Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Pogonip - po*go*nip n Also pogonip fog, ~ frost Also sp poganip; for addit varr see quots [Paiute] chiefly NV Cf Tule fog A dense, icy fog; formerly also a severe snowstorm. 1892 Scientific Amer. 16 Apr. 240, The pogonip fog is peculiar to elevated altitudes in the Nevada Sierras. 1910 Hodge Hdbk. Amer. Indians 2.272, Pogonip. A Shoshonean term used in Nevada to designate a peculiar fog that occasionally visits the mountain country in winter. T

The Right Balance Of Self-Care

Hangovers. Stagnation. Really sore genitals. All of the above are the result of too much of a good thing. Self-care is abso-friggin’-lutely important in this day and age. Giving your body and mind what they need to be their best selves takes time and effort. Time because we don’t have dinners in pill form yet even though it’s 2018. Effort because if you don’t use your body or your mind, they lose their edge. With their powers combined, time and effort will teach you things about how to build your best self, and that’s a good thing. *raises hand* Hell, I’m still on this journey. Right along with you, friend. BUT: Too much focus can lead to a mental or emotional crash. Too much relaxation can

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Persnickety - per*sni*ck*ety adj, hence n persnicketiness Also persnickerty, persnickity [Var of pernickety] scattered, but more freq Nth, Midl 1905 DN 3.63 eNE, Persnickety, pernickety . . .Disagreeable, or snippy. “They acted mighty persnickety.” OH87, PA115, Persnickety; (Qu. GG14, Names and nicknames for someone who fusses or worries a lot, especially about little things). “You call him persnickety, I call him a grumpernutter.” “Way to nitp

Never Feel Ashamed For Making Writing Time.

Enemies of the writer: Feeling shame at making writing time. When kerjillions of things pile up in life, so do kerjillions of responsibilities. And feelings. And filler bullshit. Don't let that filler bullshit win. "But X won't get done if I write." "But Y person needs me at work, so I can't write." "That Z thing's gotta get fixed or tomorrow will suck more of my writing time." Stand up for your writing! So in other words, be a lazy bastard. For your writing's sake. Leave that mess until your writing goal's done. Even if your goal is two hundred words, or sending just one query, or listening to a podcast or two about writing. That writing goal will add to your book better than another hour o

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Pafisticated - pa*fi*sti*cat*ed adj Cf pifflicated Tipsy. 1966 DARE (Qu. DD13, When a drinker is just beginning to show the effects of liquor. . she’s _______) Inf NC1, Pafisticated. “Best test of whether someone’s too drunk: teach them ‘pafisticated’ before you bar-hop. If they can still pronounce it at the end of the night, they should be all right.” “Pafisticated sounds like what a lot of cliche drunk fathers in movies do. Pa. Fist. Icate. N

Enemies Of The Writer

A frick of a lot of things stop writers from writing. Fear. Distraction. Waiting for motivation. The choice to do things that aren’t writing. These are the monsters whose eldritch genitals we need to kick. A writer’s enemies are many, and the bigger threats are the internal monsters, not the external ones. Every time a writer, blogger, or comic artist puts her work out there, she’s winning one fight against those internal monsters. Just one. More are coming. The creating is never done. But here’s the trick: You can control those internal monsters a butt-ton more than you can control the external ones. Going along with whatever thingamashit that wants to eat up your time is exactly what won’t

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Padiddle - pa*didd*le n Also bediddle, padoodle, padungle, perdiddle, perdiddo Cf cockeye piddle = cockeye. 1959 in 1980 Koch Folkl KS 6, If a fellow sees a car coming with only one light and says, “padiddle,” he may kiss his girl. If she sees it first and says, “padiddle,” she may slap the boy. [Offered by 5 female infs] 1968 DARE FW Addit cwIN, In high school--[pe-didl]--to be spoken on seeing a car with only one headlight burning, especially

Writing's About The People

They say, “Writing’s a lonely gig.” Dadgum wrong. Writing is about the people. Without readers, artists, and fellow nerds, writing is like shouting to an empty insane asylum, funny farm, nut house, or any other synonym you can think of. Laze back in your chair and think about some of the art you’ve consumed lately. No, not literally eaten. I mean art you’ve savored. Books you slow-read. Video games you let seize you by the schnoz. Rumploads of people are behind that art. What “they” meant was, “Writing’s got moments of loneliness.” It’s lonesome as hell sitting at a desk cranking out words hour after hour. If you write, you’re a writer, so you take pride in your story no matter what stage it

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Paddywhack - padd*y*whack n also paddywhacker 1909 DN 3.421 Cape Cod MA (as of a1857), Paddywhacker . . . An Irish ragamuffin. 1912 Green VA Folk-Speech 310, Paddy Whack . . .An Irishman. 1941 LANE Map 454 (Nicknames for an Irishman) 1 inf, ceMA, Paddywhacker; 1 inf, nME, Paddywhack; 1 inf, seRI, Cf. the rime sung by children to annoy an Irishman. . . “Does this make paddywhack a swear word?” “Always knew I was a ragamuffin. Now I’m a paddywhac