Ann Parker here, every other Thursday at the LadyKillers, struggling with REWARDS. Busy day, mind blank, so I turn to the dictionary. Of course, the definition is for the singular: REWARD.
Merriam-Webster says: something offered or given in return for a service performed.
Synonyms: bounty, price.
Related words: bonus, lagniappe, premium, bonanza, jackpot, treasure trove, award, decoration, distinction, honor, plume, prize, trophy, gratuity, tip, desert(s), wages.
Besides becoming intrigued by the word lagniappe (ended up bouncing around Wikipedia, and discovered it's a word of Quechua origin... who'd've guessed? not me!), I also noticed that, at its most basic, a "reward" is something granted from the outside. In other words, I do something, and someone gives me a "reward." Which means that there are bound to be times when I do something, expect a reward as a response, and... hey!... What's this??... No reward!?!
So, I believe I'll line up with the other LadyKillers and provide my own rewards (that way I won't be disappointed!). So, let's see. Some chocolate for finishing this post? Oh yes!
Perhaps a nice walk tomorrow (before it gets too warm) for completing a last copyedit/review of an article that's moving through the pipeline? Finish it off with an iced coffee and a few minutes with a "guilty pleasure" book? I'm motivated!
Then, there are the other kinds of rewards that pop to mind. Rewards that involve my area of fictional interest. Namely:
A little further exploration on the internet yields some interesting quotes about rewards... Hmmm. Useful stuff here for contemplation while writing about fictional murder and mayhem:
- Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job. ~Stanley Kubrick
- Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards. ~George Farquhar
- Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards. ~Diogenes
- I don't think anyone wants a reader to be completely lost - certainly not to the point of giving up - but there's something to be said for a book that isn't instantly disposable, that rewards a second reading. ~John M. Ford
- The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. ~John Ruskin
- In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. ~Robert Green Ingersoll
- The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
And, that's it. I'm done with my exploratory/wandering post on the subject, with half an hour to spare before midnight strikes. I'll now indulge in my chocolatey reward for reaching the end. Dear reader: I encourage you to do the same!