Monday, April 1, 2013

'A' is for Anagrams and Atchison - Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

I imagine Point Taken looks like this.

We’re thrilled to participate in the Blogging A – Z Challenge during the month of April. Thanks for stopping by. Because our blog is where Mike and I talk about writing and marketing our book we’ve decided to share bits of alphabet trivia related to the first book in our series The Wayward Gifted - Broken Point.

As we began writing, one of the first things we discussed was the types of talents and interests that our two main characters, Sam and Steuart should have. Very quickly we realized that Steuart James DuBoise, age ten, has a strong love for words.

Steuart collects words because he has an intense interest in improving his vocabulary and using his words to create anagrams. His grandmother says that the words will lead him where he needs to go. Steuart has no idea about his upcoming adventure and just how far he will travel.

Steuart carries an antique valise that once belonged to his great-grandfather, Matt Prescott, for the sole purpose of holding his words. When he hears an unusual word, or sees a word that he does not know, Steuart takes a 4 x 6 index card from the valise and writes the word on one side. On the backside he makes notes, considering what he believes the definition to be. He puts the card away. Only after he has given the word great thought does he open his dictionary to confirm the meaning.

A list of Steuart’s favorite ‘a’ words with chosen anagrams includes:

acequia  - aqua ice
ahistorical – satiric halo
alienism – main isle
allargando – analog lard
allegorical – collage liar, real logical
alteration – rotate nail
arrogance – orange car
assertedly – delays rest
assumption – pains most

Do you have a favorite word game? Do you enjoy anagrams? What is your favorite 'a' word?

When working with anagrams for the book we referred to two websites; Wordsmith and Andy’s Anagrams. I sometimes get lost playing with words on both of these sites. I recommend using the advanced options to avoid turning up too many nonsensical words. While I find Wordsmith to be better in many instances, Andy's is very good if you choose to include proper nouns.

Neva Ennis Atchison with husband Lemuel Howard Stringer, Sr., nieces, Claudia and Lois; daughters Jeanette, and baby Rosa Lee

Sam and Steuart live in a fictitious community called Atchison Point, which is located on Atchison Bay, somewhere along the Alabama/Mississippi Gulf Coast. Because of his love for words, Steuart enjoys the fact that all of the houses in Atchison Point have a name. He and his sister live in a home that was built as a wedding gift for his grandmother, Ida Light’s parents, Matt and Penelope Prescott. The name of their house is Point Taken.

We chose the name Atchison in honor of Donna’s grandmother, and Mike’s great-grandmother, Neva Ennis Atchison and her family from Clarke County, Alabama. A quick look at Wikipedia turned up four cities and two counties in the United States named Atchison. They are in California, Kansas, and Missouri. We found reference to a United States senator from Missouri named David Rice Atchison. I know nothing about him. There was a reference to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, as well as mention of the Academy Award-winning song, which refers to the railroad, “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.” I was aware of the song, but not that it had won an Academy Award. Sung by Judy Garland, here's a link to the lyrics. It looks like the movie was from MGM, and titled The Harvey Girls. Have you seen the movie?

Judy Garland singing the Academy Award winning song "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

We will be announcing the winner of our first blog giveaway later today. If you have not entered, and would like an opportunity to win a Kindle e-reader visit our giveaway post.

Thanks for stopping by. I think this is going to be a very enjoyable month.


ps - Another 'A' is for Animoto, the site we used to create our book trailer. Animoto is a very enjoyable site that makes putting together a video very simple.

Trailer for The Wayward Gifted

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