Monthly Archives: April 2013

Someone Needs a Geography Lesson

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My father and I have this weird tradition of sharing typos we see in our local paper (and there are a lot) as well as crazy mistakes on television. Today he sent me this:

“Heard from Congressman this am in regard to Keystone pipeline …if we can build a pipeline through Antarctica when it’s cold and frozen up there, we can safely build one in Kansas… ”

Hold the horses, Nellie! Antarctica is UP? When did that happen? Did I miss a memo?

Moral of the story: Even if you’re lucky enough to get elected, please, please keep your mouth shut if you have no idea what you’re saying.

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Word Wednesday

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Today’s word is PANTAGRUELIAN.

It means enormous. Geez. Why not just say enormous? This one is a mouthful, isn’t it? It comes from a character in Rabelias’ satirical stories of Gargantua and Pantagruel. He and his father, Gargantua were giants. The stories were written in the 1500s. I, for one, think it’s a cool word but would probably never use it in a sentence.

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You can get the book on Project Guttenberg if you’re so inclined.

Word Wednesday

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Today’s word is a fun one. Its meaning is comparing horoscopes between two (or more) people to determine if they are likely to be compatible or have a good relationship. The word is SYNASTRY.

Have you ever done that? I’ve done it in a few Chinese restaurants where they have the years on the paper placemat. We always check that out with the people we’re with to see if we’re supposed to even be at the same table. I’m a Rat. Next time you’re in the mood, research your animal and see if we’d be compatible. Check it out here– Seems like Rats make good lawyers. Who knew? LOL!

The Transporter- Lemon Cookies

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The smell of lemon cookies baking transports me back in time to when I was a little girl and being in my grandmother’s house. She baked the best ever lemon cookies. I loved them- they were so soft on the inside and yummy with just the right amount of tang to set your mouth alight.

She passed away when I was fifteen and I still miss her to this day. Not a week goes by without me thinking of her. The closest I’ve ever gotten to those cookies again (and believe me, I’ve tried some recipes) was when I bought some lemon flavored Grandma’s Cookies. As soon as I opened the pouch, I was back in the late
60’s-early 70’s. The taste even lived up to my memories.

Sadly, I usually only see the other flavors like chocolate chip and peanut butter when I find Grandma’s Cookies. I need a supplier to stock the lemon ones near me

Word Wednesday

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The word of the day today is a super fun one. It’s Cockalorum and means a self important little man.

It’s from the 18th century and of course, it’s a noun. I guess Napoleon would be the obvious choice for this word in that century? I know some in this century as well. Sadly, I have to deal with some of them often. Ha ha.

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Young Adult Novel

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I’ve now written a young adult novel and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve already edited it and sent it out to a couple of agents. It’s a story about magic and is a bit of an adventure. I like a lot of stuff going on in the books I read and so I tend to load up the ones I write, too.

This story is kind of a mashup of Mean Girls and The Craft with a side dose of a teen crush.

I’m hoping that others whom I’ve shared this one with like it. It was a departure for me to go back to the first person writing I did when I started and it was also a new age group for the protagonists so I hope that the young adult voice is acceptable. One other writer I know who does children’s stories told me she thought I had a great YA voice. Let’s hope she’s right.

The inspiration for this story was something that happened to me a bit over a year ago and this was my way of working out in my head that the events that occurred weren’t all on me. LOL

Word Wednesday

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Sorry I’m a bit late posting today. Lots on my plate.

Today’s word is CONVERSE.

Converse is a noun as well as a verb and an adjective. It’s a true multi-purpose word.

As a verb it means to talk or chat. In other words, to engage in conversation.

As a noun it is an object, situation or statement that’s the opposite or reverse of another.

The adjective is similar to the noun since it basically means the reverse of something else.

So, someone could have a conversation that deals with the converse of something else or maybe they could just wear their Converse sneakers.