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Last Lost Words of This Series…

May 30, 2016
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Today is the last day for my lost words feature – I would like to thank Stephen at http://phrontistery.info/index.html for allowing me to utilize his wonderful site. It has been a learning curve and intriguing to see how many words are no longer used. Some you can understand have lost their relevance but others I think should come back!

I hope you enjoyed the lost words feature and that you will continue to enjoy the subjects for the remainder of the year.

My Monday features from now on will be random – unless someone has a particular topic that they wish me to cover for the remainder of 2016.

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Wednesday‘s will cover reincarnation, life after death and other phenomena and possibly a dash of romance!-  As I will be editing and revising my time-slip romance, The Twesome Loop, which centers on several characters finding their reincarnated soul mates.

Saturday‘s will continue for the prompt contest’s – remember to post your response and then vote for your favorite – chances to win a prize every quarter.

And so to the last lost words:

essomenic adj 1771 -1771
showing things as they will be in the future
The essomenic properties of crystal balls are very much in dispute.

patration n 1656 -1656
perfection or completion of something
The patration of my dissertation will be an occasion for great merriment.

prebition n 1656 -1656
act of offering, showing or setting before
The prebition of his treasure-find to the king earned him great honour and esteem.

My sentence: With the patration of this topic, I offer a essomenic and prebition for the remainder of the year.

Writing Prompt Contest – Window View…

May 28, 2016
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window view Shaw

Today’s photo is actually from the upper floor window of my old school – Shaw House in England. It is an Elizabethan manor and the Roundheads took a shot at King Charles I through this window. The hole in the wooden paneling has been preserved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaw_House,_Berkshire

Give your imagination free reign and write a poem or short story (1000 words maximum) to reflect those facts or something entirely different.

Have fun.

After voting prizes will be awarded quarterly to the most voted response. Remember to post your response in the comments.

 

Alternative Living – Other Options Part Three…

May 25, 2016
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6. A caravan

This is open to interpretation. Old or modern or new concept. Costs are reflected in the design, space and style – so you will need to investigate what your money will buy. You can travel from site to site or become semi- permanent on a site, it depends on what you require for income, such as where your work place is situated, if you have a self-generated income or have retired and want to travel with all the comforts of home and familiarity.

 

 

7. A shipping container

The use of shipping containers for conversation into homes has become increasingly popular. In fact, in some European countries, they are being converted into store/retail units. Depending on how much space you need or want,you can purchase one or more and design how you will convert it into a living space. The conversion cost is high and requires a lot of expert knowledge and time. However, there are numerous companies that will convert and refit containers for you at a price. This link is from a local article from my city – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/shipping-container-homes-move-into-edmonton-s-back-alleys-1.3596759

8. A tent

 

There are of course temperature restrictions when it comes to living in a tent – in our -40 winters the idea of living in a tent is unthinkable, however on a sunny, warm beach somewhere with the waves crashing in – yep!

Tents come in all sorts of styles, shapes, and sizes. You would need to be minimalist in your lifestyle to be able to ‘move’ your home easily. Again it depends on where you wish to travel or live and how you would sustain yourself.

Which of these options would you rather live in?

Lost Words of a Writing Retreat…

May 23, 2016
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strawberry-creek-lodge

This post was created prior to my escaping for four days on a writing retreat. As you can imagine the excitement was tangible for the weeks coming up to this event. It will be the fourth time I have joined other writing friends on such a retreat in the fabulous Strawberry Creek Lodge. Hidden away along a long track, shrouded by trees and with a creek babbling beside it, the large log cabin is perfect for inspiration, contemplation and for allowing the writing Muse to whisper unhindered.

I will be revising several ‘work in progress’ manuscripts – Life in Slake Patch, Willow Tree Tears and The Giving Thief. All are in different genres so my mind will be full of multiple characters all vying for attention.

With the most delicious meals cooked for us and several bottles of wine to consume, there is no better place to be.

aeipathy n 1847 -1853
continued passion; an unyielding disease
Her aeipathy for stamp collecting bordered at times on the pathological.

apanthropinization n 1880 -1880
withdrawal from human concerns or the human world
His life as a hermit in the woods was characterized by apanthropinization.

boscaresque adj 1734 -1734
picturesque; scenically wooded
Despite northern England’s industrial pollution, parts of it remain boscaresque.

incabinate v 1672 -1672
to enclose in a cabin; to confine
The solution to her writer’s block was to incabinate herself at her country villa.

sodalitious adj 1656 -1730
of or belonging to society or to fellowship
Sodalitious camaraderie is the basis for gentlemanly life in this civilized era.

Please visit http://phrontistery.info/clw.html for more lost words.

My sentence: Our sodalitious will once again enjoy the boscaresque surroundings while incabinated at Strawberry Creek, allowing apanthropinization from our daily lives allowing us to focus on our aeipathy of writing in good company.

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Writing Prompt Contest – Ghost Village…

May 21, 2016
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abandoned village in Scotland

The village is abandoned, your footsteps echo in the stillness. Where have the villagers gone? What do you discover?

Have fun with this prompt and leave your response in the comments. 1000 words maximum for a short story. Poems can be any length.

 

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