debonair - (of men) friendly, charming, and fashionably dressed; aiming to please; CF. of good disposition

fusillade - simultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)

cupidity - greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid

propensity - natural inclination

cavalier - casual and offhand; arrogant; N: knight

bargain - agreement between two groups or people; something for sale at a price advantageous to the buyer; V: negotiate; trade; Ex. bargaining power

swell - long wave of water that moves continuously without breaking; V.

 solicit
- entreat; request earnestly; seek to obtain; Ex. solicit votes; CF. solicitor: one who solicits; chief law officer

  tout - promote or publicize (one's goods or service); praise excessively (as a form of advertisement); CF. advertise
 
Okay it's back but I will post more than one word a day.


constraint - restraint; compulsion; repression of feelings; reticence; V. constrain: hold back; restrain; compel; oblige; confine forcibly; imprison

cohorts - group of people who share some common quality; armed band; a group of between 300 and 600 soldiers under one commander (in the ancient Rome)

pusillanimous - cowardly; lacking courage; fainthearted

bemoan - lament; moan for; express sorrow or disapproval of

drone - idle person who lives on other people's work; male bee

usurp - seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use

maniacal - raging mad; insane; N. maniac: insane person; CF. mania: disorder of the mind; intense enthusiasm

mange - skin disease (esp. of domestic animals) marked by loss of hair

intrigue
- make secret plans; plot; arouse the curiosity of; N: secret scheme; plot; secret love affair

peripatetic - walking about from place to place (to work); moving; Ex. peripatetic school of philosophy
 
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Definition: obscurity; condition of being completely forgotten; forgetfulness


If buried in oblivion I should be, Bereft of life, fame, favor, even there It would be found that I thy image bear deep graven in my breast for all to see.

How many more have been celebrated for a time, and have afterwards sunk into neglect and oblivion?

This will be the last one since there is no response.  I'll come up with something good!

 
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Definition: give a slight degree of a color or quality to; N: slight degree of a color or quality; Ex. tinged with grey/jealousy

For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy brought a tinge of color into his cheeks, and he sat staring with frightened eyes at his accuser.

All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it.


Is anyone reading these and do you find them useful?

 
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Definition: (of a liquid) thick and sticky; gluey; viscid; CF. consistency

Viscous means sticky, gluey and syrupy. So if something is viscous, you usually don't want to stick your fingers in it — that goes for boogers and maple syrup alike.

Not quite a solid and not quite a liquid, scientists like to say that viscous things don't flow very easily. They glop and slug around slowly, sticking to whatever they come in contact with. Think of making a batch of Rice Krispie treats: One minute the marshmallows are solid little rounds; the next minute they're melted into a web of sticky white goo that's somehow attached itself to the Rice Krispies, the spoon, the counter tops, your nose, the front door, and the dog.

The rules' reach may even extend to oil produced in California, where steam injection is used to extract viscous crude from old fields.

 
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Vocabulary is very important in writing.  As writers we have to make people see through our words.  Descriptive words are important, but using an enriched vocabulary sets your manuscript apart from others and makes for good reading.   You must remember who your target audience is as well, and match the vocabulary level.  I have included a few words below that would be very easy to substitute into a sentence.  This is just a start and I would like to add to the list periodically.  It’s a new feature I’m starting here called:  A Word a Day, Keeps the Editor at Bay.  It will just be one word a day, what it means and how to use it.

  diligence - steadiness of effort; persistent hard work
  exclaim - cry out suddenly; N. exclamation; ADJ. exclamatory
  novelty - something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
  breed - produce young; rear; bring up; produce (an undesirable condition); N: kind or sort of animal or plant
  putrid - decayed and foul-smelling; foul; rotten; decayed; N. putridity
  spendthrift - someone who wastes money; CF. thrift: accumulated wealth
  intrude - put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person; Ex. intrude one's own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in
  furrow - long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.
  antediluvian - antiquated; extremely ancient
  flippant - lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy


 
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I don’t write my books, my muse does.  So when she comes up with an idea I have no choice but to write it.  I have absolutely no control over the situation.  So she has me writing this book about an over forty woman with a few extra pounds on her.  It’s erotica… will anyone be interested in that??

So I’m putting that question to you, dear reader.  When you read a romantic story, or erotica, do the characters have to be perfect?   What if they were regular people?  No ripped abs, no penetrating blue eyes, no hour glass figure?

The purpose of books is to escape from the mundane, to go on an adventure, experience things mentally, bigger than life, so in that respect it would appear that the reader would like to have the perfect man or woman as the lead characters.  However, most of us are not the perfect vision that is described generally.  So in order to connect the reader, an author might add a little realism into the character.  Character flaws have been used regularly, but how would you feel reading about a man or a woman with a weight problem, a plain John or Jane? 

I have read stories about romance in older couples where the looks of the person was not important, it was more about the love they shared, but I’m talking about a twenty something couple, or the woman I mentioned at the beginning being forty something.  To answer that question myself I would have to say, yes, I would be interested.

Here’s why: The push to be perfect has been relentless for years.  People are seeking plastic surgery in order to look like an air brushed model.  On the other side of the spectrum, people have lost their lives in the battle to be perfect, whether it be suicide or anorexia.  I think it’s time to come back to a little realism and portray our characters as real people.  Let the reader believe that, yes, true love and exciting romance can happen to people who aren’t perfect!  The woman can still be a strong, confident heroine.  The man can still be a tender, loving man!   And sexy!  Sexiness is a perception.  What I perceive as sexy, you may not.

If it’s drilled into our heads that the outward appearance is what makes you sexy, then that’s what we will believe. It’s a brainwashing that is done to us through the fashion industry, movie industry, magazines, and books. 

Anybody out there who isn’t a size two that would like a little more selection when buying clothes?  Exactly.  

Long ago women with a few extra pounds were sought after as perfect mates.  The fact that they had a small pouch made them desirable as it spoke of health and wealth.  The thin and frail were thought to be poor and sickly. I’m not saying we should all put on fifty pounds, but it would be nice to know that being less than perfect wasn’t so horrible. 

So what are your thoughts about the work in progress book I am writing?  Sellable only to a niche market or widely accepted idea?