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Old 09-10-2009, 12:35 PM
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Riddle me this... What's black and white and has seven rare and unusual words woven in? That's right, a Word Vault flash fic! The Word Vault is a feature in the Writer's Beat Quarterly, our forum ezine. It highlights interesting vocabulary, and challenges you to use that vocab in flash fiction.

This quarter's Word Vault Challenge can be found in full in Issue 23, page 15 (pages 8-9 of the pdf). Then you can also see what won last time! However, if you can't download the file for any reason, a full word list for this cntest can be obtained for a minimal bribe price. Just PM me with cookies and hot chocolate!

Rules:

Once you've expanded your vocabulary with the new words, put them into action by writing a piece of flash fiction. Your story can be in any genre or on any theme, but it must contain at least one of the words appearing in The Word Vault.

Maximum word limit is 250.

Deadline for entries: 1 October 2009.
Entries should be submitted through the website, via a Private Message (PM) to any of the staff.

After the closing date, we will select a winner, who will be contacted prior to publication. The winning entry will then be published in the next issue of Writerís Beat Quarterly.

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Old 09-11-2009, 01:48 AM
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Well I donít think thatís fair HoiLei, so here are the words again, no bribe required.

More than any other tool of the writer's trade, the vocabulary is most important. It is the building block with which we create characters, realms, and situations. It is imperative, then, that we seek out new words with which to enrich our writing. This is easily done in a world where new developments continually lead to new coinages. But what of those words no longer in common parlance? Dictionaries are littered with archaic words that once tripped so lightly from our pens. Here, too, are rare and specialised words, seldom used perhaps, but no less marvellous for all that. Come with us into The Word Vault and discover, or re-discover, some words that we think deserve to be kept alive.

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plethora - n. - 1 . a superabundance or excess; 2. an excess of blood in the circulatory system or in one organ or area. From Late Latin "plethora," from the Greek "plethein," to be full.

Example: A plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.

grok - v. - to understand profoundly and intuitively

Example: He didn't fully grok my point.

tenebrous - adj. - dark and gloomy

Example: Over their heads, the towering and tenebrous boughs of the cypress met in a dusky arch.

welkin - n. - 1 . (archaic) the sky, the upper air, the heavens; 2. firmament

Example: _This day in mirth and revel to dispend
_________Till on the welkin shone the starres bright
(Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales)

chalcedony - n. - a form of fine-grained quartz that is nearly transparent or has a milky translucence; it fractures conchoidally.

Example: She paused, mesmerized by the play of light on her chalcedony ring.

defenestration - n. - 1 . the act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window; 2. (British) high profile removal of a person from an organization; 3. (neologism) the act of removing Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.

Example: He had no time to protest his abrupt defenestration, before he
was plummeting to the sidewalk below!

thaumaturge - n. - 1 . (from old Greek) saint or magician who works miracles; 2. (modern) a performer of thaumaturgy; a magician.

Example: Styling himself The Great Abra, he played the part of thaumaturge for bewitched masses.
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Aw, Tau, you softy! And I was enjoying my secret stash of cookies! *wipes crumbs from mouth and tries to look innocent of malfeasance*



Now that Tau has helpfully posted the words... I hope the rest of you have fun, write flash fic, and give the contest a try! Good Luck!

*offers tray of cookies in counterbribe*
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