"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WOTW: Sisyphean

Sisyphean:  adjective, used to describe something that cannot be completed.

I love when my obsession with reading blogs teaches me new vocabulary.  The other day, while reading a knitter's blog post about the many projects she wants to complete before Christmas, I encountered the word 'Sisyphean.'

The origin of this word is in Greek mythology, where Sisyphus was a trickster king whose eternal punishment  was to roll a boulder up a hill in the underworld.  Each time he did, the boulder rolled back down and Sisyphus had to start again.  The impossible task.

Completing a novel can sometimes feel like a Sisyphean task.  Do you have any Sisyphean tasks in your life right now?


  1. Agreed! It's such a process, and it's difficult to know when it's done. (dang editing loops...) :P

    Welcome to the group.
    IWSG #145 until Alex culls the list again. :)

    1. Thanks for the welcome. Off to check out your IWSG post.