Monday, August 20, 2012

Anticipation (and a Milestone Give-Away)

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ~A. A. Milne

My husband used to be a beekeeper. He suited up, fed the smoker, headed for the hives, withdrew the honey-laden supers. A trip across the backyard with said supers followed, batting away stray honeybees as he went that had not been deterred by the smoke. Inside the house an extractor awaited, a hand-cranked machine that spun the honey out of the comb by centrifugal force and into the barrel. From there, the honey was drained out, set aside, and later strained and bottled to reveal beautiful, gold-laden sweetness. I can identify with dear Pooh's "moment" just before you begin to eat it. I think the word he was looking for was anticipation.

Ah, anticipation. It occurs in the writer's life as well, most times identified at that moment when a response to a query comes in via e-mail or (like happened to me lately) by way of a long white envelope snail-mailed. What will the news be? Oh, that delicious moment when the heart says, maybe...just maybe...

At that moment the feeling of anticipation might be followed by any number of other feelings, also described by words with the -ation suffiix. Words like: hesitation ... palpitation ... perspiration ... vacillation.

After that comes...the revelation, verification, and realization.

Which way will that realization take us? To celebration, appreciation, and fascination?  Or "botheration," vexation, maybe even an ulceration?

Ah, such is the life of a writer, though a beekeeper might be able to give us a few words of advice. After all, he doesn't let a few stings stop him from his goals, does he? So on our way to our destination, keep in mind that part of the writer's life is exploration, imagination, information, and inspiration. Add a sweet spoonful of observation, adaptation, navigation, maturation--maybe even liberation?

Don't give up. And if nothing else, we can have a bit of fun with words along the way, can't we? We call that recreation.

Any words with the -ation suffix you might add to the writer's list?

p.s. This is my 200th post since I started blogging--hard to believe! It's been a rewarding journey, and I look forward to a continuation since I'm learning as I go and meeting lots of great people along the way. In fact, in celebration of the milestone, I'd like to give a lucky reader their own moment of anticipation. So, without trepidation, I announce my 200th post give-away. Just comment to this post by next  Saturday, August 25, and you'll be eligible for a $25 Amazon gift card. I only ask that you leave your email address so that I can contact the winner, whose name will be drawn by a purely random process. See you then!


  1. I love this! (Well, we writers do love words, don't we?) I don't think you include "explanation" - which is something we have to do from time to time. And how about "illustration" - both verbal and pictorial (or should I say "picturation")? No, maybe that's going too far. :)

    Congratulations on your new milestone!


  2. Congratulations on 200 posts! You're in it for the ! :)


  3. Peggy, I'm adding *picturation* to my vocabulary, thanks to you :-) And appreciate the other additions to the list, too. Funny the odd ways we writers can play with words, isn't it?

    And thanks to you, too, Debbie! I'll keep on blogging as long as it's this much fun :-) And I'll continue to stop in at your place, Writing While the Rice Boils--yours is a great resource place to visit...

  4. Let me also add "admiration" - for people like you who manage to keep a blog interesting and USEFUL, week after week. Well done!

  5. Sorry I'm late getting around to posts! I LOVE Winnie the Pooh. The books, the videos...I'm way more into it than my 3-year-old :) I really love the quote at the top, and the entire post was so fun and clever :) Congrats on hitting 200!