“Accismus” or “Save-a-Word/Scavenge-for-Words Saturday”

It’s Save-a-Word Saturday!

It’s also the second day of my “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway, and the first in which I’ll offer up a chance to earn a raffle entry through a scavenger hunt! So stick around ‘til the end of the post for more on that!

But first, Save-a-Word Saturday. For any who need a reminder of/never knew what that means, here’s how it goes:

Save-a-Word Saturday

1) Create a post linking back to the hosts, The Feather and the Rose.

2) Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in the post. (If you find yourself in want of options, Feather ‘n’ Rose recommended a site that may have some word-lovers drooling. Luciferous Logolepsy. Even its name is old and delicious!)

3) Provide a definition of your word, and use it in a sentence/short paragraph/mini story vaguely related to the particular week’s chosen theme.

4) Sign up properly on the host post’s linky list so participants can easily find each other and share their logophilistic joy.

5) Be a hero by sharing these retro words with the world!

I’ve been participating in the weekly fun via my Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” Facebook page, giving myself the extra challenge/fun of relating every word I pick to my re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend, the “Outlaws of Avalon” trilogy (a.k.a. the magnum opus to be self-published after the completion of “The Wilderhark Tales”). But I figure, hey, with this week’s vignette all pre-written and ready to go, no reason I can’t post it here for the blog-inclined to see!

So, without further delay, here’s my word-saving civic duty of the day.

The theme: Pantaloons.

The word: “Accismus”, a noun meaning “feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it”.

The Example:

“I say, Marion?” said Will Scarlet. “Random question. Do you wear pantaloons?”

Marion’s brows rose. “Pantaloons? What, you mean like bloomers? Long, lacy underwear? No, of course I don’t.”

“No? Hmm. Would you like to wear pantaloons?”

“Certainly not,” Marion laughed. “Why in the world would I?”

“Well, suppose I were to hand you a pair of pantaloons with a monogram of your initials on the bum? Would you wear them then?”

Marion stared at him. “Tell me you did not waste a dime on any such ridiculous thing.”

“It wouldn’t be a waste if you liked the pantaloons.”

“But I’ve told you I don’t want any pantaloons!”

Will cocked his head and regarded her with one eye narrowed. “Is this a mere display of accismus on your part, or do you honestly not want to wear pantaloons?”

“Wear pantaloons? I don’t even want to hear the word anymore! Why have you brought this up?”

Will shrugged. “No real reason. Just making conversation. I say, random question: If Robin and I had been born conjoined cousins, do you suppose you would ever…?”

This man has entirely too much time on his hands, Marion thought.


Now, onto the “Stone Kingdom” Scavenger Hunt Question! (No, none of your accismus, readers – I know you want to play!)

Fill in the blanks: ___ and ___, both ___, wed ___ of white in realm of stone; for blood ___ begins, but naught can be put right by ___ alone. (Hint: The answer is somewhere in this post!)

First person to answer correctly in the comments below gets an extra spot in the raffle pool. Good luck, you guys, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday to announce our first prize-winners! (:

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Recap of the “Stone Kingdom” Launch Week Giveaway!

[Action] = [Chances to Win]

Every mention/link to the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or blog = 1

An addition of “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf= 1 (Find “The Stone Kingdom” on Goodreads here! )

Schedule a day with me to host me on your blog for an author interview, character interview, or guest post = 3 (Message me through my contact page here!)

Every purchase of an e-book copy of “The Stone Kingdom” = 3 (Available for Nook and Kindle!)

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom” = 7 (Launch week only, Buy One Paperback on Amazon and Get One Kindle E-Book for just 99 cents!)

Your chances to win will accumulate over the seven days of the giveaway (didn’t win on Day One? You’ve still got your rollover entries for the days to come, and you can continue earning more), so the sooner you jump on board, the better your odds of winning!

The prizes:

Day One = A signed print of the lyrics to a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom”-inspired song!

Day Two = A signed print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original dual portrait of Rosalba and Edgwyn!

Day Three = A signed mystery print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom” scene illustration!

Day Four = A different signed mystery print of a Danielle E. Shipley-original Stone Kingdom” scene illustration!

Day Five = Seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom” with author commentary!

Day Six = Seven selected chapters of “The Stone Kingdom” with character commentary!

Day Seven (Grand Prize Day!) = 3 Winners each get to select any 2 previous prizes, and one of the three gets a free, autographed paperback copy of “The Stone Kingdom.

**Note to all winners: If I don’t hear back from you within 7 days after your name is announced, I go back in the pool to pick a new victor. Prizes feel sad when no one comes to claim them. Of course, I’m sure you’ll all be far too eager to lay hands on your winnings for this defaulting rule to come into play; still, figured I’d best give you fair warning.**

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Stone Kingdom Cover, front

Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.


One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales

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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel;

of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

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“A charming and excellent read.”

“Wry wit, clever twists, and, of course, dashing love interests.”

“Not only fun and funny, but relevant and wise.”

“A highly vivid, carefully formulated story … [Shipley] has a style all her own, and it’s lovely.”

5 thoughts on ““Accismus” or “Save-a-Word/Scavenge-for-Words Saturday”

  1. “Love and prince,
    Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;
    For blood begins,
    But naught can be put right by blood alone”

    I know I’m second, but I found it before I saw Emerald’s comment. I swear I did 🙂

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