Nov 08 2012

Word of the Day – Catawampus and Argufy

Posted by Mathias

cat·a·wam·pus
[kat-uh-wom-puhs] Show IPA Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.

adjective
1. askew; awry.

2. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered. (more…)

Oct 21 2012

Words of the Day: Apse & Donjon

Posted by Mathias

apse
Pronunciation: \ˈaps\
Function: noun
Etymology: Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin apsis, from Latin Date: 1822
1 : APSIS
2 : a projecting part of a building (as a church) that is usually semicircular in plan and vaulted
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Oct 19 2012

Today’s Words Of The Day: Motte and Bailey & Quay

Posted by Mathias

motte and bailey
noun
: a medieval Norman castle consisting of two connecting ditched stockaded mounds with the higher mound surmounted by the keep and the lower one containing barracks and other buildings (more…)

Oct 14 2012

Warning: Readers Have Comfort Zones

Posted by Mathias

Writers sometimes get a little too crazy.  One thing we often do is try to show how smart we are by using what are known as ten dollar words.  I call it the Plethora Rule.  What is the Plethora Rule?  It is best described from the scene that made me realize long ago that fancy words are not always good.  Here is that scene from ¡Three Amigos! that introduced 90% of people who know what plethora means to the word:

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Oct 12 2012

Today’s Words Of The Day – Asperse and Kerf

Posted by Mathias

as·perse
transitive verb \ə-ˈspərs, a-\
as·persedas·pers·ing

1: sprinkle; especially: to sprinkle with holy water

2: to attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges (more…)

Oct 08 2012

Words of the day – Ullage and Edacity

Posted by Mathias

ullage
noun \ˈə-lij\

the amount that a container (as a tank or cask) lacks of being full (more…)

Sep 19 2012

Words Of The Day – Sclaff & Lassitude

Posted by Mathias

sclaff intransitive verb \ˈsklaf\

Definition of SCLAFF

: to scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke

— sclaff noun

— sclaff·er noun
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Sep 17 2012

Misconceptions About Action

Posted by Mathias

Writers know about the concept of “rising action”. At least, they better. It’s one of the fundimental building blocks of stroy telling. You build from your opening scene to a climax and then wind down with a resolution in the end. The problem is that too many people seem to not understand what action actually is. If you don’t, you can get into a lot of trouble.

A while back, I wrote an ariticle titled X + Y *C Does Not Equal A Good Story. I talked about a very unsuccessful author friend of mine who claimed to have the secret formula to writing hit novels. The fact that his two published novels have sold a grand total of just over 200 copies should tell you how surefire this formula is.

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Sep 16 2012

Words of the Day – kishke & hawse

Posted by Mathias

kish·ke
noun \ˈkish-kə\

Definition of KISHKE

: beef or fowl casing stuffed (as with meat, flour, and spices) and cooked (more…)

Sep 07 2012

Word of the day – gault

Posted by Mathias

gault
Pronunciation: \ˈgȯlt\
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; (more…)