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#Thursday13: Tweeps who share intellectual tidbits

If you’re going to spend hours on Twitter, as one is wont to do, you might as well learn some cool shit in the process. These thirteen Twitter accounts will help! Know of others? Feed my insatiable brainy parts and tell me who else to follow in the comments.

1. OMG Facts

2. The Word of the Day

3. CERN

4. Random Facts

5. OMG Facts-Sex

6. Maria Popova

7. Elon Musk

8. DARPA

9. Armed with Science

10. NASA

11. Joanne Manaster

12. Neil deGrasse Tyson

13. Mental Floss

Thursday 13: Favorite obsolete and obscure words

T13 obscure words

Writers and readers deal in words. These thirteen wonderful, obscure, and seldom-used words are being added to my lexicon, though I doubt they’ll end up in a manuscript…

  1. Portmanteau: a combination of 2+ words and their definitions into one new word (Wordnik)
  2. Wonder-wench: A sweetheart. I’m going to start calling all my favorite gals wonder-wenches (The Word Museum)
  3. Scriptitation: writing continuously (Obsolete WOTD)
  4. Misophonia: An extreme intolerance or hatred for certain sounds (Word Spy)
  5. Sesquipedalian: Given to or characterized by the use of long words (Wordnik)
  6. Mawmsey: sleepy, or stupid from lack of sleep/drinking too much. (Obsolete WOTD)
  7. Schadenfreude: Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others (Wordnik)
  8. Hebephrenic: A condition of adolescent silliness (Obsolete WOTD)
  9. Sapiosexual: A person who is sexually attracted to intelligent people (Word Spy)
  10. Monsterful: Wonderful and extraordinary (Obsolete WOTD)
  11. Spermologer: One who studies trivia (The Word Museum)
  12. Basorexia: the overwhelming desire to kiss (Wordnik, disputed definition)
  13. Fuzzle: to make fuzzy with drink…thus confuzzle is a portmanteau of confuse and fuzzle! (Obsture WOTD)

Sources, tools, and references:
“Are You a Spermologer?” on Jezebel
Wordnik
Obsolete Word of the Day
Word Spy
The Word Museum by Jeffrey Kacirk

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Thursday Thirteen: TV Shows

I’ll admit, I’m a TV junkie. When I’m not reading, it’s the perfect escape from a long, LONG day at work. These are my favorite distractions (click on each picture to go to the show’s IMDB listing):

Bones

WAREHOUSE 13

SONS OF GUNS

 

 

How do you escape, aside from a good book? Do you have a favorite TV show?

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Thursday Thirteen: Writing Quotes II

  1. Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. (Mark Twain)

  2. No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. (Russell Lynes)

  3. An author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. (Colette)

  4. I do not like to write – I like to have written. (Gloria Steinem)

  5. A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. (Edith Wharton)

  6. I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work. (Pearl S. Buck)

  7. The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. (Tom Clancy)

  8. Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing. (Heather Sellers)

  9. One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. (Hart Crane)

  10. Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. (Lawrence Kasdan)

  11. If you can’t play all the instruments in the orchestra of story, no matter what music may be in your imagination, you’re condemned to hum the same old tune. (Robert McKee)

  12. The novelist’s ambition is not to do something better than his predecessors but to see what they did not see, say what they did not say. (Milan Kundera)

  13. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. (Truman Capote )

Which of these speaks most loudly to you?

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Thursday Thirteen: Writing Quotes

  1. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. (Ben Franklin)

  2. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. (Barbara Kingsolver)

  3. The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. (Edwin Schlossberg)

  4. The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. (Anaïs Nin)

  5. Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. (Anton Chekhov)

  6. Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. (Orson Scott Card)

  7. The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. (Mark Twain)

  8. To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make. (Truman Capote)

  9. Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. (E.L. Doctorow)

  10. Writing is both mask and unveiling. (E.B. White)

  11. If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write. (Stephen King)

  12. Easy reading is damn hard writing. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

  13. A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote. (Mignon McLaughlin)

What’s your favorite writing quote?

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Thursday 13: 6/30/2011

Thirteen things I want to do in July:

  1. Go to the beach. I live in SoCal and don’t spend enough time by the water.
  2. See the 4th of July fireworks. I’m near to Disneyland, and their show is spectacular.
  3. Go to the Los Angeles Zoo. I have the tickets, now I need the time!
  4. See an Angel’s baseball game. Yeah, they didn’t do so well last year, but they’re my home team.
  5. Self-publish A Maison Domine Interlude.
  6. Finish the edits for my current novella.
  7. Read Story Structure Architect.
  8. Take “Elevating your Writing with Poetry” at Romance Divas.
  9. Do a big link/banner exchange with other authors (*poke* anyone want in?)
  10. Start doing news of the week/updates on my blog on Saturdays.
  11. Do my taxes (eek!)
  12. Get my car tuned up (way overdue)
  13. Work on my tan in the backyard. I have a beautiful garden and chaise lounge, and don’t spend enough time outside.

What are your plans for July?

Thursday Thirteen: Names by Lillian Grant

Author Lillian Grant is here today with her Thursday Thirteen–and her new release, Speak to Me of Abduction.

Blurb: Stranded in Rio and desperate for cash, Australian backpacker Charlene Paige accepts a minor movie role. When her costar, Hollywood hunk and serial womanizer Jonathon Deveraux, is abducted from the set, she turns to his older brother for help.

Jacob Deveraux is an Oscar winner and Hollywood good guy, but his past has made him a recluse. However, when his brother goes missing, he agrees to help the hapless Aussie who was deceived into taking a movie role so Jonathon could woo her into his bed. Despite being determined to keep his distance, Jacob is increasingly drawn to her.

When it becomes obvious Jonathon’s kidnapping is designed to punish him, Jacob worries his feelings for Charlene make her a target. Despite his efforts to keep her safe, she is grabbed off the street. Can he rescue Jonathon and Charlene, or will he lose not only his brother but another woman he loves?

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What’s in a name?

Picking names for characters is hard work. Picking names for your kids is harder, but I guess they can change them once they’re all grown up.

Thirteen celebrities’ real names.

  1. Woody Allen – Allen Konigsberg
  2. Lauren Bacall – Betty Joan Perske
  3. Nicolas Cage – Nicolas Kim Coppola
  4. Doris Day – Doris von Kappelhoff
  5. Danny DeVito – Daniel Michaeli
  6. Jamie Foxx – Eric Marlon Bishop
  7. Whoopie Goldberg – Caryn Johnson
  8. Cary Grant – Archibald Leach
  9. Boris Karloff – William Henry Pratt
  10. Demi Moore – Demetria Gene Guynes
  11. Chuck Norris – Carlos Ray
  12. Natalie Portman – Natalie Hershlag
  13. Meg Ryan – Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

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About Lillian

Born and bred in the UK, Lillian Grant’s whole life was turned on its head when, at the tender age of eighteen, she met and fell instantly in love with her darling husband. She knew the minute she met him she was going to marry him and, fortunately, he came to the same conclusion less than six months later.
She has traveled the world with her husband and currently calls Australia home. It didn’t take her long to turn native. She became an Australian citizen and dropped the British accent. However, her wanderlust didn’t stop with moving to the other side of the world. With her husband and two sons she has moved from state to state, always ready for a new adventure. She has also visited many destinations around the world.
Her stories reflect her love for travel and exotic locations, along with a quirky British sense of humor. Well, you can’t give up all of your heritage now, can you?

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