Crosswords vs Life (Haiku)

Simplicity Lane Truism Haikus are snippets of the world around us that we should think about when developing characters, and the physical and mental atmospheres.



during their logomachy (Flash Fiction)

This 74 word flash fiction uses odd words from the Oxford Dictionarie.

During their logomachy, she looked deasil across the sky and had a cacoethes. However, the cerulean reminded her that his mental wonderings were fugacious. She also reminded herself that his love was not Barmecide. Looking at the etui in her hand she knew, as evidenced by this thoughtful gift, that her opsimath lover was becoming less superbious. Giving him a hug, she whispered “Let’s not let any pother make our love vagarious.” They kissed.
(during their logomachy. © Steven S Walsky, December 2018.)

Odd Words from the Oxford Dictionarie
Barmecide: illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing.
cacoethes: an urge to do something inadvisable.
cerulean: deep sky blue.
deasil: clockwise or in the direction of the sun’s course.
etui: a small ornamental case for holding needles, cosmetics, and other articles.
fugacious: transient or fleeting.
logomachy: an argument about words.
opsimath: a person who begins to learn or study late in life.
pother: a commotion or fuss.
superbious: proud and overbearing.
vagarious: erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.

Building Blocks (Words with diverse meanings)

As writers we need to think about words that have diverse meanings, because that word could lead the reader ‘mentally’ astray. The reader may subconsciously associate a funny or a serious meaning with the character or action. The diversity is both dictionary and regional driven. For example, the word slug could mean a slimy mollusk that leaves a trail of goo wherever it goes. However, if you live in Washington D.C., you will more commonly hear this word referring to the many people who commute to work with strangers, in order that the car’s owner might use the HOV lane and get to work faster.

Think about the word joint which is dissimilar in noun, adjective, and verb form.
– a point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.
– a structure in the human or animal body at which two parts of the skeleton are fitted together.
– informal, an establishment of a specified kind, especially one where people meet for eating, drinking, or entertainment.
– informal, a marijuana cigarette.
Adjective: shared, held, or made by two or more people, parties, or organizations together.
– provide or fasten (something) with joints.
– cut (the body of an animal) into joints.

What are some other diverse words:

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.