Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Up with the larks

A lark is a small brown bird which sings as it flies. You have to look up to see them, but not neccesarily early in the morning.

Larking around is behaving in a playful or mischevious way. A lark can be something done for fun, but is often considered silly or a waste of time. As a lark, a former colleague made me this map.

There's nothing playful or silly about this competition. There is a top prize of £200 though and you can enter a fiction or poetry.

UPDATE - Here's a competition for novel openings, but you need to be quick.


24 comments:

lizy-expat-writer said...

Great map - and it's always going to be right!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Ooh, that's a good word. I love lark. :)

Linda G. said...

I love a good lark! All kinds. :)

Frances Garrood said...

The skylarks have just started swinging and singing over the fields where I ride. Wonderful.

Wendy's Writing said...

L'ark is where all the French animals went with Monsieur Noah.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Love that word - sounds so right. Thanks for the link.

Patsy said...

It is, Lizy. Maybe I should have kept it.

Patsy said...

It is a nice word, Rachel.

Patsy said...

Me too, Linda.

Patsy said...

That must be lovely, Frances.

Patsy said...

Very good, Wendy!

Patsy said...

It does, Rosemary.

TracyFells said...

I must stop larking about and go and do some writing.

susanjanejones said...

Yes, I'm larking around on the internet when I have stories to write. I've entered the openings line one, thanks for the other link as well.

Oscar said...

The U. S. Navy term for messing around on the job is skylarking..

Julia Hones said...

Great post, Patsy.
I was not familiar with this word.
Thanks for the competitions.
There is not time to lark around but spring is calling me!

Jan Baynham said...

In Cardiff, because of the way locals pronounce the 'ar' sound to rhyme with 'air', we go for a lairk in the pairk in the dairk! :-)
Thanks for the info. as always.

Sai Charan said...

Nice to know more about 'lark' :) And the map is wonderful! Steers you in the right direction Patsy!! :)

Cheers!! :)

Patsy said...

I should too, Tracy.

Patsy said...

I've had a go at the opening lines one too, Suzy. I'm not sure I can come up with anything for the other one.

Patsy said...

I'm sure that hardly ever happens, Oscar.

Patsy said...

Spring is calling me too, Julia - it's very tempting to abandon the office and get outside.

Patsy said...

But not in the rain, Jan?

Patsy said...

Maybe that's what he had in mind, Charan?