Editing Tools Comparison

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Dan Hawkins, WordWrites Guild co-chair and the owner of Hawkins Editing, LLC, will present an Editing Tools Comparison. He will examine the platform requirements, cost, functions, and strengths and weaknesses of six computerized editing tools. The tools range from revered to reviled and their costs range from free to $139.95 per year. Some are web based, some stand alone, and some are Word add-ins.

Dan will share his experience with the editing features of FileCleaner, Grammarly, Hemingway, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt, and SmartEdit. The presentation will also include a brief demonstration of each tool.

Join us for our meeting and Dan’s presentation June 2, at 6:00 PM, in the Dunevant Meeting Room at the North Dearborn Branch of the Lawrenceburg Public Library District.

May is a Mabsoot Month

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For WWG’s latest word prompts and writing assignment,

please click the Writing tab, above.

In the interest of neoterism, you are invited to exercise your own verbomania and play an eclectic word match game.

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So often writers are reminded to rein in their love of words when writing. An expansive vocabulary might be a coveted asset during a heated game of Speed Scrabble, but can sometimes be seen as an obstacle for the general reader.

This is certainly a reasonable argument, but one which should not limit any logophile’s or malaprop’s pursuit of underused words or discovery of forgotten verbage.

The following words were found on Mr. Steve Chrisomalis’ magnificent website:

http://phrontistery.info/index.html

After completing the quiz, please visit Phrontistery.com, or scroll down for the answers.

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour
  3. Novice conductor’s instrument

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Are you feeling confident? Are you ready to impress fellow word-geeks with your verbal prowess?

If so, brace yourselves … the correct definitions are below:

Vacherin

  1. Sweet disposition, especially in conversation
  2. Sweet mixture of meringue and whipped cream
  3. Superficially sweet, insincere, two-faced

Keister

  1. Large nose
  2. Ruffian or gangster
  3. Burglar’s tool kit

Davit

  1. Legal document
  2. Device for hoisting and lowering a boat
  3. Long couch

Zegedine

  1. Cocktail ingredient made from lemons
  2. Silver drinking-cup
  3. Bar tool used to swirl/blend

Sabaton

  1. Long sword with slightly curved blade
  2. Novice conductor’s instrument
  3. Foot-covering as part of suit of armour

 

TahDah! You are quite the word-monger, aren’t you? Bravo to you!

You are invited to share your own discoveries of new, eclectic and fun words at upcoming WordWrites Guild meetings, held every first and third Thursdays at 6:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Because the Big Greek Café is closed today, we are moving tonight’s (4/21/2016) WWG meeting to the Cracker Barrel on the East (North) side of I-74.

 

A Writing Assignment … and Dinner, Too!

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Brace yourselves – it was a big night for choosing eclectic words from that treasure chest (or is it Pandora’s Box?) known as Vocabulary Cards – the bane of many a high school student’s existence.

Our latest writing assignment has a whopping 600 word limit – and the words du soir are:

Conduit
Sanguine
Disheveled
Chromatic
Incipience
Pusillanimous

Please click on each word for its definition, correct pronunciation, and origin.

Have fun!

Equally important is the news that …

everyone is invited to join

WordWrites Guild at The Big Greek Cafe in Harrison, Ohio

on Thursday, April 21st at 6:00pm

for a delicious dinner-on-your-own, and plenty of conversation.

 

We hope you will be able to join us for this low-key, comfortable gathering.

The restaurant is easy to find at 1150 Harrison Ave  Harrison, OH.

DH Athens GREEK Exterior Sign Front

We are looking forward to seeing you on April 21st!

Writing Assignment for March 17th

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Hello Everyone,
We had another good WordWrites Guild meeting last week, during which we shared our competed assignments from the previous meeting, and discussed the many different approaches to, and styles of, writing.
While updating the group on the status of our projects currently underway, we agreed that the effort required for securing an agent or publisher could limit the time and energy available for story telling – as is the case with any writer, painter, musician, et al. Unfortunately, we didn’t come up with any alternatives, so we continue to wear both hats and juggle both enterprises.
In keeping with that need to create, this week’s writing assignment/prompt comes from a vintage box of vocabulary words, randomly chosen by members in attendance at last Thursday’s meeting:
Impute
Feint
Recalcitrant
Cupidity
Amnesia
The word count is limited to 500 words.
Have fun – and please stop by our next WordWrites Guild meeting at the Lawrenceburg Public Library at 6:00PM on March 17. We will hope to see you then.

Summertime and the Writing is Easy …

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As some of you may be aware, we at WWG have decided to end our MeetUp presence. We do want to assure everyone that our actual, in-person meetings continue – so we encourage you to take advantage of the free support, the abundant camaraderie, and the enlightening conversation about language, words and creativity.

Our next meeting will be held at the Lawrenceburg Public Library in the Ewbank Room on Thursday, July 16, from 6:00PM – 8:00PM. We will be sharing our always creative responses to the last meeting’s writing assignment – and reviewing at least one new submission.

In 250 words or less, write a story about a main character who is a homeless person who is a Hugger.

Put the character in a situation dealing with woods and an award ceremony.

These prompts were chosen at random from The Storymatic tool/game/prompt generator.

Please join us for an evening of shop-talk and friendship.

April is Hopping with Wordy Fun!

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Hello Fellow Writers,

WordWrites Guild is gearing up for an especially busy month. We are currently reviewing two writers’ submissions. One is a delightfully written young readers’ chapter book – very funny! The other is a poignant short story about a beloved horse.

One of our members has accepted the Blogging A to Z Challenge. She and countless others will post to their blogs something, anything inspired by a different letter of the alphabet every day – except Sundays – through the month of April.

Alphonse-Mucha-Poetry

This is also National Poetry Month, so Word Geeks might like to visit the link for some terrific ideas for celebrating poetry. And with that in mind, every pocket will surely be filled with poems on April 30th – National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

We hope everyone has ample opportunity to play with language – indoors and especially out now that the days are warm and sunny. Have great fun and know that you are always welcome to stop by any WordWrites Guild meeting to share your love of words with like-minded folks.

Happy Writing!

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