New word for March 14, 2008

vivify \VIV-uh-fy\, transitive verb:
1. To endue with life; to make alive; to animate.
2. To make more lively or intense.

Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts?
— Annie Dillard, “Write Till You Drop”, New York Times, May 28, 1989

Stories not only provide context for statistical statements but canillustrate and vivify them as well.
— John Allen Paulos, Once Upon a Number

Vivify comes from French vivifier, from Late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivus, alive.

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for vivify

Writing Tip For March 14th 2008

“Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.”
John O’Hara

Reading to write. This is my tip for today. Read,read, read. Read everything you can get your hands on. Once you have decided on a genre, then read that genre. Read a favorite author. How does he or she handle plot lines? Take notes on how the dialogue flows. And finally, when you are tired of all this talk about reading, read some more!

Saint Patrick’s Day


What Your Shamrock Says About You


You are charming, witty, and larger than life.At times, you can be a bit impatient and inflexible. You don’t like to be distracted.

You don’t really consider yourself a lucky person. In your view, people create their own luck.

You are stylish, in a classic sort of way. You are particular about how you like things.