Write2Day–A Love Affair with Words

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One of the things I enjoy most about my Kindle is the dictionary feature. If your bring the cursor to a word in the text, the definition pops up at the bottom of the screen. Hit “return” and it takes you to an expanded expose of the various meaning of the word. .. wonderful feature for word-addicts like those of us who write.

This morning as I was reading a bit of the Bible, there was a footnote on the word SPIRIT. Because I’m interested in biblical exegesis and the Hebrew root of things, I went to the footnote to see which Hebrew word for soul (there are five, if I remember correctly) John (or whoever wrote that gospel) used. When the cursor landed on “SPIRIT” and the definition appeared, it drew me in, so I had to explore. I knew there would be a number of definitions and I was right. Here are just a few of them:

  • the non-physical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul;
  • a part regarded as the person’s true self and capable of surviving physical death or separation;
  • such a part manifested as an apparition after their death–a ghost;
  • a supernatural being;
  • short for the Holy Spirit;
  • qualities regarded as forming the definitive or typical elements in the character of a person, nation, or group or in the thought and attitudes of a particular period;
  • a person identified with their most prominent mental or moral characteristics or with their role in a group or movement;
  • a specific emotion or mood;
  • a person’s mood;
  • the quality of courage, energy, and determination or assertiveness;
  • the attitude or intentions with which someone undertakes or regards something;
  • the real meaning or the intention behind something as opposed to its strict verbal interpretation;
  • strong distilled liquor!

Wow; all of that in one word!

For today’s prompt, let’s write a poem, essay or short fiction that revolves around the word SPIRIT.  Take it wherever you like. If you choose to participate:

  • Write your submission and post it on your blog;
  • Access Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post and add your name and copy the direct URL of your post into the link;
  • Visit and comment on the work of other participants…there are not too many so it shouldn’t be a huge task;
  • Enjoy the process of writing and reading.

I’m still having some challenges with my back, but we’re working on that, so excuse me for not being too “present” in the world of blogging these days. I will be posting at dVersePoets’ Meeting the Bar tomorrow and hope to see you there. It is a great place to share poetry and friendship. I may need to vary the days that I do my weekly “Write2Day” entry so expect a bit of the unexpected. Thanks for being a part of the creative SPIRIT that happens here in the world of blogs.

Copyright 2012 Victoria Ceretto Slotto. All rights reserved.

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24 thoughts on “Write2Day–A Love Affair with Words

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    One of the days I just might check them out. I’m mostly at home and can play with my computer in bed or on the couch. It is, however, easier to read lenghty pieces on Kindle.

    Interesting look at “spirit,” which I have always understood to be the spark of divinity (Holy Spirit) in each of us vs. soul, an individual expression of divinity. ???

    Nice, nice challenge.


  2. Yousei Hime says:

    Calling her tonight. I’ll mention it then. 😀 Congrats.


  3. Yousei Hime says:

    I have a college buddy, brilliant and unique, who is blogging about words. You can find her here:


    Just a caution. She’s unconventional and unpredictable. 😉


  4. Now after reading raving reviews in some comments regarding this Kindle medium, I am intrigued to check it out.
    This post has moved me too, now I finding my self more tempted, inspired or encouraged to get it on today’s prompt, so do not be too surprised if I do. Just one question about that though; as this style of writing is going to be a new area for me, is it cool with just 1 to 2 sentences, if that is about all one can muster? I will have to try getting to it later, gotta go now<3


  5. So creative with this one Victoria, as words are a part of the vehicle expression so the spirit is the essence of the soul; renewable in the great Spirit of mercies making life doable (if not a word, I think it should be, lol!)
    Just dropped by to see how you be, while I’m catching up some reading of a few posts today, I do hope you’re finding all the relief you need from this ailment, and have a super good week(“-“)


  6. claudia says:

    wow..this is very cool…cool definitions and a cool prompt…but hey…who’s your hero…? i’m just that curious…smiles


  7. Thank you for visiting me Victoria. I didn’t realise there was a linky at the end of your post. Had a visit from Zongrik and she asked if I had linked my latest post to your blog. I hadn’t but, have now.
    Thank you.


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  9. I love to discover new words. Sorry about your back. A backache or, any really bad pain is so debilitating. Get well soon. Great meeting of the bar prompt.


  10. viv blake says:

    I’m off to UK at the end of the month, and will collect my new Kindle from my daughter. I hadn’t known about the dictionary feature, so that’s another pleasure to look forward to. I also love the Word feature of the side-by-side thesaurus, and use it all the time when trying to replace the banal and clichéd from my writing.

    My poem in response to this prompt is so bad that I may delete it!


  11. […] I also decided to use this for my submission for Victoria’s prompt to write a piece about the word “Spirit”. The spirits of trees lift my spirit in ways I cannot describe. There are some really good entries […]


  12. zongrik says:

    do the archangels have spirits? hope so, because that’s what this is about.


  13. Bodhirose says:

    Sorry to hear of your back problem…I hope it’s nothing serious, Victoria. But I was happy to see a prompt by you today and have given it a try. Thanks for being here in spite of your trouble…I appreciate it.



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  15. markwindham says:

    You struck a nerve for some reason. Not exactly a happy write, but it is what came out. Thank you for the prompt.


  16. I consider myself someone with a fairly extensive vocabulary and love it when I read a word I don’t know. You’re right, that Kindle dictionary feature is worth it’s weight in gold in terms of convenience.


  17. jmgoyder says:

    Really interesting!


  18. dragonkatet says:

    I will see if I can come up with an appropriate poem, as I love the word “Spirit” in all its glorious definitions! 🙂 I hope your back starts feeling better soon, too.


  19. fivereflections says:

    the kindle is a beautiful remote device – the dictionary is one of my favorite features.

    words are beautiful!


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