."
     Mary resisted the urge to shake her friend. "Just pick your darned flavor," she said through her
teeth.
 
Next week's theme: Picket Fences
 
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Don't forget about our Giveaway!
As usual, Save-a-Word Saturday participants receive extra entries.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mysterious Celebration Giveaway

It celebration time again. We have recently achieved over 300 followers and this THIS THIS is our 200th post!

In honor of this glorious occasion we would like to offer you a cup of tea, a piece of cake, a giveaway, and a little mystery.

Firstly, here is your tea . . .

tea cup pot china


and here is your cake.

red velvet cake piece


Now, onwards to the giveaway!

It will be open 'till midnight on March 21st. On the 22nd we will randomly select one well-starred soul to bless with a gift.

But, wait! What about the mystery?

The mystery is in the prizes, my dear friends. We aren't going to tell you what they are.*  Bwahaha.

Should you win, you will be asked to tell us whether you would like to recieve "Funny" or "Pretty" and then we will tell you what sort of box to expect in the mail. We'll announce what the prizes were once the winner is chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



* Rest assured, the prizes are excellent. We would both be happy recieving either of them as a gift and swear on our respective honors not to send you anything unsavory in the mail.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

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!  
    the blade itself cover
         I recently started The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (which I won from a giveaway at There and Draft Again--hint hint, go check them out!). 


"'Safe,' he croaked to himself, but without much joy.  Safe from food, certainly.  Safe from warmth, without a doubt.

--page 27 



And in case any of you Teaser Tuesday people haven't been bombarded with mention of this before, you are emphatically invited to participate in another blog hop--The Feather and the Rose's very own Save-a-Word Saturday.  That is, if you are valiant enough to rescue words from the abyss of time. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

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.
 
save-a-word-saturday
<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:
Unicorns
Forsooth, adv
in truth, indeed (often used to imply contempt, doubt, surprise, or indignation)

Our sentence(s) are:

"A unicorn?  Really?"
"Forsooth, I saw it--right before my eyes!"
"Did you also see a fairy and a gnome?  Forsooth, a dragon as well?" 

unicorn fantasy


Next week's theme:  Indecision

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Wishing Wife

I bought Kate Rusby's new album, 20, and a bunch of her other songs a few weeks ago, but I didn't get around to listening to them until fairly recently. 
 
I find this song wonderfully humorous. 
 
Happy Friday.
 
 
 
Once upon a time there was a man who scorned his wife
He was never happy with his lot or with his life
His manners they were miserable
And he couldn't be polite
And his wife found the wishing well one morning

She said I wish to all you'll hear me
I wish with all I see
Take this man and make him small
As small as he can be...

This man he was as spoilt as the cat that got the cream
He would shout and swear and carry on like you have never seen
Childlike and stubborn
Like a mule by the sea

Then his wife found the wishing well one morning
She said I wish to all you'd hear me
I wish with all I see
Take this man and make him kind
As kind as he can be...

This man he took no pleasure in the beauty of the land
Money was the only thing that he could understand
Selfish as a clam he was
Let all the rest be damned
then his wife found the wishing well one morning

She said I wish to all you'll hear me
I wish with all I see
Take this man and make him smile
As happy as can be...

That night they fell asleep within the comfort of their bed
A strange wind was whispering just what the wife had said
In the morning where the man had lain
There was a dog instead
And his wife cried for joy in the morning!

She said I wish to all you'll hear me
I wish with all I see
Take this man and make him mine
For all eternity...

wishing well