Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lil Buccaroo

This little boy sometimes does not want to listen. But on this day he learned Mama means business and cars are no joke.

I shoulda been a quarterback.

New Role

This summer I find myself in a new role, that of tutor - of writing. A neighbor's daughter, like me, has the passion to write. So today I shared with her Freytag's Pyramid, protagonist, antagonist, and parallel structure. We also edited the first three chapters of her novel.

Freytag's Pyramid

Exposition - Background knowledge, characters, and setting

Rising Action - A conflict is introduced; subplots are introduced

Climax - The highest point of action

Falling Action - Subplots are wrapped up

Resolution - Conflict is resolved; main character may have come to realization because of process

Protagonist - The main character, readers want this character to succeed

Antagonist - The character opposing the main character, often seen as the "bad guy"

Sunday, June 22, 2008

What else needs to be said?

Defenestrate. Oh so often I have felt the need to verb this. If I were to invent a word - uh, think I have already accomplished that more than once - this would have been it. Not only is it capturing an action but also an emotion, loads of emotions. Read into it as much as you will.

By the way - the word of the day is one of the dailes - daylies - dalies - I get in my mail (and for good reason - seeing as I am an English teacher who cannot spell worth a darn) from

Love it!

The kids refer to but seeing as I wasn't born in 1991...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Word of the Day: Defenestrate

defenestrate \dee-FEN-uh-strayt\, transitive verb:

To throw out of a window.

Some of his apparent chums . . . would still happily defenestrate him if they caught him near a window. -- Andrew Marr, "No option bar the radical one", Independent, July 5, 1994

I defenestrated a clock to see if time flies!-- Lane Smith, quoted in "Who's News", Time for Kids, September 25, 1998

A woman, driven to fury by the manner in which her lover prefers to lavish his attention on a match on the telly rather than her, starts to throw his possessions out of the window. He's finally moved to stop her when she tries to defenestrate his new Puma boots. -- Jim White, "Budgets substantial enough to buy most of the clubs in the Endsleigh", Independent, April 6, 1996

Defenestrate is derived from Latin de-, "out of" + fenestra, "window." The noun form is defenestration.