writer’s block

Writer’s block is a natural part of the process. Not too many people actually want to put themselves through all the stress and strain of working on a project. There’s always a natural resistance to getting the work done. You just have to understand that you need to fight through it practically every minute of the day. Understand that you’re always in a fight to accomplish something.

— Tom Piccirilli

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word of the day

Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 6, 2007

bete noire bet-NWAHR, noun:
Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.

Even more regrettable, as far as Dame Edna is concerned, is the presence of her old bete noire, the extravagantly disgusting Sir Les Patterson.
— “The Dame’s New Man”, Daily Telegraph, April 18, 1998

Never an exceptional student, Andrews somehow managed to navigate the academy’s rigorous courses with satisfactory grades, though all forms of mathematics were agonizing to him, remaining what he called his “bete noire” throughout life.
— Charles Gallenkamp, Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

Bête noire is French for “black beast.”

word of the day

Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 6, 2007

bete noire bet-NWAHR, noun:
Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.

Even more regrettable, as far as Dame Edna is concerned, is the presence of her old bete noire, the extravagantly disgusting Sir Les Patterson.
— “The Dame’s New Man”, Daily Telegraph, April 18, 1998

Never an exceptional student, Andrews somehow managed to navigate the academy’s rigorous courses with satisfactory grades, though all forms of mathematics were agonizing to him, remaining what he called his “bete noire” throughout life.
— Charles Gallenkamp, Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

Bête noire is French for “black beast.”

working

Just a heads up that I’m working on this lovely new theme you see here. The sidebar contents will again appear with the usual, familiar contents, I’ll put up a custom header picture as soon as I find something suitable, and I’ll be rearranging the tabs along the top of the header picture, among other things. So expect things to come and go while I’m doing this!

[eta: I put up a shot of the ridgeline separating Middlesborough, Kentucky, from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This may or may not be temporary. I really prefer a nice cemetery shot!]

[eta: Trashed the theme I was using. It was beautiful on the front page, but the interior pages kept throwing an error that I couldnt’ find to fix. :sigh:]

word of the day

I posted this to the mailing list, but thought I’d post it here, as well.

Could “Harlan” be a synonym thereof? (not, of course, that Harlan could be described as “idyllic”, but it is out of touch…)

Brigadoon – An idyllic place that is out of touch with reality or one that makes its appearance for a brief period in a long time.