Insider 10/5/2010

Word nerds, it’s time for some fun!

Right now, I’m working on Forces of HORDES: Minions, the final title in our incredibly ambitious Mk II force book series. Because it’s the twelfth book I’ve edited in the past year, I find I’m a bit nostalgic for the ones that are done and gone . . . some of which I realize you haven’t had the pleasure of perusing just yet. For that reason—well, and because I’m a word nerd through and through—I clipped a bit from the stories in the upcoming Trollbloods and Legion of Everblight books and turned them into our own fill-in-the-blank word game.

Below is a list of parts of speech (with handy definitions, just in case anyone’s rusty in that area). Pick a word for each blank, noting them as you go. Then download the PDF and see what happens when you match them up.

These parts are the workhorses of English. Use them well, and they’ll treat you well. Use them glibly, and you’ll get a whole new perspective on the stories of the new warlocks!

NOUN: Names a person, place, thing, quality, or action.
Examples: trollkin, Doomshaper, the forest, the Thornwood, axe, satisfaction, anger, [a] rumbling, [the] killing

That’s more than you thought, isn’t it? Though “person, place, or thing” covers the vast majority of nouns, remembering to consider qualities and actions gives you many more options for a fun word to use in the game! Also note that, just like people, a noun can be proper or not. Don’t worry—it’s all good.

For a PLURAL NOUN, just use the form of the word you’d use for two or more.
(Hard Level: Use only plurals that aren’t formed by adding “s,” like “kin,” “brethren,” or even “Arcuarii.”)

NAME: We’re looking for a proper noun here, like Calandra, Lylyth, or Dr. Arkadius. (Or, for that matter, Darla Kennerud, Scythe of Everblight, or the Commanatrix. Just sayin’.)

EMOTION: These are those funny feelings you get sometimes. Are they good? Are they bad? Are they just confusing? We’re not here to judge.

VERB: Shows action or a state of being.
Examples: rush, exult, stand, is

For a PAST-TENSE VERB, just use the form of the word you’d use for an action that’s already done.
Examples: rushed, exulted, stood, was
(Hard Level: Use only past tenses that aren’t formed by adding “ed,” like “shook,” “ran,” or even “forbade.”)

A VERB ENDING IN -ING is the form of the word that uses the suffix “-ing” (and known by geeks like me as a present participle).
Examples: rushing, exulting, standing, being

Think you can game the system with a word like “ring” or “bling”? Read the rule again, smart aleck: a suffix is that little extra bit that’s added on to the end of a word. Your “king” has no “sting” here, so try “swinging” or “winging” instead. ;)

ADJECTIVE: Describes a noun. Because plain nouns are, well, plain.
Examples: stately, green, runic, stretched

ADVERB: Describes a verb or an adjective.
Examples: entirely, violently, instinctively

That’s right: these spicy modifiers have the same name whether they’re for action words or descriptive words, so you won’t be able to tell which the game is calling for! Will you end up erroneously green or bleeding perkily? Only time will tell, my friend.

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