Method or Madness?

I really get a kick out of wording. I’ve mentioned how I love a good quote, but colloquialisms tickle me too. Curiously, many of the compact little quips so familiar to our lives have only a handful of sources. I’ve recently read that if it isn’t Biblical, and it isn’t Nautical, then there’s a good chance it’s Shakespearian.

Today, I’ll give you a few examples from Shakespeare. will
Who knew the Bard was so ensconced in our day-to-day conversations?

A foregone conclusion * All of a sudden * As dead as a doornail * As good luck would have it
* As pure as the driven snow * At one fell swoop * Be all and end all * Come what come may
* Eaten out of house and home * Fair play/Foul play * Fight fire with fire * Good riddance
* Heart’s content * High time * Hot-blooded * I have not slept one wink * I will wear my heart upon my sleeve * In a pickle * In stitches * In the twinkling of an eye * Lay it on with a trowel (thick) * Lie low * Love is blind * Make your hair stand on end * Night owl * Out of the jaws of death * Pound of flesh * Rhyme nor reason * Send him packing * Set your teeth on edge
* Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep * Star crossed lovers * Such stuff as dreams are made on * The be all and end all * The Devil incarnate * The game is up * There’s method in my madness * Thereby hangs a tale * This is the short and the long of it * There’s the rub* Too much of a good thing * Truth will out * Up in arms * Vanish into thin air * Wear your heart on your sleeve * Wild goose chase  * Woe is me

Sound familiar? There are a LOT more Shakespearean colloquialisms  out there. This handful seemed to me to be the most common.


So you might have noticed my blog has a new look. I tried to create this look when I first made the blog, but for the life of me I had a devil of a time (nautical colloquialism) figuring out WordPress.  In many ways it still frustrates me. My main Muse Calliope would have used her stylus and pressed her words into her clay tablets.  I use my laptop to write my stories and update my blog.

A few months ago, I went searching for a new blog format that would allow me to post easily. I tried a lot of different sites —,,, etc, and I have blogs all over the place as a result. Some, I’ll never return to. They’re simply placeholders for me on the web. One I can’t figure out how to get back into to make changes, and absolutely no response though I’ve asked twice for help. It’s just floating out there like the Flying Dutchman.

A curious thing happened by chance n early spring. I had the opportunity to take part in a blog hop that wanted steamier excerpts from the participants. Well, rules are rules and WordPress has rules regarding adult content. After they mistakenly suspended my blog several months back, I wasn’t about to give them a real reason to take it down. The thing is, the mechanics for this blog are so hard to figure out, I haven’t put an Adult Content block on it (Not that any underage person wouldn’t just click to the next page). 

Enter Google’s aka  Blogger. It has a pretty straight-forward settings panel so I created my adult content post there. I found it fluid and easy and once I learned how to make a pretty blog with it, I made several satellite blogs. And just because I can, I’m in three blog hops at once this week sharing excerpts and offering prizes. What’s more, I can chat about Shakespeare here!

Now… how about I find time to write more books…

Come see.

The Hot Summer Nights Hop

The Wet and Wild Blog Hop

The Hop Against Homophobia



~ Coming Soon ~


About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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1 Response to Method or Madness?

  1. elisecyr says:

    Didn’t realize WordPress was so strict about adult content. That’s good, I guess, that they keep track, but not so good if you write sexytime romance and want to share!

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