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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Random Words

I had an idea the other day (and yes, I know my ideas can be dangerous, but calm down, this does not involve knives or juggling) and I thought I might see how it works.

Because I am having difficulties with Thanet's Curse, I have decided to ask for your help. If any of you fine folks would like, give me a word: it can be a noun, verb, adjective, etc. (but not articles, prepostions, or most adverbs, because we want to be interesting here). Once I have collected these words I must integrate them into my manuscript, at least once, preferably twice.

Last October when I was doing Nano I had a couple of random words I found through the forums there, and I decided to find a way to incorporate them into my story (like defenestration.) Currently I am trying to find a way to use 'antipode,' and already used 'proffered,' so I would like a couple of new ones.

The novel is set in a fantasy world of little islets (think Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy). Remember, there are no such things as giraffes or wombats in this world (*tear*), and please keep it clean. I am not going to put the word 'poop' in my novel. Just not happening.

Anyway, I am going to go do homework, and if any of you would like, feel free to comment a word for me. Yay! I'm excited to see how this works out.

Oh! And because I love pictures:

He is picking out random words. See his lovely wrinkled hand.

This is SO pretty. Love, love, love.

For any of you who post a word I thank you in advance and am showering butterflies on you in my head. Though... I suppose that might be gross, but in my head it is lovely, so you'll have to take my word for it that I am not insulting you.

7 comments:

Julie Dao said...

I love butterflies! They like me too, so it's okay :) Okay, random word for you... how about: pusillanimous. Your novel sounds fascinating! And that is the second time this week that I've heard Ursula LeGuin's name mentioned. I need to read her books!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oooo, I think I'm in love with the bottom picture - gorgeous! One of my favorite novel words is behemoth. I also like vascillate and cumbersome.

Joan Crawford said...

Egregious! Malevolent. Benign. Putrefaction. Vapors. Counter-intuitive.

Falen said...

venerable is the first word that came to mind. I'd think of more but i have a headache. Boo

WVW - wingampe - see if you can fit THAT in...

AchingHope said...

I think I'm drooling right about now. These are all such great words!

@Julie: I had never heard of pusillanimous... It is amazing!

@Shannon: I always forget about vacillate, and then when I hear it I remember how much I love it.

@Joan: Haha... At first I thought you were making putrefaction up, because I didn't think such a wonderful word could exist. It does! And malevolent will work perfectly with the evil minion dude. Mwahahahah! >:)

@Falen: Sorry about the headache :( And I will try my best to use wingampe, it sounds like it has origins in Dudunadiv, but it could also be more eastern, like from Nanginilka or Tankur. All I can imagine is an old woman sitting around a malevolent, vaporous, black smoke issuing out of a benign looking fire. Kraag shifts the cumbersome pack on his back, wondering why he let Nadra convince him of carrying the behemoth of a thing. It was egregious! It didn't matter how often Nadra murmured that he was being "pusillanimous when he should be venerable," as if he cared what some big word meant. He vacillated between wanting to strangle her and wanting to be the venerable person she wished him to be.

But now that they sat here in Nanginilka, on the isle farthest from Orkney and closest to the edge of their world, he knew this whole plan was counter-intuitive, even if the old woman was able to tell them how to perform the ceremony of wingampe.

Thanks for all the words! This is so exciting... I am going to go write more now.

zz said...

okay, defenestration was my favourite word of December 2009! Although, does one 'defenestrate' or 'commit the act of defenestration'? These are the important questions people!

How about quotidien, from my favourite Sydney cafe "Le pain quotidien" and a word that Salman Rushdie uses a lot.

Good luck with the the novel!

AchingHope said...

A funny thing about the word defenestration: I was playing hang-man and used that word, because I knew no one else would guess it. They were, of course, stumped, until one of the guys (who wasn't even playing) peered over and said: "Oh! That's defenestration!" He went on to explain the history and etymology behind the word while I stared in awe. I'm sure he would know the answers to those important questions.

And I like that word! Another new one... Yay!