And Now, a Sentence From the Current Work in Progress

“Gaaaaah! So much effluvia!”

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32 Comments on “And Now, a Sentence From the Current Work in Progress”

  1. Effluvia is one of those fun-to-say words end. I like alluvial and abysmal, epithelial and filial as well. They just roll off the tongue. I picture Professor Higgins teaching Eliza to say…

    “Out of geological filial piety, the effluvia falls endlessly on the abysmal alluvial plains like epithelial rain (from spain).”

  2. Tor marketing meeting, sometime in the near future:

    “Lemme just toss this out there. Scratch & Sniff dustjacket. Show of hands? Anyone? Anyone?”

  3. Shaun Jex – I dabble in an assortment of literary and artistic endeavors. My writing has appeared in Celebrations Magazine, Old School Gamer Magazine, Texas Heritage Magazine, Renaissance Magazine, Cowboy Jamboree Magazine, and other disparate locations.
    Shaun Jex

    Pretty sure that line could be an entire, self contained story.

  4. I got to use “effluvia” in a sentence just yesterday.

    For some reason this word always reminds of an early X-files scene (when they still used humor in episodes) where Mulder gets some form of effluvia on his hand and says to Scully “Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?”

  5. I had a teacher who would make us write standards whenever we resorted to name calling. The thought of being forced to write “I will not call Sally Effluvia” 50 times makes me giggle.

  6. Brian – Santa Rosa, California – Abstract artist. Perennial student. Seeker of connections and hidden worlds.

    I feel obligated to point out that, technically, that quote is TWO sentences.

  7. Errr… Effluvia is plural. Shouldn’t it be “So much effluvium!” or “So many effluvia!”? Yeah, I know: You had to be there.

  8. I am curious, how do you decide how many a’s to put in Gaaaaah? Is it always the same, or does it vary depending on the level of surprise/consternation that prompted the exclamation?

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