When I was looking around for a new car a couple of years ago I made the difficult decision to go with an automatic. To me, autos aren’t proper cars, and they don’t require proper driving, especially with cruise control. You don’t drive them, you sit and ride in them while steering a bit. Mind… More Is driving an auto real driving?
This week’s obscure word is calefy – ‘to make hot’, which the writers of the original OED (a dictionary produced over a four-decade period from the 1870s) traced back to 1526. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word. Go on. You know you want to… Copyright © Matthew Wright… More The obscure word of the week is calefy
This week’s writing challenge is the last for a while, and revolves around a photo I took of detail in Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing Gallipoli diorama – an exact replica of the Chunuk Bair battle above Anzac Cove, complete with 5000 hand-painted and posed model soldiers, mostly built by local wargamers. Use the photo to inspire… More This week’s short story challenge
The Oxford English Dictionary, prepared between 1884 and 1928 for the Clarendon Press, is a wonderful book. As is its 1971 Compact edition, which is the whole thing in two volumes – unabridged and complete, but rendered down in micro-printing. You need a magnifying glass to read it. I use it reasonably often. One of… More The word of the week is ‘computer’, 1920s fashion
This week’s short story challenge, as we roll into another anniversary of those dramatic days of early August 1914 when the world crashed into war, is a photo I took inside Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre near Blenheim. The picture is from a snow-clad diorama… More This week’s short story challenge
One of the more obscure English words I’ve found is jimp. It means ‘slender’ or ‘graceful’ and was introduced to English from Scotland some time in the nineteenth century. Your challenge? Use today’s obscure word in a sentence, down in the comments. Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016
This week’s short story challenge is a photo I took of a DC-3 under restoration at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, New Zealand, in late 1987. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on… More This week’s short story challenge