Tuesday, April 9, 2013

AtoZ Blogging Challenge. H is King Today.


The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out

Just to remind readers what I'm doing here, I'm reposting my earlier explanation. Here 'tis!

As a writer, my real tools are the words in my language. Fortunately, English has a ton--with more being added everyday. You can see where this is going, right? My favorite words from AtoZ. Okay, stop the sniggering. I'm not as creative as some, so give me a break, take a look and add your favorite word in your comment. I can always use more words.

Harrowing


How would you use this word in one of your stories, or would you? What's harrowing for you anyway? Do you feel more harrowed by reading the reports of real events in the real world, or by Stephen King's latest weird adventure in the land of fiction? Here's a film that gives me the true feeling of what a harrowing experience is. Ever seen The Deep? I only thought I'd see the opening of this video about the making of that film, but I had to watch it all. Incredibly harrowing.


This harrowing experience brought to you by:
The Madlab Post (Nicole Ayers)
Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird)
Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas)
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh)
Life is Good (Tina Downey)
Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons)
Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins)
The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence)
The QQQE (Matthew MacNish)
Leave it to Livia (Livia Peterson)
No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow)
Breakthrough Blogs (Stephen Tremp)
Spunk on a Stick (L. Diane Wolfe)


We also have a Facebook page, email address 2012azinfo@gmail.com, and the Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge.  HERE's THE LIST

48 comments:

  1. Not sure if I'm gearing for the harrowing experience lol! I've got nerves of Jello, not steel :-)

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    1. Oh, no you don't. You're a writer, so no Jello nerves allowed, hear?

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  2. It's the kind of word that gives me goose bumps just by hearing it...well maybe not that bad, but I surely don't want any harrowing experiences!

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    1. And yet you're online all the time. Just think how harrowing that is!

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  3. You gave a new word to my vocabulary. I didn't even know what harrow is but I've experienced it.

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    1. Dragons have all kinds of harrowing experiences, I'm sure.

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  4. Most stuff you read in the newspaper or see on TV today, is harrowing, haunting... often heinous... and gives me the heebie-jeebies!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. Ha! Love Heebie-Jeebies! I wonder where that came from. Must investigate.

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  5. Still trembling after watching that video. Oh those waves! Very scary. Thinking about all that water surround me, slapping me to the ground *shudder* no harrowing experiences for me. Great word though. :D

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    1. In real life, that man survived. It's hard to believe.

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  6. Spiders are always harrowing...

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    1. Spiders? And here I thought only asteroids could scare you.

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  7. I think I have used it in my books. I

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  8. I really like this word. I don't believe I've used it in my writing. Perhaps because my characters have not had any harrowing experiences.

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  9. The Deep would be extra harrowing for me, since I'm deathly afraid of deep water and drowning.

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    1. I'm claustrophobic, so we'd make quite a pair.

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  10. Harrowing is a great word. I can't remember if I used it... but might be something I can use for my current WIP. :)

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    1. It might fit very nicely into those snippets I'm reading.

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  11. I love that word and I dont use it enough. Wow that film looks great! Hadn't heard of it, and looks like it's based on a true story.

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    1. Yes. That story did happen in real life. Hard to believe.

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  12. Oh that is harrowing!

    I don't do fish, so I would not like being stuck in the ocean like that :P

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    1. Thanks for the "I don't do fish" comment. I loved it.

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  13. Harrowing is a great word. It kind of communicates its meaning in the sound of the r's.

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    1. I love words that express their meaning through their sounds. R is a fascinating sound. It's considered a consonant, but there's no articulation point like consonants. It's very vowelish in that respect.

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  14. I don't think I've ever used that word in my own writing, but it is powerful. And that video clip - WOW!!!

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  15. I always 'think' harrowing applies more to fiction - thrillers and action scenes - until something harrowing happens to me. Which doesn't happen too often. Thank goodness :)

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    1. Very fortunate for you. I don't have many harrowing experiences, but those I've had stick with me.

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  16. A director who gets involved and to a harrowing degree. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar is having a harrowing experience trying to get me to write better.

    I'm going now and enjoy the alphabet as you know it! :)

    Gary

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    1. Oh forget the alphabet as I know it. I much prefer your version. More interesting and certainly a challenge--something I accept.

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  17. I have three kids screaming in the background. Harrowing enough for you? =)

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    1. Yes. I'm harrowed just reading your comment. Good luck.

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  18. Harrowing is an excellent word. I haven't had had too many harrowing happenings. Luckily.

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  19. Getting my mom to the beauty shop on time is a pretty harrowing experience, or is that hair raising?!

    Julie

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    1. I totally understand what you're saying. I plan extra hours into any trip anywhere with my mom, then during the experience my emotions are all over the map: sorrow, joy, empathy, fear, acceptance. All of that and more.

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  20. Harrowing is a great word- one I haven't thought of in a bit. I do find the news harrowing. :)
    ~Jess

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  21. Hey, I like your theme and it's teaching me something to boot! Keep 'em coming :)

    Left and Write

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  22. It takes a truly talented writer to make a fictional story horrowing for me ;)

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  23. You picked the right video for that word.

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  24. Dang. That sure is harrowing. Great word!! Loads of feeling.

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  25. Traffic jams and overly-fast rollercoasters are harrowing.

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  26. I can't watch the news. It terrifies me. If I watched it, I'd probably become a recluse.

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  27. Real world is definitely more harrowing than fiction for me, because I can always retreat from fiction, but real world events are actually happening.

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