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The Color Thesaurus

a colour chart for our TEI exploration of J. Alfred Prufrock

Ingrid's Notes

I love to collect words. Making word lists can help to find the voice of my story, dig into the emotion of a scene, or create variety.

One of my on-going word collections is of colors. I love to stop in the paint section of a hardware store and find new names for red or white or yellow.  Having a variety of color names at my fingertips helps me to create specificity in my writing. I can paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind if I describe a character’s hair as the color of rust or carrot-squash, rather than red.

So for fun, I created this color thesaurus for your reference. Of course, there are plenty more color names  in the world, so, this is just to get you started.

Fill your stories with a rainbow of images!













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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown and What Hashtag Activism Does Right


The injury, a deadly one, came first. Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Mo. Then came the insult: many news accounts used a photo of Brown that showed him, unsmiling, gesturing at the camera in a way that led to unsubstantiated claims that he was “flashing gang signs.”

This portrayal of Brown, who is African American, recalled the quasi-trial-by-photo of Trayvon Martin, another young black man shot to death. It became another racially charged statement in a controversial killing, as outlets illustrated their stories with pictures that–rather than show the dead teen smiling or in a family context–led commenters to call him a “thug” and thus to suggest that he brought his death on himself.

So as people protested in the streets of Ferguson, a meta-protest began on social media. Twitter users, especially African Americans, began a meta-protest, posting pairs of…

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The Evolution of Music. Dan Wineman. Tweet. Sept. 11, 2014

retweets now sitting at 30,592, favorites at 25,282

NY Times Review of the Phonograph. November 7, 1877

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a screen shot of the archived review – amazing.. full text here

Mashable Post on ‘Social Media Users Are More Charitable Than You Might Think’

Certainly counters the negative Slactivist argument.


“According to the survey data, an average of nearly 64% of users who identified themselves as a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and/or Google+ user said they’ve donated $100 or more to charitable causes in the last year, and an average of just 6.5% have given no money at all to charitable causes in the last year.”

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FanFic Generator

A friend just shared this awesome new thing – love it – I made my first auto-fanfic – lol. Visit the site fanficmaker.com

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Obama’s ISIL speech Sept 10, 2014 as a Word Cloud

Obama ISIL Speech Word Cloud

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