I forgot what “day” I was on. Initially, I was annoyed with Myself. Then Myself reminded I that I much prefer words to numbers. With that recollection, I decided to begin categorizing these posts appropriately. With this in mind, please enjoy the -opia edition of today’s words! ~JR
I have gained a bad habit over the course of the last few years. A habit draped in egotism and jealousy. I stopped reading other writers’ blogs, stopped studying writing manuals, stopped trying to learn and grow in my craft. I DID go to graduate school to study writing and literature, but when you are earning a Master’s degree, most of the work is on you. I taught myself, for the most part, picking and choosing the books I wanted to pay attention to — books mostly written by dead authors who couldn’t make me feel inferior by their current success while I had none.
I was lost in my own jealous ignorance. I was stagnant. I refused to learn any more because what I had learned over the course of twenty years had done nothing to help me become a “real” writer.
I was wrong.
Even at this moment, I am tempted to fall into self-pity. I want to say things like “I suck at writing and always will”, and “every time I see a fellow author’s success, I feel horrible”, and “I don’t even know what to write on my own blog, which makes me less than a writer”. I want to fall into my old habits.
But old habits — while they die hard — must, in the end, still die, if we are to grow.
And I need to grow.
So, I will not only be reading and learning from my fellow writers once again, but I’d like to reblog the posts that I find especially helpful. If you’re a fellow writer, please let me know if you have writing posts I could read and share. Beyond that, I will be looking, myself.
2015: The year of learning. The year of growth.
This strange pocket of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is upon us. It also makes timely updating of Word of the Day posts a bit difficult, due to time-space thingamajiggyness.
Anyway, so I’m taking this time to give you, not two, but FOUR words/phrases, all holiday-related, in this one MEGAPOST, as my Holiday gift to you.
- a main branch of a tree.
“apple boughs laden with blossom”
synonyms: branch, limb, arm, offshoot
“snow-laden pine boughs”
Pictured: a BOUGH of holly with which to deck your halls.
Auld Lang Syne
ôld laNG ˈzīn,ˈsīn/
- times long past. (Scottish in origin — Gaelic)
Pictured: the literal definition of that weird part of the New Years Song nobody can sing correctly.
- spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.
- drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
- go from house to house at Christmas singing carols.
“here we go a-wassailing”
Pictured: Something yummeh that you probably haven’t tried yet. WHY HAVEN’T YOU TRIED WASSAIL YET?
noun: awl; plural noun: awls
a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.
Pictured: owlish eyes made with an awl.
of long ago or former times (used in nostalgic or mock-nostalgic recollection).
“a great empire in days of yore.”
Pictured: an awl from the ancient days of yore
Now, give me awl yore shares!
I think I’ll just do two every other day. This is working out better, and I think it’s more interesting too. :) -JR
showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish.
“it was an entirely altruistic act”
synonyms: unselfish, selfless, compassionate, kind, public-spirited; charitable, benevolent, beneficent, philanthropic, humanitarian; literary bounteous
made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
“two men were remanded on bail on a charge of passing counterfeit $10 bills”
synonyms: fake, faked, bogus, forged, imitation, spurious, substitute, ersatz, phony
“counterfeit $100 bills”
“a counterfeit image of reality”
noun: counterfeit; plural noun: counterfeits
a fraudulent imitation of something else; a forgery.
“he knew the tapes to be counterfeits”
synonyms: fake, forgery, copy, reproduction, imitation; More
verb: counterfeit; 3rd person present: counterfeits; past tense: counterfeited; past participle: counterfeited; gerund or present participle: counterfeiting
“my signature is extremely hard to counterfeit”
synonyms: fake, forge, copy, reproduce, imitate
“his signature was hard to counterfeit”
Pictured: A Counterfeit Altruistic Army
Hi! Sorry I didn’t do this yesterday. It was… a hard day. Anyway, so to catch up here are TWO words for your dialectical pallet!
a small group of trees.
Pictured: A corpse covered copse
conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
synonyms: rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation; rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence, civil disorder.
Pictured: Sedition in a corpse covered copse