A Peek at the Ferret Dictionary

We Ferrets have been recovering from NaNoWriMo – and preparing for/launching into the holiday season now upon us, as it is always a little bit of a surprise after the madness of NaNo fades back into the ‘real world’. . .

So have a bit of silliness from the Ferret Archivist. It’s been several years since I last shared anything from the Ferret Archives, and here are some more words spotlighted from the Ferret Dictionary.

15th century manuscript with original binding

Photo by Erwan Plougonven, used under CC BY-SA 4.0. (Resized. Otherwise unchanged.)

The Ferret Dictionary is a collection of words to refer to concepts or objects that simply don’t have a proper word – or did not before the Ferrets came along to fix things! Their most common source is typos (ones that are entertaining enough to make us think they need an explanation) and often more than one of us will come up with the same meaning for one as soon as we decide a particular word is deserving of it.

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Writing Original Works as a Fanfiction Author

I started out as a writer by writing fanfiction.

That’s not necessarily strictly true – I wrote a few scattered stories (even poetry!) and chopped up bits of a novel as a kid and younger teenager, and I started writing (and sharing) fanfiction seriously during my first NaNoWriMo, which means during the time I was also writing my first completed original first novel draft.

But I have spent a lot of time writing and reading in the realms of fanfiction, and I did fall into it at around the same time I was beginning to seriously start writing. I think that has in some ways changed or broadened my perceptions (or even simply my vocabulary) when it comes to writing even in the arena of original works.

I off-handedly describe things I’m writing via the fanfiction-standard (more or less) terms, explaining that it is fluff or angst, or H/Ccrack, WAFF, PWP, UST. Sometimes these are easily understandable outside of the fanfiction realm and sometimes they require a bit more explanation, but to some degree it is where I think first for definitive words.

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From the Ferret Archivist

As the Officially Un-Official Keeper of Ferret Documents, I’m here today with a post talking about – and sharing examples of – three documents of which I keep track.

Photo by En-i, Wikimedia Commons

Photo by En-i, Wikimedia Commons

The Ferret Dictionary, the Ferret Phrasebook – and the Ultimate Nemeses Collection of the RRFS.

These three hallowed documents came into existence during the first NaNoWriMo after the creation of the RRFS, and are regularly expanded. The last addition as of my writing this post was to the Phrasebook, and only a few days ago.

Things get (more than) a little silly around here – are you really surprised? – but as writers we simply know that sometimes there just isn’t a word in the English language for what you want to say, sometimes you need a phrasebook to understand a Ferret, and sometimes . . . there really are evil nemeses out to get you – and worse, keep you from your writing!

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