Lists are powerful.
I don’t know what I’d do without them. Lists of names for characters, lists of locations, lists of interesting words (like rutabaga).
Today I’m making lists of another kind, lists of items I must remember to take with me on vacation.
Yes, I’m leaving the country and won’t be back until the end of the month. I probably won’t post here again until I get back, though I may put a few vacation pics up over on my website and ramble about where I am and what I’m doing.
The Royal Road of Adjectives
Before I leave, I’d like to mention something I came across when I was doing research for my program: the Royal Order of Adjectives. I hadn’t heard of it before—maybe that doesn’t say a lot for the school system up here—but, apparently, there’s an accepted order that the various kinds of adjectives should adhere to.
Once I read a few examples it made sense; it’s something I’d like to convince my program to check for so that I can scan my own work to make sure my adjectives are standing to attention in the proper order.
Here’s the handy-dandy graph, complete with examples. This is from Grammar.ccc.commnet.edu’s page dedicated to adjectives. It’s the best primer on adjectives I’ve come across, highly recommended if you’re into that sort of thing ... which it seems I am. Now.
For example: A delicious little square vase of old red Italian silk roses.
It’s interesting to play around with the adjectives in the chart and see what sentences you can come up with!
While you’re doing that I’m going to slink off to parts unknown. I’ll miss blogging here, but it’ll be nice to have a short break. I’ll be back, with renewed vigor, at the end of the month. I might even have a few stories to tell! It’s amazing what crawling out of one’s writer’s cave every once in a while can do.Photo credit: "Serpent" by Daniel Zedda under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.