About DL Shackleford

http://www.dlshackleford.com

Fiction writer blogging at The Wandering Wordsmith

Posts by DL Shackleford:

Utterly Amazed and Enchanted!

Utterly Amazed and Enchanted!

I am extremely late to the party on this one, but I finally stumbled upon Her Bad Mother. This is not your average mommy blog and Catherine Connors seems anything but ordinary. Her voice resonated with me on social constructs and offered renewed inspiration to write. The astonishing part is the way in which I came to(…)

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My Son

My Son

This Mother’s Day I want to celebrate by giving thanks for the opportunity to be a mom. Of all that I have ever achieved, I am proudest of the fact that I am the mother of a wonderful and charming little boy.  It is both the most challenging and the most rewarding endeavor of my(…)

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Liberty

Liberty

  Liberty’s long strides lithely carry her into the reception. She pauses. Her eyes briefly dart around the room before setting a course straight for the bar. The bartender stands transfixed by Liberty and watches as she poses at the end of his bar. She shoots a smile in his direction and the spell is(…)

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by fellow A to Z Challenge blogger Maggie at expatbrazil. A big thank you and shout out to Maggie for including me, stop by and visit her blog. The Liebster is given by bloggers to other up and coming bloggers as a way to recognize and promote their(…)

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Z is for Zymurgy

Z is for Zymurgy

Zymurgy [zahy-mur-jee] n. The branch of applied chemistry dealing with fermentation, as in winemaking or brewing.  Etymology: [1865–70) Greek zumē leaven + -urgia, ergon work   We bid farewell to this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme for this year was obscure words, but I decided to write about the last word in(…)

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Y is for Yashmak

Y is for Yashmak

Yashmak [yäsh-mäk] n. The veil worn by Muslim women to cover the face in public. A veil concealing all of the face except the eyes. Origin: 1835–45, Turkish yaşmak When I sifted through photos to include with this post, I was taken back in time to around ten years ago. My first deployment to Iraq. I remember looking into the the eyes os many frightened Iraqi women. I(…)

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X is for Xenagogue

X is for Xenagogue

Xenagogue [zen-uh- -gawg] n. One who conducts strangers; a guide. Etymology: Greek xénos - stranger, guest , foreigner, alien + agōgos, -ē, -on – to lead Xenagogy n. – a guidebook     I am not certain why, but I have always had a fascination with words that begin with the letter ‘X’. Using the letter as a stand-in(…)

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T is for Tarantism

T is for Tarantism

Tarantism n. A nervous disorder characterized by an uncontrollable impulse to dance; popularly attributed to bite of the southern European tarantula or wolf spider A dancing mania or malady widespread in S Italy during the 15th to 17th centuries. Etymology: From town of Taranto, Italy (The large tarantula is also named for the city of(…)

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S is for Syntomy

S is for Syntomy

Syntomy [sin to mee] n. Brevity, conciseness   Etymology: Ancient Greek sytomefsei –to cut short Several stories surfaced starring splendid Sara Sharp. Some surmise she so seldom saw suitors since she suffered seventy Sundays sewing shattered spirits. Sara’s sister’s suggestion shows sincere significant syntomy. She stated: Sir Stalwart stole sympathy supposing some sick sibling so(…)

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