October 19th, 2020

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Monday! (Now with titles!)

Welcome to October everyone!  This is usually my favorite month because of my favorite holiday – Halloween!  Although it won’t be quite the same this year.  It’s still a wonderful time of year here in the desert however.  So, instead, I spent my day planting garlic while listening to Dracula.  What?  I told you I loved Halloween.

Reminders:

1. Flash Challenge!  Your flash challenge prompt is: garlic.  Give me 100 words or a graphic and I’ll reward you with my undying love and admiration.

2. Last week’s challenges:

3. Big Buddy is at 61%!  How is your month going so far?  Need any help or a little cheerleading?  Let us know so we can help out or encourage.

asphaltcowgrrl – 9,150                                                                                                                     
agdhani – 30.5
cmk418 – 3,050/3
bizarra –   6,100
skargasm – 3,050
flipflop_diva – 15,250
shanachie_quill – 6,100

October’s post is here, it’s a brand new month so come join us!  And I can’t believe I forgot to sign myself up. Hahaha… the joys of being one of the Monday posters, I suppose.

4. The Daily Count challenge is in full swing.  You can see when your next day is here.

5. October brings us to a dual challenge – NaNo and BINGO!  The NaNo posts (including tips, tricks, and prompts) can be found in the tag here.  If you’re participating this year, good luck!  And if you’re a chicken like me and would rather play bingo (there are some distinct disadvantages to growing up where I have, hah), the rules are here and the cards are here.

Okay, I think that’s it.  I’m hungry and brain dead at the moment, so if I forgot anything – SORRY!  Let’s have a great month!
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NaNo 2020: World Building

There's a lot that goes into world-building. If your story takes place in a modern setting or even historical fiction, this might involve familiarizing yourself with the location and setting and the cultural flavor of the country or region. Even if you've chosen a fictional modern setting, there is always cultural details to keep in mind.
If you're writing fanfiction, of course, many of these details are already spelled out for you, but straying outside of canon might also involve world-building details.
If you're going strictly fictional, particularly in sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian or something else, there is a LOT more work involved in making your location come alive (and helping make sure the continuity police aren't on your case about discrepancies ;) )
Here are some sites that offer helpful tips and guidelines to think about when shaping the world in which your characters live.

https://www.worldanvil.com/
https://blog.reedsy.com/worldbuilding-guide/
https://thewritelife.com/worldbuilding/
https://www.novel-software.com/theultimateworldbuildingquestionnaire
https://www.ambient-mixer.com/ (for invoking sounds you might hear in your setting. Warning...it is very easy to get lost in here ;) lol)
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Word of the Day 10/19/20 Caducous

Caducous (adjective)
caducous [ kuh-doo-kuhs, -dyoo- ]


adjective
1. Botany. dropping off very early, as leaves.
2. Zoology. subject to shedding.
3. transitory; perishable.

Origin: First recorded in 1675–85; from Latin cadūcus “unsteady, perishable,” equivalent to cad(ere) “to fall” + -ūcus adjective suffix (see -ous)

EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR CADUCOUS
Leaves alternate, compound, digitate, caducous; leaflets 5–7 with long common petiole.
THE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES|T. H. PARDO DE TAVERA

Stipules between the opposite and compound leaves (but they are caducous).
THE MANUAL OF THE BOTANY OF THE NORTHERN UNITED STATES|ASA GRAY

Caducous, dropping off very early, compared with other parts; as the calyx in the Poppy, falling when the flower opens.
THE ELEMENTS OF BOTANY|ASA GRAY

Caducous, ka-dū′kus, adj. falling early, as leaves or flowers.
CHAMBERS'S TWENTIETH CENTURY DICTIONARY (PART 1 OF 4: A-D)|VARIOUS

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.