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    [Vocabulary] automobile make

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: "I wrote the movie, titled Normal Murder, and about a year later came across a book detailing the idiosyncrasies of serial killers. The book listed fifteen traits ranging from religion to automobile make." What is...
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    [General] a fragmental sentence: a new book with an old husband, perhaps

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: "I don't know how you do it," I am sometimes told when I am embarking on some creative pas de deux that looks risky to others - a new book with an old husband, perhaps. Writing is how I do "it." Writing is how I do...
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    [Vocabulary] hand-xeroxed and compulsively readable

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: "This afternoon I received a manuscript in the mail. It was bulky, hand-xeroxed, and compulsively readable." Does "hand-xeroxed" actually mean "written by hand"? And, is "compulsively readable" readable or not anyway? :cry:
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    [Vocabulary] minked to her toes

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: "We passed a tiny, aged lady, minked to her toes, clinging to the arm of her taller daughter." What does "minked to her toes" mean? :-?
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    [Vocabulary] "put me squarely into my body"

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron. She was talking about falling from her horse: "I suspect my ribs are cracked...and in any case their soreness has put me squarely into my body." What does "put me squarely into my body" mean?
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    [Vocabulary] meaning of "cornering"

    Dear Teachers, I read these two paragraphs from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: 1. We have an idea that "writers" must be "smart". By smart, we actually mean "clever". We know what clever looks like, it is the Maserati turn of a phrase, the cornering of a comment with a speed and grace...
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    [Vocabulary] to tag base with someone

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: "There is a great and simple satisfaction (in writing), like tagging base with a real friend. There is a 'me' that emerges in relationship to writing, like the 'me' that emerges in certain friendships." What does "to tag...
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    [Vocabulary] grounding, to tune out, to tune in

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Right to Write by Julia Cameron: "I've written since I was very young,...I have written for love, for money, for escape, for grounding, to tune out, to tune in, and to do almost anything that writing could be made to do." What do "grounding", "to tune out"...
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    [Vocabulary] Hemingway's nickname "Oinbones"

    Dear Teachers, I read about Ernest Heminway's nickname "Oinbones" in The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I'd like to know if "Oinbones" means anything in English. Is there an allusion to this word? :-?
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    kick off encouragingly?

    Dear Teachers, I read this from the English translation version of Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa: "Go change clothes and come do a few warm-ups," Coco said to him, going back to jumping in place. "If you feel a heart attack coming on, you may kick off, but so what?"...
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    [Vocabulary] sheep-pursuit

    Dear Teachers, What does "sheep-pursuit" mean as in "...Venus is now a minor celebrity, about to appear on sheep-pursuit reality show, I'm a Celebrity Shepherd"?:-?
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    fined £200 with £415 in costs?

    Dear Teachers, I read a news article about a taxi driver got fined for refusing to take a guide dog. And it mentions: "Cardiff magistrates found Rohbani-Eivazi guilty of breaking the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. He was fined £200 with £415 in costs." I'd like to know what "fined...
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    the lamps warmed their filaments until ...

    Dear Teachers, I read this from The Last Pope by Luis Miguel Rocha: "The garden lights, with photoelectric sensors, were coming on all around, programmed to activate slowly and progressively for a continuous transition in harmony with the prolonged sunset. The lamps warmed their filaments...
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    Gain Dusguised as Loss

    Dear Teachers, I read this topic about "gain dusguised as loss" from The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. It talks about one's loss during artistic pursuit. For example, when you're offered an art scholarship in another city but turn it down because you...
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    [Vocabulary] on-camera

    Dear Teachers, I read this from 29 Gifts by Cami Walker: "He's really hustling to get his voice-acting career rolling in L. A. It'll get even more intense soon when he starts auditioning for on-camera television commercials to all his voiceover work." What is a "on-camera" television...
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