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Where I Type My Novels

From my previous blog post: https://tarabdobbs.com/2014/05/26/comfy-locations-are-a-must/  I explained a few reasons why a comfortable places to type your large projects is a must and how to avoid bad locations.

Now, I’d like to show you where I create my novels. This curved couch is called Liberator Esse: http://www.liberator.com/esse.html (This site is for ADULTS ONLY) I just noticed that the chair comes in PURPLE! OMG, I want it in purple next time. And that head rest is new, so I totally want that for Christmas!

I got this Esse chair for obvious reasons, but over the years my marriage fell apart and I found this chair for better uses – lounging while writing books. My gray old office chair is too large for me and it hurts my neck while I sit up right to type and messes with my shoulders. So, laying on the Esse chair with loads of pillows really helps.

As added bonus, my friend Molly bought me that pretty rainbow patterned beach towel. I needed some more color in my room and this was the perfect match. The center seat cushion is placed at the foot of the chair as an extra leg rest. I LOVE my Esse chair. It’s worth the price of nearly $500.00!

If you do buy this to lounge in for reading or writing, be warned – YOU WILL FALL ASLEEP IN IT!

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My Comfy Spot

My Comfy Spot

Power of Words: Old Style vs New (A Comparison)

Which is best: modern dictionary with thesaurus or old; well loved thesaurus publication? Here are some examples as I thumbed through both.

The New Roget’s Dictionary & Thesaurus Form – Edited by: Norman Lewis (edition 1931, 1936, 1959, 1961, 1964 by: G.P. Putnam’s Son

idol: n. – image, golden calf, graven image, fetish, (worship); beloved, darling, dear (love)

celebrity: n. – luminary, personage, notable (fame)

 

The Little Oxford English Dictionary and Thesaurus – 2003, 2008 copyright

idol: n. -1)  icon, effigy, graven image, fetish, totem 2) hero, heroine, star, celebrity, favorite, darling; inf. blue-eyed boy

celebrity: n. – star, superstar, personality, household name

 

While I compared the two widely different examples, I noticed something very disappointing: the English language is diminishing before our eyes. The language in which we speak is losing its luster and stamina.

While editing my novel “Soul’s Little Lie” I noticed something about my writing from the early stages. I repeated what I was taught in simplicity of word style. The words I used in how I wanted to express the feeling of the story and character interactions were weak; had no power to hold up against the pages. While using my old 1930s Roget’s Thesaurus I learned of words I never knew existed or the context in which they are used. My eyes, my mind expanded to a whole new (perhaps old) world. I dove into this new found adventure and began adding what I had now learned.

There are ways to to use words in explaining a time period or a type of character in how they speak. Say, in the 18th century a character would speak in a more colorful manner. So using, ‘older style’ words would be appropriate. However, that’s cheating us out of the beauty of words. I would ravel in the joy of using ‘notable’ than ‘superstar’ to describe an idolized person.

The way words are used today are extremely simplified so much that this generation and the next will not know the art in which words are created. There are many words in different languages that mean the same thing  just like the English language does, too. The difference is, older cultures try to keep to the same ways of language as long as possible. More modern, faster growing; expanding countries like the United States throw away or shift words around too much. Everyone seems to want to keep everything around them fresh, ‘novel’ as though they can’t sit still long enough to enjoy what they already had.

I ask you now, readers and writers alike: Open your old, beloved thesaurus with renewed vigor. Dive into those dust stained pages. Let your fingers do the walking. Play with the idea for a while in what new; old words you can use in your future works. You will not be disappointed. I promise you that.

 

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