28 Words to Use Instead of “Awesome”

I’m always looking for new, interesting, and rapturous adjectives of stupendousness. Check out this list if you do the same!

Brian D. Buckley

It’s official: “awesome” is dead.

It’s our fault. We killed it. We took a word that literally meant “awe-inspiring” – a word used to describe Mount Everest and the Andromeda Galaxy and God Almighty – and applied it to a YouTube video of a kid failing to swing a stick.

Don’t get me wrong. Words change meaning over time, I’m all for evolution. But “awesome,” in its current state, has the impact of limp ramen on Kevlar. When someone tells me something is awesome, my brain files that something into the category of things that exist, because that’s all they’ve told me about it.

I know – I’m as guilty as anyone else. But as I carried the disease, so shall I deliver the cure.

Let’s give “awesome” a break. As writers (or merely as excellent dudes and ladies) let’s do our duty to the English language. The next…

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Writing and Workout Stats: July 23-29

July 23, 2013

  • MS (Muscle Strengthening): 0 minutes
  • Cardio: 0 minutes
  • Writing or Editing: None
  • Note: I did nothing on this day. I was suffering from the headache that wouldn’t go away and it left me couch-ridden all day. On the bright side, I did catch up on a lot of reading.

July 24, 2013

  • MS: 30 mins
  • Cardio: 15 minutes
  • Writing or Editing: None

July 25, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 15 mins
  • Writing or Editing: None

July 26, 2013

  • MS: 0 minutes
  • Cardio: 0 minutes
  • Writing or Editing: Wrote 340 words

July 27, 2013

  • MS: 30 mins
  • Cardio: 0 minutes
  • Addendum: Went for a nice long hike at the Mocassin Creek State Park
  • Writing or Editing: Wrote 665 words

 July 28, 2013

  • MS: 0 mins
  • Cardio: 30 minutes
  • Addendum: Worked out in the Garden for a bit, weeding.
  • Writing or Editing: Lots of editing

July 29, 2013

  • MS: 30 minutes
  • Cardio: 15 minutes
  • Writing or Editing: Edited 10 pages

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse): A Review

DEADead Ever After is the final book in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series. While it’s nowhere near the strongest in the series, it’s not the worst either, and it still fairs better than the television series of late. The previous book in the collection, Deadlocked, was so unremarkable that I only recalled what had happened about half-way through this book. At least this particular volume had a few things that will definitely stick out as being memorable.

After using the Cluviel Dor on Sam to bring him back to life, Sookie is shunned by both him and Eric. Eric publicly “divorces” Sookie (in the vampire way, of course, complete with useless ceremony). So Sookie is sulky. But at least she can try to obtain some sense of normalcy by returning to work at Merlotte’s, where she’s now part-owner. While Sookie is working, newly released Arlene comes by to see if she can get her old job back. Understandably, Sookie says no. Later, Arlene is found dead in the Dumpster at Merlotte’s, and Sookie is arrested, though the evidence against her is weak at best.

I think Harris wanted to shock her readers with some of the things that happen in this last novel, but all she managed to do was disappoint. When going against certain expectations, there’s a fine line between surprising your readers and letting them down. Unfortunately, Dead Ever After falls a bit more into the latter category.

I didn’t dislike this book, but I wasn’t really excited by it either. While this book does give some resolution to all the major issues at hand, the reader is still left wondering what happened to all the characters. I guess we’ll have to wait for After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse, which comes out fall of this year to really experience the bit of closure we should have gotten from this last novel.

3/5 Stars

Moccasin Creek and Hemlock Falls Hike

Greg and I have been keeping an eye on the weather report all week, and while it changed a bit everyday, Saturday was always forecasted to be absolutely beautiful. So we decided early on this week that we were going to go on a new hike.

When we got up this morning, it was foggy and sticky outside. It seemed as if it would rain at any moment. Disappointed, we pulled up the weather report. There was still a zero-percent chance of rain. So throwing on our shoes, we decided to go for it still.

We finally decided to go to Moccasin Creek State Park and hike the two trails there were on/near there. And even though our GPS took us the wrong way to get there, we were able to figure it out with no issues and were treated to a wonderful, scenic drive and an even better hike.

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Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy): A Review

royalassassinRoyal Assassin by Robin Hobb is the second book in the Farseer Trilogy. The trilogy itself follows the story of FitzChivalry, bastard son of the late Prince Chivalry, through his training as the king’s assassin. Fitz is swore to serve the Farseer royalty, but becomes conflicted after learning the treacherous deeds of Prince Regal.

Royal Assassin picks up within weeks of where Assassin’s Apprentice leaves off with Fitz still recovering in the Mountain Kingdom. The poison given to him by Regal has lasting effects and causes Fitz to seize when he becomes overly excited. He must overcome this illness and general teen angst in order to regain some control of his life.

When Fitz returns to Buckkeep, he finds an ailing king, who becomes worse over time. King-in-Waiting Verity is distracted by war with the Red Ship Raiders and is failing to take notice of his new wife, Kettricken. Once the newlyweds do find some common ground, it is only to come up with a new, desperate strategy to fight the Red Ship Raiders. Verity decides to go on a quest to find the legendary Elderlings, leaving his queen and King Shrewd in Buckkeep. While he is gone, Shrewd quickly deteriorates and Regal’s schemes become more and more devious.

At almost 700 pages, this book is packed with lots of intricate story and all of it is enthralling. Hobb does a superb job interlacing everything together into a cohesive and engaging story. The trilogy itself is a unique perspective into the fantasy genre as it brings in new types of magical mythos and storyline. It’s a series that fits perfectly into the library of any lover of fantasy or epic revenge stories.

5/5 Stars

Review Updates

I was caught up (finally) with my reviews, and then I went and finished three books in 24 hours. So yeah, there are a few reviews coming. You can look forward to reading my thoughts on Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris, and Hunted by Kevin Hearne.