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♫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. 🙂

Old Word Friday: Pilgarlik

Pilgarlik or pilgarlic is a 16th century word used to describe someone without hair – someone who is bald. It translates to peeled garlic, which is what people possibly saw a similar appearance between peeled garlic and baldness. This also can be used in regards to someone with mild/ pretended contempt or pity. 😛

Examples of this word in a sentence:

“Don’t stand there looking like a pilgarlik.” Aunt Flora spat, almost losing her dentures in the process.

Update: Book 1 Map

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To give you all an idea, Gaitan is a big place and the stories will take part all across this known world. At the moment, in book one, we are focusing on this region of Gaitan.

Here’s a close up of the area:

book1map

The squares are villages, stops, or trading posts.

O – Capitals and Major Cities

Blue line: Derm’s border (North)

Orange line: La’reen’s border (Independent state)

Red line: Syder’s border (South)

Fun fact:

Bay’s Lake is the largest lake in all of known Gaitan. It holds most of the freshwater fish population. As it is in neutral land they receive a variety of merchants and customers from all groups. They are one of the only places – asides from La’reen – to sell exotic southern goods outside of the south.

Fishing is the main source of income for those living in Bay’s Lake, though others become merchants or boat builders.

The populations of Bay’s Lake is around 2500, although it fluctuates depending on the trade seasons.

Update: As Promised

I said if I reached 300 followers I would post something special and the time has come to do that. This has been a project that not only will help you – my possible future readers – but also myself in the fact that I have a better idea on direction.

This has been something I’ve had stuck in my head for years, and it feels amazing to actually have a set up of what the world of Gaitan looks like.

Well, part of it at least. ;P

This map focuses on the part of Gaitan where the P6 Series takes place.

I’ll be posting a close-up of the area where P6 book 1 is taking place, and have some fun facts about the areas soon. My hand just needs a break from all this drawing. XD

Anywho, enjoy.

gaitan map

Legend:

O – Capitals and Major Cities

The bumpy dark sections – Mountains

Lightish grey sections – Unexplored or Uninhabitable Areas

*NOTE: I know the compass is upside down. North for Gaitan is in that direction. Sure Gaitan is comparable to earth’s medieval era, but there are some differences. 🙂

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