Monday, 27 March 2017

That Word: Echelon



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.  I find all my definitions on Dictionary.com 

Echelon

Where I Discovered It


I do believe that this was another word hanging around on the notes of my phone.


Defintion/s

  1. a level of command, authority, or rank;
  2. a level of worthiness, achievement, or reputation

An Example Sentence

Pricilla's echelon is the lowest of her school. 

My Thoughts


Contrary to what I originally thought the Echelon is pronounced Esh-uh-lon. I originally kept pronouncing it how it look with a ck sound. The English language is an amazingly vastly strange yet my language. I literally had no idea what it would mean. Although I did think it would be more, I don't know. I think it sounds almost scientific. 



What do you think? Have you heard of this word before? Have you used Echelon before? Do you think you would use it often or is it a one word that brings limited use?



Monday, 20 March 2017

That Word: Laconic



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.  

Laconic


Where I Discovered it?


As where the last few of late, this one comes from a list on the notes on my phone. All I know is that I must have listed it there for a reason. The word actually listed in my notes was Laconically the adverb version of the word. 

Defintion/s

  1. using few words; expressing much in few words; concise; 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Beautiful People: March Edition



Beautiful People is a linkup hosted by Cait @ Paperfury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. I find it helpful in developing and learning more about my characters. 


1.  What's their favourite book or movie/play/etc? 


Priscilla's favourite book is one that has been too well used. It's fraying and worn, but still she reads it. I just don't know what it's called yet. It will come to me though at some point.

2.  Is there anything they regret doing?


When she was quite young Priscilla severely bullied a girl so much that the girl dropped out of school to be homeschooled and eventually moved away. Now while Priscilla comes to an understanding of why she did it she still finds it hard to forgive herself even if she is forgiven.

3.  If they were sick and wounded, who would take care of them and how? 


If Priscilla were sick her older brother would look after her. He would keep her entertained with games and movies and books. Her father was not in the picture and her mother unable to care for her.

4.  Is there an object they can't bear to part with and why?

The book is one I suppose, it's written in her home language and isn't available in Pliera (the country she currently lives in).

5.  What are five ways to win their heart (or friendship)? 


  1. Become friends with her (She has few at the beginning of her story)
  2. Give books, discuss books, Anything books
  3. Speak her language
I can't think of any others at the moment but I'm sure there are more.

6.  Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom. 


Priscilla's home country is a rather warm country that in no way gets snow, ever. So typical clothing most especially in the warmer months are a loose t-shirt with a pair of 3 quarter length shorts. In winter or the cooler months she isn't big into jeans or trackies. Maybe these parachute pants would suit her. She won't usually wear t-shirts but instead ops for t-shirts with 3 quart sleeves. She is very much a summer girl at heart.

7.  What's their favourite type of weather? 


I think Priscilla would most love calm weather. Yes. Her life has been a bit of a confusing mess so I think she would love to be outside and go somewhere where there were hills and lots of space and enjoy the slight breeze and clear blue skies. Sadly living in the city limits her ability to achieve this. But she does have this one memory from long ago where she remembers going with her family and they are having a picnic on such a day as that. 

8.  What's the worst fight they've ever been in? 


The worst fight Priscilla's been in is quite complicated to explain. It's one that will end up with a bloody nose but the other factor or people in such a fight began it long ago. She can only fight it for so long. That obviously doesn't tell you much but that is because it would be a spoiler. 

9.  What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?


Bully, criminal. Bad with people. Priscilla has notable trouble keeping her mouth shut in certain circumstances. It's not that she talks too much. No, she is actually quite careful with her words. It's just that her mind won't allow her to not say something at certain times and because of this she is often labelled as a bully.

10.  What makes their heart feel alive? 


Priscilla is a bookworm at heart and to feel alive would sometimes be burying herself into some enthralling story alas interruptions in her life are about to happen. Another thing she finds captivating is learning about the five countries of their content. She feels that not enough is known about each one individually and wants to research how in their past they combined to form an alliance. She is passionate about this subject and wishes to pursue it into some sort of career.


Here is a bit about Priscilla, a main character in my current WIP. What do you think of her? Do you have any questions for her? Did you participate in Beautiful People this month or have you done it in the past?



Monday, 13 March 2017

That Word: Admonition


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.  

Admonition 


Where I discovered It


This is another word that I discovered in a list on the notes on my phone. I think I have a vague idea of what it means.

Defintion/s 

  1. an act of admonishing 
  2. counsel, advice or caution
  3. a gentle reproof 
  4. a warning or reproof given by an ecclesiastical authority 

An Example Sentence

The admonition had not been harsh but still it hurt to have one's idea shot down.


My Thoughts


Admonition is a familiar word that I did have a fair idea of what it meant. It's also one of those words that can be easily broken into syllables to learn which was just a thought I had. I like how the flow from ad to mon. It's not a smooth flow between the two but it isn't jarring either. I think it is this part that aids to being able to hear how the word sounds better. From that part it flows nicely to the rest of the word. 


Have you heard of admonition before? Do you agree with my thoughts? Is it a word you've used before? Would you use it in the future? Please feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing your thoughts. 


Monday, 6 March 2017

That Word: Conscience


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. 

Conscience 

Where I Discovered It


This is another word that found it's way onto a list on my phone for whatever reason. I suspect I did not entirely know what the word meant at the time or it was one that confused me. 


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Mini Reviews


Mini Reviews

This week I've decided to do a mini book reviews. This shows you a brief glimpse about a few books I've liked but haven't reviewed fully giving you what I thought were strength and weaknesses. Enjoy.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


I almost didn't buy this book, but I am really glad I did.

Strengths 

  • A quick read that gripped me every second along the way
  • Jacob was sad in the beginning. 
  • Didn't really have a place in the world
  • Largely about Jacob finding his place in the world

Weaknesses

  • We really only get to know a small portion of the peculiar children well. 

Looking Forward: In the next books I look to meeting new and just as whacky (or even more so) characters as well as a further development of their world. There is so much potential and I can't wait to see what comes.


Page (Protector of the Small) by Tamora Pierce

I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and thought recently that maybe I should continue the series. Even though I was still hesitant in reading it because of some concerns I had from reading the first novel. 


Strengths

  • Kel starts with getting into lots of fights than later on it happens less. Partly due to growing partly because she was smart.
  • She challenged herself with her fear of heights when she stopped getting punishments that forced her to. 
  • The first book only covered one year, while this covered her last three years.
  • Joren a thorn in Kel's side appears to change, although I think it's more his tactics that change. Still better and more sly. 

Weaknesses

  • Several years could also be a weakness. There's a lot of time where Kel has to grow but I didn't feel that her voice over all changed too much even though she grew from a young girl into more of a young women. 
  • It shows a lot of discrimination against girls becoming knights. Although we see them changing for some I would like to see some more people be more for it. 
I'm glad I read it because in the end I immensely enjoyed it.


Dragonborn by Toby Forward.



I reread Dragonborn because I decided it was about time I read the rest of the series. 

Strengths

  • A young Sam, going through neglect that makes me care about him
  • A decision to make about his future. relatable because we all have that to make. 
  • A wizarding world with interesting creatures and rules. 
  • People who try and help and harm Sam. He is important, although he doesn't realise this. 
  • A complex story.

Weaknesses

  • Often mentioning of the wizarding way. Standing in such a way that you know it's a wizard. Okay. More details what makes them a wizard.
  • Perhaps too many characters. There is trouble connecting with so many wizards.

Overall I did enjoy the book and hope to read the rest of the series sometime soon. 


I hoped you enjoyed my mini reviews. 


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Feel free to comment and tell me your thoughts.