Words: My word of the day e-mail from Dictionary.com (yes, I'm a geek, I know this, but we writers all have a mad love affair with words so better to just admit it) was virago. What struck me were the 2 so very contradictory definitions:
virago \vuh-RAH-go; vuh-RAY-go\, noun:
1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
2. A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.
Strange, that. Speaks volumes about how society thinks of strong women. My Atlantean heroines are strong women, and Marie in Shifter's Lady in SHIFTER is no different. But she has a quiet sort of strength that is no less powerful for being gentler.
Deadline brain: Yesterday I sat at dinner and asked where the butter was. My son glanced at me, startled, then at the butter, where it sat not 3 inches from my plate. "Um, Mom," he said, very cautiously. "It's right here."
My daughter said, "Oh, oh, deadline brain."