Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Donnée – Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/20/17

Two to Tango … One to ROCK! 

Inspiration. Intuition. Instinct. Insight. Awaken your writing ideas with a song and a dancing …

DONNÉE (dô nāʹ) n. – [French] an incident, idea, etc. that serves as an author’s starting point or inspiration for a novel, play, etc. [WW #130] 

OMG! I have those ALL the time … unfortunately, so does someone else – first – or it isn’t necessarily a great thought … sigh.

Why stick to novels or plays? Certainly, starting points for any endeavor would qualify as a donnée; and don’t think you’re limited to just one

My “book ideas” folder is FULL of one-line données, and even a few that have a mini-outline. Some are novels, others non-fiction and all, interesting subjects; none inspiring me to dance with them.  

An Aha! moment, however, came as I chatted on the phone with radio DJ friend, Bill Gardner, about a Rock & Roll memorabilia article I was writing. Voilà! With a jitterbug sidestep, the Blast from Your Past book series donnée popped into my head.  

As much as I love working on the BFYP series, it’s obvious I won’t become a millionaire from its modest proceeds. More of a legacy than a money-maker, its writings inspire my heart, but not my bank account. So, I’ll continue to ponder, seeking the donnée with dollar signs attached; or even better, the marketing donnée that makes BFYP a commercial success.

The world is full of billionaires who had just one truly great donnée. I’ll keep trying ‘til my muse hits me over the head with mine. How about you? Good luck … and Rock On!
Word Challenge: DONNÉE. It might take two to Tango, but it only takes one inspirational donnée to make life worthwhile. Take a donnée-break and mull a few ideas as you fit it into your week of Rocking writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Incused – Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/13/17

Hey buddy, have ya got a dime?  

Go ahead. Pull it out of your pocket or purse and take a good look at it. Then drop it in an envelope and mail it to … just kidding!

Oh, is the dime too small to see easily without your glasses? No matter, a quarter, nickel, any coin will do; just admire its design and know that it has been …

INCUSED (in kyōōzʹ) adj. – forged with a hammer; hammered or stamped in: said of the design on a coin. n. – such a design. [WW #129] 

While the numismatists (coin collectors) may know the word, incused may not have yet made it into your daily vocabulary. However, given our penchant for competitiveness and always planning ways to one-up our friends, feel free to incuse your writing with designing thoughts, and astonish your friends at the next party.

Word Challenge: INCUSED. A word of a rather permanent nature, wouldn’t you say? Take a look around you—what else do you see in your life that may be incused, as you fit it into your week of indelible writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle) 



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wye – Wordplay Wednesday™ 9/06/17

Wordplay Wednesday Mind-Warper 

Short on time, so a little rhyme
       something to noodle your brain
Not for long, not like a song
       jus’ proving our language is insane!

WYE (wī) n. – 1) the letter Y; 2) something shaped like Y. [WW #128] 

Why?! Think about it … words that begin with Y, like yellow or yank, are uttered with your mouth like a U; and those that end with Y, sound like E, unless preceded by an A. Huh?

Soooooo, why does the Y begin with a double-U? And why isn’t it just spelled “Wi”? If there is no “sound” that equals a Y, why do we have it at all? 

Don’t ponder too long, it might stick like a song
    we'll never know Y, lest a spell is cast
One that will host, and conjure a ghost 
     of lexicographers past!

A simple reminder that life doesn’t always need to make sense, but we do need to make jolly fun of it once in a while, to maintain our sanity. Close your eyes and count to ten. When you open them, be intent on seeing the humorous absurdity of your surroundings.

Happy Hump Day!

Word Challenge: WYE. Good question … why? Observe the silliness … and even join in! … as you fit wye into your week of inane writings.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)