NaNo: Gentlefolk, start your en–er, wordcounts!

It’s officially November! Time to start working on my NaNoVel. I was up listening to my mother doing her nebulizer and coughing anyway *sigh*, so I figured, why not come in here and open a Word document for the new novel?

I have the plot summary and a few ideas. Not that it’ll be anything different from all my other books, but oh well. Here goes.
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While we’re at it: Useful Stuffs to Knowz Dept.
Oft-Confused Words–er, the WORDS themselves aren’t confused, just their users

SHOULD IT BE: perspective (a way of regarding things)
Try to see things from my perspective.
OR SHOULD IT BE: prospective (expected in the future)
A pregnant woman is a prospective mother. The interviewer is your prospective employer.

SHOULD IT BE: compliment (to express admiration for)
I received several compliments on my new puce frammis.
OR SHOULD IT BE: complement (to improve or complete something else)
Chocolate complements every dish. Your friendly demeanor complements your sales skills.

SHOULD IT BE: preceded (came before)
February preceded March. Oh, by all means, precede us: Age before beauty; pearls before swine. (ha ha)
OR SHOULD IT BE: proceeded (carried on or continued)
The marathon proceeded despite the rain. The work proceeded because you fixed the glibberglabber when it ran out of zopkif.

SHOULD IT BE: diffused (spread out)
The lampshade diffused the light.
OR SHOULD IT BE: defused (literally, removed the fuse from)
The bomb squad defused the boom-thingie just in time. Jethro’s diplomatic skills defused a tense situation.

SHOULD IT BE: manger (a container for animal feed or the building containing animals at night)
To feed the horses, fill the manger with straw.
OR SHOULD IT BE: manager (one who manages)
To get a raise, amaze your manager with competence.

SHOULD IT BE: lead (a soft, heavy, toxic metal)
The lead apron protected me during the x-ray.
OR SHOULD IT BE: led (provided leadership)
Maybe you’ve been led to believe the other way is right, but it’s not. He led me on!

SHOULD IT BE: peaked (rose to the summit)
My energy level peaked at 7:30, and I was sound asleep by 8:00.
OR SHOULD IT BE: piqued (provoked or aroused)
The strange noises downstairs piqued my curiosity. The job description piqued my interest.
OR SHOULD IT BE: peeked (took a quick look at)
We peeked inside the envelope, but couldn’t read the signature.

SHOULD IT BE: trooper (soldier or police officer)
That idiotic state trooper gave me a speeding ticket.
OR SHOULD IT BE: trouper (one who persists without complaint, especially a member of a dramatics group or other performing artists clan)
The troupe’s motto is “The show must go on,” and the actress was a real trouper to work with a broken arm.

SHOULD IT BE: Pubic (a bodily region)
Pubic places are generally kept private.
OR SHOULD IT BE: Public (the opposite of private, or people in general)
Public places generally welcome the public.

SHOULD IT BE: stationary (not moving)
Your career vehicle will remain stationary if you leave lots of typos in your resume.
OR SHOULD IT BE: stationery (writing paper)
If you like to sell office supplies and stationery, you should become a stationer.

SHOULD IT BE: dispersed (spread out, scattered)
The crowd dispersed. Joe’s family members dispersed to points across the country.
OR SHOULD IT BE: disbursed (paid out)
The treasurer disbursed the funds.
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One anagram of “Barack Obama” is “Maraca Kabob.”

One anagram of “Ronald Reagan” is “a granola nerd.”

One anagram of “Britney Spears” is “nearby priests.”

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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