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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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Squeaking in, just under the buzzer....

Well, not really. I still have two-and-a-half hours, EST, but tonight is Spooky Movie Night tonight for Bobby and I, where we watch the stupidest horror movies we can find. I think tonight's cinematic gem is called "Dead and Rotting," or something lovely like that.

And that starts five minutes ago, but I'm going to drabble first, as Bobby is currently attached to his lifeline 2K6 hockey game on Xbox. It's a DVD so, really, we can start whenever we like.

Okay. Stop rambling. Start drabbling.

The word:


jocund \JOCK-uhnd; JOH-kuhnd\, adjective:
Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.

Examples
"His careless manners and jocund repartees might well seem incompatible with anything serious."
-William Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico

"There was once a widow, fair, young, free, rich, and withal very pleasant and jocund, that fell in love with a certain round and well-set servant of a college."
-Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (translated by Thomas Shelton)


"Many a glad good morrow and jocund laugh from the young folk
Made the bright air brighter."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Evangeline"

Etymology
Jocund is from Old French jocond, from Latin jucundus, "pleasant, agreeable, delightful," from juvare, "to please, to delight."





As those of you who have read AMC know, in Felak!verse, Macalaurë meets his wife at a feast in the forest, where they play together as musicians. The chapter where they first meet is told from Maitimo's perspective, so we miss the moment when Macalaurë first sees her. Here is that moment.


First Love
The air in the clearing sparkled with music, made brighter by the wine, which splashed crimson into goblets that twinkled with Telperion’s light. But Macalaurë had a duty to perform, and the jocund festivities would not be his to enjoy tonight.

But as he approached the other musicians—resigned—the sound stepped aside for some new, cottony feeling he’d never had before, close to deafness, his vision aware of just one thing.

Or person.

She smiled and sat her flute aside. Her laughter tinkled where the music did not for him. “I am Vingarië,” she said.

You are my wife.
  • Love that last line. Love it *happy grin*
    • Thanks! I thought to try writing something pleasant for a change--no death, no angst, and happy!Maglor--to make up for the fact that I've (possibly) burned him at the stake and had him drop dead on the beach now, in these daily drabbles.

      I love Maglor. He's such a good sport ;)
  • I thought this would please you: silwritersguild was linked to today on tyellas' journal. :D
    • SWG!! SQUEEEEEEE!!!

      (Yes, one of the few things that will make me have a bona fide SQUEE! every now and then!)

      I also noticed our Yahoo! group has two new members.... ;)

      This makes me so happy to hear: SWG is one of my babies. (The other is themidhavens, which is the badly behaved one!) So it's kind of like how people get all excited to see their kid's name in the newspaper for something silly, I guess :) I felt like I was splashing upriver for a long time with SWG; I am so happy that things are finally starting to work out.

      Thank you for the good news :)

      (Now if only I can get my RPG to work half as well.... ;D)
      • Well, as "Herald of HASA" I should try to keep in touch with the various spawns of fandom...

        Glad I could pass on the good news.
  • SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT

    Have you seen that newish one, "Shaun of the Dead"? I died laughing.

    Aww, "First Love" was really sweet. I love Macaularë.
    • Re: SPOOKY MOVIE NIGHT

      Shaun of the Dead was great. Of course, we've also seen Dawn of the Dead...Bobby and I see just about every scary movie that comes out. (Although we did *not* see House of Wax. I refuse to watch Paris Hilton on principle ;-P)

      Aww, "First Love" was really sweet. I love Macaularë.

      Me too :) As I was saying to mirien, Macalaure is such a good sport for me. I kill him and everything, but he just keeps talking, all happy-like, to me. Unlike Maitimo, who never wants me to write about him.

      Maitimo's going to have a surprise this weekend, though, if he thinks we're not writing.... ;)
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