A novel breakup

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So, that novel I was working on? Yeah. We broke up last month.

We were together for two years. Two years is a long time. But when it's not working, it's not working.

No, no. It was good. A good break-up. Mutual.

It told me that I had problems, and that I need to work on them. And it's right about that. But it also recognized that it had its own issues to work out. And to do that, we both need space. Time apart.

So I'm moving on. You know. Doing stuff. Keeping busy. Reading.

And I'm still writing. Seeing other stories, carving more notches on the literary bedpost.

But I'm good. I'm good. Really good, in fact. Like a weight has been lifted. And the best part is that I'll get better because of it. I mean, the experience, the pain, the time lost. The failure. But also because of what comes after. Letting go. Moving on to the next one.

And then the next one.

Wordnik.com is better than the dictionary.

I just found out about this site called Wordnik, and it is now the place that I will go to find my words, to define my words, and to learn new words.

Stick your word in the search field and Wordnik will go to work for you.

It'll give you the definision of a word from several different online dictionaries and encyclopedias and other collections of lexcical1 information.

Hyponyms? Hypernyms? Wha??

Some of these things I did't know what they were, but now that I know about them, hell yes I want them in my fricking dictionary! Why weren't they there before?

Synonyms, hyponyms, hypernyms, rhymes. Words that are found in similar contexts. Examples of the word in use. All very useful to have available when doing some serious word work.

And a great resource, the Reverse Dictionary which I used to look up what the study of insects in order to distiguish between Entymology and Etymology, the study of the history of words. Two words I confuse often.

This is now the place that I go to find my words. Incredible free resource.

Wordnik via some link blog that I can't remember now.

  1. A word that I had to look up to make sure it actually existed and meant what I thought it meant.