“Words inked on paper made clever twists and turns into culminating points of confluence, cascading in the form of punchlines.” –Yours Truly

Sanguine thoughts swam in her mind as she laid the basket down and looked at the newly-arrived envelope. His penmanship was daring, as befits his character. Her nerves fluttered at the memory of him. Eagerness soon allowed her to focus her energies into opening the letter. Words inked on paper made clever twists and turns into culminating points of confluence, cascading in the form of punchlines. The vivid language may cause some to say that he tends to histrionics by way of tangents, arduous paths for the untrained conversationalist. Observant and quick, every few paragraphs contained a seminal idea that could be taken up by the world at large. For these two, ignominy is an ill-timed non sequitur or the passing of a fleeting thought that did not live up to the standard of the moment’s unpremeditated yes and.

selected vocabulary words incorporated into the piece:

1) sanguine, 2) confluence, 3) arduous, 4) seminal, 5) ignominy, 6) histrionics

This is original writing that ended up turning into a character paragraph description via a vocabulary exercise. Frasier would probably enjoy this. I was summoning Jane Austen but accidentally channeled Thomas Mann. One of my fellow writers said it reminded them of Charles Dickens. I accidentally chose 6 (I was going for 5) vocabulary words that I don’t usually get to use in everyday language and created a short paragraph out of the selected words.

a bit about the Process:

I wrote this at 2:30am in the morning on a Monday with a plan to look at The Great Conjunction but fell asleep. I probably spent 10 minutes choosing 5 vocabulary words from my spreadsheet of vocabulary words (yes, I have a vocabulary spreadsheet) and then spent another 20 minutes writing the majority of this paragraph. I woke up and wrote the last 2 sentences at around 4am in the morning. Read this out loud for my writing circle today and spent a few minutes fine-tuning some phrases just now. Observation: I feel extremely pretentious using all of these SAT vocabulary words but it felt great getting to actually put them to use. Maybe it wouldn’t have felt as pretentious if this had been a longer piece and the 5 vocab words were more spaced out throughout the page. I enjoyed internalizing their meanings through this exercise. I like the tension of “yes and.” emphasis on the period following the and. I also made it a point to use successions of stressed syllables to start sentences in order to help convey the assertive nature of the character in the description. Still feels like a draft to me. There are some parts that I would like to make more succinct.

the writing Prompt came from one of the talented writers in my writing circle:

1. Choose 3-5 of your favorite words and/or favorite sounding words. Write a story, poem, brief sketch or flash fiction* using those words. (i.e. I really like the sound of these words – sublime, onomatopoeia, superfluous, quixotic, cantankerous…) Please note that these words don’t have to be in English – I just stumbled upon a really cool Greek word today— MERAKI**
**Meraki (v./adverb) a Modern Greek word, derived from the Turkish “Merak” (Labor of love, to do something with pleasure), is applied to tasks, usually, creative or artistic tasks, but can be applied to any task at all.

And a cool Japanese word! KOMOREBI

Komorebi, the Japanese expression for the sunlight as it filters through the trees, is made up of the kanji characters for tree (木), shine through (漏れ), and sun (日).


If you’re having trouble finding some interesting sounding words here’s a site to check out 🙂 https://taralazar.com/2014/06/09/list-of-200-fun-cool-and-interesting-words/

* Flash Fiction – fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Many of them defined by word count, include

  1. the six-word story
  2. “twitterature” (280-character story)
  3. “dribble” (also known as the “minisaga,” 50 words)
  4. “drabble” (also known as “microfiction,” 100 words)
  5. “micro-story” (300 or fewer words)
  6. “sudden fiction” (750 words)
  7. flash fiction (1,000 words)

(Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction)

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