I’m very pleased to welcome author Jaye Wells to the blog today. Jaye is the author of the popular Sabina Kane urban fantasy series. We love this series here at BCC and you can read our reviews of book #1: Red-Headed Stepchild, book #2: The Mage in Black and book #3: Green-Eyed Demon. Blue-Blooded Vamp is the fifth and final book in the series. So, please give a warm welcome to Jaye.
It’s always a risk to leave a blog topic up to an author. Especially one who’s best known for irreverence. I’m pretty sure Book Chick City thought she was playing it safe by telling me some parameters. “Write a Top Ten list,” she said. “Anything you want.”
I thought about writing my top ten favorite cities, but that’s been done. Or my favorite foods to eat while writing, but that’s just not pretty. So I decided that since I’m a writer, I’ll share my favorite words with you.
But that’s a minefield, too, isn’t it? Most of my favorite words are considered pretty scandalous in certain circles. But I guess having to avoid profanity just makes it more interesting and challenging. And I love a challenge.
So here we go. My Top 10 Favourite Words.
1. Moist - I love/hate this word. My perverse sense of humor makes me adore saying words that make me uncomfortable, so this is at the top of the list. The worst phrase in the English language is “moist butthole” but I say it more than any adult woman should because it makes me titter.
2. Razzmatazz - Try saying this without doing jazz hands.
3. Fecund - Sounds so dirty, but means something beautiful.
4. Hullabaloo - It appeals to my sense of the silly and old fashioned.
5. Gloaming - I don’t know why I love this word, but I really, really do. Maybe because it’s such a poetic term for one of my favorite times of day.
6. Chiaroscuro - I learned this word during my art history program in college. It’s the play of shadow and light in paintings (like Caravaggio’s work). I love it because it’s fun to say and also because I think it’s the perfect word to describe my style of writing.
7. Caulk - Try to say this and not giggle. I love words that sound naughty, but aren’t.
8. Fonging - Okay this isn’t actually a real word. I stole it from Alan Tudyk’s character in A Knight’s Tale. Again, it exemplifies my love for scandalous-sounding words that can be used without direct censure. As in, “That reviewer deserves a good fonging.”
9. Jejune - It’s fun to say and most people have no idea what it means. So you can call someone “jejune” and they have no idea whether you’re complimenting or offending them. It’s fun. Does that make me jejune?
10. Underpants - Don’t judge me, but I love this word. It’s so much better than it’s slutty cousins, “panties” and “thongs.” Plus it’s got a pleasing rhythm that makes it fun to say.
I can’t believe I made it through the entire list without one curse word. I also showed great restraint in narrowing it down to ten. As a writer, I love to swim in words like a warm pool on a summer night. I hope you learned a new word or two that you’ll now use to delight and/or offend your friends and family.
What are some of your favorite words?
After several years as a magazine editor and freelance writer, Jaye Wells finally decided to leave the facts behind and make up her own reality. Her overactive imagination and life-long fascination with the arcane and freakish blended nicely with this new career path. Her Sabina Kane urban fantasy series is a blend of dark themes, grave stakes and wicked humor.
Jaye lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son.