Tag: Creativity

A Word on Wednesday: Caesura

Caesura is the main pause of a poem. The word originates from 16th Century Latin, literally translating to a cutting, from caedere to cut.   The stop or pause in a metrical line, is often marked by punctuation or by a grammatical boundary, such as… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Caesura”

Word on Wednesday: Poet Laureate

April is National Poetry Month, so declared in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. That organization claims the month of April has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.  … Continue Reading “Word on Wednesday: Poet Laureate”

A Word on Wednesday: Novel

Novel, noun:       a fictitious prose narrative of considerable length and complexity, portraying  characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of action and scenes.     Writing a novel has eluded me. And it’s not for lack of want. It is, to be honest, for lack of wanting it enough. I am, you see, a real fine starter. I’m 36,000 words… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Novel”

A Word on Wednesday: Because

The generation of Kyras and Kaylas use because as a proposition rather than as part of a clause because, you know, millennial. And these now fully-employed adults are showing up in waves at fully-realized careers. I read the lead article in a recent issue… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Because”

A Word on Wednesday: Stylus

  Stylus: noun. An instrument of metal, bone, or the like, used by the ancients for writing on waxed tablets, having one end pointed for incision the letters and the other end blunt for rubbing out writing and smoothing the tablet. Today, people picture a plastic pen-like… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Stylus”

A Word on Wednesday: Discovery

A discovery is an act or instance of discovering. Discovery also refers to the thing, which has been discovered. The discovery does not need to be something new in order to be discovered. Only new to the seeker.I hope to routinely discover glimmers of… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Discovery”

A Word on Wednesday: Optimism

Optimism is something to celebrate. An optimist will remember the promise of spring on a blustery, winter day, believe in what’s possible rather than dwell on the impossible, and live with more hope than worry. This glass-half-full mindset is shorthand for optimism.      The… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Optimism”

A Word on Wednesday: Poppycock

“Poppycock” can pack a punch. Once the shock of the hard sound passes, the perfectly acceptable word is amusing. The common noun simply means nonsense or, to put it another way, bosh. The Brits might say rubbish or, more daringly, balls. In the mid 1800s,… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Poppycock”

A Word on Wednesday: Passioneer

The noun passion is a strong emotion or feeling most often associated with lust and desire. The suffix –eer originally occurred in loanwords from the French (buccaneer and pioneer) and productive in the formation of English nouns denoting persons who produce, handle, or are otherwise significantly associated… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Passioneer”

A Word on Wednesday: Stronger

Stronger is not second place in a race of three — strong, stronger, strongest. Rather, it is a record of growth. Stronger is a superlative from the root word strong and can refer to physical and mental vigor.When a comparative adjective is used, it requires one… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Stronger”