Word Wednesday: Memories and Treasures

Today’s Word Wednesday is not really about the meaning of words. Normally I would sit here at my desk and pound out some interesting facts about definitions and word origins, but today we are going to be more philosophical. And I’m going to apologize for disregarding fan input during my Facebook poll…

To anyone who actually voted on book titles for Book 3, I’m sorry that I couldn’t take your advice. While I was editing Book 3, I couldn’t help but feel that my title was mismatched to the contents of the story. After all, when your major characters are dealing with amnesia, flashbacks, and the consequences of remembering or not remembering something, it’s hard to justify a title about treasures.

There were NO treasures discussed in any material way in Book 3. So “Sea Treasures” is just a bad name for that book. “Sea Memories,” however, though perhaps less catchy or less glamorous, hits a theme in the book that I would have been remiss not to follow.

I couldn’t be more excited to tell you that the third book in the Sea Deception series, Sea Memories, comes out tomorrow.

Sea Memories book cover

This is easily my favorite book cover in the series so far.

This book is the culmination of several years’ worth of effort. I decided to write three books and release them together, an undertaking that pushed the bounds of my skill set. I’m really proud to say that I did it.

However, I’m also really excited to take a moment to take a deep breath before diving into my next writing project. I’ve got the next book in the series mostly plotted and a children’s book’s illustrations to focus on next.

I can’t wait to hear what you think of Kai and Maryn’s latest adventures.

Of course, if you haven’t read the first book in the series, you definitely need to start there.

Word Wednesday: I am loath to loathe

Learning new words and being able to find the word that means exactly what the story needs can mean the difference between a mediocre story and a brilliant one.

On Wednesdays we will identify an unusual word, provide its definition, and discuss its application or its impact.

K jokes that there are phrases I use, and there are phrases everybody else knows. Apparently, “I am loath to ____” is one such instance. This is very unfortunate, as I use the phrase a lot in my writing. It’s therefore unlikely that my millennial mermaid, Maryn, would use this phrase as many times as I have her do so.

In all fairness, you don’t have to remember which word is spelled which way: they can both be spelled “loathe.”

“Loath” is typically used to describe reluctance. “I am loath to add an ‘e’ when I spell this word.”

“Loathe” you are probably more familiar with: it means you hate something. And since “hate” ends with an ‘e,’ you can remember “loathe” for the same reason. In fact, you can make the word “hate” out of the word “loathe.”

Have you ever used the phrase “I am loath to…”?