The Wednesday Word – OTSYDYL

by Mhairi Simpson on March 25, 2015

Welcome back to the Wednesday Word.

(Disclaimer: all words are a product of my imagination. If you should find any Wednesday Word in a dictionary, a/ shame on you for looking it up and not making up your own definition and b/ I didn’t know it was there.)

Today’s word: OTSYDYL

Adjective: An artificial or chemical smell.

Example: Her grandfather had died months before but the otsydyl scent of machinery and medicine lingered on.

So, what do you think OTSYDYL means? Leave your definitions and example sentences in the comments!

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Be A Bard – Stone Circle

by Mhairi Simpson on March 23, 2015

Be A Bard is a storytelling card game. You play a card and keep the story going according to what’s on the card, the object being to lose all your cards. And no, it’s not quite that simple but that’s the gist of it. Today we will riff off the below image – Stone Circle. If you’d like to join in the story, just leave a comment!

Child in stone circle

 

“The Bard relates that Jessie was fast asleep, dreaming of Snakes and Ladders, when she woke up to find herself cold and confused in a circle of standing stones, covered with strange designs…”

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Ignoring the rules

March 21, 2015

The rules only apply to you for as long as you allow them to. When you decide they no longer do, then you’re free to make your own rules. Yes, seriously, you can do this. Bear in mind, however, this requires you to take responsibility. Absolute responsibility. When you make your own rules, you’re not […]

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Fiction Friday – #WIP

March 20, 2015

Another snippet from The Phire Fromeaire, my current work in progress.   Sarah waved vaguely from the doorway of her bedroom as her guests went down the stairs, looking appropriately concerned. The moment they were out of sight she closed the door and started changing out of her pyjamas. “Thank God that’s over,” she muttered […]

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Let’s do it all backwards #wip #amwriting

February 19, 2015

There are a lot of bits of accepted wisdom among writers, usually tried and tested things that everyone accepts really are good ideas. One of these is that you don’t show your stuff to anyone until it’s actually ready to be seen. I am, believe it or not, one of these people. I show my […]

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The Wednesday Word – HOSLICH

February 18, 2015

Welcome back to the Wednesday Word. (Disclaimer: all words are a product of my imagination. If you should find any Wednesday Word in a dictionary, a/ shame on you for looking it up and not making up your own definition and b/ I didn’t know it was there.) Today’s word: HOSLICH Noun: fur of the Miryan Mountain […]

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Be A Bard – Holding Hands

February 16, 2015

Be A Bard is a storytelling card game. You play a card and keep the story going according to what’s on the card, the object being to lose all your cards. And no, it’s not quite that simple but that’s the gist of it. Today we will riff off the below image – Holding Hands. […]

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[RECIPE] – Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free cupcakes!!

February 14, 2015

Okay, first off, I need to make it clear that these are not actually dairy-FREE. They are MOSTLY dairy-free. I used Bertolli instead of butter – a couple of highly lactose-intolerant friends of mine use this instead of butter and have no problems. I am also intolerant and I don’t have any problems with it […]

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[VIDEO] The art of getting started…

February 13, 2015

Yep, my first ever vlog! It’s an awful video – autofocus is not my friend, least of all on something like this – but the point I want to make is that you don’t have to be perfect to start. You do, however, have to start in order to have a shot at being perfect. […]

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Be A Bard – Butterflies

February 9, 2015

Be A Bard is a storytelling card game. You play a card and keep the story going according to what’s on the card, the object being to lose all your cards. And no, it’s not quite that simple but that’s the gist of it. Today we will riff off the below image – Butterflies. If […]

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