Wednesday, January 16, 2013

World of Words Wednesday - Women Authors - A

For NaBloPoMo prompt of the day:
If you were a superhero, what would be your kryptonite, draining your energy?
Not sleeping – well, this is an obvious energy-drainer – and this is a kryptonite I seem to encourage of late.   
I learned one thing over the past few months – it is definitely easy to form habits if you practice it for 21 days! This time, however, I need to kick the habit/addiction(s) I acquired
Addictions are easy - some addictions are not too bad, like books (a voice inside me argues - too much of a good thing is not good too), while others are not so much - like an addiction to staying awake long after I should have fallen asleep.
Staying awake long after I should have slept for days together now means I have got into this habit and I am unable to fall asleep earlier even though I want to. So now, it is time for a new habit – to fall asleep and wake up at a more proper time – a time when most adults (parent adults whose kids need to be at school by 8 am) do this activity of falling asleep and waking up.

For Three Word Wednesday:   dismal luscious waffle

Why so dismal? Come,
have a luscious waffle, come,
No time to waffle

Dismal kitchen or
luscious locks? Hmm, Tough choice
Her mind still waffles

For ABCWednesday’s letter A:  I have participated in ABC Wednesday (maybe missed a few weeks in between) for the past two rounds(or is it three rounds already).  When I looked at some of the other ABCs, I got ideas that I thought I should use next time around.  So, this time I hope I can stick to a theme (maybe plan ahead for each alphabet). The theme – Women authors – and for each letter, I will have a small post about one or two of my favorite authors whose last name (or first when the last name proves problematic to find names) begins with that letter.

For the letter A – I have – Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott

Jane Austen – the name says it all. Jane Austen is easily one of the most well-known authors of all time and her works are still read and relished 200 years later.  Dec 16th marked her 237th birthday! And January 2013 celebrates 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (it was published January 1813). And as of December 2012, I can finally say that I have read all of Jane Austen’s novels after finally reading P & P in its entirety for the first time.   The first line of Pride and Prejudice is an oft-quoted one –
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
And one of my favorite quotes from her is the one below:
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
 And for your enjoyment, a little Pride and Prejudice 

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Louisa May Alcott – her book ‘Little Women’ is another favorite and listed in many top ten lists around. ‘Little Women’ remains one of my favorite novels too. I loved it so much I went looking for Little Men and Jo’s Boys in our school library and read them as well.  I looked for the other books she wrote as well but unfortunately did not find them in our school library. Now, I am enjoying her books again as an adult and hope to a few years later when my little girl will be ready to read ‘Little Women’. I am also reading her other books (which are not as well known as Little Women).
My favorite Alcott quote is of course: “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

For Wondrous Words Wednesday: All three words below are from 'The Night Circus'.
querents - Querent as "one who seeks" is derived, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, from the Latin quærēns "seeker," the present participle of quærere "to seek, gain, ask."
In the book 'The Night Circus', the fortune teller refers to her clients as querents and though the reference made the meaning somewhat clear, the word itself was new for me and I had to check it out.  Per the wikipedia page, querent became used to denote a person who questions an Oracle.

oneiromancy NOUN  divination of future through dreams: the practice of divining the future through the interpretation of dreams
Ailuromancy or aeluromancy (from Greek ailouros), also known as felidomancy, is a form of theriomancy. It is divination using cats' movements or jumps to predict future events, especially the weather


  1. Enjoyed the haiku. As to those habits, we so easily get into them, don't we. Like reading a good classic from Austen.

  2. I'm not sure that you can divine much about the future from the movement of cats, you can tell a lot about cats from the movement of cats of course....

  3. I enjoyed the haiku as well! Fun use of language!

    The three words from Night Circus are new to me. I'm sure I'll knew use them - I doubt I could even pronounce them!

  4. Amazing choices of authors! I remember reading "Little Women" again after I'd had my own 2 daughters and got much more out of it than I did when I read it as a teenager.

    abcw team

  5. I know Austen more from the movie adaptations of her works than the works themselves!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team


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