Words–Their Weft & Warp 34

Words. Unusual words. Forgotten words. Foreign words. And some whose authenticity one may question, but are fun anyway. In other words, not your average grade 4 spelling list. Enjoy!

Logorrhea (log-uh-RI-uh)
(n)  an excessive flow of words, prolixity

(adj) having arrow-like prickles

A Little Bit About

I was having one of my ‘feeling utterly useless and futile’ weeks, so I decided to post this. A little bit of me–things that mean something, or inspire or are important to me in some way.
so me

P.S. Can you guess my favourite colour?

Words–Their Weft & Warp 33

Words. Unusual words. Forgotten words. Foreign words. And some whose authenticity one may question, but are fun anyway. In other words, not your average grade 4 spelling list. Enjoy!


How to Write 101

♫  You put your write hand in, you put your write hand out,
You put your write hand in and you scribble all about
You do the hordes of typing and you edit all around,
…that’s what it’s all about!   ♫ ♪ ♪
how to write

Go wild everyone. Especially all you NANOS out there.

Writers’ Buddy-ol’-Pals

How’re these for unusual buddies, pals, friends? Check out the penguin using his dolphin pal as a surf board. When animals make inter-species friends, sometimes even of their natural “enemies” or prey, it lasts for their lifetime.animal1

What kinds of friends do writers have? We’re often introverts so don’t be shocked when you hear the answer.

A brand new pen that writes just so (and when discovered we go out and buy as many of the same kind before the stupid manufacturers decide to discontinue them. Then we tuck them in a drawer and look at them and smile every day.) Maybe we even own a fountain pen that runs out of ink at every third word, or leaves splotches on the page, but . . .  it’s so pretty.

Paper, or notebooks, crisp and clean with white unblemished pages. Even though we use a computer for our work, we do have to scribble in something occasionally, and we do have to print stuff off.

Journals. Oh praise the marvelous beautifical gorgeous journals out there on the bookstore shelves. How do you pick just one? And when someone asks you what you want for your birthday, you say like memorized lines, “Oh I can always use a new journal.” The part you don’t say is that all your journals are still empty cause they’re too pretty to write in, in case you have to cross something out and mess it up.

It’s like when Mom bought those clean unmarked school supplies every fall.office supply

But we writers have other types of friends too.

A favourite writing spot– a room all our own with just our creations for company and inspiration. Or a coffee shop, full of the silent buddies that we listen too and observe snitching samples of behaviour and conversation, amusing ourselves by working these things into our stories. It’s not spying when you’re a writer. It’s recycling useful tidbits.

And then there’s “The Muse.” This one’s a bit of a fair-weather friend, not to be relied upon. But we all need our muse. Without him, there wouldn’t be a single book worth reading our there in the stratosphere.20141030_145223

This one is my muse. I bought him at the studio of Evelin Richter of “What?” He’s of the species  “Enigma” and has “Curios” as his facial features. Now, when I write he stares at me with all those letters as eyes and tries to infuse me with inspiration.

Hmmm. I see we still have some bonding to do, but the process has begun. My new buddy ol’ pal. :)


Words–Their Weft & Warp 32

Words. Unusual words. Forgotten words. Foreign words. And some whose authenticity one may question, but are fun anyway. In other words, not your average grade 4 spelling list. Enjoy!

(n) Beauty that is more than skin deep

(n) An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire or action

(n) One who lives by the sea


Can Your Cat Fly?

Marie-Louise_Gay_1On the weekend I attended a book launch by Marie-Loise Gay, author and illustrator of the “Stella” books and more. This time she had a large book called “Any Questions?”

It. Was. Brilliant.

Marie has done a number of school visits and such over the years, and and her young readers and admirers have bucket loads of questions for her. She used all those questions, put them in a book about how a book is born and grows, and created a masterpiece, enhanced with her lovely, quirky artwork.

Some of the questions these kids asked are, “How did you learn to draw?” “Can your cat fly?” “How many books do you make in one day?” Kids want to know.

I’ve said before that I was always a nosey cat and an imaginative one. When I was younger I had just heard some adults talking about St Francis of Assissi and how he claimed he could speak to animals. Being the animal nut I was, I asked my mother, “Will I ever have that gift to talk to animals?” Children do not relate to impossiblity.

And how else do kids learn than by asking and doing? Kids learn: that crayons will melt in the sun. . .that worms can look just like twigs. . .that if you beg very very hard enough you might just win and get that ice-cream.1407951166061

Sometimes they don’t ask first, but they still learn. Learn that: plugging wrong things in outlets can give big black shocks. . . .that digging up a pretty dead bird a week after burial to show to someone is quite shocking . . . that frogs die kept under a bowl in the hot sun.

Kids are all about the “why” and “how” and especially the “what if?” All questions writers must keep in the fore front of their brains in order to turn out books people want to read, and not just children.

Here’s a quote I have always loved from George Bernard Shaw: “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say, Why not?” 

Children are often born knowing how to do the latter. Some adults manage to retain these dreams. They make the best children’s authors and illustrators.3-caramba-esquisse-couleur