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Thursday, April 28, 2011

X is for…

Xylography is the craft of making engravings in wood for printing purposes.  The term became popular in the nineteenth century to distinguish wood-block printing from using moveable type. To the left is one of the oldest known Xylographs created. I also found this interesting article about the last Xylographer in Germany.
Xenophile – one attracted to foreign things.
Xenophobia – fear or maybe even hatred of strangers or of anything that is foreign to them.

When creating a new character, consider making them a Xenophile or a Xenophobe. This could lead them into some interesting or even dangerous situations. Happy writing!

18 comments:

Julie said...

I never heard of xylography before, I love learning new words. :)

Interesting ideas for the characters, thanks for the suggestion!

Anne K. Albert said...

I'm with Julie. Love new words. Thanks!

Taryn Tyler said...

haha. I used Xenophobia once in a challenge that required that I begin every sentence of a piece with the next letter of the alphabet. I is a very good word indeed!

Although of course xenophile expresses a much healthier attitude on the subject. Good X post!

Carole Anne Carr said...

Yes, he had to come from Nurnberg, guessed right. When I saw the illustration thought of Durer. I've often visited his home, love the city, best friend lives there, brought back happy memories for me.

Lauracea said...

Xylography - I'd heard about the printing method but I didn't know what it was called.
Yes, a xenophobe meets a xenophile and falls in love - but they didn't live happily ever after LOL

Nicole said...

Yesterday, while looking for X words, I came across a website that said Xenophobia is a fear of other cultures or a fear of people from other countries.

When writing my another screenplay, I may be able to make one of my characters a Xenophile but it may be difficult to develop a character that suffers from Xenophobia...then again, that could very well be the main point of conflict in the storyline. Thanks for the tips!

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Madeleine said...

Now that's a new word for me Xylography. Good X choices :O)

Susan Kane said...

An excellent word: xylography. Is that also a form of art in Japan, wood prints?

EmptyNester said...

Thank you so much for your visit and comment today! I found those words yesterday while searching for my X word--that's a good idea about the characters...well, if I was courageous and creative enough to write fiction. LOL

Donna Weaver said...

Love you X words, especial xylography.

Josh Hoyt said...

Xenophile I like this word and its definition. I need to try and incorporate some of these words into my WIP.

Joyce Lansky said...

Every character needs something unique or fun about them. You're xenophile or xenophobe idea sounds like a winner, unless everyone takes your advice.

Great post! I write and teach and am also participating in the AtoZ Challenge.

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Interesting! Thanks for the new words. :)

Carrie said...

The wood engraving is really cool. Awesome X word.

lbdiamond said...

Interesting!

Amy Brantley said...

Very interesting post.

Craig Edwards said...

Very creative choice for that pesky X post! Well done ma'am!

Stratoz said...

just saw some amazing xylography this past weekend. I would guess it comes from the same root word as my X... xylem. Thanks for the visit to my blog.

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