Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cloudland – Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/18/2019

Your Head in the Clouds? Good! Now Write! 

I suppose we’ve thought of ourselves or someone else occupying this fanciful sphere, though may not wholly believe the word (if ever heard) to be real. But my Webster’s doesn’t even designate this week’s word as colloquial, regional, or archaic. It’s real! So to speak …

CLOUDLAND (kloudʹlandʹ) n. – region of dreams, imagination, or impractical speculation; visionary realm. [WW #234]

I plan to be exploring cloudland literally and figuratively, by the time you read this today (Wednesday). I shall urge my imagination run away with my physical self, to find adventure wherever I land.

Consider this venerable writer’s sage observation: You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain.

Try it! You don’t even need to fly off your chair. Simply close your eyes, daydream, and when you open them write the first thing that comes to mind while in cloudland.

For those of you who read this later in the week, cloudland is obviously a fun word any time, for your books, blogs and writings, or simply to identify your escape from the daily grind.

Make a visit to cloudland a weekly adventure (at least), to clear your mind. Wander eagerly into your imagination—which of course, is a required ingredient for both fiction and non-fiction works.

Of course, fiction lives in cloudland, but if you haven’t considered the wealth of imagination that can drive non-fiction, perhaps this is the way to more exciting writing, for inventive fun and profit.

Without flights of fancy and a mental trip to cloudland, we wouldn’t have half the innovations of our era. Perhaps the most prolific travelers to the ethereal region of dreams, include Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. “Impractical speculation”? That’s what their detractors wanted us to think.

Word Challenge: CLOUDLAND. Who knows what innovation might be lurking in your region of dreams, imagination, or fanciful speculation, as you slip cloudland into your week of visionary writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

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

           

[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

Note: Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
Endnote: FYI – All links in the PFP site are personally visited, verified, and vetted. Most are linked to commonly accessed sites of reputable note. However, as with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion.

E-N-Dzzzzzzzz  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/11/2019


Short, Sweet and oh, so Calm 

Some days need a few moments of quiet reflection. Morning, noon, or night … whenever it feels right … give your mind a rest … keep your soul at its best …

ATARAXIA (atʹɘ rakʹsē ɘ) n. – calmness of the mind and emotions, tranquility; also ataraxy (-rak’se). [WW #233]

There are never enough words in fiction or non-fiction to express tranquility. Ataraxia is a state many aspire to, as often as possible.
 
In this chaotic world, ataraxia is a must, to create the inner peace necessary to balance our lives.

Whatever your philosophy for coping, give ataraxia time in your day. Just five minutes to take a deep breath, push yourself away from work, and create calm. You will feel better for it.

Word Challenge: ATARAXIA. Too much cannot be said for making moments in your day just for you. Think about creative ways to make it happen, as you slip ataraxia into your week of serene writings.

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below.

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

           

[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

Note: Dictionary definitions are quoted from Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
Endnote: FYI – All links in the PFP site are personally visited, verified, and vetted. Most are linked to commonly accessed sites of reputable note. However, as with everything cyber-security, use at your own discretion.

E-N-Dzzzzzzzz