Wednesday, January 7, 2015

“Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”     -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, February 27, 2014




zephyr (plural zephyrs)
  1. a light wind from the west
  2. any light refreshing wind; a gentle breeze
  3. anything of fine, soft, or light quality, especially fabric

Write a scene (5-8 sentences) using this word or what this word represents using descriptive mood and energy.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January's Word That Makes A Person Sigh

The appropriate word can certainly evoke passionate thoughts and conjure the setting for the most promising of stories. Tonight, I gave my class at the Tri State Writers Society the Word of the Month: Petrichor
Meaning: The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.
[From petro- (rock), from Greek petros (stone) + ichor (the fluid that is supposed to flow in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology) Coined by researchers I.J. Bear and R.G. Thomas.].
"Hmmm......what an inspiring word, indeed."
Assignment for the group and all others who'd like to participate: Write a short scene (10-15 sentences) using the meaning of this word.  Make it passionate and full of imagery using the five senses.