Commonly Confused Words: Demur & Demure

Though demur and demure look similar and are pronounced similarly (sometimes the same),  each have a completely different meaning. Demur (verb) means: to object, or, take exception.  | "Aren't you going to try some fruitcake?" He demurred, recoiling from his dish with disgust, "You expect me to eat this? What are you trying to do, kill… Continue reading Commonly Confused Words: Demur & Demure

Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Arcane English Idioms

A idiom is a collection of words that means something other than it would seem, or rather, a group of words whose meaning is different to the individual meanings entailed by the words themselves. Popular American idioms include: A dime a dozen (something cheap or commonplace) Beat around the bush (to prevaricate, generally due discomfort… Continue reading Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Arcane English Idioms

Irregardless: Clarifying A Confounding American Neologism

One of the most irascible words in the English language is the American neologism, irregardless, popularized during the 20th Century and meaning: without consideration; or, not needing to allow for; or, heedless; or, without reguard. The word is a combination of both irrespective and regardless, which raises a rather peculiar problem, namely, that both of… Continue reading Irregardless: Clarifying A Confounding American Neologism

Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Middle English

Below is a resource for writers, consisting of dozens of Middle English words paired with their modern-day equivalent meanings. The list is not meant to be exhaustive of all Middle English. If there are any words you wish me to add to the list, feel free to contact me and let me know (Middle English… Continue reading Fiction Writer’s Compendium: Middle English

Anti-Natalism As Environmentalism: Todd May & The Question Of Extinction

On Dec. 17, 2018, The New York Times published a article in their opinion column entitled, Would Human Extinction Be A Tragedy?: Our Species Possesses Inherent Worth But We Are Devastating The Earth & Causing Unimaginable Animal Suffering. The article (which sounds like a sociology piece off Academia.edu) was written by a one Todd May,… Continue reading Anti-Natalism As Environmentalism: Todd May & The Question Of Extinction

Rumination One | What Did It Matter?

When I awoke from the dream the world seemed to have shifted. As if something within me had moved or grown or diminished, I knew not which, only that something was different. It were as if I had carried those fateful imaginings back into the waking world with their full weight, as if they lingered… Continue reading Rumination One | What Did It Matter?

First Precepts of the Et Ferro

The et ferro as quaesitor de tenebris ignis. [-ς-∧-] The willful 'I' of the mind first, then the body, then the world, then the universe and all beyond. Palindromic continuation. The 'I' in the 'self' is a manifestation of the totality of the mind which is the filter through which the central organism wherefrom the generative… Continue reading First Precepts of the Et Ferro

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.3

-a truly great work of art will always deal with three things: sex, violence and death. It is my opinion that any work of art which deals not at all with this omnipresent trio of human universals is not worthy of one’s time or, indeed, of really being called a work of art at all.… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.3

Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 3 [Coda]

In the previous installment of this millipedesque series I attempted to examine the ways that innate pattern seeking can lead to philosophies which are either distanced from human-valuing (whether proportionally or in sum-total) such as certain Christian-influenced strains of right-leaning esoteric naturalism (Man is insignificant to Mother Earth) or outright opposed to them such as… Continue reading Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Prt 3 [Coda]