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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic, and romance. All of my heroes have long hair, and my heroines are strong-willed. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing, or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

noun  dem·a·gogue \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\
Popularity: Top 1% of lookups
Simple Definition of demagogue
: a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason

When the ancient Greeks used dēmagōgos (from dēmos, meaning "people," and agein, "to lead") they meant someone good-a leader who used outstanding oratorical skills to further the interests of the common people. Mid-17th-century writers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Dryden-and, later, Jonathan Swift-employed the English word that way. But, at the same time, the word took a negative turn, coming to suggest one who uses powers of persuasion to sway and mislead.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

verb \ˈdēk\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words
Definition of deke
Deked dekeing
transitive verb
:  to fake (an opponent) out of position (as in ice hockey)
intransitive verb
:  to deke an opponent
deke noun

Deke originated as a shortened form of "decoy." Ernest Hemingway used "deke" as a noun referring to hunting decoys in his 1950 novel Across the River and into the Trees ("I offered to put the dekes out with him"). About a decade later, "deke" began appearing in ice-hockey contexts in Canadian print sources as both a verb and a noun ("the act of faking an opponent out of position").

      Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Musings: Is it the thought of dying that really pushes us to live?

This time of year always has me reflecting on life. Maybe it’s the dark half of the year and the shorter days that send my thoughts into deeper places than usual. I’ve been thinking about what it means to be human and mortal. Something that we will probably never truly understand. Here are some things to ponder:

It’s the thought of our fragile mortality that drives us to hurry and get something accomplished before it’s too late. If we were immortal and had all the time in the world, then we wouldn’t be motivated to do anything. What’s the hurry to do something great if you have forever to do it?

The greatest invention wouldn’t have been created by immortal men.

We think death is a punishment for being human, but maybe it’s what makes us truly human.

It tests us.

It dares us…

To feel what we normally wouldn’t. Like passion, inspiration, and motivation. If we didn’t have that feeling of getting old and dying, would we have the urgency to fall in love?

Without death looming, we would be nothing but unfeeling shells. And that’s no way to live. Is it?

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

noun plural  de·jec·ta \di-ˈjek-tə, dē-\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words
Definition of dejecta
:  feces, excrement
Origin and Etymology of dejecta
New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of dejectus

First Known Use: circa 1829

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

adjective  deic·tic \ˈdīk-tik also ˈdāk-\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words
Definition of deictic
:  showing or pointing out directly
Origin and Etymology of deictic
Greek deiktikos able to show, from deiktos, verbal of deiknynai to show — more at diction

First Known Use: 1876

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.