Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Apperception ~ WordWayzzz™ December 2023

Reflecting on Time      

With January and the New Year hot on the heels of December’s whirlwind merriment, it’s no wonder we want to take a break and spend a little me-time. Don’t feel guilty, unless you want to call it a guilty pleasure … rejoice, rejuvenate, and reflect …

APPERCEPTION (,a-pǝr-'sep-shǝn; 1753) n. – 1) introspective self-consciousness; 2) mental perception, esp : the process of understanding something perceived in terms of previous experience (adj. apperceptive) [WW #336/final] 

Whether it’s for your journal, just a breather, or defining the character in your fictional writings, apperception goes a long way toward helping you and your readers understand the feeling behind the text.

We’ve all had those moments of clarity that come from a memory or even a dé jà vu event. This month, as you slip apperception into your works of writing art, pause for a moment to truly understand its reflective influence. It’s a subtle word with a vibrant meaning. Focus on it … enjoy it.

December’s Song of Note  
A song to transcend time, space and life. Jim Croce’sTime in a Bottle” is much more than a love song. Posthumously released*, when it hit the music charts in December 1973, it suspended time as we all processed its apperception, first to his shortened life, and then to our own mortality.

Give it a listen as we end a tumultuous year and slide into the beginning of a new unknown … But there never seems to be enough time | To do the things you want to do | Once you find them ... see more tuneful tidbits to manifest your memories or enjoy the ambience of 1973 and keep the Rock Rockin’ from 50 Years Ago this Month!
(*Jim Croce died in a plane crash September 20, 1973.)

Speaking of Time … though Penchant for Penning (est. 1986) will always be the parent to support Blast from Your Past and 39 and Holding Club, with the advent of A.I. and the difficulty of making waves in the oceans of writers on the market, it’s time to say goodbye to the PFP WordWayzzz blog (sharing writing tips and tenets since 2007).

This site may offer new and fun periodic writings in the future, but nothing on a monthly basis. Reflecting on Time (and last month’s “time change”), I wrote this recently for one of my other blogs and it bears repeating as I leave you to your writing and bring a poignant end to an enjoyable era of sharing words with you …

I’ve said for decades that Timing is everything. Unlike us, Time is ageless. Yet, Time itself is elusive and ethereal. We regulate our lives by Time—Time of day, Time of month, Time of year, and whether or not you’re having the Time of your life.

Time is of the essence, we say. That’s an understatement. We are powerless against Time. We cannot harness it, see it, or make it bend to our will. We can’t make it slow down, speed up, or stop. And when we say Time is on our side, is it really? The only thing we can do is fiddle with our clocks according to its intangible structure … and here we are, at yet another semi-annual Time-change. Which is a misnomer. We changed, Time did not. ~ L. Rochelle (© November 2023)

Word Challenge: APPERCEPTION. Give yourself Time to reflect on the joys, milestones, and memories of life, as you fit apperception into your month of reflective fiction and nonfiction writings, and casual conversations. Warm wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and good fortune in the New Year.

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

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Readers and Writers!   

Cheers to learning or creating a new word today!

*WordWayzzzTM is currently created for your literary pleasure every first Wednesday of each month. Thank you for stopping by! However, December 2023’s post will be the final monthly WordWayzzz article. There may be occasional posts after, when I’m in the mood or to promote Blast from Your Past and 39 and Holding Club, and the site will remain as a viable educational tool.

Always remember, learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t harmful to your health! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and WordWayzzz comments.

[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books in her Blast from Your Past series (of three) about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday and anytime 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 (eventually) … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

LR Notes: 1) Dictionary definitions are quoted from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary – Eleventh Edition, unless otherwise noted. Yes, we sometimes present them out of “official” context—but that’s half the fun! Think of it as “creative context.” 2) a] Recent dictionary additions to definitions include a date of first use, if known; b] words in small caps indicate “see also.” 3) Neither I (LinDee Rochelle) nor Penchant for Penning are responsible for how you use information found here, that may result in legal action.
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