Here's what's on my mind this week:
1. I Literally Can't Use Any Other Word. Literally.
I use this word a lot. In fact, too often. This is in spite of the fact that many literary and writerly types lambast the overuse of the word, lament its misuse, and mourn the loss of its original definition. I know what it means, of course. I know it doesn't mean the same thing as 'figuratively.' And yet, I can't help myself. Is there any better word to use when you really want to accentuate and exaggerate? Is there anything better for expressing hyperbole?
I think not.
And as you may have guessed, I sort of kind of like hyperbole. A little tiny bit.
So I'm going to just keep committing diction crimes and using it when I shouldn't.
Oh, and The Oatmeal has the best take on this that I've ever seen. Go read it.
2. Don't Be Such A Trope.
Because we all need more reasons to waste time, procrastinate, and get lost in the Internet Wasteland, some
What's that word again? You know, tropes: "commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works."
I dove into while doing some research (once upon a time when I used to write fiction) and could not get out again to save my life. At least I enjoyed drowning. Go on, go for a swim. You know you want to.
(Disclaimer: you probably have to be a giant movie/book/TV/creative nerd like me to enjoy this sort of thing.)
3. It's Christmannukolstice Time!
Yes, I got another table-top tree. Yes, I'm still Jewish. No, I don't care that I'm not supposed to have one. It just makes me happy.
One year, I'll get a real tree ('real' as in 'enormous', because this tree is not plastic. No, thank you.) And then the heavens will open and pigs will fly and writers will all use the word 'literally' all the time and I'll be a real girl and there will be world peace and prosciutto will be prescribed to treat headaches and heart disease and I will have a magic tool that freezes time so that I can get enough sleep AND work AND write and...
What was I talking about?
Oh yes. Trees make me happy.
What are you up to this week? Do you have a tree/bush/item with holiday significance in your house? Literally?