Otherworldly Words: Obsess

Ah, amore! It’s February and our minds turn to St. Valentine’s Day and longing gazes and tokens of love. But what about when love crosses the line? #OtherworldlyWords returns with a look at four words that describe the downside of love and attraction. While marketed as a good thing for cologne, obsession can have its…

Otherworldly Words: Bewitch

Ah, amore! It’s February and our minds turn to St. Valentine’s Day and longing gazes and tokens of love. But what about when love crosses the line? #OtherworldlyWords returns with a look at four words that describe the downside of love and attraction. First up is bewitch. With its origin in Old English, this word…

The Wolf at War cover reveal

For #WerewolfWednesday, I’m sharing a first look at the cover for the final book in The Runes Trilogy: The Wolf at War. Book Three begins after werewolves launch worldwide terrorists attacks—destroying transportation infrastructure, communications networks, power grids, and leaving the heroes divided. Book Three is due out in December 2014. Learn more about the series…

Otherworldly Words: Will-o’-the-wisp

Perfect for Halloween Night, will-o’-the-wisp is the ghostly light in the woods that is always just in front of you.  So much of nature has inspired our tales of horror as we grapple with understanding the difference between the natural world and the preternatural. I’ve long thought the much maligned full moon lit the way…

Otherworldly Words: Vex

  The word vex comes from a word that means to shake or jolt. When someone truly vexes us, it does sometimes feel as we have been physically shaken due to the emotional or mental stress caused by his or her actions. I think that’a great way to think of vex: someone has troubled you to…

Otherworldly Words: Vanquish

Vanquish is one of those words that many people find interchangeable with words like decimate or annihilate.  These words are a really good example of how visiting the thesaurus and hitting replace doesn’t quite do the job sometimes. As I stated in my post “The thesaurus is out to get us,” the nuances of words…

Shapeshifter movies that aren’t about werewolves

Werewolves are shapeshifters, but not all shapeshifters are werewolves. Shapeshifters is a larger category with other types of transforming creatures within it. (See chart). To show that I am an equal opportunity shifter lover, I am taking this opportunityto bring you a list of shapeshifter movies that are not werewolves as a part of the…

Otherworldly Words: Umbrage

To take umbrage is to feel shadowed. Think of the words umbra and penumbra—all from the Latin root for shade or shadow. It’s not uncommon to say that we feel “overshadowed” by someone. Umbra is the fancy-schmacy way of saying it. 🙂 What is brilliant (pardon the pun) about this word is that it also refers…

Otherworldly Words: Tribulation

              Most of us have heard the phrase “trials and tribulations.” But have you ever looked up the meaning of tribulation? I think it’s one of those words we all know, and basically know the meaning of, but have never bothered to confirm. It is more than heartache; it’s…

Otherworldly Words: Trepidation

If you enter a situation with trepidation, you’re probably pretty scared.   “The constant, unidentifiable screech coming from the room as well as the utter darkness within compounded her trepidation.” Trepidatious and trepidatiously are the adjective and adverb form, respectively. Personally I love words like trepidation because they can accomplish in one word what otherwise…