Word of the Day (March 26, 2013): wrest

Wrest [rest]

Definition: To take away by force

verb:

1. to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.

2. to twist or torn; pull, jerk or force by a violent twist.

verb:

1. to get away be effort; to wrest a living from the soil.

2. to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like: wrench.

noun:

1. a wresting; twist or wrench.

2. a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.

Examples:

1. Can I possibly go back and wrest from my past some remnant of a better beginning?

– Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion, 2006

2. He could wrest beauty from anything.

– Fiona Maazel, Last Last Change, 2009

From Dictionary.com

2013 Reading Challenges: Deliberate Abandonment

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Abandonment.  That’s a word that usually has me diving for under the covers to take to my bed like the good Southern woman I’m Not (yep, born and raised here in SoCali and me with no blonde hair Or blue eyes- can you believe such a thing?!) and hide until the monster goes away.

But in true incorrigible, defiant (See “Quotes That Speak to Me“) woman style, I’m going to take that which terrifies me (always has) and use it as I see fit.

Specifically, in this context, I am, after much thought and deliberation, abandoning the reading challenges I so happily took on at the end of last year.

Not because I’m not reading anymore.  It’s precisely the opposite in fact.

I found that it wasn’t so much writing the reviews that was turning into another “to do (although that is a problem too),” but it felt like work to match it to all the reading challenges it worked for, then find the latest challenge linky post for that challenge and link it there.  It all became too much “to do,” and sometimes I’d just rather be reading the next book (most of the time, in fact).

Plus, I found myself picking books according to if it would fit a (or more than one) reading challenge, rather than something I was really excited to open up and get lost in.  And I love reading for the escapism (yes, books are cheaper and less self-destructive than other coping mechanisms), and the education (at 46 years old, I’m learning new words in the book I’m reading now) both.  So I didn’t want something that I didn’t “have to” do spoiling my lifelong love of books.

Therefore, I am consciously abandoning my reading challenges.  I will still post Excerpts and Reviews, but only when and because I wanna, not because I committed to doing so for no necessary reason.

So, from here on out, keep your eyes peeled for my Book Excerpts and Book Reviews, which will continue to show up – when I decide and for no other reason than that.

Quotes That Speak To Me

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defiant woman

As I posted on FB when I shared this there:

Um, no, I’m there. I haven’t actually heard it verbally from people in my life, but they sure have treated me like they think I am.

Oh, and um, I’ve gotten flack from some people in my life (who shall remain completely un-referenced) who recognize themselves and don’t like that I share here how their actions make me feel.  Hence, my (for the moment – I reserve the right to change my mind at any time for any reason, and surely will at some point) deliberate and extreme vagueness and referred anonymity.

Word of the Day (February 13, 2013): mainour

– noun:

[MEY-ner]

Definition:

1. a stolen article found on the person of or near the thief: to be taken with the mainour.

Examples:

1. Caught the thief, with the mainour, hey?

– Maria Edgeworth, the Parent’s Assistant

2. …if I be taken with the mainour, if the theft be found about me, I shall either be killed, or carted with a paper crown set upon my head, having my fault written in great text-letters.

– Fernando de Rojas, The Celestina

[From Dictionary.com]