Wednesday, November 6, 2013
IWSG and Weird Word Wednesday
Today is the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by our favorite ninja, Alex “no hyperlink needed” Cavanaugh. The success of this group is due to the overwhelming support of so many great people – all of you who work tirelessly to help others and give encouragement or a helping hand.
A couple of weeks ago Alex asked "Who's your Hero?" on his blog. My answer:
"Anybody who keeps trying, pushing against the stream. *sounds like salmon is my hero*"
He said I made him laugh! Squee! I made the ninja laugh!
Anyway, it got me to thinking about salmon.
*holds nose for a closer look*
In a way, I guess I'm serious. Writers do behave an awful lot like salmon. We are trying to spawn a book, swimming upstream against incredible odds and never giving up, no matter what obstacles are in our way. We could do a lot worse than emulating salmon. Except the dying at the end part.
So keep swimming, or trucking, or whatever keeps you writing!
I don't have the regular Weird Word Wednesday definition today. Instead, I have a question for all of you.
Would someone please explain to me why there is an "L" in salmon? Maybe I talk like a valley girl, but I've never heard anybody say that word and sound the L. Of course, I (properly) pronounce the town of La Jolla as "La Hoya" so I discriminate against the letter L anyway.
Anybody know the answer? Anybody feel like having salmon for lunch now?