Monthly Archives: April 2014

A-to-Z: Zakuska


Zakuska: (Russian, noun) an hors d’oeuvre; a snack; a bite.

A perfect zakuska for a hot sweltering day is this rainbow fruit kabob.  It’s even grillable!



A-to-Z: Yare


Yare: (archaic, adjective) ready; prepared; nimble, quick, agile, lively.

Do you remember the nursery rhyme, “Jack be Nimble?”

It wouldn’t be quite as fun to say “Jack be yare…” now would it?


A-to-Z: Xanthic


Xanthic: (adjective) of or pertaining to a yellow or yellowish color

Here is a beautiful bit of xanthic nature for your muse…

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or perhaps you’d prefer a little xanthic fire?


A-to-Z: Welkin


Welkin: (noun) the sky, heavens, or upper air.


Writing Challenge: Create a limerick using the today’s work. (Bad puns are acceptable.)
If you need help rhyming, try the android app,  B-Rhymes.

I Hate DST

I completely agree!

My Own Personal Grey

The following is partially cobbled together from my Twitter feed:

I hate DST—if you want to get up earlier, just… get up earlier. Why torture the rest of us?
I’ve looked into it and the persistence of DST in the US is linked to tax credits for corporations for “energy saving programs.”
NIH and the New England Journal of Medicine have reported that DST leads to increased injury and accident rates. (There are at least 4 well-founded studies in the US that support the claim that accident rates of all kinds rise up to 10% for up to a month following the start of DST in the US every year, but there’s no matching fall in accident rates at the end of DST.)
DST change-over is also associated with increases in heart attacks, cluster headaches, and “cyberloafing” (wtf?)
but many people will argue that it gives them an “extra” hour…

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A-to-Z: Verisimilitude


Verisimilitude: (noun) the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood.


Writing Challenge: Write a dialogue involving your MC using verisimilitude to evade an unpleasant question.

A-to-Z: Ugsome


Ugsome: (adjective [oh the horrors!]) horrid; loathsome.


Writing Challenge: Explain in 500 words or less something particularly ugsome to your MC.

A-to-Z: Trachle


Trachle: (noun) an exhausting effort, especially walking or working.


Writing Challenge: Write a short scene using the word of the day and the picture above.

A-to-Z: Schatzi


Schatzi: (slang) Sweetheart; darling.


Writing Challenge: Write a scene in an old 50’s mobster style that involves your MC and his/her love interest.

A-to-Z: Rifacimento

After much thought, this week’s theme is Writing Challenges.
he rules are simple, either use the word of the day directly or its meaning in the challenge presented.
Have fun and thanks for visiting!


Rifacimento: (noun) a recast or adaptation, as of a literary or musical work.

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Writing Challenge:  Take a beloved children’s Golden Book story, such as “The Little Engine that Could”, and write your own version.

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