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Taming the “Green-Eyed Monster.”

The right way to write about it:

Jealousy is an intensely possessive feeling about something which belongs to YOU.

Example; Little Bobby was jealous when his new kitten sat in his sister Betty’s lap.

Envy is a wishfully possessive feeling about something which belongs to SOMEONE ELSE.

Example: Betty envied her cousin Billy his Shetland pony.

 

 

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A Medicalized Fiction BONUS: Archaic Drug Terminology

The research you need to do to make your medicalized historical fiction ring true may present you with unfamiliar vocabulary, or for the medical conditions appearing in your science fiction or fantasy you may want to use exotic-sounding medical words that are appropriate to the conditions you need to describe, without having to make up terminology. Click on the image above to download a PDF drug glossary compiled from the 1906 Squibb Materia Medica.

Reminder: If you want a handy reference guide to all of the natural plant-based remedies that appear in Squibb, you can find out how to order a copy of Botanical Remedies here:

Stay Tuned for Part 3 of The Ten Rights of Medicalized Fiction:
The Right Damage
(Caution: Viewer Discretion Advised)

 

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Watch Your Language!

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

The Art of Writing is still the predominant form of communication used by educated people, which reinforces the status of Writing as the most powerful Art form. A large and versatile vocabulary – a language’s lexicon – is the source of that power. That’s why the 6th of The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing requires love for language and loyalty to its complete lexicon.

cassidyAnglophones are thought to be in possession of the largest vocabulary* in the world: The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) estimates English to include somewhere between 615,000 and 750,000 words. Most of them are loan words, which the heirs of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes happily borrowed from many of the world’s other tongues, to supplement their comparatively meager and monosyllabic original vocabulary. The OED estimates that actual English words may currently number about 250,000.

As usual, “experts” disagree about how to classify these words, because…

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