Any reader, not to mention any writer, knows how much William Shakespeare has influenced modern lexicon. Every day we see terms such as sea change, foregone conclusion, sorry sight, and fool’s paradise. All his. In fact, any cool term that isn’t a cliché probably originated with Will.
Does this happen in everyday modern life? Indeed, made-up terms and definitions burrow into our vernacular–and dictionaries, all the time. Think of bromance, a non-sexual, non-romantic close relationship between two guys. How about buzzworthy? Something whether by internet or word of mouth raises massive interest?
Ever heard of emoji? You know, those tiny icons and images used to express emotion when words just won’t do.
So…should we use stuff like this in our writing? Will a certain phrase or lingo stick our stories story permanently in a particular year, or setting? Or will readers think us hopelessly old-fashioned if we don’t use updated stuff in our books?
Oh, it’s easy when I write historical Westerns. The lingo, the vernacular have been pretty set for a century and a half.
But how about my contemporaries?
Right now, I’m especially thinking about the trend, or should I say trendY way of adding Y to words to make then adjectives. I mean, we’ve always had sleepy, grumpy and gooey.
Well, and trendy itself.
But lately, Y is becoming ever-present. At a session at the RWA conference last July in Atlanta, a presenter clearly annunciated, angsty and tropey.
I had a reader like my inspirational books because they aren’t judgey.
Articles in my local Sunday paper recently discussed Pinteresty and Tumblry social media. An actress’s hair was described, not as auburn, but auburny. And an upcoming TV series heralded as flash-forwardy and flash-backy. Both.
A program I like to watch features amateur home cooks. One judge hailed a contestant’s effort as a restauranty dish.
Since I’ve made myself aware of the Y factor, I’ve heard or read twisty, moley, and spammy. Oh, let’s not forget James Bondy.
But I find myself falling into the trap. On a recent trip to Leadville, Colorado, I extolled hubby to find a “local-colory” place to eat. Texting our daughter after a particular uninspiring stretch of highway, I called Hotchkiss, Arizona “a little deserty place.” And when she responded with a picture of her baby kicking back after playtime, I described him as looking “relaxy.”
Maybe all of the above will start appearing regularly in books. Dictionaries. Blogs.
Will they appear in my contemporary stories? Can’t say.
For now, my western historical trilogy for The Wild Rose Press’ Lawmen and Outlaws brand finishes up this year with Outlaw in Love. Isn’t the cover dreamy?
And Christmas for Ransom (Book 1) and Outlaw Bride (Book 2) are available. If you like outlaws and how True Love redeems them, the series will really rope you in!
Thanks to Babette for letting me hang out today!
A giveaway! I’ll send a PDF or Kindle copy of Christmas for Ransom to one commenter, so please leave your name and e-mail address.
Good-hearted outlaw Jack Ransom hires a schoolmarm to teach him to read—his grammaw’s dying request. And he starts falling in love fast with beautiful Eliza Willows who quickly gives him her own heart…before she realizes it’s HER horses he stole!
After surviving her own hanging, outlaw Jessy Belle Perkins hides out as a nun. She wants to love handsome Cleeland Redd, rancher and former Cavalry scout, but she can’t trust him with the truth and put him and the convent in danger. Her bad boy brother Ahab is fast on her trail!
You can buy Outlaw Bride (current release) at: Amazon.com
Outlaw in Love (coming late 2014)
On the run from his gang, outlaw Ahab Perkins has no place to go but good. He’d give his heart to Teresa in a single beat…if the beautiful woman in gray weren’t a…nun.
Unbeknownst, Teresa Avila is as wanted as Ahab, hiding out in disguise, convinced she’s not good enough for any man, not even the outlaw she’s falling for.
Enter a burned-out homestead, an abandoned little girl and a kindly sheriff…and love guides their souls out of darkness!
Tanya Hanson loves those cowboys so much she recently traveled around the Tetons on a real wagon train and cowgirl’d up at a ranch in Bandera, Texas. She writes Western historicals for The Wild Rose Press and is finishing up a contemporary series of inspirational Western romances featuring the eight siblings at “Hearts Crossing Ranch.”
Recently Prairie Rose Publications released her first-ever inspirational historical western romance, Claiming His Heart!
A California beach girl, she loves traveling with her firefighter hubby, being gramma to two adorable little boys, watching Hallmark movies, and volunteering at the local horse rescue.
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