It’s been raining here in the Northwest the past few days. Rain is definitely a sign of fall in these parts. People sometimes say that we get six months of gray, rainy weather. Though more often than not, it is merely humid and damp, with gray skies and fairly little actual rain. I look out and see that all of the leaves have turned and am a bit surprised to realize that Halloween has just passed and we are into the final two months of the year.
I am not really thinking much about these words today. I am trying to choose between agon, beatitude and psychopomp, which are respectively the Merriam-Webster, Dictonary.com and Wordnik words of the day. While it is obscure, I found myself thinking that agon– which refers to a dramatic conflict– is somehow too short and simple a word for my #definethis game. And while a beatitude is on the one hand, simply a great blessing, it is also a very Christian term, referring of course to the sermon on the mount. Psychopomp seems perhaps more suitable, though I do wonder what my word nerd friends might find to tweet about a guide for spirits heading to the netherworld.
I have to confess I am just a tiny bit jealous of my friends who are starting up NaNoWriMo today. I fear that fiction really isn’t my forte, so I don’t think that I will try to write a 50,000 word novel this month, cranking out 1667 words each day. Honestly, I am great at narrative and description but can’t write good dialog to save myself. I am thinking of trying to really push myself to post to this blog every day in November, which perhaps would be my own personal sort of NaNoWriMo. On the other hand, perhaps I should simply bite the bullet and try to start a fiction project. The worst that could happen I suppose would be that I write something that’s not very good. In which case I could just keep it to myself.