Archive for March, 2013


“Do not go where the path may lead,

go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I use a Thesaurus.


I’ve admitted it.

I’ve come clean. Bared my soul to the world.

Purists deride using the Thesaurus, branding its use cheating somehow.

I’m an artist at heart and love to paint pictures with words. Sometimes, when I’m in the mood and have the time (or when I’m stuck and just plain wasting time), I spend an inordinate amount of time searching for the right word. For instance, “rose” or “strawberry” conjures up a more vivid image than simply “pink.” So does “slate” or “gun-metal” rather than simply “gray.”

Enter the Thesaurus.

To be clear, I’m talking the good, old-fashioned twelve-hundred plus page Roget’s International Thesaurus, not the online thesaurus. While fast and convenient, the online versions provide you with maybe three or four synonyms, not whole paragraphs of words from which to select exactly the PERFECT word.

And they have no HEFT!

I once mentioned using a Thesaurus to a college-educated friend. She didn’t know what one was! GASP! I showed her mine. She patiently endured my explanation, inwardly rolling her eyes, I’m sure.

I have to say here that I NEVER (or at least try to never) use a word the meaning of which I am not absolutely certain. There’s nothing worse than being able to tell a writer has lifted a word from a Thesaurus without truly understanding what that word means. When in doubt, don’t use it! (I know that’s not how the ditty goes, but you get my point.)

So…in spite of the purists, I say:

Go ahead! Thesaur away!

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“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

“Do It Anyway and Make a Difference.”

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“A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Gracie Kinkaid, the physically strong, yet emotionally vulnerable heroine in a new mystery series by M.L. Rowland, finds herself in hot water…a lot.

What’s in store for Gracie?

“Zero Degree Murder,” the first in the Search and Rescue Mystery series, is due out in bookstores in January 2014.

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Happy first day of Spring!

Happy Vernal Equinox!

Happy anything else you can think of!

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