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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Request About Phrase Usage

Feel free to be anon, but I'd like to know how often you reference time in your conversation or writing. "The here and now. In a couple of hours. Currently." Any phrase that has the passage of time or the past or future in it. Particulary in your fiction, writers.

May your day pass wonderfully.


Blogger CE Murphy said...

-thinks- You know, I have absolutely no idea. The Walker Papers have time stamps, and when I haven't used one for a while I try to mention what time it is, because those stories usually take place in about 3 days with no sleep and it can get confusing. Huh. I'd have to read something I wrote to find out!


9:02 AM  
Blogger moonhart said...

My story revolves around Valentine's Day/Cupid's Natal Celebration...so most of my phrasing is in relation to that. Or to lunch dates, dinner dates, etc. Like...I know this is last minute being Valentine's Day and all...but are you available for dinner tonight?

It all happens in 3 days.

Does that help at all?


3:59 PM  
Blogger EJ said...

"Days melted into months" or something like it is what I use to fast-forward. I rewind using the characters' memories. I usually refer to a meal or position of the sun for right this minute.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Ok, I was also thinking about how often you used "time" in a phrase. I was definitely not clear!

A matter of time, high time, etc.


7:42 AM  
Blogger moonhart said...

"Well, it's about time!" That is one I would use.

I say "high time" but I think of it as a more antiquated phrase, so I would only use that with an older character.

"Time of my/your life" I would use this rarely.

"Time's up!" I would use that because it short and shows impatience well.

"Ran out of time" is more an excuse, prolly use it only with a whiny youngster or a whiny adult with an immature attitude.


8:18 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks. I'm very time conscious, always have been, and writing about it means the phrases come to mind a lot. Hmmm, wonder how often I use stuff like that when not writing about time...


7:37 AM  

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