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Cancer sucks, and fiction’s fun!

Happy Halloween! I hope you’re staying warm (and dry, those of you who met with Hurricane Sandy), and I wish you all a great night with friends and family… and good fiction.

While you’re looking for the perfect Halloween read, check out Inveterate Media Junkies’ series of posts today about the awesome anthology, Hazard Yet Forward! This collection of short stories sends all proceeds after Amazon’s cut to cancer-fighting superhero, Donna Munro. You can celebrate this evening by reading great fiction, spitting in cancer’s face, AND eating all that candy you couldn’t bring yourself to give away to the neighborhood kiddies. Yeah, I know about that secret Snickers bites bag.

Come on down to IMJ to learn about the amazing writers who have contributed to this anthology. There really is something for everyone!

You can read my column, The Princess and Her PS3, here.

You can read Heidi Ruby Miller’s column, Geek Girl Underground, here.

You can read Jason Jack Miller’s column, Sound Check, here.

Which is your favorite story from this anthology? I honestly can’t decide — there are so many amazing ones. Let me know if you have a recommendation!

Singer Linger Longer

I’m out of town today for my aunt’s birthday in Tampa, and we’re taking a quick break to enjoy some literary nerdiness and drink hot chocolate.

The hot chocolate comes from Starbucks. The nerdiness comes from Peter Farb. We’re taking a look at a selection from his book, Word Play: What Happens When People Talk, and have found that there is actually a rule in the English language regarding whether the G is pronounced as a hard consonant when it appears in a word that ends with ER.

For instance, Singer.

This is not a word with a hard G.

If I have this correctly, then according to Farb, the reason there is no hard G is that Singer is derived from a verb.

However, neither Linger nor Longer has a verb at its root, and therefore, we pronounce the G as a hard letter.

And there you have it. Birthday fun from my family.


Hello! Welcome to my page at http://www.irenelpynn.com!

I hope you’ve had a chance to check out “God Corp.” on The Opinion Guy. Be sure to tell me what you think of it!

Another short story of mine is slated for publication in a few months. I’ll let you know more details as the date comes closer.

For now, I’m working on some other stories and editing up my novel from 2007’s NaNoWriMo. If you like a good writing challenge with a fun community, you should plan to spend this November with NaNo! I know I’m going to.

Words are so much fun. I’ve been told that English is such a wonderful mish-mash of cultures and languages that it has more words than nearly any other tongue. How cool is that? To explain any occasion, image, or feeling, we have several different options, each one with its own, special connotation and slightly different meaning. I can be happy, glad, elated, joyous, jubilant, content, or just plain excited that you’ve come to my site today. And there are many more words where that came from!

Of course, so many possibilities can lead to confusion sometimes, but what’s life without a little challenge once in a while? 🙂

Shakespeare invented his own words, too, according to scholars, and many of those words have become normal vocabulary for us today. For instance, Zany. Where would we be without that word? 🙂

Here’s a cool link to a list of words Shakespeare coined or created.

Ah, the Bard. My personal hero.

And in the spirit of Billy Shakespeare, I’m going to share a made up word with you. It’s actually one that my fiancé made up, so I can’t take credit for it myself.

Bangledork verb Bangledorked, bangledorking

Bangledork [bang-ul-dork]

— Verb
1. Sometimes followed by “around.” To relax lazily: All I did yesterday was bangledork around the house.
2. To waste time
doing nothing, or to nap in the middle of the day: My plans don’t include anything but bangledorking.

As with all words, this one has room to grow and change. Someday it may even become an adjective, as well(I love these bangledorky Saturdays, don’t you?). Feel free to use it yourself! Or — even better — share a made up word with me so I can expand my vocabulary!

I hope you enjoy bangledorking and all the fun it can bring you today. Thanks for stopping by!