That meant hitting the body shield without any protection whatsoever. It felt AWESOME!
The side-effect is, of course, that I now have bruised knuckles on my right hand. The bruise is faint, and will probably vanish without becoming all that visible. I can see it, though. It amuses me.
But this is supposed to be a blog about my writing, which, incidentally has been going very well. I wrote another 4 000 yesterday. It means that I only have to write 1 000 today to be up to speed. That, however, might be something of a struggle for two reasons:
a) I exhausted my imagination yesterday, and I might need a little break to rest up and charge it again, and
b) I've hit a small depression. No, not the atmospheric type. Those who follow this blog know that every so often I get into a low or two for a little while. Sometimes these personal lows fuel my writing. Other times, they kill it dead. I have a feeling it's the latter this time around.
Of course, we'll have to see. I often say that I don't have it in me to write, and then end up writing a whole whack of stuff. Incidentally, a character I was fond of died yesterday, so that's what may be making me feel all sad.
Well, you don't need to hear me complain about feeling down. So instead, I give you today's Forgotten English:
Haughty, proud, puffed up; fat and fleshy. In some parts, clownish.
- M. Courtney, Glossary of Words in Use in Cornwall, 1880
Fussy, proud, conceited.
- Sidney Addy's Glossary of Words Used in Sheffield, 1888
Churlish, rude, surly, morose.
- Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1893.
I use a variation of this - chuffed - meaning proud or pleased (with myself). For example, 'I got a good review and am now quite chuffed.' I got the expression from my maternal Grandmother, whose family (I think) were Cornish. Incidentally a chough (pronounced 'chuff')
is a bird similar to a crow that lives in the UK. Well, the red-billed chough does anyway. It has associations with a Welsh folk hero - Bendigeidfran (the blessed crow), who was, according to the folklore, a King. I wonder if the association between the crow/chough and the meaning of chuff have anything to do with one another.
Never mind me, just musing aloud.
Righty-o. I should probably open my story so I can stare blankly at the page in an effort to try and write. 1 000 words shouldn't be that hard, right?