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No Plot? No Problem!:
A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days (2004) by Chris Baty.
Everyone's a winner - well, a lot of people - all those that write a 50,000-word novel in November - National Novel Writing Month:
|Word Of The Day
|Definition adapted from Oxford English Dictionary.|
|1||2||1700||belong.||1. To go along with, or accompany. 2. To pertain, concern. 3. To be the property or rightful possession of; or a property or attribute of. 4. To be connected with or to form a part or appendage of.|
|2||2||3k||myogenic.||1. Forms muscle or muscle fibers. 2. Originating in or produced by muscle tissue.|
|3||3.5||5k||compact.||Closely packed or knit together; dense, solid, firm. Of language or style or writer: Condensed, terse, pithy.|
|4||3.5||7k||snore.||To make harsh or noisy sounds in sleep by breathing through the open mouth or through the mouth and nose.|
|5||3||9K||manurance.||Tenure, occupation (of land or other property). Cultivation of land; cultivation or training of the character or faculties.|
|6 (Monday)||1||10K||maduro.||The darkest grade of color that classifies a cigar.|
|7||1.5||12K||gazillion.||A very large and indefinite number or quantity.|
|8||1.5||12.5K||irremovable.||Not removable; permanent. Incapable of being moved. One who cannot be removed; one whose position is permanent.|
|9||2||13K||headcase.||A person whose behavior is violent and unpredictable, or markedly eccentric. Also a nut case.|
[From F. roquette from It. ruchetta
(dim. of ruca from Latin for cabbage).]
Common name for many a cruciferous plant (e.g. Eruca sativa, Hesperis matronalis (sweet-scented after dark and beautiful), English water cresses or rocket water cresses). Also a butterfly Mancipium Daplidice.
|11||2||15K||marsupialize.||"To convert (a cyst, abscess, or other cavity) into a pouch by making a permanent wide opening to the exterior." [From OED's Word Of The Day.]|
To arrange or place in grades or classes.
To colour with shades that merge into each other.
To reduce the line of a road, railway, or canal.
To wear away the surface of something, producing a regular slope.
To read and mark a paper with a grade.
I. Itinerant, traveling.
II. In senses of ARRANT 2-6, thief. Thoroughgoing, unmitigated.
III. Straying, wandering, erring. 'Astray, wandering, roving' [From OED's Word Of The Day.] Erring in opinion, conduct; deviating from the correct standard.
|14||0||20K||sandboard.||A board or tray sprinkled with sand in which symbols can be traced and then obliterated. Also a long narrow board on which a rider may coast down sand dunes.|
|15||1||21K||sneakernet.||The transfer of data by physical (rather than electronic means).|
|16||1.7||20K||stum.||Unfermented or partly fermented grape-juice, must, especially where fermentation has been prevented or arrested by fumigation with sulphur. Sometimes used for renewing vapid wines (or occasionally apple-juice). Vapid wine renewed by the mixture of stum.|
|17||1||23K||s'more.||A sweet snack of toasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers.|
[From scientific Latin Machairodus from ancient Greek MACHAIRA n. + tooth (-ODONT).]
A genus of sabre-toothed fossil cat or lion.
|19||1||28K||punctate.||Marked or studded with points or dots. Having or coming to a definite point.|
|20 (Monday)||1||28.5K||cavolo nero.||[From Italian cavolo nero, 'black kale'.] "Hardy variety of kale with dark green leaves, used chiefly in Tuscan cookery; also called black cabbage, black kale." [From OED's Word Of The Day.]|
|21||2.7||30.5K||booze, boose.||Drink; a draught; alcoholic drink. Drinking or a bout of drinking.|
|22||0||30.5K||underwood.||"Small trees or shrubs, coppice-wood or brush-wood, growing beneath higher timber trees"
[from OED's Word Of The Day].
Without natural thinning by fire and without harvesting, underwood is sometimes reduced by prescribed burn.
Also the wood underlying a veneer.
|23||1||32K||bootylicious||Of rap lyrics, 'bad'. Good-looking in a curvy way.|
|24||2||43K||craggy.||Characterized by crags; steep and rugged; hard, rough; difficult, perilous.|
|25||1.0||43K||outstander.||Someone or something that outstands; a dissenter.|
|26||1.5||44.5K||Romanist.||Adherent of the Church of Rome; a Roman Catholic (n.). Belonging or adhering to the Church of Rome (adj.). Practitioner of Roman Law (n.). Student of Roman antiquities (n.). In-depth student of Romance languages (n.).|
|28||1.5||50K||smash.||A hard or heavy blow; (in tennis, badminton, etc.) a hard and fast overhand volley. A loud sound of breaking or crushing; a violent collision or impact. A crushing defeat. A great success|
|29||x||50K-plus||gagging (not us, baby).||Restricting open debate or preventing disclosure of information.|
I. Of place: Away from here; elsewhere.
II. Of time: From this time onward.
III. Of issue, result, consequence: From this, as a source or origin; or resulting from this fact or circumstance.
|The light, the light! And I am
from here, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Plus a gift of Vosges chocolate bars (thanks Bev and Kat!) to celebrate the being done.
|No Plot? No Problem!:
A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days (2004)
by Chris Baty.
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