yahighway
millionsmillions:

We’ve all had that annoying moment of finding the perfect word to win Scrabble with, except that word doesn’t count. Now, Scrabble is letting players nominate a new word to enter its dictionary. You can submit on Facebook. Just do us a favor, and nominate something better than “hashtag” or “selfie.”

OMG, “zen” !!!!! Come on people, we have to vote for zen.  How often do people use it, and that Z is worth 10 points!!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to use zen and it is a no go every single time.

millionsmillions:

We’ve all had that annoying moment of finding the perfect word to win Scrabble with, except that word doesn’t count. Now, Scrabble is letting players nominate a new word to enter its dictionary. You can submit on Facebook. Just do us a favor, and nominate something better than “hashtag” or “selfie.”

OMG, “zen” !!!!! Come on people, we have to vote for zen.  How often do people use it, and that Z is worth 10 points!!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to use zen and it is a no go every single time.

yahighway

youngadultescent:

When we talk about Unlikable Characters, we tend to conflate truly abhorrent behavior that violates societal norms and decision making that we don’t like. When I think of Unlikable Characters, my mind immediately goes to characters who are violent or deceitful or cruel and…

These are excellent points. I often think this comes from the ladder effect of self-worth where if you can judge a character harshly, it gives a person a sense that they are elevated above that character. I’m not sure why we do that with the male characters and just let the situation be, and why we feel we must be vocally expressive about putting ourselves above the female characters. Everyone knows Hannibal is a terrifying psycho, so we put that aside and explore the other elements of his character. With female characters it seems like the knee-jerk reaction is “See! I’m not at all like that, because I condemn it!” So, how do we compartmentalize one, but not the other?

It’s a mystery to me.

Just for Pi day, and excerpt from RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE

Since it is Pi day today, I thought I’d share this little scene from RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE. I faked out my poor copy editor and forced her to look up pi.

Our heroine Meg has been accepted as an apprentice to The Secret Order of Modern Amusementists, but runs into some flak from her classmates on their first day. Thankfully, Meg is both a quick thinker and a good bluff.

RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE by Kristin Bailey p. 98-99

"What? What can a girl possibly learn? Nothing." He laughed again, though it reminded me of a dog growling. My anger tightened my throat, and I fought to regain the power to speak. He sneered at me again. "Unless she wants to learn how to please her future husband. In that case, I’m sure we’d all be glad to tutor her."

The laughter frightened me now. I searched for a way to regain my sense of self as all the boys around me stared at me like a pack of dogs.

"Samuel, enough," David said, but he didn’t bother to look at me. "You’ll invite trouble from the headmaster."

"Honestly!" Samuel shouted to the crowd. "I bet the only pi she knows is in the kitchen!"

I took a step forward with my head held high. Righteous fury burned through me, and I did my best to imitate the daunting presence of the queen herself. In a sweet voice I said, “You’re right, I do keep pies in the kitchen.” The laughter died down as everyone looked to me. “Exactly three and one, four, one, five, nine, two, six, five, three, two, four, nine, seven, one …” His eyes widened, and I knew I had him. “Four, eight, five, one, three, seven, nine, two, four, two …”

The laughter now turned in my favor as the crowd of boys began making taunting sounds toward the brute and whistling their encouragement. I must confess, I had only memorized the first eight digits of pi, thanks to Simon’s writings. After that I was making things up. Apparently, I was quite convincing. “Shall I go on?”