Shame 5/11/2013

Goya Painting



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rosemary and rue  Words from:

   Rosemary and Rue
by Seanan McGuire
An October Daye Novel


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rosemary and rue words

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I was extemporizing wildly, but I had no way of knowing that. [Loc 4882-43]

extemporize: verb

(used without object)
1. to speak extemporaneously.

2. to sing, or play on an instrument, composing the music as one proceeds; improvise.
3. to do or manage something in a makeshift way.

verb (used with object)
4. to make or devise extempore*.

5. Music. to compose offhand; improvise.

* extempore: on the spur of the moment; without premeditation or preparation; offhand

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[Bane] of night people to deal with—those rare souls who chose a diurnal existence. [Loc 2441-42]

diurnal: adjective

1 .of or pertaining to a day or each day; daily.
2. of or belonging to the daytime ( opposed to nocturnal ).
3. Botany . showing a periodic alteration of condition with day and night, as certain flowers that open by day and close by night.
4. active by day, as certain birds and insects ( opposed to nocturnal ).

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[Searching the water for] an undine named Lily. [Loc 2442]

undine: noun   1. any of a group of female water spirits described by Paracelsus*.

Note: Paracelsus first used word  undine in his 16th century alchemical work, Liber de Nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris et de caeteris spiritibus.

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János Thorma Fiddling Gypsy Couple:

The Rooster Crows, artist unknown

Henry Fuseli Title: Hagen und die Undine von Danubius

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Saturday… Just Saying Reprint

E. B. White, 1899 –1985

Elwyn Brooks White was an author and long-standing contributor for The New Yorker magazine. He’s most famous for Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little but wrote Adult fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well.

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Image: Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1505 manuscript from


I’ve been experimenting with audiobooks.

mykin Del AudioI’m finding I prefer to read books.  Audiobook narrators read too slow for me so my attention drifts. I really don’t like women narrators imitating male voices—sounds corny at best. Another disadvantage of listening to books involves my Looked It Up posts. Audiobooks are not conducive to highlighting or jotting down words to look up.  For me, hitting stop creates a harsher break, and in spoken sentences pauses feel more disruptive to the story. Yesterday, I finished Some Girls Bite, Book 1 of Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire Series- narrated by Cynthia Halloway. I liked the story and the narrator was good—her male voices were better than most. But I didn’t write down a single word 😦  Chloe Neill likes to use a hundred dollar word where a five buck word would work, so there were plenty words I would have liked to look up and learn more about.  Hence, no Looked It UP post this week. Sorry, but I did create a new Kindle Guy image for you . (Please pretend my earbud doesn’t look like a shower head.)

So, what are your thoughts on…

Listening to audiobooks VS Reading them?

Narrators imitating voices of the opposite gender?

People who claim listening to a book doesn’t count as reading a book?

Please share your comments!


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Hexed Iron Druid 3 Words From One Sentence on: Page 50
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Book 2 Iron Druid Chronicle

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3-23-13 Baccus

Bacchants carry around thyrsi which are staves wrapped in ivy leaves… (page 50)bar for looked that up

noun  1. a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.  2. a drunken reveler.

adjective  3. inclined to revelry.

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thyrsi – plural  for thrysus:

1. Botany . a thyrse.

2. Greek Antiquity . a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes twined with ivy and vine branches,
borne by Dionysus and his votaries.

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1. one of the thin, narrow, shaped pieces of wood that form the sides of a cask, tub, or similar vessel.
2. a stick, rod, pole, or the like.
3. a rung of a ladder, chair, etc.
4. Prosody .

a. a verse or stanza of a poem or song.
b. the alliterating sound in a line of verse, as the w- sound in wind in the willows.

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Image is a segment of painting by Giordano, Baccus mit seinem Gefolge der Faunen und Satyren