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October 2015

Old word friday x 2 (Post 1): Starrify

Since I was a jerk last week and didn’t post a old word last Friday, I am going to post two this week to make up for it.

The first word I chose was starrify.

Can you guess what it is?

If you said stars, then you are correct.

Starrify is covering/ decorating something with stars.

For example:

They chose to starrify the ballroom for the party.

Or…

When I was a kid I starrified my ceiling.

♫Do you believe in magic?♫

Now that I got that awesome song stuck in all your heads, let’s continue. ^.^

Words lure you, capture you, save you, change you and – in the worst cases – destroy you.

Words – like spells – can be used for good or for evil. Someone can use words to insult or compliment. Someone can use words to spread rumours or inspire millions.

Words can be used to share emotions, describe an experience or deliver information.

Words are magic.

As someone who writes – a lot – I never looked closely at the words I chose. Sure, I knew the meaning and the idea I was getting across, but I wasn’t looking so closely at how changing one word could make or break my sentences. Editing and revising my works weren’t really important to me – they were like pulling teeth, actually – and in turn I rarely followed through with that step. Most of my essays went unedited, homework always got ‘Please proofread’ written in the corner of the page, and I always had the same fixable errors I would have caught if I had reviewed it. Words – to me back then – were just things I put down on paper to get a point across, and that was that.

At least, it was before I started this journey on writing a book in 6 months.

Now, I look over every line and every piece of dialogue. I’m almost on my third revision, to tidy up the flow of the story before sending it to a copy-editor. I analyse every word and now find myself asking:

‘Did I use the right word? Is there a better word? Will my readers understand the meaning/ emotion/ clue/ idea I’m trying to portray with this word?’

Writing is easy when you aren’t over-thinking. Writing is fun when you make a certain arrangement of words in a sentence that you are proud of, and in the end wish to share with others. Writing is stressful when you go back and realize what words you chose weren’t the words you should have used. Writing is tiring when you realize you use ‘he/she shook his/her head’ over a billion times (I’m so guilty of that…).

I overuse certain words, or strings of words which can weaken the rest of the paragraph. I try to make short sentences for easy understanding, which means finding words that will allow me to do that.

When you look at words it is amazing to think that in the end they are symbols that we associate with certain sounds, which in turn create formations to share distinct meanings.

Take this blog as an example.

I’m typing in the English language and sharing with you a post about words while using words.

In a way… that’s kind of like wordception…

And see what I did there? Wordception isn’t a word, but with the combination of word and ception I created a new word. Yes, it was meant to be a reference/ joke of sorts but it is a new word all the same.

Actually, a lot of words were made by combining different words together (and I’m not just talking about compounds).

Okay… I should really stop… my brain is like Wikipedia when it comes to the written word. I could go on and on about the history of words, the importance of words, the whatever else of words but somehow we’ll end up on the question ‘are clownfish really clowns?’ And nobody got time for that.

So… the point I’ve been trying to make this whole blog is this: words are amazing sources of creative expression that can hold us and help us explore endless possibilities.

Deep – yes, I know.

Words cast spells on all of us whether we like it or not.

So, use them wisely.

Toodles for now. 🙂

UPDATE: Something Exciting

I have something exciting to share with you.

I’m on the final part of the first book. By part, I literally mean Part. Part Four to be exact.

The way I’ve decided to divide up the book are in Parts. Each Part focusing on a main theme as reflected in the Part Title. This is one reason why I haven’t been sharing chapter updates, as for the moment there are no chapters. I’ve removed them all.

I find chapters to have to serve a purpose and just putting Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3 without a title under it is just a waste of space you could put towards adding more story to your… well… story. 😛

We shall see if I’ll change back to the chapter thing, but at the moment I’m liking how things are at the moment.

So here is Part Four (Final Part) of Book 1 of P6

part four

Now to clarify. Parts are not chapters. Parts in the sense I’m using them are defining the end of one piece of the story and moving into the next section of the whole story. Each Part averages over 20-30 pages. I use breaks between events in the parts to indicate change in time, or change of scene.

I find the story flows better this way, but of course, that’s just me. 😛

At the moment I’m experimenting with my set-up and will hopefully find one that pleases me before I publish.

If I don’t, well I have 5 more books to get it right. ^.^

Toodles for now,

Classy Canuck

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Timeline for the Beginning of Gaitan

So, if you have been following me for a while you will already know the story of Gaitan’s creation. If you don’t know it or haven’t read it, here’s the link.

Now that you’ve read through that, this will make a lot more sense to you. If you still haven’t read it, this will not…

Anywho, I decided for the fun of it to create a timeline of events for this little side story of my story. This timeline is important, only for the reason it fits into a bigger timeline I’m working on that I’ll post at a later date. 🙂

There is a lot of work and history building that goes into my world creation, so I find timelines a life saver.

So, without further delay, here is the Beginning Timeline for Gaitan.

BEGINNING

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UPDATE: CHANGE IS A COMING

Hello everyone,

Firstly, look at the pretty header.

Ooooo, aaaaaahhhh.

Anywho… I’m sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday as I decided spending 9 hours in emerge was the best way to spend a Friday. Who doesn’t love sitting around puking people, or screaming kids while waiting for doctors to run tests on you like an animal in a cosmetics lab…

Yeah… but, the good this is I am healthier today. Yay!

With that, I wanted to share with you some updates asides from the new header.

Check out the About Prophecy Six. It has had some changes to it, which I think (and hope) you’ll like.

I am working away on the book still, and I’m close to being done the second write through. It still needs editing, and the fine tooth comb but it is on track to be done around December.

I can’t believe I’ve only given myself 6 months to do this, but damn it I’ll complete this. XD

That’s all for now. Let me know what you think about the changes. I always love hearing from you.

Toodles,

Classy Canuck

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