I find it more than slightly amazing that it has been eight months since my last post in this blog. (Not including shameless advertisements for my books.) The guilt weighs heavily on my mind, but so do self-imposed deadlines. In case you weren’t aware, I fancy myself a writer. No! Strike that! I am a writer. I know because I spend a lot of time writing. If I spent a lot of time painting, I’d be a painter. But I don’t because I have neither the talent nor inclination to do any form of painting, from canvas to walls. So I’m a writer.
I guess the fact that I have six (very soon to be seven) books (self-)published lends additional credibility to my claim. (See here for the list.) Alas, my writing keeps me from writing. To be more precise, the writing and publishing of those books has rendered this platform largely quiescent. (Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls.)
With said seventh book almost in the proverbial can, the guilt has driven me back to the keyboard. This is the result.
As a writer (I don’t know if you remember that part) it should come as no surprise to anyone that I like words. They are endlessly fascinating playthings as well as tools. Among my favorite words are “capricious” and “pernicious”. They sound great and they express a great deal of feeling as well as information.*
They also capture the essence of Multiple Sclerosis. Note the definitions (from the Merriam-Webster web site):
Pernicious – highly injurious or destructive
Is it just me or does it seem as if someone with MS coined that word? Even the archaic usage is apropos: wicked. Note: We aren’t talking about the New England colloquial use of that word. MS is wicked in the good old-fashioned sense of nasty and evil.
Here’s the other one:
Capricious – governed or characterized by caprice : impulsive, unpredictable
There you have it, a two word summary of MS: destructive and unpredictable. But we should feel justified in using more impressive words when we discuss this beast, shouldn’t we? After all, we’re the folks who nonchalantly toss around highfalutin words such as “subcutaneous” and “exacerbation” in casual conversation. (More on that here.)
MS has taken enough. It’s time we took something back: Our right to be pretentious!
* Not coincidentally, both words (albeit one, “capricious”, is used in an alternate form, “caprice”) are used to great effect in one of my favorite screenplays, the 2005 cinematic version of “Pride and Prejudice”. (For a discussion of the various versions of that wonderful Austen story, visit this post.)