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There is no bad weather, only bad clothes—Swedish proverb
NaNo2016: Word of the Day 13-18 
13th-Nov-2016 10:24 am
Nov. 13  wordcount: 17,262
Merriam Webster word of the day: sabot

Rain drizzled down the window panes, fat drops coagulating and then bursting, leaving tears though which the pines could be glimpsed, sodden and gray. Klara added wood to the fire in the stove. Grandfather looked half-asleep at his desk, his white head nodding. Karl was muttering under his breath while concentrating on a recipie from Grandmother's book. Klara lowered the damper, trying not to disturb either of them. They'd be fine if she went out for a while, and it wasn't like it was raining hard. She grabbed a shawl and put on a pair of sabots. The yard had a slick sheen of mud, and she didn't want to clean her boots again.

Nov. 14  wordcount: 18,628
Merriam Webster word of the day: hoke

Momentary doubt took Klara instead. Maybe slippers of fuzzy wool weren't fine enough for the visitor. But, hoked up city manners or no, he slid them on without comment.

Nov. 15  wordcount: 20,735
Merriam Webster word of the day: quid pro quo

Sunlight spilled into the courtyard, illuminating the white stones and the arched colonnade. As Klara drew closer, she heard the details of the argument. The king wanted the flying horses and their riders. Uncle Alaric protested on every ground Klara had ever heard. The horses were Auberg property. He would be reimbursed; quid pro quo. The horses were too young. Even a blind man could see that they were capable of moving messages between the encampments. It was dangerous. Life is dangerous. The king had already detailed these horses to another job. The king could overrule his own orders.

Already soldiers were marching into the stables.

Nov. 16  wordcount: 22,997
Merriam Webster word of the day: jejune

But the king's soldiers had begun to take 'gifts' for the treasury from the wealthier 'friends' they visited. The Auberg foyer was set up to give a gentle impression of wealth. Klara hated the thought of family heirlooms being melted down or destroyed. She had to find a way to give the room a more jejune aspect. The trinkets and silver would have to be replaced.

Nov. 17  wordcount: 23,900
Merriam Webster word of the day: obfuscate

What she wanted to do was kick something and terrify people, not obfuscate her feelings.

Nov. 18  wordcount: 26,464
Merriam Webster word of the day: lambent

He wore a plain uniform, and had probably only been granted the chance as positive publicity for the king and his family, but to Klara, who had ample time to study the soldier while they were on the boat together, there was something new in his lambent expression. He'd found something worth fighting for. Klara hoped the princess liked funny-looking dogs.
15th-Nov-2016 02:54 am (UTC)
Nov 13: Is this a flashback? Or is Grandfather still alive, and I just missed it? :">
15th-Nov-2016 03:21 am (UTC)
If we were going in linear order, it'd be a flashback. But as it stands in the manuscript I went back and edited a scene. XD This is the most messed up NaNo manuscript to date. :p
15th-Nov-2016 03:25 am (UTC)
AH. That makes sense. ;)) Sorry about it being messed up chronologically! :(

Nov 14: Fuzzy wool slippers sound good! :D Very warm. ;)
16th-Nov-2016 01:01 am (UTC)
Nov 15: Ooh. So the king is taking the horses and the riders! Does that include Klara and Karl?
16th-Nov-2016 03:48 am (UTC)
Karl, yes, but not Klara.
16th-Nov-2016 04:03 am (UTC)
Ooh, okay. That'll be tough...

(Also, you added definitions! Yay! :D )
19th-Nov-2016 04:51 am (UTC)
Nov 16: Ooh, yikes. That's bad. (Also, I miss the definitions...this was one I had to look up. :"> )

Nov. 17: Obfuscate is a wonderful word. :D And there are many times I feel the same way as Klara...
19th-Nov-2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
I feel like obfuscate is a word I've used before, but I was too lazy to look it up. :p

(So, definitions are the cut text, so if you come straight to the entry you won't see them but if you go to the journal's main page they'll be visible...)
20th-Nov-2016 12:00 am (UTC)
;)) Can't remember if you've used it before or if I just know it.

(OHHHHH, okay. :"> They don't show up on my friends/feed page either. :P Very nice, thank you, carry on!)

!!! IS THIS THE SOLDIER AGAIN???!!! :D SO THE KING IS THE FATHER OF THE PRINCESS! (Which makes sense, I mean. Just didn't know if it was the same kingdom.)
20th-Nov-2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
Tis a most excellent word to know. ;))

(Huh. I would have expected it to show up on the friends page... *shrug* It shows up on mine. XD )

!!OF COURSE IT IS!!!! (YUP, poor princess gets stuck with a clueless/otherwise incompetent sort for a father. XD)
20th-Nov-2016 09:55 pm (UTC)
(Weird. ;)) )

YAY!!! :D (Ha! ;)) Poor princess. But as long as she is fairly intelligent and good-natured, she should get along fine with the soldier? ;)) )
20th-Nov-2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
(The princess is a paragon of princessly virtues. Everybody likes her. Even me. I intend to give her a happily ever after. ^_^ )
21st-Nov-2016 01:38 am (UTC)
(Yay! :D Also, I am glad to hear you like her but I am even more glad to hear that you intend to give her a happily ever after as the two do not necessarily go together. ;) :P )
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