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Thursday Thirteen

I’ve been pounding away furiously on the keyboard this week. My characters are constantly on my mind and, as a result, I haven’t been sleeping well. I’m short of Zzzzzzzs. Thought association regarding lack of sleep produced the letter Z for my TT topic this week. Americans pronouce a Z as zee while British/NZ pronounce a Z as zed.

Thirteen Words Starting With Z

1. Zoo – a collection of animals kept in captivity. These days the captive breeding programs conducted by zoos are the only thing keeping some species from becoming extinct.

2. Zest – if you have a little vim & vigor in your step, you’re said to have zest.

3. Zephyr – a breeze or a wind, normally from the west.

4. Zealot – a fanatic

5. Zone – this can be a netball term – I have the TV on and I’m watching the Commonwealth games and the netball in particular. When you zone you attempt to block the other team.

6. Zigzag – the netball players run from side to side as they zip down the court to escape their opposite number.

7. Zero – naught or nothing. I hope the Silver Ferns don’t come up with nothing during their Gold medal game against Australia.

8. Zebra – a black and white striped animal that looks a little like a horse.

9. Zipper – a fastener consisting of two rows of metal feet on a tape. The connected tab slides up and down fastening and unfastening the zipper.

10. Zinnia – a colorful flower.

11. Zucchini – a summer squash that’s usually green in color. I hope my hubby doesn’t plant too many this summer because I get zucchinied out!

12. Zoom – to move with a loud buzz or hum, usually at speed.

13. Zombie – these are all the rage in fiction at present and for Halloween. They are a reanimated dead body.

Now it’s back to writing for me. I have five hundred words to complete my target for today. Hopefully, I’ll get them done quickly because I’m tired and need to go to bed and punch some Zs.

I don’t use Z words very often in my writing. Zipper is probably the one I use most as an erotic romance writer :wink:

Do you have a favorite Z word?

Kaikoura Sperm Whale

Camera Critters

This photo was taken from the air during a flight to see the sperm whales at Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand. The sperm whale is the largest of all the toothed whales and can be seen year-round at Kaikoura.

Sperm Whale

To view more animal photos go to Camera Critters.

Yummy Bread

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Types of Bread

1. Brioche

2. Bagel

3. Rye Bread

4. French Bread

5. Pumpernickel Bread

6. Sourdough Bread

7. Corn Bread

8. Croissant

9. English Muffin

10. Flatbread

11. Croutons

12. Whole Wheat Bread

13. Pita Bread

I like bread. I quite often have toast and vegemite or honey for lunch. My favorite bread is a NZ one containing lots of grains. It’s good eaten fresh and as toast. My husband is a dab hand at making bread and his speciality is focaccia (another addition for my list). There’s nothing better than fresh bread and homemade soup.

What is your favorite type of bread? What do you like to eat with it?

The Spurned Viscountess Tour: What did they wear?

The Spurned Viscountess

The Spurned Viscountess tour continues today. I’m visiting Night Owl Romances and talking about fashion and what people wore in the eighteenth century. How do we know how people dressed?

Here’s the link to Night Owl Romances

I’m also doing a giveaway – win a copy of The Spurned Viscountess.

I hope to see you there!

Spurned Viscountess Tour at Tia Nevitt’s Blog

The Spurned ViscountessI’m visiting fellow Carina Press author, Tia Nevit today. I’m talking about burnout and inspiration. I’m also doing a giveaway. One person who comments on the post will win a download of The Spurned Viscountess.

Here’s the link to Tia’s blog, Debuts & Reviews

Just Floatin’ Along

Camera Critters

My photo today is a teal duck. I took this in Christchurch (the city that had the recent earthquake). This is the Avon river, which runs through the city.

Teal Duck, Avon River

To visit more animal photos go to Camera Critters

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