Word of the Day
stanch, tr. v. 1. To stop the flowing of; to check in its course; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, “to stanch a wound.”
From Old French estancher, “to stop a liquid from flowing.” And chosen today because I see a lot of confusion between it and “staunch,” (firm or steadfast in principle, loyalty, etc).
Daughter at Almost 4 Years
We do a lot of pretending, naturally, and I sometimes like to tease her about one object being another even though it’s obviously not a good candidate for that particular imagining. I did this the other day when she ambushed me in the bathroom with a little plastic ball.
“Look, MOMMY, a ball!” she said, presenting it to me.
“That’s not a ball,” I said. “That’s a cow.”
“That’s NOT a COW!” she said, laughing. “It’s a BALL.”
“Well, I’m going to say it’s a cow,” I said.
“But it’s NOT,” she said. “It doesn’t make cow NOISES.”
“It doesn’t?” I asked.
“No,” she said, “It makes BALL noises. Like this.” She opened her hand and we both watched the ball drop to the ground. After it hit the floor with a thump, she said, triumphantly, “See? BALL noise.”
I laughed. “Yes! Yes, I do see!”
I have a referrer code for Moo that gives you 10% off your first order. I link this not just because I get a discount off my next order for referrals, but because their products are so good. And they’re magnetic, somehow. I had business cards for many years, upon which no one remarked despite the creative and colorful designs I made. The minicards I got from Moo inevitably incite some delighted comment. I’ve had people ask me if they could take more than one of them, even.
So, if you want the magnetic for yourself, there’s a 10% off link. The minicards are on sale right now, 100 for $14 US, and you can put up to 100 separate designs on them (!). Which, for an artist like me, is candy. Also, their card-creation interface is absolutely amazing, one truly superlative piece of user-interface coding.
Today I have some painting to do. I have not yet received enough to write an encyclopedia entry this week, so Friday will be quiet. Saturday, Rosary.
“Unspeakable” has climbed back up to #10 on the top free fantasy downloads list and has now handily outstripped all the downloads it’s had on Smashwords. I have been rushing the sequel “Unknowable” through the works; it’s already on Smashwords and it looks like it’s just gotten up on Amazon, so I should have a “talk all about it” post for it soon.
Elsewhere (Price of Doing Business Edition)
• Freelance Hourly Rates. A really in-depth calculator that takes your numbers and spits out the number you should be charging.
• Paypal Calculator. So you can see how much money Paypal extracts from people like me for processing your transactions.
Quote of the Day
Characterization is an accident that flows out of action and dialogue. -Jack Woodford