Friday, October 31, 2008

Writing Help

Today's Link
Marvin the Martian

Saying for the Day

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Picture of the Day
Our Halloween Treat

Writing Help
One of the purposes of this blog is to help as many people as possible. To that end I came across this help for writers . Since tomorrow is Wordzzle day and some of us will be playing with the words and because the rest of you are writing blogs I thought I would share the help on this blog.

Advice to Writers

In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.

Let your conversational communications possess a compacted conciseness, a clarified comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency and a concatenated consistency.

Eschew obfuscation and all conglomeration of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement and asinine affectations.

Let your extemporaneous descants and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolificacy and vain vapid verbosity.

If you are really interested to know, the above means: “Be brief and don’t use big words.”

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
It seems that Nancy’s poltergeist can tell a ghost groupie from a regular customer. Every attempt by one to enter Nancy’s since yesterday has failed. Most of them just ended up on the street but the last one flew down the street and into Jack’s Sauna . There it was dropped on the top bench, the door closed, and water started pouring on the rocks. Jack tried and tried but he couldn't open the door. Fairly soon the poor guy was dripping wet from sweat and having a hard time breathing. That’s when the door flew open. The poor guy had to go out into the thirty four degree cold and walk to his motel room. Since then no ghost groupie has tried to get in to Nancy’s. The odd thing is that while all this was going on the pumpkins kept floating around at Nancy’s. Could there be more than one poltergeist?
Melli stopped in for coffee and Nancy told her that she was so sorry for the problems that she had because of the ghost groupie incident. Nancy gave her a free cup of coffee and the largest saffron bun Melli had ever seen.
Kivi & Maki , getting some advice from an outside consultant are now selling t-shirts aimed at the ghost groupie market. They say "I was Ghostbusted-- who'ya gonna call?" -On the back is a big stylized ghost.
Herman was again disappointed as there was no cow on the roof of the Masonic Building. Every morning he gets up hoping that this will be the day with the cow. His wife keeps telling him to forget it, quit drinking, and get a job. But he is convinced that destiny has picked him as a seer.

Wrap Up
Another great day. I visited all my links. I put Sunday's Church bulletin on the website and then the November calendar and newsletter. I found a blog where the writer talked with pride about the candidate he was supporting with out feeling the need to bash the other candidate. That's almost a miracle. In the afternoon we worked on the tunnels. The first one is done and drying the second one is ready to be put together. Betty did a great job on the brickwork. Of course we ran both trains and everything else. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Dr John, I do believe you could open a Cafepress or Zazzle shop and tap into Kivi & Maki's tshirt market.

Kivi & Maki may want to set up a stand right outside of the sauna. I am sure the ghost groupies would be anxious to buy a nice dry shirt.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I would be totally lost without my platitudinous ponderosity! Would you share the skeleton cupcake instead?

... now I'm sad because I wanna be ghostbusted. I can't wear a t-shirt if I wasn't ghostbusted ... and I really REALLY want that t-shirt! (of course, I want everything I see, and that will be the fall of me!)

Thank you for your prayers! :)

6:29 AM  
Anonymous noble pig said...

Love that treat and the saying of the day! Happy Halloween!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Carletta said...

Loved the Halloween quote and I'd love one of those yummy looking treats with my second cup of coffee.
I haven't started my Wordzzle and was excited to read you were giving me some writing tips - AND since I haven't started mine will no doubt be very brief.
Have a wonderful day! Happy Halloween and no tricking ok!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Trick or treat!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

Heh!!! Sounds like an English major got crossed with a lawyer who worked for the government! But I enjoyed reading that sage advice!!!

Take care!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Carver said...

Good post and Happy Halloween.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Jeff B said...

In response to the first part of your post...

Got it.

10:31 AM  
Blogger jmb said...

Platitudinous ponderosity. I fear I am guilty of that on occasion, well the platitude part at least.

10:35 AM  
Blogger jmb said...

I forgot to say Happy Halloween.

10:35 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Happy Halloween!

I have to say that today's advice for writers made me laugh.

Have a blessed weekend!

4:47 PM  
Blogger B. Roan said...

My favorite? Vain vapid verbosity. Wow! What does that mean? Great advice! BJ

5:28 PM  
Blogger tsduff said...

Dr. John, thanks for interpreting all of those hard words :)

I would LOVE to have a saffron bun. It sounds exotic and delicious.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Hehehe ! I don't understand a thing !! and my dictionary either !

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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