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Thursday, April 29, 2010

T is for Treasure Hunt

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Treasure: Middle English tresor, from Old French, from Latin thesaurus, from Greek thesauros. Does anyone else notice something? Thesaurus is Latin for treasure or collection. Neat!

Hunt: Middle English hunten, from Old English huntian; akin to Old High German heri-hunda meaning battle spoils.

In my last post I wrote about the fertile garden that is my brain and the multiple serendipitous ways story ideas come to me.

However I have learned over the years that some people have to work at finding ideas. Some people mine for them. They go digging for jewels with a pick and shovel. Other pan for gold. Still other follow a paper trail of clues until they reach the place where X marks the spot where they dig until they find the hidden chest.

But once they've opened the chest...oh! the thesaurus that awaits them!
No matter where they come from or how you find them, whether they are flowers lying at your feet or gems buried deep in the earth, our stories are treasures that deserve to be shared.

Happy treasure hunting.


  1. I love a good treasure hunt! And your link to the contest is a great tie in!

  2. What a neat post!! I love the way you write things :o)

  3. Thanks Christina. I hope you'll participate!

    Me too Creepy.

    Oh...thank you Niki. I'm honored.

  4. I find it funny that people ask me where I get ideas. I figure everyone gets ideas from the same place. I also believe everyone has ideas, just not all ideas are worth writing down.

    There is such a thing as a stupid idea. Trust me... I've had lots of tghem.

  5. I used the word serendipitous yesterday - something about my husband finding a new golf course yesterday - and thought of you!

    Did you get all warm and fuzzy yesterday about 6:00 central time? That was me! hahahaha.

  6. Yep India, there are certainly some stupid ideas. And I think you're right. All ideas come from the same place, it's just that some are noisier than others, more colorful.

    That's great MissV! As a matter of fact I think I did get a warm and fuzzy feeling around 6.... :O

  7. Another great post!!! I love treasure hunts, and what an awesome treasure chest, what do I have to do to get that?!! Do we have a map?!

  8. Sometimes the best treasures come when you aren't looking for one!

  9. Great post, Bish! And like Kelly said, sometimes the best ones come when you don't expect them to.

  10. I like my treasure to come to me. But the more I write, the more I realize that I've been chasing it all these years. Ha!

  11. What a great word etymology for students who often use the thesaurus for enrichment.

  12. Wonderful post! I love the way you compare hunting for story ideas with hunting for treasure. So true!

  13. I'm a miner! Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go... Must. Go. Write...

    Love your treasure hunt!

  14. I love the visual! I feel like I've found treasure every time I open up a good book. Perfect.


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