I promised to post some entries from my upcoming Second Volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. As I have repeatedly stated, many expressions have been wrongly credited in popular dictionaries and online sources. Here is one example which is in the new book:
This old idiom means “I have no idea.” In 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs is often credited for first using it in The Land That Time Forgot, Chapter 4:
“‘Flowering shrubs don’t thrive in the subterranean caverns from which geysers spring,’ suggested Bradley. Olson shook his head. ‘It beats me,’ he said.”
Again, wrong! It was in use figuratively as early as 1824 on page 57, in Douglas, A Tragedy, by John Home, Reduced to Scottish Rhyme, Chiefly the Broad Buchan Dialect:
“Norv. Weel, I am in a primonirie now— ‘Completely beats me how I’m to get through.’”
The new Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume II will be out in just over 60 days! The response for the original volume was far greater than I had ever imagined. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few entries from this new one. It contains detailed definitions and origins of over 1,000 new phrases and sayings. If you haven’t yet purchased the first one, especially if you are a writer or public speaker, I think you will find it highly valuable. It is available at stclairpublications.com or Amazon sites worldwide.
At times I highlight books which deal with subjects with which some of my readers may have had to deal. One such unfortunate subject is rape. The Darkness of the Sun by my wife, Christian author, Rhonda St. Clair, has been noted for the way this subject is broached and openly handled.
The story begins when the protagonist, a nurse named Bella Fontaine, has traveled to Easter Island and seen for herself the mysterious monumental statues known as the moai. standing stoically in Rapa Nui National Park. But something else is occurring–a spectacle for which she came at this particular time–a total soar eclipse.
“Now, as the tiny circle which remained of the sun’s glory shouted out around the rape of the lunar body embracing it, chills permeated the length of Bella’s slender spine.
“My life, she thought, has been like the darkness of the sun.”
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I consider myself fortunate to have friends as well as authors whom I publish living around the world in many nations. In Australia I have one friend whom I know from here, and several more I have met online. Two of these are the authors of The Enigmatic Sinclairs, Gerald Sinclair and Rondo B B Me, the first volume of which I published last October after which it was launched at the popular tourist attraction, Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, at the book store. (A second volume is due out this October.)
That book has been labeled as “The most important book on the history of the Sinclair Clan in 300 years.”
An obstacle “Down Under” is the fact that our printer and distributor, Amazon, does not print books in Australia. They do distribute Kindles through their Australian site, though. Every now and then I Google myself or our books, and today I found it interesting that Ebay in Australia has four copies of my childhood memoir offering, Beyond the Thistle Patch, mostly geared at teens and pre-teens. Here is a link:
I hope it works, nevertheless, they are indeed posted there. We do sell a lot of books outside the US. Though Australia is a bit different, it is really a cool place, and our books make it there “by hook or by crook!”
Michele Doucette was the first author other than myself to publish with St. Clair Publication. Since then she has written many amazing books, primarily centered around Mind, Body and Spirit. Already, she is one of our best selling authors. She has recently retired from teaching and is putting many more hours into research and writing. Here is the link to her updated Amazon author page. Enjoy it and check out her treasure trove of products:
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