This week has been a reading week for me and I have had the good fortune to read a clutch of books which have delighted me in various ways. I have also been trying to catch up on the JuNo challenge. Slowly, slowly I inch up towards the goal.
I sat in the garden in one of our rare splashes of sunshine contemplating the week and wondering where a love of words and all they contain comes from? Assuming it was a later development in our evolution, how and where did it originate? We can of course only guess and this is not a post about our distant ancestors. I love words and when I hear someone talk effortlessly and eloquently allowing words to roll from their mind in what seems a spontaneous flood I marvel afresh at the intricacies’ of mind and memory. It looks so dull, our brain and yet, and yet. . . !
Part of my week has involved trying again to create order in my workspace – like King Canute I will never manage to keep the rising tide away.:( I re-discovered a slim book The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words compiled by Paul Hellweg. It is subtitled an insomniac’s dictionary of the outrageous, odd and unusual. I see it was first published as The Insomniac’s Dictionary in New York. Lovely, lovely book, a book for word lovers everywhere. Today I pull out just a very few words for you, these come from the mania chapter. I suspect many of us suffer from one of the following
Graphomania: morbid desire for writing
Scirbblemania, or scribbleonania: mania for scribbling
Typomania: mania for writing for publication
Logodaedalus: one who is cunning in words
Logographer: a prose writer in ancient Greece
Logolatry: worship of words
Logophile: one who loves words
There may well be more in the weeks to come:)
ROW80: This Week
Writing: With a combination of my faithful dragon and my trusty keyboard I have manage to write 18000 words, since the 1st of June toward The Children’s Tale for the JuNoWrMo challenge. The Children’s Tale is sort of a new beginning after having to dismantle The Ancestor’s Tale. Building on what was left, it progresses well. Still behind where I should be at a half way mark but I am happy with progress.
Blogging: Only ideas and drafts:(
Networking: Still not back to speed on this but managing.
Workshops: was late getting there but am doing a workshop on savvy on short story writing.
Reading: It was a reading week and I managed to read
Nightfall by Stephen Leather
The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson also
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman.
All of which I thoroughly enjoyed, all of which are so different from each other I feel my reading muscles have been well and truly exercised. (More than I can say for ordinary muscles – sciatica still stalks my back:(
Writing: it is a writing week so if all goes well should be able to push at those words. Of course I can hear Life breathing heavily behind the door so may not happen:(
Have some homework to do for workshop.
Blogs: must write some book reviews for challenges. More for Sefuty Chronicles.
Network: Do better.
Reading: Some research to do now Ancestor’s has changed to The Children’s Tale. Not sure how much time that will leave for fiction.
Others: Have neglected the book trailers of late so will begin working on those still to do
I hope everyone has had a good week and best wishes fro the week to come.
the laughter is a trifle offputting:)