bellicose in action

Well, I have made it to the second letter! So far so good. It’s a gorgeous spring day though and the yard is decorated with a murky coating of winter surprises the melting snow revealed. I shoveled all the old ashes out of my burn pit already, that old washer drum is ready for more fiery action this summer!

B is for bellicose.

The photo/painting I am pairing with this word is:

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The lowdown from If you walk into a high school where you know no one, find the toughest looking girl in the halls and tell her she’s ugly, them’s fighting words. Or bellicose ones. Bellicose means eager for war.
Bellicose is from Latin bellum “war.” A near synonym is belligerent, from the same Latin noun. You may wonder if they’re connected to the Latin bellus “pretty, handsome,” which gives us the names Bella or Isabella, as well as belle “a beautiful woman.” They’re not. War and beauty are not related, except in the case of Helen of Troy.

The Mini Story:

I shoveled out the black clumps of ash from the burn pit, revealing a powdery gray layer of soot. In my mind, I fancied myself a grave-robber stealing the ashes of long forgotten dwellers of this lonely planet. But why would anyone steal ashes? Could I swear them on my face and dance under the moon to achieve immortality or maybe just reach a state of escalate? AS I tossed another shovel-full of the ash into the bucket, lost in this morbid fantasy, a glimmer caught my eye. I looked into the gray mess and saw a tiny arc of gold, peering out of the soot like an angelic eye. I dropped my shovel and reached down to finger the object. It was a wedding ring. As I blew off the dust, a face formed in the ashes. The angry face on a long dead, bellicose groom.

alacrity in action

Here we go…. the first letter of my 26 letter challenge. Expand my vocabulary and maybe electrify my creative juices.


My new word today is Alacrity. New to me, so there.

The lowdown.

According to alacrity means this:

Someone with alacrity shows cheerful willingness and eager behavior, like a kid whose mother has told him he can buy anything in a candy store. While the noun alacrity normally refers to someone’s peppy behavior, it can also describe a certain mood or tempo of a musical composition, indicating how the music should be played. Alacrity comes from the Latin alacritas, and the Italian musical term allegro is a near relation.

The photo/painting I am pairing with this word is:

Light Coming Forth

The Mini Story:

The carousel spun ’round and ’round, children were laughing with plastered smiles so wide you would think they had just won the lottery. The wooden horses rose and fell in time to the music from the band organ, blasting with such alacrity that everyone on board was swept away to another time, another place. A fantasy fulfilled. Hurling through the stars and space until everything in their world was wonderful and perfect.

nudging the creativity

I can’t remember the last time I blogged about anything. Sure I have reblogged a few cool things from time to time, but nothing coming from me. Every time I sit down to blog, nothing comes to mind. Just like looking for gold at the end of the rainbow. There is nothing to find.

I hate that.

I want there to be gold.

So I am going to try to spark a flame on soaked logs and get a camp fire blazing with ideas.

Got an idea. Probably silly, but it will at least expand my vocabulary. Twice a week, I am going to pick a word I don’t know and pair with either a painting I have done or a photo I have taken and make up a mini story (like a weak paragraph, nothing to heavy; don’t wanna hurt my back). Could be helpful to fill the awkward silence in elevator rides.

Feel free to add to my rambles or even suggest the next word.

One rule for me is that I have to take the new words down in order. A to whatever the last letter is.

Feeding the Amazon Addiction

Erik Gustafson:

Take a moment to get to know another talented author…Kate Glass herself!

Originally posted on Kay Glass, Author:

Hi, my name is Kay, and I’m an Amazon one-click addict. And I’m glad to know I’m not alone! If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you are, too. Now, there’s tons of free books available daily, and I couldn’t even begin to list them all. I have a Kindle that’s full to bursting, and I have the Kindle app installed on my phone, tablet, and laptop. Needless to say, reading is a beloved hobby of mine. 

But books aren’t my only passion. I enjoy online shopping. There’s lots of things cheaper online, as I’m sure many of you know. And with my health, I don’t particularly care to be outside my home if I can avoid it, especially as shopping can be draining. (For more on my health, check out a previous blog post: Amazon gets costly, however, and I’m always seeking better…

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Fantasy Across the Continents, Fantasy Across Time

Erik Gustafson:

Join this Giveaway today to win three great novels!

Originally posted on The Zombie Bible:

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3 winners will be randomly selected on March 7, 2014 to receive a gift package of US kindle editions of all three of these novels.

Do you feel as though so many fantasy novels just retell medieval Europe, over and over again? Do you long for novels imbued with stories and traditions that never knew the broadsword or the mail coat? If so, come join the FANTASY ACROSS THE CONTINENTS, FANTASY ACROSS TIME giveaway! Win 3 works of historical fantasy from 3 different novelists that will take you to Africa, Aztec America, and the ancient Middle East!


Entering the giveaway also signs you up to receive future updates from novelist Stant Litore. Eligibility: You need to live in the US — and like kindle books!

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Gotta brag

This actually happened… finally! After 13 years.



Becoming a doctor? Check that off my bucket list. What’s next? Keep learning. Keep growing as a human. Keep writing.

Enough said.

Jasper T. Scott’s free book!

Here is a no brainer. Get a copy of Dark Space (Kindle edition) while it’s free!

An epic adventure in space…here is the Amazon description:

Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race.

Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space–once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind.

The once galaxy-spanning Imperium of Star Systems is left guarding the gate which is the only way in or out of Dark Space–but not everyone is satisfied with their governance.

Freelancer and ex-convict Ethan Ortane is on the run. He owes crime lord Alec Brondi 10,000 sols, and his ship is badly damaged. When Brondi catches up with him, he makes an offer Ethan can’t refuse. Ethan must infiltrate and sabotage the Valiant, the Imperial Star Systems Fleet carrier which stands guarding the entrance of Dark Space, and then his debt will be cleared. While Ethan is still undecided about what he will do, he realizes that the Imperium has been lying and putting all of Dark Space at risk. Now Brondi’s plan is starting to look like a necessary evil, but before Ethan can act on it, he discovers that the real plan was much more sinister than what he was told, and he will be lucky to escape the Valiant alive. . . .

Here is the link, get your copy while it’s free! Share with your friends.