Word Of The Week (WOW #37)

Hi guys,

WOW-2Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me.)

It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:

Word:

Idiosyncrasy

Part Of Speech:

Noun

Derivatives:

None

Pronunciation:

  • /ˌɪdɪə(ʊ)ˈsɪŋkrəsi/
  • id-i-o-syn-cra-sy
  • Audio

Meaning:

  • A mode of behaviour or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
  • A distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing.
  • An abnormal physical reaction by an individual to a food or drug.

Synonyms:

Peculiarity, mannerism, fancy, fad, vagary.

Antonyms:

None

Word Origin:

Early 17th century (originally in the sense ‘physical constitution peculiar to an individual’): from Greek idiosunkrasia, from idios ‘own, private’ + sun ‘with’ + krasis ‘mixture’.

Usage Note:

None

Use In Sentences:

  • One of his little idiosyncrasies was always preferring to be in the car first.chauffeurs-hire-966695_640
  • The idiosyncrasies of the prison system.wires-628105_640

Good News!

Hello everyone, Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a good news for those who haven’t read my recent tweets or Instagram. So here it goes,

In October, I sent out a handful e-mails to some of the best literary agents in India. The e-mail was regarding the submission of the first 4 chapters of Deceived, my first book. (You can read about Deceived and all my other WIPs here.)

And I’m really happy to tell you that I’ve already received replies from 5 of the agents. I was completely blown away as I was expecting the replies by mid-January.

Okay, so the good news is that 3 of the agents have asked me to send them the full MS of Deceived and the other two are already up to represent me. I’ll be going through the contracts before finalising my agent (yes! Now I get to choose! Totally amazeballs!)

Here’s my tweet about it:

I’d like to thank you guys for all your amazing and encouraging comments because those comments REALLY kept me going!
So, THANK YOU to EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ❤
You guys are the best 🙂

It might be a while before I make the final call as I don’t want to miss this golden chance to have the best one represent me. But whatever happens, I’ll keep all of you in the loop.

I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season.

 

Ciao ❤

The Book Courtship Book Tag

Thank you, Marje, for tagging me for the Book Courtship Book Tag.

Marje is one of my really close (and favourite) blogger buddies and is an amazing writer. Do visit her blog, Kyrosmagica, if you want to befriend an insightful and talented author.  

Here’s a link to Marje’s blog post about the tag:

https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/the-book-courtship-book-tag/

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction:

A book that you bought because of the cover?

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Phase 2 – First Impressions:

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Phase 3 – Sweet Talk:

A book with great writing?

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Phase 4 – First Date:

A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

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Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls:

A book that kept you up all night?

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Phase 6 – Always on my mind:

A book you could not stop thinking about?

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Phase 7 – Getting Physical:

A book which you love the way it feels?

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Phase 8 – Meeting the parents:

A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

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Phase 9 – Thinking about the future:

A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

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Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

Galit Balli

Phoenix Grey

Molly Mortensen

Bruce

Heather Mostella

Rosema 

Michelle James

Dagny

Please don’t feel obliged to do this tag. And if you aren’t tagged and want to do it, then go ahead and consider yourself tagged by me 🙂

Have a great day!

Ciao ❤

#MondayBlogs Writing Rituals: All You Need To Know

Read my guest article on Writing Rituals at Shannon Thompson’s blog…

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Intro:

There are so many writing tips out there many writers don’t know where to start when they are looking for extra help. Sometimes, it’s as simple as starting with yourself, like your daily habits or your office space. Today, Heena Rathore P. is discussing writing rituals and how creating one can help energize your writing. Let’s welcome her!

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in guest articles are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect my own. To show authenticity of the featured writer, articles are posted as provided (a.k.a. I do not edit them). However, the format may have changed.

Writing Rituals: All You Need To Know by Heena Rathore P.

First of all I’d like to thank Shannon for letting me do a post for her amazing blog, Thanks a lot, Shannon!

What is a Writing Ritual?

Rituals, as defined in Merriam-Webster, are…

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Word Of The Week (WOW #36)

Hi guys,

WOW-2Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me.)

It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:

Word:

Harbinger

Part Of Speech:

Noun

Derivatives:

  • To be a harbinger of – transitive verb

Pronunciation:

  • /ˈhɑːbɪn(d)ʒə/
  • har-bin-ger
  • Audio

Meaning:

  • A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
  • A forerunner of something.
  • Something that shows what is coming.

Synonyms:

Forewarning, presage, announcer, usher, foretoken

Antonyms:

Unanticipated, lack of foreknowledge.

Word Origin:

Middle English: from Old French herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for’, from herberge ‘lodging’, from Old Saxon heriberga ‘shelter for an army, lodging’ (from heri‘army’ + a Germanic base meaning ‘fortified place’), related to harbour. The term originally denoted a person who provided lodging, later one who went ahead to find lodgings for an army or for a nobleman and his retinue, hence, a herald (mid 16th century).

Usage Note:

None.

Use In Sentences:

  • Witch hazels are considered as the harbinger of spring.

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  • Everyone knows the groundhog is the harbinger of a change in seasons.

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  • His arrival was considered to be the harbinger of bad news.

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Festival Of Lights: Happy Diwali!

Hello, everyone, I hope you guys are having a great week. Finally, I’m back from another one of those short… ahem… not so short break and this time I do have a valid reason for it: DIWALI 🙂

Belated Happy Diwali to all my lovely readers and subscribers. I hope that all your wishes come true on this auspicious occasion and may the festival of lights bring amazing things in your lives.

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If you have been away from Earth for a long time and don’t know what Diwali is, then you can read about it here.

I took a few pictures (only a few as I was really busy with all the pre and post preps.) You can check them out on my Instagram.

I’ll be back with new and amazing posts once I’ve settled into my normal routine and also after I get a few words written for NaNoWriMo. Talking about NaNo, I’ve started outlining my second novel (Sinister Town) and most probably I’ll be writing the first draft in less than 15 day for this year’s NaNo. Looking forward to a “10K+ day” in the near future 😉

I hope you guys are having a great time.

Ciao ❤