January 11th, 2021

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Back to Monday Again!

Welcome to the second week of January!  How has the new year been treating you so far?  Hopefully it’s been good for you, or at least, better.

Reminders:

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

2. Last week’s challenges:

IntuitiveDesideratumWeekend Challenge: Snappy ComebacksTortis ViribusAClementTricliniumAutoschediasmVolte-Face

3. Big Buddy is at 35%!  How is your month going so far?  I’m not even sure where I’m at so far this month.  *sigh*

asphaltcowgrrl –  5,250                                                                                                                     
agdhani –   17,500
cmk418 –  2,625
bizarra –  3,500
flipflop_diva –   7,000
jujukittychick –  14,000
blackrose_17 –  10,500
thatwasjustadream – 3,500
skargasm – 3,500

January’s post is here, feel free to join in anytime.

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

5. January’s long challenge is set to start here soon.  Haldoor has a post here, with information and a poll, so please  stop by and let your voice be heard.

I think that’s it for the moment.  I hope you all have a wonderful, productive week!   
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Word of the Day 01/11/21 Diction

Diction (noun)
diction [ dik-shuhn ]


noun
1. style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words: good diction.
2. the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.

OTHER WORDS FROM DICTION
dic·tion·al, adjective
dic·tion·al·ly, adverb

SYNONYMS FOR DICTION
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1. usage, language.

SYNONYM STUDY FOR DICTION
1. Diction, phraseology, wording refer to the means and the manner of expressing ideas. Diction usually implies a high level of usage; it refers chiefly to the choice of words, their arrangement, and the force, accuracy, and distinction with which they are used: The speaker was distinguished for his excellent diction; poetic diction. Phraseology refers more to the manner of combining the words into related groups, and especially to the peculiar or distinctive manner in which certain technical, scientific, and professional ideas are expressed: legal phraseology. Wording refers to the exact words or phraseology used to convey thought: the wording of a will.

Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English diccion < Late Latin dictiōn- (stem of dictiō) word, Latin: rhetorical delivery, equivalent to dict(us) said, spoken (past participle of dīcere) + -iōn--ion

EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR DICTION
The diction is simple, the humor is soft and his subjects deal with the relatable details of daily life.
WHY BILLY COLLINS IS AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR POET|AUSTEN ROSENFELD|OCTOBER 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST

The prime minister has also reportedly paid for diction lessons to smooth out her rough Neapolitan accent.
BERLUSCONI ANNOUNCES MAY-DECEMBER ENGAGEMENT|BARBIE LATZA NADEAU|DECEMBER 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST

This is yet another masterpiece, even though the tone and diction are all wrong, and the proportions totally off.
JOSEPH ROTH’S LETTERS REVEAL A GREAT FORGOTTEN WRITER|ANTHONY HEILBUT|FEBRUARY 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST

There was a British woman with a mike who sounded smarter than everyone else, due to her Oxford diction.
THE DAY D.C. WENT SANE|HOWARD KURTZ|OCTOBER 30, 2010|DAILY BEAST

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
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Long Challenge Poll Results and another ask!

Hi again, everyone. The poll for 2021 has closed! Thank you to everyone who voted. We're so happy to see who's around and who wants to help. We love our contributors and lurkers too, though, so please be assured of that! ;-)

As for the most popular longer challenges, I have numbers on that and another vote for you! We have 7 longer challenge slots lasting approximately 6 weeks each.

I've cut the polled list down to 9 choices by picking all those that came in with 7 or more votes, and now need your help to decide which ones to run.

I have added in two more at 6 votes each, because I know we have people who'd run some of the ones at the lower end of the poll, and we may be able to run a few of these concurrently with others.

By the way, this does not include Swap of Joy or Advent, both of which came in with over 7 votes - these will DEFINITELY happen in December and are in a separate 8th challenge slot especially for them.

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Daily count challenge to backrose_17

Started my day with writing, which is beginning to be the best way for me to start the day (and ensure that I'm not cranky), then went to work and worked on a different prompt - and left the paper with my notes in the office (I hope if anyone finds before I get back that they're up for some Game of Thrones pre-femslash). I at least had enough of it in my head that I could start it over again when I got home. All told, I was able to write a little over 1000 words (with a brief interruption in the middle of the writing to help my aunt unclog her toilet- it was an eventful evening).

backrose_17, you're up! May your Muses be cooperative and your creativity be flowing. Happy writing!