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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Still Here

Word challenge:  WAMBLE (hint: might apply to someone who has imbibed too much--see end of blog for definition)

I have not disappeared! Just been busy trying to get a couple of nonfiction proposals ready to send out to publishers and agents--proposals take a lot of time! I also decided to add a couple of more women to each of my biography collections I am currently working on so I have been busy with research on those. Saturday I'm going to the Wimberley Trade Days with some friends from SCBWI to try to sell some books. Drop by if you're in the Texas Hill Country on Saturday--do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy the cool,cool weather.

"Wamble" means to move in a weaving, wobbling, or rolling manner.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quotation Recognition

"Blessed are the peacemakers on earth." (Bible or King Henry VI?)

Word challenge:  INTERNECINE (does this apply to war or peace?--see answer at end of post)

I have been researching Nellie Bly, an intrepid "stunt reporter." Look for her story in my collective biography Fearless Females: Women Who Dared to Be Different (when it gets published, that is!)

"Blessed are the peacemakers on earth"--This is a tricky one; it comes from King Henry VI, Part 2 but a very similar quotation can be found in Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."

"Internecine" refers to war because it means mutually destructive; ruinous or fatal on both sides.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

It's hard to believe that nine years after the attack on our country we can still feel the sharp poignancy and horror of that time. Today we can only pause to pray for the brave persons who lost their lives that day and to express our appreciation to them, their families, and the policemen and firemen who attempted to rescue them.

In the previous post, I gave a quotation and asked if it came from the Bible or Shakespeare. Here's the answer for "All men are liars"--It comes from the Bible NIV: Psalm 116:11. Watch the post later in the week for another chance in case you got this one wrong.

The word challenge for today can be defined by all of us--it's practicing it that is so difficult:  TOLERANCE (the capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the opinions, practices, or behaviors of others).

Friday, September 10, 2010

Shakespeare or Bible?

Several people were discussing the other day how much quotations from Shakespeare and the Bible are often confused. I decided that from time to time in my blog, I would give readers a chance to see if they can tell the difference. For today then, the quotation is "All men are liars"--Bible or Shakespeare? Look at the next blog for the answer.

Word challenge:  RECTRIX--not a word you would have much use for but I like its sound (see end of post for definition)

I have had to set aside the Martin De Leon research in order to add words to a couple of collective biographies. Therefore, the factoids about Martin will be postponed for awhile while I search for some more daring females!

"Rectrix" is one of the stiff main feathers found in a bird's tail. The next time your cat goes cannibalistic, maybe you will find a rectrix on your front door step.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Reading to Write

Word challenge: BLANDISH (word with positive or negative connotation?--see note at end of post)

Samuel Johnson said: "The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."

As a writer, I can testify to the truth of Johnson's statement. I read several books a week and spend many hours at the library.

Continuing information about my research subject Martin De Leon:  Martin died in a cholera epidemic.

"Blandish" means to coax by flattery or wheedling; thus it has a negative connotation.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's All in the Occurring

Word Challenge:  RECREANT (this kind of person I can do without)--see end of post for explanation

Canadian author, professor, lecturer, and humorist Stephen Leacock said: "Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself--it is the occurring which is difficult."

Continuing with the story of Martin De Leon: His first job as an empresario was to lay out the town plat for what would later become Victoria, Texas.

A "recreant" is a faithless or disloyal person.