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Lost Words – Games & Hobbies…

February 29, 2016
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Today’s words from http://phrontistery.info/clw.html concern games and hobbies. Rather enlightening as to the types of games allowed in times gone by and others that have endured!
Ascoliasm                1706 -1753
boys’ game of beating each other with gloves or leather while hopping
If you think bullies are bad today, look at brutal games of the past like ascoliasm.

Piladex                      1897 -1901
game where an inflated bag is hit with hand to keep aloft across a table
From piladex to hacky-sack, pastimes involving hitting objects are known to all ages.

Riviation                   1676 -1676
fishing
While anglers are the sort who enjoy quiet contemplation, I find riviation to be boring.

Sagittipotent          1656 -1656

having great ability in archeryThe sagittipotent hunter found himself unable to kill the beautiful white stag.

Tornatil                    1661 -1661
made with a wheel; turned on a wheel
The potter was a master of his tornatil work, but many of his pots broke during firing.

My sentence: His over protective mother tried to persuade her son not to indulge in ascoliasm or piladex fearing he may be injured. However, she would encourage riviation, his becoming sagittipotent with a bow or even learn to tornatil in creating pottery.

Can you make a sentence? 

And an extra word because it does celebrate today’s special event – Leap Year.

Bissextus   February 29th: the extra day added to the Julian calendar every fourth year (except those evenly divisible by 400) to compensate for the approximately six hours a year by which the common year of 365 days falls short of the solar year.

Quotes: This odd day was inserted after the sixth day before the kalends of March, i.e., after the 24th of February, and was not counted as an addition to the year, but as a sort of appendix. Hence the sixth of the kalends of March was called bissextus, or double sixth, which root is still retained in our word bissextile, though the day is now added at the end of February. — E. S. Burns, “History of Chronology,” The Popular Science Monthly, April, 1881 Origin Bissextus comes from the Latin term bissextus diēs meaning “intercalary day.” It was so called because the 6th day before the Calends of March (February 24th) appeared twice every leap year.

Life is Exigent – Do You Balance Your Life..?

December 11, 2013
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Exigent – definition: requiring, demanding, or calling for much attention or action

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Life is exigent, isn’t it? We are pulled in different directions for family, work and writing commitments. This Wiki explanation sums it up well:

Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development / meditation). Related, though broader, terms include “lifestyle calm balance” and “lifestyle choices”.

For most of the time we seem to be ‘catching ourselves up’ or ‘dropping the ball’ in one area; if not more. Stress results and impacts severely on our decision making, abilities and mental health. Finding a balance in our personal lives isn’t easy and although we try to divide our attention to each area equally, it is not always possible.

What should suffer? Work – would impact us financially. Family – relationships would falter. Writing – creativity and productivity would diminish. So the answer is…juggle it all and hope for the best or find methods to enable a balance to be achieved.

Have you found difficulties with this?

Do you have creative ways to achieve your best balance?

http://www.writedirections.com/balancing.php

http://www.mybooktherapy.com/finding-balance-with-writing-life-getting-organized/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/amyanderson/2013/07/26/work-life-balance-the-ultimate-oxymoron-or-5-tips-to-help-you-achieve-better-worklife-balance/

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Creative Catharsis…

December 5, 2013
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Catharsis – definition: a feeling of release, purification, or purgation of the emotions (often through art)

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I would love to hear from you all regarding your thoughts on how your ‘art’ effects your emotions or visa versa.

In my own experience, I have always been creative and have embraced numerous art forms in my life. Drawing and painting were my initial loves, which gradually progressed into sculpture and then a combination of the two. I dappled in knitting, crochet,  sewing, oil paints, charcoal and pencil drawings (some which were entered by my art teacher for an exam I have not thought possible), pottery and a few more ‘art and craft’ hobbies.

Writing, apart from a few stories for my children, was not something I considered at all. The reason? I have no idea to be truthful. I happened across a writing group once I emigrated to Canada and thought I could try it out among other offered groups and crafts.

As the saying goes I went from strength to strength after a couple of meetings and became ‘hooked’.

As a free flow writer my subconscious is the main source for the component of my stories. I have found that when I write I feel calm and happy. A day or so without writing finds me irritable and unhappy. That is the extent of my obsession and love of the craft.

This graph is fascinating and I will be studying it in detail later. There is a reason we have ‘body’ issues beyond the obvious after all.

I wish you joy in your writing as we head towards 2014 and another year of words, projects, manuscripts and fellowship.

What are your writing  plans for 2014?

A Gregarious Nature Comes in Handy…

October 1, 2013
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Gregarious – definition: seeking and enjoying the company of others ; sociable

Culture brush

My weekend was spent in the company of a few members of my writing group at Culture Days in Sherwood Park. This event is in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days- http://culture.alberta.ca/culturedays/. All types of artisan’s attend to show visitors their craft and sell their unique wares. Everyone has to have a gregarious nature to make these events successful.

Sadly, arts and culture seems to be low on the list when it comes to the general public. We are constantly trying to find new ways to entice visitors to these events. Do we blame technology for the lack of interest in crafts and hobbies that require hands on participation?

Have you attended similar events? What was your experience like? Do you have any tips on how to garner public interest?

We have found if there is free food at any event it is successful…do we make batches of cookies to hand out every time? Is that really practical?

 

 

 

 

WFSC Culture

Culture Days Sept 2013 (2)My group, The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, hosted an interactive writing workshop with the theme write your story. With pads of paper, pens and our Writing Prompt Journey book   http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/writing-prompt-journey-road-your-creativity and Your Life Time of Stories http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/your-lifetime-stories workbook on hand to help the process we encouraged visitors to participate.

Dream Write Culture

The other table I was present at (yes, I multitask!)  was Dream Write Publishing, where I handed out coloring sheets for my Rumble competition. I received a few enthusiastic  entries there and then. Rumble sat at the end of the table for friendly cuddles.

With a vast display of books ranging from children’s books to poetry, there was something for everyone. If you could not visit feel free to visit the web site and order from there.

http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/

Your Justifications Are..?

September 20, 2013
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Justification – definition: a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that defends an action or statement

Work-School-Life-Balance

What justifications do you use to leave your writing or on the other hand shirk your family commitments for your writing?

Here are a couple of different perspectives:

http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2008/09/14/five-reasons-why-you-should-not-write-a-book/

http://www.openculture.com/2012/04/ray_bradbury_gives_12_pieces_of_writing_advice_to_young_authors_2001.html

http://scheherazade-thewritinglife.blogspot.ca/2013/05/happy-crazy-friday-find-creative-outlet.html

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