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This week on Writers Abroad 25 August 2014
Category: Site News

Happy news this week is that Marit has rejoined WA. Welcome back, Marit!

Meanwhile final touches to the WA magazine are ongoing and Wednesday is the deadline for any last minute comments or additions to be sent to Jo. Great news that Doreen has offered to take on the magazine in future. 

Muses this week are by Vanessa, on the theme of returning to work or school after holidays, something I'm sure we can all relate to at this time of year - and if not, there are some photos for alternative inspiration. Only two muses last week, so I'm sure lots of bottled up inspiration will apear this week!

Doreen is on for the blog which has just come in....

Yesterday we had our formal Skype meeting with 10 members more or less present - myself on the sidelines as usual, stunned at the speed at which mesages come in if you turn away for a few minutes. The minutes of the meeting are up and Jo, being ultra efficient as usual, has also updated the Planner until the end of the year.

Jill is warming the bragging stool with her second place in the Global Short Story competition. Good one, Jill!

Lots of challenges of all sorts, for writers and poets, so no excuses.. except in my own case where I fear the usual excuses will apply.

Have a lovely week


May I have a word...
Category: Writing
Tags: WA blog

May I have a word…


I admit it. I suffer from Abibliophobia and Bibliobuli. Add in Tsundoku and you might think I’m pretty mixed up. But at least I’m not a Bibliolestes or a Bibliophtbor. And I’m sure none of us at WA have Logophobia or Metrophobia. To explain, Abibliophobia is the fear of being without books; Bibliobibuli describes someone who reads too much, while Tsundoku is the habit of buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves, floors or bedside tables. A Bibliolestes is a book ravager or destroyer; Logophobia is the fear of words and Metrophobia the fear of poetry.

Actually, I probably had a bit of the latter at school when force-fed Wordsworth’s Prelude.


Words are our stock in trade, so I hope you’ve discovered a few new ones that might even double as prompts for the Monday Muse. And what is totally amazeballs is the number of weird and wonderful words that have just made it into the dictionary. They range from Acquihire (buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff), through Bro hug (a friendly embrace between two men) and Douchebaggery (obnoxious or contemptible behaviour) to Side boob (the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing).   

Unlike the French, who frown at imports such as hash tag and weekend, and prefer to use half a dozen native words to describe something rather than one foreign one, the English language seems to embrace new words, whatever their provenance.

A touch of logophobia might creep in, though, when you learn that the longest scientific term in English is the full chemical name of the world's largest known protein, titin. Beginning with Methionyl... and ending with ...isoleucine, the word contains 189,819 letters.

The 45-letter word Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon is the longest English word that appears in a major dictionary. It’s apparently a lung disease. A prize for the first person to use it in a story! Officially, though, the longest word in the English language is Antidisestablishmentarianism, a mere 28 letters, which is the opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England. 

Whatever happens, us logophiles will continue to love our words.

Now, as I’m also an Archeoeubibliologist, I’m off to finish Vanessa’s novel. Oh yes, an Archeoeubibliologist is someone who likes good books.







This week on Writers Abroad 17 August 2014
Category: Site News
Oh dear, I was so proud that I had managed to do This Week on my iPad, went off for a siesta, and came back to find it wasn't there.

So here we go again.

Jo has given us a rainbow range of muses that can conjure up people, places and situations of all sorts, so ther should be plenty of scribbling this week.

Chris N has written a great blog about people who write thoughtless, nasty comments about others' writing...I would agree with every word except to say I wouldn't waste my energy treating these people with contempt...they just need to be ignored.

Jill and Vanessa each have a war story under this month's challenge, so do go along and read and critique if you haven't already.

Glyn has posted an interview with the poet Bethany Pope (no relation) ... I must pop over and read it.

Alyson is warming the bragging stool (I almost wrote 'her' bragging stool): she was runner up in both the final sentence and the 750 word comp...Jill was also runner-up in the 750 one, but didn't brag, so I am doing it for her!

Jo's profile is featured in the Members' News of the September Writers' News.

And we can all have a group brag for Julie Philips' great article about Writers Abroad (for which many of us contributed information) in the same WN issue.

Paola is collecting rejections from agents for her book, as a means to develop a thick skin, but that's another story.

There is a formal meeting this Sunday: I won't be there as I will be Finn-bonding in Edinburgh.

We'r all looking forward to our magazine, and I imagine that the powers that be have it all under control...

Now fingers crossed that this posts, and let me know of any errors or omissions!
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