Monday, 27 February 2017

That Word: Bulwark


That Word is the segment on my blog where I post new words that I discover newly or have jumped out at me once again. If you love finding new words this post is for you. If you're a writer looking for different words to describe some this post may also be for you. 

Bulwark


Where I Discovered It


Bulwark is on those words that I had on a list on my phone. It's likely I found it in a book and didn't have the sense to write exactly where I found it. It's likely been hanging around for a few years too. 

Defintion/s 

  1. a wall of earth or other material built for defence; rampart.
  2. any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance.
  3. any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt.   

An Example Sentence


The Bulwark around the compound crumbled and a small victory was earned that day. 

My Thoughts


When I read Bulwark I think of crazy. The word gives off a strange beast but not because that's not what it means by definition. I would say it gives off quite a stable definition compared to the craziness it momentarily appears. It would be a different word to use in the case of protection and defence. It's not a word I've really seen much before either. It would be interesting to see it around more. 


What do you think of Bulwark? Have you seen it around? Would you use it in the future? Have you used it before? Please comment and tell me you thoughts. I won't bite. 



Friday, 24 February 2017

Monthly Recap: February


Welcome to my February Recap. Here I relay to you what has been going on in my life this month. 

In My Life 

School

I started grade 12 this month. It was more exciting than nerve wracking. I've been all of my classes so far but I have to say English Writing is my favourite by far. My teacher makes sure it's more of a relaxed atmosphere. Our first assignment we have to do about life but for the rest of the year we can negotiate. I'm really excited for it. 


My Writing 

I feel that I have begun writing with more consistency lately and I have been more excited and motivated constantly. I am so happy for this. Procrastination is step behind. I haven't written as much as planned for the story this month. Only a few scenes here and there, but what I have done is a lot plotting. My goal for next month will be to write 20,000 words and with a plot I hope that I can achieve that. What I can say is I am feeling confident about this story at the moment and that makes me really happy.


What I've Read


My aim each month is to read at least four books which would mean about 1 book a week. This month I pretty much started with three. Once school started plus some procrastination my reading time went downhill. Still I am ahead of my goal this year by far. I am currently 7 books ahead of schedule.

  1. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer 
  2. Thor: Season One
  3. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Bracelet of Bones by Kevin Crossley-Holland 

What I Plan to Read 

  1. Dragonborn by Toby Forward Almost Finished
  2. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris Half-way Through
  3. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)
  4. Eve by Wm Paul Young

What I've Watched

I've been watching each RWBY volume 4 episode as they come out. The feels I feel. It a pretty awesome show with fairy tale links amongst it all.

My family and I finished watching SG1. It was sad to see it end. We've started watching Knight Rider. It is really interesting.


On The Blog

Well, I definitely wasn't as consistent this month in blogging. My bookstagram account was almost non-existent with posts this month too. Hopefully March will be a new month in that aspect.

Around the Blogosphere 

What's your month been like? What books have you read? What's been exciting? Feel free to comment and tell me your thoughts.





Monday, 20 February 2017

That Word: Expedite


That Word is the segment on my blog where I post new words that I discover newly or have jumped out at me once again. If you love finding new words this post is for you. If you're a writer looking for different words to describe some this post may also be for you. 

Expedite


Where I Discovered It

This is one of many words that was listed on a note in my phone. I can only assume that it stood out to me in some way. 


Friday, 17 February 2017

The Writing Desire Part 1



The desire to write is not a simple thing to explain. As I am sure many writers know. It's an urge that doesn't just tell you to write but orders you to. For me I find that it doesn't matter what you write as long as you write something. Later on you may have a different opinion but in the now all you need to do is write.


While the writing desire is no simple explanation in itself there are times where that desire is inspired by something else. Here is a short list of books that have inspired me in some way to write.


The first book in the Dragons in Our midst series

1. Dragons in Our Midst series by Bryan Davis


This series and the sequel series Oracles of Fire were the books that really brought my passion of writing and stories to life. I was aware I liked writing, but it really made me realise how much I loved stories and wanted to really tell my own. It was the story that also inspired my love for fantasy both reading and writing it.



2. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen 


Coincidently this is the second book on here that does involve dragons somewhat. I've read this book twice now and I found each time upon reaching the end of it I discover and absolute urge to start writing. The story that is woven is unique and using people from the past to create a fantastical world. This inspires to go forth and work on my own ones.



3. Interrupted: Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker


I saw this book at my local Christian Bookstore. I wasn't sure if I would buy it, but in the end I did. I am so glad I did. I've read this one twice now and am considering giving it another reread soon. I love the story and it's message, but the one way it has inspired me is with my poetry.



4. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris 


I've only recently started reading this and I haven't quite finished it but it really has made me realise how much I can be capable of as a teenager. It's made me believe that I could publish my own book in a few short years with a lot of hard work. It's definitely one I would recommend to all those who suffer from the low expectations teenagers generally are given.


Have you recognised the writing urge within yourself? Is there any books that have inspired it in you? What other things inspire you to write? Please feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing your thoughts.





Monday, 13 February 2017

That Word: Querulous


That Word is the segment on my blog where I post new words that I discover newly or have jumped out at me once again. If you love finding new words this post is for you. If you're a writer looking for different words to describe some this post may also be for you. 

Querulous 


Where I Discovered It


I wrote this at the top of the page on one of my notebooks in April. According to the note with it I found it on page 81 of The Secret River by Kate Grenville which was a book I was reading for school.


Monday, 6 February 2017

That Word: Fulcrum



That Word is the segment on my blog where I post new words that I discover newly or have jumped out at me once again. If you love finding new words this post is for you. If you're a writer looking for different words to describe some this post may also be for you. 

Fulcrum


Where I Discovered It?

Mum read this in a comment and I really didn't understand what the word meant at all. When I looked it up I had a much better understanding and one Mum's friends also explained it which added to my understanding of the word. Therein it was added to a list of words.