Tag: Writing

A Word on Wednesday: Chapbook

A few chapbooks in my collection by Wisconsin poets: Jean Biegun, LaMoine MacLaughlin, and Stephen P. Mickey. The noun chapbook was coined in the early Nineteenth Century by combining the words chapman and book. This small paperback book, oftentimes just a mere pamphlet, is…

A Word on Wednesday: Disappointed

I’m disappointed. I could be angry, but I am too tired. The world is too loud to be heard. Hopefully, not too many more people have to die. Hopefully, we can stop greed and arrogance. Hopefully, we can truly love and care for one…

A Word on Wednesday: Writer’s Block

  This noun with one, and only one, definition is a legitimate dictionary entry; its origin traceable to 1945. “A usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to precede with the writing of a novel, play or other work.”  Take comfort; it is…

A Word on Wednesday: Bombastic

Bombastic: Adjective. Used to describe this fright: Photo Credit: CNBC  

A Word on Wednesday: Restore

Today, I celebrate the word restore.  Photo Credit The verb restore is one to use in prose, poetry, and conversation. It is precise in its promise of righting wrongs. The practice of restoring requires faith in bringing back the authenticity of the original. Restoring provides…

A Word on Wednesday: Suffer

Using the verb suffer with an object is one of my word choice pet peeves. The culprit is the acceptable definition  No. 5: “to undergo, be subjected to, or endure (pain, distress, injury, or anything unpleasantness).Consider when the object of the sentence is an illness: She suffers from diabetes….

A Word on Wednesday: Mining

  Mining seems a straightforward word, boring even, completely understood on its face. It can be a noun or a verb depending on if it is used to describe the industrial act of mining or the action of mining. It is derived from variations…

A Word on Wednesday

Here are two related facts: (1) my eighth grade teacher gave out copying dictionary pages as a punishment.  And (2) in eighth grade, I broke classroom rules during social studies. Therefore, I copied plenty of dictionary pages. Was that what made me want to…

A novel walk

I snapped the following pictures on the Ice Age Trail in Manitowoc, Wis. around 9 a.m. this morning. The scenery is inspiration for a fictional setting in my novel in progress. Enjoy the view, my friends. And, forgive my amateur photography skills.    …

How I write

The beautiful and blank fancy journals. The pristine journals are beautiful, inspiring, arty, and full of possibility. I have received many of these notebooks to inspire me and prompt me to write, a validation my vocation as a writer is a worthy pursuit. Pictured…