Obscure Color Words
albicant: whitish; becoming white
amaranthine: immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour
aubergine: eggplant; a dark purple colour
azure: light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue
celadon: pale green; pale green glazed pottery
cerulean: sky-blue; dark blue; sea-green
chartreuse: yellow-green colour
cinnabar: red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour
citrine: dark greenish-yellow
eburnean: of or like ivory; ivory-coloured
erythraean: reddish colour
flavescent: yellowish or turning yellow
greige: of a grey-beige colour
haematic: blood coloured
heliotrope: purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
hoary: pale silver-grey colour; grey with age
isabelline: greyish yellow
jacinthe: orange colour
kermes: brilliant red colour; a red dye derived from insects
lovat: grey-green; blue-green
madder: red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
mauve: light bluish purple
mazarine: rich blue or reddish-blue colour
russet: reddish brown
sable: black; dark; of a black colour in heraldry
smaragdine: emerald green
tilleul: pale yellowish-green
titian: red-gold, reddish brown
vermilion: bright red
viridian: chrome green
zinnober: chrome green
102 Resources for Fiction Writers →
ruthlesscalculus: Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. CHARACTER, POINT OF VIEW, DIALOGUE 10 Days of Character Building Name...
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton
At a public school in Tema, administration decided to charge a fee of 12 cedis a...– “Education for All”, 2 dollars a day ghana
If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.– (via catnus) Wow. (via discotronich-infatuation) wow. (via akrofikoram)
The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs...– Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama (via q-uote)
A Wonderfully Nerdy Marriage Proposal at the... →
via mental_floss. I want a National Book Festival!
sampomaa: The aha moment: when all your classes and readings make sense to you after reading one sentence in another assigned reading for a completely different class. Its been worth it!
Life in this world is a great struggle Both for the young and old And even...– Actual song from our morning assembly repertoire, with a very cheerful tune.
1.When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing...– Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing (via explore-blog)
Ghana Association of Writers Book Festival 2012
I made it to GAWBOFEST! I arrived almost five hours after the start time, but President Mahama was just starting his opening remarks when I walked in. He read a chapter from his book My First Coup d’Etat, called “Wild Lions and Little Boys with Catapults”. The chapter was amusing and beautifully described, so I snuck out to buy a copy. I found that His Excellency would be...
The man who turned his home into a public library
Hernando Guanlao is a sprightly man in his early 60s, with one abiding passion - books. They’re his pride and joy, which is just as well because, whether he likes it or not, they seem to be taking over his house. Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, has set up an informal library outside his home in central Manila, to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading. The...
All Because of Corn
Today I read an inspiring blog post called The Case of the Missing Corn. The writer, Craig, is teaching in Japan, and this is the first of his posts I’ve read. I was amazed. Here’s how it starts: “I came into school, as I always do on a Monday morning, filled with an odd mixture of tiredness and excitement. Outside of my classroom window, I spotted the class garden. Horror!...
I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is...– Teju Cole (via semperes) More importantly, Africans should stop feeling this way about themselves. The limitations to the open-mindedness of First World countries* are secondary to this issue: How do African societies begin to engage the opportunities that come with increased technological and...
Public humiliation done right.
squishyeeyore: Took my little sister toy shopping today. After much browsing, she chose a pack of Hot Wheels cars. She wanted to pay so I gave her the money. As we were waiting in line, some dude waiting behind us asks: “Buying those for your brother?” My sister gives him a weird look, “No. They’re mine.” “You sure you want those, sweetheart? Those are for boys.” He says. Before I can say...
jephjacques: onlytowardschaos: I started out clicking strategically… and by the end was just wildly clicking and dancing in my chair. biancavirina: CLICK THE SQUARES. THE WHOLE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS. THIS THIS THIS THIS! Throwing away all of my instruments and replacing them with this
Until lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the...– African Proverb (via revolution54sankofa) (via sampomaa)
I did not believe my bosses since I, a mere high school graduate, was coming to...– Ghana, The Begging Millionaire, Modern Ghana. This sounds like the truth, or close enough to it. Enough said. Let’s do better
Emmanuel Quartey: Geography Lesson →
quartey: Click for larger version. This illustration never fails to astound me whenever I see it. It’s a powerful reminder that the continent of Africa is larger than the combined surface area of the USA, China, India, Japan and much of Europe. This Wikipedia article explains why the…
Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether...– Octavia Butler (via inspired-to-write)
Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education...– Nelson Mandela, A Long Road to Freedom (via anextrapeace)