#Otherworldly Words: Siren

All this month, I’m looking at less-than-flattering words for women. Next is that dread of all the seas, the siren. A siren is: Classical Mythology. one of several sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners to destruction by their seductive singing. a seductively beautiful or charming woman, especially one who beguiles men: a siren…

#Writing Prompt: The Big D

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This month is all about scenes that could be filled with anger or sensible adults talking something out. You decide! This time, there’s no working it out. It’s time for the Big D. Some people divorce with such panache it gives you faith…

Otherworldly Words: Harpy

  I’m continuing to look at words that cast women in a less than flattering light. The next word on my list is harpy. In Greek mythology, the harpy was a ravenous, vicious creature with a bird’s body and a woman’s head. Or, as some would have you believe, the definition of a woman, as…

#Writing Prompt: The Big Flirt

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This month is all about scenes that could be filled with anger or sensible adults talking something out. You decide! Up Next: Most relationships can handle a little flirting, but when your paramour gives all of his or her attention to someone for an…

#Writing Prompt: It Is Better to Give, Than To Take

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This month is all about scenes that could be filled with anger or sensible adults talking something out. You decide! Up Next: Relationships are about give and take, but one of your characters is better at the latter. How does s/he and his/her mate work…

#Otherworldly Words: Gorgon

March is Women’s History Month, so I’m gong to take an odd approach to words this month: I’m going to look at oppressive words against women. (No, not THOSE words.) Most oppressed groups have a long history of words being used against them in an ugly way. This month, I’m going to look at four…

#Writing Prompt: It Didn’t Stay in Vegas

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. This month is all about scenes that could be filled with anger or sensible adults talking something out. You decide! Up First: What happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas…and now your character has to explain how s/he caught an STD. How does…

Otherworldly Words: Amaranthine

Finishing up February is amaranthine. This adjective lends a beautiful, ethereal feel to the concept of endless time. Amaranthine is derived from the myth of the amaranth, the legendary undying flower. Of course, amaranth is a real family of flowers, too, and a grain alternative.   All this month, I have introduced and discussed words dealing…

#Otherworldly Words: Transilience

  February is the month that benefits from a leap year, thus having 29 days this year. A Leap Year is the year we gather the fragments of the 1/4 day in our calendar and give them space. It is a way of collecting time as if over the course these fragments were lost. Three…

#Otherworldly Words: Chronon

  This month I’m looking at words to do with time! A chronon is a hypothetical unit that helps scientists theorize. It’s important to remember that science is a creative endeavor. Thinking about the vastness of space (and time) not only inspires scientists but authors and other storytellers across the eons. Words like chronon have…