Word Of The Day 2-26-2017

Uhtceare
Uhtceare is an Old English word for “waking up before dawn and not being able to get back to sleep because you’re worried about something.” Uht (pronounced oot) was the hour before sunrise and ceare is the same as the modern English care. Sometimes the joy of discovering a strange word is the realization that other people have experienced that. It’s not just me who lies there waiting for the alarm clock. People have been suffering from uhtceare for over a thousand years.

 

(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-forsyth/weird-phrases_b_4018105.html)

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers 2-24-2017

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by Dawn Miller.

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Tuesday to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Monday evening.

3. Please credit photo to photographer.

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please stay within this limit.

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers


Bustle, bustle, bustle. Airports the world over were all the same. Crowds of people hurrying this way and that, afraid of missing their flight, afraid of becoming lost, afraid of being left behind.

Dante slumped down in the seat beside Jay, dropping his carry-on at their feet. They could have taken the jet with the rest of the band, but both men had wanted to be alone. Alone together as it turned out.

“You think he’ll be okay?” the Italian asked. Neither needed to ask whom ‘he’ was. Chris. Always Chris.

Jay shrugged.  “Maybe. Maybe not.”

“You’re a font of happiness today, Jay-jay.”

The saxophonist shrugged. “He’ll be all right. Now at least. It’s on tour I worry about.”

“You’ll keep him together,” Dante stated. “We all will.”

They would all hold him together. Nobody left behind. What else were friends for?

 

Word Of The Day 12-27-2016

psychasthenia

 

A psychological disorder characterized by phobias, obsessions, compulsions, or excessive anxiety. No longer in scientific use.

Weakness, through exhaustion, of the mental faculties; mental exhaustion.