Infographic- 28 Boring Words; and what to use instead

While writer and Blogger Jack Milgram  asked me what I thought of his infographic “Boring Words”28 Boring Words

I GREATLY WISH Jack had asked me BEFORE he made or finalized the graphic.

As when you read through my suggestions etc you will find that is just not right or as I called them ‘layered’,  graded or ranked versions of a word. Like Chilly is a little cold, then cold, then freezing. When you are writing you may want to place the usual word there, as well as the alternate word, read the sentences twice, once with the alternate word (to be sure it is used properly. After all New and improved… is not really right if a product is improved, it is not new, there was a previous incarnation of it. It should say NEWLY Improved. Some yes can be used alternately for a word, some (like for old, some may work but may not read well.

Please keep in mind my Judgement on the words is by how they sound on their own in the category, as well as in trying to use them in a sentence. Do they still read well when used in place of the ‘boring’ word. Also, I try to see it as will an editor hack up the book if I were to use these words, same with an office setting (especially if you are an executive) Usually if I feel comfortable with using one of the alternate words, and not feel like I sound like an uneducated idiot, then they pass the tests.

All credit for InfoGraphic as well as the alternative words to use is  by  Writer & Blogger Jack Milgram

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My replies in helping Jack out on the infographic.

on your words for ‘new’   different is not a good word to use in my opinion at all. 

Different is basically when something is being compared so it would certainly not be new. 
‘Virgin’  you buy something called virgin aside from olive oil? New is the best to describe something NEW… Fresh is ok, the latest.  Modern is a little so-so for me as someone can say something is modern now, but it could also mean something from anywhere from the 90s til now in the 21st century. State of the art is not a good ‘NEW’ word as state of the art is something specific. Think of it as something more like the military uses but the common man can’t afford. Usually, pretty much anything you’d see in a sci-fi movie, even the old Star Trek movies (and really never watched them but the few things I see) say their guns that is state of the art. State of the art usually has something to do with machines and technology so not really a good word for new. 

Move EMERGING to words for next as that is usually used for ‘up and coming’ bands artists and that sort but you need to remove succeeding  

Tone is NOT feel,  nor is effect or affect spirit is not a sense so that is not right…Discern… I’m not sure about you’d have to ask a proper English teacher on that one. I read the definition but still not sure. Viibe is good cause that’s another way I am judging these. If I get a bad vibe or feel indifferent that I can not agree with it. 

Lose pretend under seem. Shows signs of and come across as is ok but a little longer (though maybe a bit more sophisticated sounding than seem) 

See what you have under “Best, a lot of them are ‘grades’ or levels of that. You can use all those words for best my argument on that is this…

You have Best, Better and ‘bestest’  (which really is greatest’) just like There’s Cool weather which would be 60 F there’s cold weather 40s-50 and Freezing weather 35 and below.
Terrific is out… doesn’t work in place of Best/ The best bowler got a perfect score.    as to  the Terrific bowler got a perfect score 

in Old get rid of last 3 

in Other  need to lose fresh 

For important I’d take out Essential and meaningful (they don’t hold the power to show importance) same with significant, serious and necessary. 

Depressed is absolutely NOT a good term for sad. I have been through that 3x and too many people use the term when it’s NOT sad it’s beyond that. (Literally, it’s dead man walking… you are the walking dead when you are depressed, or at least feel like you are)  So please take that out. There is a certain length of time you have to be ‘sad’ in order to be clinically depressed. 

Many of the words for sad are just ‘levels’ of sadness. Same with Happy 

basically, most that you used for best and good could probably be interchanged. 

Bad is not evil… Evil is bad but bad is not evil… There IS a difference. 
Cheap and poor under ‘bad’ is insulting to those that are poor and those that are cheap. 

Like and love is 2 totally different things…  Like and admire is ok, they are on the same level, I would say adore and love would be more along the same.. So those shouldn’t be in there.   Treasure I’m indifferent about for ‘like’. I don’t think it should be used for like, more like something between like and love. (well adore should be in the middle of that but I guess ‘treasure’ should be, maybe should be used more for that point where you think you love a person, and want to say it, but are not quite there yet, or maybe it’s just too soon. Oh,And would definitely come after adore!

Haven’t you seen the commercial for the Kind protein bars? Nice and kind are 2 different things. 
in Real…  Original does not fit. 

ONLY   perfectly does not fit, 

I don’t think any of those words for sweet work. Tempting they can be but the words dont work in a sentence instead of saying the sweet donut or something like that. Those words are not a way to describe a sweet or use it alternately usually someone says a ‘tempting sweet’  Frankly Think of saying “I need something sweet, then run through each of the words in the same sentence, what do you think? Do you think someone else would have any idea what you are talking about if you wrote it in a report or book of some sort?

Little, Big, Pretty are all words that describe the levels of size or attractiveness 

Would you all like if I could do a post for’Layered’ words (like for pretty) in order of what ‘rank’ of attractiveness they are for example Cute, Adorable, attractive, Pretty, beautiful, stunning, gorgeous… (oh wait I don’t think glamorous works unless they are glamed up, like they are going to a club or on red carpet)  
Neat is a definite no… that’s so 50s (and sort of their version for cool) and neat describes clean, uncluttered room, and to me that’s the only way it works.

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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in blogging, Coherence, Help, Lists, Writing


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Paper vs Digital

Why Physical paper is better than the digital variations.

There are a few reasons I still prefer to use paper or a notebook to use a digital version (like a computer/laptop/internet based e-reader). E-readers are another reason but I finally gave in to getting myself a Kindle Fire a few years back so that if I couldn’t get out of bed if my back is giving me a problem I can just check my email and be entertained that way. Now I do have books on my Kindle, but I prefer to read print books. I’m sure I have a post on this or my Entertainment blog all the reasons why a print book is better. (2 reasons I love the feel of the paper even the smell.)

I still use a notebook/paper to write my drafts.

I have a small journal to write poems I get an idea for. Sometimes it comes out a full complete poem, and sometimes a verse or 2. So if I get stuck on finishing it, I just have to open the journal (which is right next to my bed) and write the idea in.

I have a couple stories I started which are in a binder, then an idea for one which is in a composition book with xerox copies of notes from library books of my research.

So what are my reasons to ‘shun’ the digital at least until you are ready to write up the short story or poem. (If it’s a novel you are writing I’d advise typing up 5-10 pages at a time.)

So this is my lists for the pros for paper and cons for  writing

Digital                                                      Paper

1-Turn on computer                                                                    Open Book

2- wait for it to boot                                                                     Turn to page

3- Open program (word, internet etc)                                 start writing (or reading even)

4- Open new file/type in site                                             Always Available (power or 0 Power)

5- start writing                                               even if something spills on it, you can still fix it (dry it out) paper & read/write

6- now power/wifi = no work done                          *No Glare

7- distracted by the internet

8- file corruption (see paper #5)

9- screen glare


so that’s 2  steps before you get to writing on paper, and 4 before you can write on digital.

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Posted by on February 21, 2018 in Help, Journals, Lists, Reading, Writing


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How to improve creativity

Ever hear that one gets their best Ideas while sitting on the toilet? Not sure why this is, I guess for those that just sit there, its because they are bored.

I’ve had many times I’ve gotten an idea in the shower, as well as laying down to sleep. That’s because you are relaxed and unplugged.

Spend a few times during the day with your phone, tablet or computer off. Unplug, leave a pen and notebook or journal near your bed (under your pillow or in your nightstand etc.) Write down when you have an idea. As for in the shower… the only idea I have to write down ideas is this   Scuba Dive Underwater Writing Slate 6″ x 5″, . The odd thing though is it looks like a regular pencil that’s on there, so I’m not sure how that will work. I was thinking of a dry erase board just above the shower head so the marker doesn’t get washed off before you get to make a permanent note of it. 

I believe Doing these 9 Things will improve your creativity.  While I believe the person made it to be business oriented you can still follow it for anything you do. Collaboration, working with someone, can be fun. You can work off of each other back and forth.

I’ve found ideas and inspiration while reading books.or watching a movie or tv show. Something in it whether it was said or shown I ended up writing a poem about something in it. One of the books this happened with was in the Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, & Inheritance) I forget if I titled the poem or if I have even polished it to get ready to add to my book if I ever get one published.But one came from this,  Sometimes when I read someone’s poem I end up writing sort of a response to it.

Sometimes things just pop into your head or an idea keeps coming back to you and you get a sign. Like I was starting to write a story and didn’t write in any character names yet. I was thinking of naming my main character after my birthstone and would you believe I went somewhere and there on the floor I found my birthstone!

Inspiration can come in writing exercises, blog posts, Pinterest and so much more! You can check my Pinterest boards @kymoDragon



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Posted by on January 17, 2018 in DIY, Help, inspiration, Writing


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Jokes and speeches

Sadly I was missing for about a month (but it could be more and I’m sorry. The past month my computer died so I had to wait for my laptop to  come in and am currently trying to get caught up on posts that are works in progress, editing as well as scheduling for the next year (and that’s not just for this blog. I have a few others) So I do hope at least once if not twice a month I will be able to get a post out in the new year. With that and an early Happy Holidays and New year wish out of the way…

It’s that time of year where we toast and make speeches

so I thought now would be a good time to publish this post.

They say when you give a speech start it with a joke or have one in it. This loosens up you and  audience.  No one likes to listen to speeches, so you need a way to keep your audience from being bored and falling asleep (same thing with presentations at meetings)

You need to keep things entertaining.. Whatever your audience, and subject have visual information, some facts, stats and a video to show, include a joke or 2 but  don’t just drone on about your topic.

Think of it this way: if your worst enemy or the most boring person you know complete with that monotone speaking voice is giving some speech/presentation,  there is NO WAY you are interested.

Now think what if  you are that boring person, or have to give a speech or presentation in front of your enemy?

What if all you do is use facts and stats? That gets monotonous even without that tone of voice. People start to doodle, check the time and so on,  it can even give one a headache.

I prefer not just hearing the speech, I would like some pamphlet or packet of some sort so I can look at the stats and other information besides listening to you, as well as seeing a few visuals and other various ways of telling information. Remember one’s mind tends to wander if you are not interested even if you have the most entertaining manner, speech and presentation.

You need to keep your audience hooked. i know these won’t work with everything and they are likely dry humor but that’s another thing, you need to change your tone through out your speech, make a sarcastic remark to something you don’t agree your voice needs to rise and fall and most of all you need to be passionate, that is the best way to keep one’s attention.

Think of it this way… Martin Luther King’s Speech  and if you’ve seen Pacific Rim (yeah the first one) that inspiring speech Idris Elba’s character gives toward the end… gave me chills. That’s a way to light a fire under someone’s ass!

Here I have come across some Victorian Jokes (and yes the bit in the sidebar is from here)

Click here for more jokes and press F5 to change the joke

Also it’s best to keep what you are doing under a certain time limit. No one likes a big long winded speech or hour long presentation. Sometimes yes it does need to be longer but best to keep shorter to answer questions as well if anyone has any!

If you are expected to do a pitch for a half hour… try to keep it to 15 minutes, let them know there should be time for Questions after.


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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Exercises, Focus, Humor, Writing


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Creative inspiration

So with it being back to school time I thought I’d try to spark some creativity if not for now, then to give you some ideas for those reports, class and homework.
One of the blogs I follow asked the question How do we find our creative inspiration when you are stuck
it sort of depends on what I want to do as I have a variety of creative outlets (too many and YES there can be too many.. Mama’s make sure your kids only have 1-2 hobby/interests!)
I write poems but the last few I wrote are not finished, so I re-read through them to see if I my muse will help me out and get it finished. Also I have a list of ideas be it possible titles for poems, a line etc. So I check through those as well to see if any would work or if it will flip that  ‘write new poem’ switch wherever it is on me.
Also I make jewelry the craft kind you buy the bits for at Joann’s Michael’s and Hobby Lobby but sometimes some things come out where I have to look again and can’t believe I made it!  I can’t draw well so I try to trace/draw out what I made in a journal and I look at that. Also when I get an idea for something I try to put a few of the beads etc I have in the color I’ll be doing it, in one of those mini ziplock bags   Like a set of earrings or  as I recently have been trying to do some book thongs. (I am trying to find the right red colored beads to make vampire themed ones; however, likely won’t be all the same design. I make ‘custom /one of a kinds’ for less.
Then I also have been working on a patchwork (not a quilt or anything in particular but started out as a body pillow cover and I decided I wanted to make a ‘never ending’ one. Summer seems to be my sewing season so I’ve been trying to work on that as well as recently been making some change purses for friends and family as their or part of their holiday gifts.. also earrings, yes fabric earrings.  So everytime I go to walmart I always check to see if there are any interesting ‘fat quarters’ as they are called, I just call them ‘swatches’  as I can usually get a piece out of it for my patchwork as well as one or 2 other projects (if not more) out of it.
I have a large bin of fabric and I think i have 2 underbed boxes with more fabric (eeek!) or old t-shirts to cut out for my patchwork so I really would like to get a lot of stuff (at least project set-ups if not sew right away. Might have to make note of that in my bujo I started setting up for next year.
That’s another thing.. Journal I write any ideas in a journal or in a note on my evernote account… Check it out here
as you can see I try to keep a ‘file’ of friends’ and family as to what size or if have pierced ears etc. as well as a listing of  some ideas for lines/series.
For writers I will tell you an idea or 2… READ!!! I’ve been inspired by a few books (like a line or a paragraph may have inspired a poem out of me)
Check out other journals, sewing, and other creative ideas fixes on Pinterest! You can follow @kymoDragon and check out my boards for stuff there! That’s where I get a lot of my Bullet Journaling ideas as I’m just starting on that.
also you can follow my Blogs
Crafter Crums  which I not only include posts of my own projects when they are finished, but also curate ideas I hope to do or just liked and thought you might enjoy as well.
My personal posts are usually either a photo or video of the project and sometimes a step by step (and if I think of it, a way to improve on how I made the original item.)
but also curate others
and my writing  blog  Miss Musings Writing Essentials which has Help in the menu on a variety of things (you can also hoover to see if there are more pages for that section) as well as search the blog posts
 How do YOU spark creativity?  Please tell us your ideas… Oh one other one I do for writing
I list a bunch of song titles or book titles or words something of that sort (or have someone tell me some) and I write a story or poem from it. Its more like a writing exercise but it does help.



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The Curse of Creativity

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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Writing


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How to write poetry

How to write poetry: Poet Wendy Cope explains what makes a really superb poem

For me it just starts with inspiration which is an idea, I scribble it down (sometimes I can’t make out a word later on but I keep at figuring it out)

Sometimes I get stuck with only a line and I toil over years with finishing it or just include it for a later idea (I have a page of ideas of phrases etc. word play and so on)

Read! There have been times where a paragraph or description in a book has inspired me! Pay attention to Pop culture (I have a poem pertaining to this a bit and it’s one of my humorous ones at least supposed to be)

I  play sort of a game, in which for example I use the songs on an album   (or a bands catalog …all their song titles) as prompts and try to fit them all into a poem (or some sort of creative writing) I used to do with with my vocabulary words in school sometimes.


Want some words for prompts?

I’ll start you with 5






and a BONUS


one of my favorite words…

BOISTEROUS– this is my favorite vocab word from school ever! I still remember the day we were reading our sentences for example and I knew I had an great one. I raised my hand to read it and the teach thought it was used perfectly. (If only I could remember the way I worded the sentence! I do believe it is in one of my poems So you can check that page in the menu.) It was something like the Boisterous roars of thunder.


Want some random words to use?

random Vocabulary words generator







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