Monthly Archives: August, 2012

A Question from Gram


Have you noticed Imma has been around a lot lately?  I’m not sure what Gram’s problem is, but she has been content to allow Imma to play.  Of course she’s been quite busy elsewhere, so that could be it.  Today Gram has a question:   Gram:  Imma, I appreciate you posting while I’ve been busy …

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Wednesday Word Play: Palindromes


It’s time for more word play.  Today we look at Palindromes!  Palindromes are, of course, words, phrases, sentences, or numbers that read the same forward as backward. First let’s have a little quiz to see if you can guess a few short word Palindromes: 1.   The Middle of the day — ____________ 2.   A female …

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Creativity Sparks


Today I want to share something I think of as a great creativity sparker. That may not be a word, but it is now 🙂 This idea starts with something called a journal jar. A journal jar is a jar (duh!), such as a mason jar, in which you put strips of paper with a different topics. …

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Word Play: Illiteration


 This one is from Gram.  In the continued spirit of playing with words and all the many things that can go wrong in the English language, I want to share a word from the Urban Dictionary.  A few examples follow the definition.  I hope you enjoy 😀   Illiteration – 1.  The repetition of spelling …

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The right brain/left brain conundrum: Do you hold yourself back?


The following is an excerpt from an article in which Dian Curtis Regan, a prolific writer of children’s and YA material of all kinds, offers some advice to newbies.  The article is “Ask the Author:  Dian Curtis Reagan” by Jon Bard of Children’s Book Insider (check out his newsletter).     The question: “I recently …

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More Word Play: Euphemisms


Today, we’re going to play with words again. eu·phe·mism eu-phe-mism  /ˈyufəˌmɪzəm/ Show Spelled [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm]    noun 1.  the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt. 2.  the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.” Euphemisms often hit the funny bone.  It is a …

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