Monthly Archives: December 2010


The word gate is a good old English word, the form being geat in Old English (plural geatu) and whose meaning was ‘an opening or entrance’.  A watergate (from the 15th century) is a channel for water; the first element … Continue reading

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Word Lust

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports on a database of language usage that is now available to researchers. It is derived from the digital library of the world’s books that Google has been assembling in recent years. Thus far, two billion … Continue reading

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Impressions: Generosity (An Enhancement) by Richard Powers

Generosity is the latest novel (2009) from the award-winning American author Richard Powers, and the first work of his that I have read.  I wanted to explore his writing because I had read that his novels address the attributes and … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo -> AnNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is officially over. Congratulations to all those who completed 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days! I cannot include myself among them. To date I’ve managed about 15,000 words for the first draft of Vamp. Many surprises (not … Continue reading

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