Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Answer: A Murder.

Question: What do you call a flock crows?
 

You may have heard of that one before, or a Parliament of Owls is another one. But there are lots more. Some are amusing, like a Troop of Turkeys, some sweet, like a Charm of Goldfinches, and some perfectly appropriate, like a Worm of Robins.

Do you know any more?

Meanwhile, I'm making progress on  two fronts, both with PEACE & FORGIVENESS (current wip) and my revision of NO REST (my scifi that I wrote last year), and I have a new CP reading the latter. I love finding new critique partners :)

How about you? Making progress? Know any other terms for groups of birds? I'll come back later with some more...after I ask my son!

ps did I mention I have a book coming out this month?! I put a piccie up on my sidebar in case you want to have a gander...

45 comments:

  1. Ohhh, thanks for this - I have written a story about various animals, and turkeys are amongst them. I knew about baby turkeys being poults, but "troop of turkeys" is sooo appropriate for one part of one of the books in particular. :P

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  2. A gaggle of geese?
    Still trying to finish my first draft before the Challenge begins!!

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  3. Awesome you have a new critique partner. I'm just joining a new group. So excited.

    Let me know if you want me to shout out about your book in my follower news.

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    1. Being in a group can be fun.

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  4. How about an unkindness of ravens?
    Who comes up with these? What is the origin of them, I wonder?

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    1. I'm not sure who comes up with them but birds have more than one collective name.

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  5. A murder of crows is so poetic. And, yeah, making progress on my revisions.

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    1. I concur - and glad you're making progress :)

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  6. I can't think of any, but glad that you're making progress. And super duper exciting to hear your book is coming out.

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    1. I would love to make you your favorite bake or dessert, to celebrate but I know it would not be fresh by time you got it.

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  7. In ERAGON books, the writer is calling a flock of dragons a thunder of dragons which I liked a lot.... probably the only thing I liked in that boredomfest of a saga :)

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    1. Strangely, that series never interested me.

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  8. Geese are called a gaggle when they are not flying.

    Geese are called a skein when they are flying.

    How strange is that???

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    1. I like that: A Skein of geese.

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  9. I always loved the term a Murder of Crows!

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  10. A murder of crows is amazing - I'd never heard that one!! How wonderfully creepy. And a parliament of owls always makes me think of CS Lewis, and the Silver Chair... oh, and yes, the book cover is AWESOME :)

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    1. A Murder of Crows is one of the few I knew - along with a Parliament of Owls for the same reason :)

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  11. How do you find your CP's?

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    1. I've found them all on-line: blogging mostly. My latest made a request for readers on his blog and through Alex's and I spoke up.

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  12. So, I have some more...

    A Grove of Tree Sparrows (So many sound so perfect! Who the heck came up with them all?)
    An Aerie of Eagles (The Eagles Aerie blog makes even MORE sense to me now)
    A Vortex of Vultures (love this one, too)
    A Banditry of Chickadees (they have a black mask, get it? Bandits... masks...)
    and a Tournament of Sparrows (we've had quite the tournament at our feeder this winter I can tell you!)

    Lastly, I mentioned earlier hat there is more than a single collective name for birds. For example, a flock of Blue Jays can be referred to as a Bard, a Scold, or a Party. My son and I thought a Scold was most appropriate though a Party comes in a close second.

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  13. My cats just like to watch birds. Cat fun? I like the parliament of owls thing. Glad you're making progress. Just got a book out, now I'm writing the next.

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    1. lol, I'm almost always working on the next one.

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  14. All I know is gaggle of geese. These are fun though! Congratulations on your book!!!

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  15. Sending you all good wishes for your new book!
    I know a squadron of pelicans and a colony of gulls.

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    1. A Squadron of Pelicans, ha!

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  16. Yes, new CPs are a very good thing! I'm fresh out of bird group names, but I will tell you that a flock of parakeets is deafening!

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    1. I bet they are! One or two can be pretty loud by themselves!

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  17. An Exaltation of larks? That and a murder of crows are my favorites.

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  18. Nope, the only writing I've been doing lately is papers. (Four papers due over two weeks. Whew! Glad that's done.)

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    1. Hmm, that doesn't sound like fun.

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  19. Clever and fun! Thanks for this.

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  20. Aw, Alex took my favorite - a gaggle of geese. I'm in editing mode right now. The "looking for overused words and phrases" part. Boring but has to be done.

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    1. Ah yes, I'm familiar with that stage of editing and it IS boring.

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  21. I think my favorite is "a cauldron of bats." It fits so well!
    I will be checking out your book. Congrats on that!

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  22. Hi, Marcy. *waves* It's been too long. I hope you and yours are well. I just emerged from writer's cave, in case you wondered where I had disappeared to. Writer's, right? Where else would we be? *laughs*
    Thanks for sharing this. My latest work in progress has a heavy population of crows and this has inspired me to dig a bit deeper in the research for that second draft. *high fives*
    Enjoy the last of the weekend and have a great week, my friend!

    -Jimmy

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    1. I love crows - good luck with that second draft and glad you could stop by :)

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