Fictional Words in BELL WEATHER

The copyeditor of my next novel, BELL WEATHER, listed all of the book’s proper nouns and invented words as a reference guide for future proofreading. Here’s one-tenth of them:

  • Aquarians
  • beesmyrrh
  • Bell, Molly
  • bird crabs
  • bloodpox
  • Bread Riot Massacre
  • candlefruit
  • craven (bird)
  • deadfall (season)
  • Dick’s Fortune
  • Elkinaki (tribe)
  • ember gourds
  • hoarfur
  • hummingbats
  • knotgut
  • Lumen Night
  • lunarite
  • Maimers, the
  • merryweather tea
  • mourningfish
  • nyx
  • Orange, Tom
  • Pike’s Salty Herring
  • quicksummer
  • Scabbard Island
  • shadowplants
  • smoakwood
  • song bees
  • St. Verna’s Fire
  • suicide weeds
  • upfall
  • waterbreath
  • winterbear

Jack & Dad Summer: Day 18 — Cat-Littering Paint

When we moved into our house eight years ago, the previous owners left behind lots of old paint. The cans have started to rust through and I’ve got to get rid of this stuff. I mixed about 12 gallons of random paints into big plastic buckets and now we have a ton of this weird, Silly Putty-colored paint; I might add some color to make it gray and use it on the basement walls. But the rest of the paint is lousy, and no one seems to recycle the stuff around here.

To safely dispose of latex paint in the garbage, it’s got to be dried. You can pour it out on newspapers a bit at a time, but we went with the cat litter method. A few scoops of litter mixed into a quarter-gallon of paint clumps it all right up. It’ll be rock solid in a day or two. Jack and I got through quite a lot of cans this afternoon. It was strangely fun.