Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Word of the Day
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Extenuate (transitive verb) – A long time ago, this word meant “to lessen the strength of something” or “to make something emaciated,” but those meanings have fallen out of use. Nowadays, this word is most often heard in legal connotations such as “extenuating circumstances.” It means “to lessen the magnitude of something,” so you can see how part of its old meaning has carried forward. If you make something appear less-blameworthy for a crime or less guilty of some act, then you extenuate it.

Word in a Sentence: In my novel Choices Meant for Gods, Mia’s sympathy for Nigel’s plight extenuates her actions in hiding his highest crime from the authorities.

Your turn! Been watching any Law & Order lately? I bet you can write a great sentence with this word with a little Sam Waterson (isn’t that Jack McCoy’s actor’s name?) inspiration. Yummy.

“Some days, you just want the dragon to win.”

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