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November’s “Spare Time” Project (yeah, right)

Posted by on 18 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Interesting Websites, NaNoWriMo, Uncategorized, wordplay, words, writing

I will participate in National Novel Writing Month again this year, but I doubt I will get the 50,000 word limit this time.

That’s okay, I haven’t been writing much the last few months because of school, and it would be a good challenge to work toward. I suppose I will have most of the last week of November without classes. Let’s see… 50,000 words over 7 days in the last week + four weekends (8 days) = about 3400 words per writing day! A piece of cake, right?

Anyway, here is the pretty large icon that links to NaNoWriMo for this year!

NaNoWriMo Participant Badge

NaNoWriMo Participant Badge

My Own Poem

Posted by on 30 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: art, citizenship, copyrights, fun, poetry, Uncategorized, wordplay, words, writing

Well, Robin has been writing poems all month. I thought it would be a good idea to write one also, since I didn’t manage to participate in NaPoWriMo (this time).

Independent, I

black
/
white

red
/
blue

conservative
/
liberal

happy
/
sad

why choose?

be bold, bright, splendid
/
quiet, calm, reserved

grey, purple, moderate, centered, boldly quiet, splendidly calm, brightly reserved…

and all at once

be yourself.

this is by ks, copyright ks, permission to quote and alter — but please cite ks as your source.

Poet of Note

Posted by on 29 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: art, books, education, good things, poetry, Uncategorized, wordplay, words, writing

This is from “Always a Reckoning” by Jimmy Carter. I really treasure this book. Some of the poems make me uncomfortable, some make me sad or angry. This one in particular makes me feel peculiar. Wistful?

Priorities of Some Mexican Children

A sign was leaning toward adobe shacks
back from the road, across a dry plateau.
LLANOS it read, the same as our Plains.
When we stopped to photograph the view
three blackhaired children hurried down a path
shouting something, eager to be heard.
“Get out your pocketbooks,” I said,
“I can guess the word.”
When they got closer, we could tell it was not dinero but
lápiz and papel.

What would it take for our own children to value education so highly?

dinero = money; lápiz = pencil; papel = paper

Poetry at the end of April

Posted by on 28 Apr 2008 | Tagged as: art, education, good things, poetry, Uncategorized, wordplay, words, writing

Today it is Emily Dickinson…

Wild Nights!

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.

Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

Thanks to babbler “kje” who posted this in her profile yesterday.

Free Rice

Posted by on 30 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: education, fun, Giving, good things, hope, Making a Difference, poverty, Uncategorized, Word Games, wordplay, words

This is a cool website.

Improve your English vocabulary — and do something good for people who have need.

Free Rice.

It works a little like the old word association tests in school. They give you one word, then you choose the closest equivalent from four others. If you get it right three times in a row, they bump you up a level; if you get a word wrong you go down a level until you are hovering pretty close to the sort of language you use and understand easily.

Note to non-native speakers: as you get higher up in the levels, you will run into more words that are not in common use except by people who study specific subjects (history, science, medicine are the ones I have noted so far).

NaNoWriMo?

Posted by on 25 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: books, education, friends, fun, stidmama, Uncategorized, wordplay, words, writing

Like a challenge? How about adventure, romance, thrills and chills? Aspire to be/do/say something a bit more than the average?

November is National Novel Writing Month. I think I will give this a try. I managed to write a chapter in the BabbleStory today… 978 words in one hour. How hard can 50,000 words be?

Thank you, LiveJournal for the timely announcement to your users’ list!

If you want to join me, please let me know and we can keep each other company!

Another New Page

Posted by on 09 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: art, books, books and authors, education, fun, good things, hope, poetry, review, school, Uncategorized, wordplay, words

A Writing Notebook Quotes and miscellany about and for writers and writing. It is in the “Literary Pursuits” category in the navigation table. Things in the Notebook will be, like a real notebook, in random order and never sorted… Enjoy!

Words to ponder…

Posted by on 30 Sep 2007 | Tagged as: fun, Uncategorized, wordplay

Here’s a word that was used on a website I visited this last week.

aestivate

And what it means? Check out Webster’s by this link.

I wish we still used cool words like this.

Time to start reading the dictionary again… for fun!