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NaNo2015: Word of the Day 25-30 
30th-Nov-2015 12:30 pm
Nov. 25  wordcount: 44,002
Merriam Webster word of the day: dyed-in-the-wool

"I'm a dyed-in-the-wool curmudgeon," said Morgan. "Children make me jittery and adults always want something."
"Then your anti-social tendencies will have sharpened your sense of when someone is approaching," said the commander. "You'll take the section just east of the High Gate."
The old man scowled. "Sentry duty," he muttered. "At my age."

Nov. 26  wordcount: 44,759
Merriam Webster word of the day: Xandau

"How do you like your new position, Barnabas?" There was a sneer underlying the question. "It must be so nice... a regular Xandau. Very idyllic."
"It's... fine," said Barnabas, shifting back onto his heels, ready to get to his feet in a single movement if necessary. The action made him feel less vulnerable while looking up. He liked the garden, rusty gates and old rubbish used as tomato cages and all. There was an artistic symmetry in one of the piles of empty paint cans. There was certainly no need for someone from down hill to come up just to insult him. "Did you need me for something?"

Nov. 27  wordcount: 46,027
Merriam Webster word of the day: minatory

They crept in through the gate using the blackened shells of the houses outside the Desert Gate as cover. Some only had windows blown in but others looked like matchsticks, their walls twisted and smashed. Seen at close range the gaping hole in the wall looked like a mouth: a minatory path leading only to further devastation. Inside, the roads were littered with debris and there was nothing living to be seen. Saul found it difficult to believe he and his companion had exited the city by this very gate only days ago.

Nov. 28  wordcount: 47,505
Merriam Webster word of the day: colligate

They retraced their steps to the ditch outside Lutherburg where Saul and Candace finally felt they might not have to look over their shoulder every two minutes and fear hearing a shout of, "Hey! You!" from behind.
"So what do you think about the numbers?" asked Saul. It was an idea that had slowly begun growing when he saw the flickering lights of the enemy camps and considered them next to the bodies they'd passed in the daylight. He colligated his impression of the numbers available and the population of the city—they hadn't been looking for casualties specifically but many had been unavoidable and yet!— When he considered the probable casualty count he came up with an answer that didn't match what they'd seen.

Nov. 29  wordcount: 50,008
Merriam Webster word of the day: emeritus

The courier at the window straightened up and tugged at his tie when he saw Barnabas' rank. "Can I help you, sir?"
"Do you know someone with a wagon I could borrow?" asked Barnabas.
"We're couriers," said the man. He was white-haired, his skin wrinkled from long exposure to the elements, and an emeritus member of the active staff. He frowned. "I mean, I could ask around... what kind of a wagon are you thinking of?"
"Something sturdy. Other central stations have been equipped with such a thing, for shipping between the office and the airports. I was hoping you could assist me in this instance as well."
The line of puzzlement between the courier's eyes faded as understanding took its place. "We're not so fancy here, sir. We only have a small cart that can be dragged behind one of the bikes. I'd have to talk to the Head before offering it to you, of course. But a wagon... maybe one of the riders has an idea... you wait here, I'll be back in a jiffy."

Nov. 30  wordcount: 51,748
Merriam Webster word of the day: paragon

Barnabas looked around the room. He himself was no paragon of tidiness, but perhaps his first act in his new position ought to be imposing order on the unruly mess of papers and books that reigned on the desk and shelves. He wondered it if it might be the easiest task he'd face in Lutherburg.
26th-Nov-2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
Nov 25: Awww. ;))

Happy Thanksgiving! :D *huge hugs*
26th-Nov-2015 10:05 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :D *big, tight, hug in return*
27th-Nov-2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Hope you all had a good one! :)

Nov 26: Ooh. Is the questioner another extra, or someone important to the plotline? Barnabas is probably right to be a bit on edge...
27th-Nov-2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
The questioner doesn't have a name but they do have three or four scenes, so I guess that bumps them up to minor character status.
27th-Nov-2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
Aha, gotcha. :D Minor character, it is!

Nov 27: Yikes. :(
29th-Nov-2015 02:44 am (UTC)
Nov 28: Oooh, intrigue.

And you're almost there, you can make it! *waves pom-poms enthusiastically*
29th-Nov-2015 02:56 am (UTC)
More like aaaaaaaaaaaugh what is this word I've forgotten how to use tenses (and punctuation) this is close to the worst thing I've written all month... (Worst is along the lines of "it was dark and he couldn't see in the darkness" XD )

*breathes* 2 more days. 3,000 more words. Save the butler and bring in the cavalry. The end is near.

29th-Nov-2015 03:07 am (UTC)
*hugs* You're okay! That's what editing is for! Just hang in there, and you can make it all better later. *hugs* (Aww, I'm sorry! *hugs*)

You can do it! *waves pom-poms again* Oh no, is the butler in trouble? Save him indeed! *hugs*

29th-Nov-2015 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm thinking this will be edited/ rewritten much, much later. ;)) My current skill-level is not doing the concept justice. (Or at least I don't feel like I am.)

Can't let the cheerleader down now... ;))
29th-Nov-2015 03:42 am (UTC)
Aww. But a first draft is very important, so good for you for working on it! And you're almost done. :D (*hugs*)

:D *chants* You can do it, yes, you can! If Mel can't do it, no one can! *waves pom-poms*
29th-Nov-2015 03:59 am (UTC)
True, true, it's useful if not something I want to show anyone at this point. ;))

30th-Nov-2015 12:19 am (UTC)
Exactly! :) It's something at least, and surely works as a thought experiment if nothing else.

;)) Thank you. But perhaps I shouldn't pursue a career in cheer? ;)

Nov 29: Are they doing more smuggling? :D
30th-Nov-2015 01:31 am (UTC)
You cheered me up so on that count you're a resounding success. :D

This is back to the beginning of the garden (sub)plot. ^_^
30th-Nov-2015 03:45 am (UTC)
Oh really? Yay! :D *hugs*

Gotcha. Is that the subplot with the vegetables being stolen, or Esther saving the garden, or is it one and the same?

Also, HUGE congratulations on 50K!!!! :D *waves pom-poms*
30th-Nov-2015 04:29 am (UTC)
It's the root of both, I suppose?

*parties around the room* I've still got anywhere between 500 and 1000 left to tidy things up (and I'd love a resounding ending instead of a fade-out, but that's probably an editing thing...) but mostly YAY!!!
1st-Dec-2015 02:24 am (UTC)
Good to know. :)

*parties as well* How's the tidying going? (*hugs for the ending* Hope you get something figured out) Yay! :D

Nov 30: Tidying the desk is probably the easiest task he's faced, yes. ;))

Huge congrats on finishing another NaNo! :D *hugs*
3rd-Dec-2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I think I grabbed all the ends and tied them off? I dunno about the whole endingness of it, though. I need more practice at endings, though I'm not sure how one writes those without starting something. ;))

If the desk is anything like mine, he should probably just toss the whole lot without looking. On the other hand, going through other people's stuff can be interesting!

Yay! *hugs back*
7th-Dec-2015 12:25 am (UTC)
:D Tied-off ends is good. Hmmm, very good point. Practice, practice, practice, I guess! But no advice, sorry. :">

;)) True!
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