Thursday, October 15, 2015

Word of the Day: Miasma

Okay, here's your word of the day from Merriam-Webster!  Miasma is a noun (pronounced mye-AZ-muh).  See below for definition and examples from M-W. Now grab your coffee, snap out of your morning miasma, and go dazzle your friends!

: a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also : a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere
: an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt; also : an atmosphere that obscures : fog
"A local photographer graciously let me borrow a good lens-cleaning cloth, which I used repeatedly in the swirling miasma of mist and rain." — Clark Fair, The Alaska Dispatch News, 13 Sept. 2015

"Economists say Greece, which had only started to recover from a grinding five-year recession, risks a relapse because of the miasma of financial uncertainty." — Jack Ewing and Liz Alderman, The New York Times, 7 May 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NaNoWriMo is almost here!

What is NaNoWriMo?  It's National Novel Writing Month of course.  Taking place in November, this annual event invites and challenges participants from around the globe to write a novel (50,000 words or more) in the span of one month (November 1-30).  For all kinds of tips, encouragement, trackers, forums, inspiration, etc, check out the NaNoWriMo website  Sign up or just browse around, but whatever you do, have fun!