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What is ”Pulchritudinous”?

Pulchritudinous, or “pul-kruh-TOO-di-nuhs.” Wow, now that’s a mouthful. This 15-letter, 5-syllable beast was a word I used recently in one of my poems, and when my significant other read it, he looked up from my notebook, one eyebrow arched, and said ”Seriously? What does pulchritinous even mean?” I smiled sweetly, promptly corrected his pronunciation since spelling and grammar mistakes are a pet peeve of mine, and explained what it meant. (Side note: I make mistakes too! I don’t claim to be perfect in that regard.) He sighed, and said I should just say ”pretty”. ”It would be a lot simpler!” he argued.

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Me in school. Needless to say, I wasn’t very popular…

While he definitely had a point, I also stand firm in the belief of learning new things every day, namely new words. I want to expand my vocabulary to one day have people question and think it plausible that I have a Master’s degree in English. The answer is no, of course, but one can certainly dream. *Writes on bucket list*

While I used the word ”pulchritudinous” in my poem, it’s actually an adjective derived from the word ”pulchritude”, an admittedly easier word to pronounce. It’s actually been used since the 1400s!

Even though it looks (and sounds) like it would describe a disease or a bad attitude, pulchritudinous actually describes a person of breathtaking, heartbreaking beauty.

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Let’s be honest: opportunities to use this word in casual conversation are probably pretty slim. If you can find a way, I will be impressed. And then probably hate you for being a smarty-pants.

This word may win the award for least-beautiful word meaning ”beautiful”, which, as I said earlier, is only used to describe people. So, you can’t say ”Wow, what a pulchritudinous looking flower!”, but you can say ”Wow, check out that girl at the bar! She’s pulchritudinous!” But, you might get some looks for talking that way. And people walking away from you because they don’t know what to think. Side note, if you find someone who sticks around, they’re meant to be in your life. Words are power! Wow, my typing gets a lot slower when I write this word.

How is this not considered pulchritudinous??

It’s a descendant of the Latin adjective pulcher, which means “beautiful.” Pulcher hasn’t exactly been a wellspring of English terms, but it did give us both pulchritude and pulchritudinous, an adjective meaning “attractive” or “beautiful.” The verb pulchrify (a synonym of beautify), the noun pulchritudeness (same meaning as pulchritude), and the adjective pulchrous (meaning “fair or beautiful”) are other pulcher offspring.

Did you know about the word ”Pulchritudinous” before reading this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂 If you didn’t, then I’m glad to have helped you learn something new today!

 

The Stages of Attraction

Ah, love. Most readers enjoy a bit of romance or even romantic entanglement. They enjoy this because it reflects real life. Most people’s lives have some romance in them, and likes to see some romantic exchange in a novel. Romance, being (often) a big part of real life means it usually has a place in a novel. In order for a romance to be believable, it’s important to include subtle gestures and words to insinuate interest, flirting, desire and (gasp!) lust. We do this subconsciously in real life, so it stands to reason that it should be included in literature too!

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Both men and women display different subtle hints that they are interested in someone. This list below is a general rule, and doesn’t mean that it applies to everyone. Some women may display subtle gestures from the men’s list, and vice versa. This list is simply to help the creative flow, and to maybe help notice if that special someone likes you back! 😉 giphy13

Female Viewpoint

Interest

  • Body posture stiffening and possibly a visible intake of breath
  • Glancing down or away only to look back
  • A smile that spreads when on is caught ”looking”
  • Angling one’s body towards the other person
  • Pushing hair back from one’s face (tucking behind an ear, etc.)

Flirting

  • Asking about their interests and opinions
  • Leaning in or stepping closer, entering their personal space
  • Touching one’s face and hair while speaking
  • Varying the timbre of one’s voice to keep them listening
  • Fiddling with a necklace to draw their gaze there

Desire

  • Tilting the head to expose one’s neck
  • Lingering or suggestive touches (trailing fingers along their collar,etc.)
  • Gaze drifting between their eyes and lips
  • Wetting one’s lips
  • Trembling or one’s breath visibly hitching slightly

Lust

  • Yielding to their embrace, sliding arms around them
  • Vocalizing (breathing becoming rushed, emitting small moans or gasps)
  • Lifting one’s lips to be kissed
  • Touching their jawline, running fingers through their hair
  • Pulling at their clothes to touch their skin

 

Male Viewpoint

Interest

  • The body going still momentarily
  • Eye contact that sticks and then takes the whole body in
  • Shifting to display one’s chest and shoulders
  • Smiling and moving closer to engage
  • Placing hands near one’s pelvis (thumbs through belt loops, etc.)

Flirting

  • Offering jokes and light banter
  • Asking questions that grow more personal
  • ”Accidental touches” (leg bumps, hand brushing, etc.)
  • Active listening, watching other person’s lips
  • Mirroring body language

Desire

  • A gaze that explores and suggests
  • Active touches (stroking the other person’s arm,cupping a chin) and direct eye contact
  • Erasing personal distance (taking their hands, pulling them close)
  • Increased swallowing
  • Lips that are slightly parted

Lust

  • Fumbling with clothing that feels restrictive
  • Pulling the person in to claim, body-to-body contact
  • Kisses that test, then deepen and grow more urgent
  • Vocalizing (heavy breathing, whispering one’s desires)
  • Cupping the person’s neck, hands carving through the person’s hair

I hope this will help with your character and writing creations!

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This is how I show that I’m interested. Act fast though. before I eat it.

 

My thoughts on ”Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

Everybody has that one song that stirs intense emotions inside them, and encourages the body to move to the beat. I love to dance! It provides me with mental clarity and emotional stability. As someone who has a hard time expressing themselves, I find that dance is the way to do it when words are insufficient.

We all want to be understood, and I feel that if we could truly speak the words that describe our feelings, I can’t even begin to imagine how deep and powerful they would be. But unfortunately, those words never seem to come to us just right. Dance is the medium through which we show the world who we truly are and who we can be.

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How I feel when I dance. Legit.

”Footloose” is a classic. Very few people don’t know what it is, and whenever it’s played, there usually isn’t a rigid body in sight, myself included. One time, it played while I was out grocery shopping. Before my mind could question the odd song selection for a grocery store, my feet were tapping, my hips were swaying and my arms waved to the beat. For a moment, I forgot embarrassment and dignity. When that song came on, my body just needed to move. I wanted to have fun, and I didn’t care where I was. That is, until my significant other cleared his throat and said ”Umm, babe?”. I opened my eyes, and a woman with a shopping cart full of groceries and two young children glued to her were staring at me. The woman was looking at me disapprovingly, but the children had suppressed smiles. My face grew really hot, and I quickly exited the aisle.

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As embarrassing as that was, I don’t regret that moment. For a few seconds, I felt my worries slip away. I was transported out of that grocery store in to my own fantasy world where I made the rules, where all the girls were envious and all the boys wanted me. I felt powerful. And that’s why I’ll never stop dancing.

This song, I feel, has a pretty clear message; know your limits and let loose! Everyone has to work to get by, but if you don’t stop and enjoy yourself every once in a while, it will drive you crazy. The calls of different names in this songs signifies wanting everyone to join in on the fun, and show that we’re not alone. We’re unique individuals, but we’re very similar.

This may not be everyone’s interpretation of this song, and that’s okay. What’s great about art is that it’s open to interpretation, which then opens a ton of different points of view and possibilities!

FOOTLOOSE LYRICS

Been working so hard
I’m punching my card
Eight hours for what?
Oh, tell me what I got
I’ve got this feeling
That time’s just holding me down
I’ll hit the ceiling
Or else I’ll tear up this town
Now I gotta cut loose
Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose
You’re playing so cool, obeying every rule
Deep way down in your heart
You’re burning, yearning for the some-somebody to tell you
That life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You’ll get by if you’d only cut loose
Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Ooh-whee, Marie, shake it, shake it for me
Whoah, Milo come on, come on let’s go
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose
You got to turn me around
And put your feet on the ground
Gotta take the hold of all
I’m turning loose, footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut footloose
Footloose, kick off the Sunday shoes
Please, Louise, pull me off of my knees
Jack, get back, come on before we crack
Lose your blues, everybody cut, everybody cut
Everybody cut, everybody cut
Everybody cut, everybody cut
Everybody, everybody cut footloose

Poetry – ”Puppet Master”

This is a little free verse poem I wrote based on a dream I had last night.

I never thought of something this tragic,
Being haunted by a faded mirror.
One side of me is romantic,
And the other is like a thriller.

A sleepless night and a dream of something eerie.
I paint a picture of the final scene,
I hear the sound of painful silence,
And am blinded by the fear of being tragic.

Kiss me or gaze upon the final scene,
Sing the song about an endless quest,
A passion like a love affair between fire and ice,
Troubled, powerful, obsessed.

Another early morning roaring.
Surrounded by an endless form of fiction,
A world without protection from the haunting,
Dreams of being treated like a villain.

Alone without another life,
I accept my villainous urges.
I see your picture like a fallen angel,
I’m plagued by your dark infatuation.

I’ve awoken from an empty shell and splatter.
I feel the power like an evil creature,
Being taken by a puppet master,
Flesh and soul against the human eater.

I promise that not all of my work is dark! Although I have to admit, sometimes it feels good to write this way. It helps get out the darkness that sometimes plagues my mind.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and interpretations of this piece 🙂

 

 

 

 

Painted Book Edges DIY

I love arts and crafts. Now, whether I’m good or not is debatable. But I enjoy it nonetheless. I’ve been looking at ideas for bookish style projects, because, let’s face it, I live and breathe books. I can never resist a bookstore. Some people say I have a problem. I say…

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Anyways, all jokes aside, I came across this project on Pinterest, and I loved the idea!

The things you will need are:

  • A notebook
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape or washy tape
  • Paper towel
  • Clamps or a heavy weight

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So the first thing you’ll need to do is wipe up the edges of the book so that you have a clean canvas to work with. Then, you’ll need to tape up all around the edges were you don’t want paint to touch.

IMG_1395Next, you need to press the pages down in some way. You can use clamps or a heavy weight. Then, paint a solid color onto the book’s edges. It’s important to have a dry brush to avoid moisture on the pages, and to use small  brushstrokes. Once your solid color is dry, you can paint different designs. Once the colors are all dry, you’ll want to wiggle the text block and then separate the pages to avoid them from sticking together. Then, remove the tape. Here are mine!

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I definitely need some practice! But I was very happy of the results nonetheless. I had a lot of fun making them, and I know I’ll be doing it again. Next time though, I think I’ll try it with a thicker book!

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What is ”Hygge”?

I love words. I think that goes without saying (you know, being a writer and all). I’m always looking to expand my vocabulary, and I love to learn new words. Hence, Word Wizard Wednesday was born. How does it work? I pick a random word, I define it, then I share my thoughts. Simple, right? I want to share my findings with my readers. Sharing is caring, after all!

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Another free word defined. You’re welcome.

This week’s word is ”hygge”. Pronounced hue-guh, hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging any feeling or moment as cozy, charming or special.

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That awkward moment when I learned that I was saying this word wrong… I really thought it sounded like ”jiggy”. I’ve been saying ”Let’s get hygge with it!” This doesn’t date me in any way.

Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything. Hygge literally only requires a conscious appreciation, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present. If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or a cup of hot cocoa on a snow day you’ve experienced hygge without even knowing it!

Sweatpants are a big part of my life. They’re just so comfy! And yes, sweatpants count as hygge. There’s even a word in Danish for them. Hyggebukser are that pair of pants you’d never be caught dead wearing in public, but practically live in when you’re at home binging on Netflix. Or when you’re too lazy to do laundry and it’s the only thing to wear. This happens to me on occasion. If ”on occasion” means ”all the time”.

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I prefer the term ”comfy-give-up-on-life-pants”.

In addition to describing things as hyggelig (hygge-like), Danes are also obsessed with adding hygge to other words to describe things. For example, a hyggekrog is essentially a nook where you can get cozy—imagine a window seat where you can wrap yourself up in a blanket and watch the world go by or your favorite armchair where you do all of your reading. Both of these things I do rather well, I might add.

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Accurate picture of me in my favorite reading setting: the beach. Although not technically a reading nook, it is one for me!

Since I see the pineapple me above, that reminds me of food! What you eat is also essential to creating those cozy vibes and it’s all about homemade sweets, comfort food and hot drinks. While restaurants can have a hygge atmosphere (think candles on the table and a fireplace in the back), spending tons of money on an expensive meal isn’t the point. It’s more about comfort and familiarity. My idea of this (other than the beach) is a warm cup of tea in a cozy sweater, digging up and making my Nanny’s famous macaroni and cheese recipe, then sharing it with friends and family while getting super fat and bloated (worth it!), and spending the weekend baking to my heart’s content. Food is life, okay? ”Too much food” just isn’t in my vocabulary. Maybe that’s why my weight is climbing.

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I say this, but only for a fleeting moment. Those pastries aren’t going to make and eat themselves! 

If you want to be truly hygge, just remember to appreciate the simple things that bring joy to your life. Instead of complaining about the bad weather this winter (yes, I know it’s tempting!), light some candles and hunker down with a cup of tea and that book you’ve been meaning to read for months (I need to do this ASAP. My TBR pile is getting embarrassingly long). Or if you’re feeling more social, cook up a pot of comforting soup and invite your friends over for a board game night. Have fun, and get hygge with it! (Yes, I will make that sentence cool 😉 )

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Hygge, Will Smith! Got to get hygge with it!

The myths and stories about writing

I love to write. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been working on writing projects (of varying quality, of course!) My first project was called ”The Little Girl And Her Ball”, and it was originally written in french. It was a simple tale; a little girl was playing with her ball, loses it, and goes on a journey to find it again.  Bestseller material right there.

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Anyways, writing has always been an important part in my life, and I strive to improve every day. I’m in no way an expert, but who knows, it might happen some day! 🙂 It’s important to me, but also to millions of people. Writing is the primary basis upon which communication, history, record keeping, and art has begun. We encounter writing every day of our lives, and can take a bounty of different forms. Each piece, in varying degrees of intensity, reflects its author. I can’t imagine a life without writing!

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A dozen caffeinated teas and a bowl of Reese’s Pieces later. I will finish that novel, dammit!

Among many ancient societies, writing held a extremely special and important role. Often writing is so revered that myths and deities were drawn up to explain its divine origin.

*WARNING – HISTORY LESSON AHEAD*

In ancient Egypt, the invention of writing is attributed to the god Thoth, who was the scribe and historian of the gods. In some Egyptian myths, Thoth is also portrayed as the creator of speech and possessing the power to transform speech into material objects. This ties in closely with the Egyptian belief that in order for a person to achieve immortality his or her name must be spoken or inscribed somewhere forever.

In Mesopotamia, the god Enlil was the creator of writing. Later, the god Nabu was credited as the inventor of writing and scribe of the gods. And similar to Thoth, Mesopotamian scribal gods also exhibit the power of creation via divine speech.

Among the Maya, the supreme deity Itzamna was a shaman and sorceror as well as the creator of the world. Itzamna was also responsible for the creation of writing and time-keeping.

In China, the invention of writing was not attributed to a deity but instead to a ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh, who was a minister in the court of the legendary Huang Ti. While not divine, this invention served as a communication tool between heaven (realm of gods and ancestors) and earth (realm of humans).

Whether as a medium to communicate with the gods, or as a magical or supernatural power, writing clearly possessed a divine nature in these ancient cultures. Writing became not only a way to extend memory but also a tool for the elite to justify their rule upon the common, illiterate people.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to work on my writing projects that are easy to start, but can never finish :/ #writingproblems

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This is 100% accurate. I swear.