Wednesday 22 July 2020


Dressed is the past tense of dress or dressing.  Most of these words are connected with putting things on – a person wearing clothes is dressed, as is a salad sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Gardens can be dressed with compost or fertiliser, a Christmas tree with baubles, or a graze with a plaster.

We can get dressed up in our smartest clothes, or give a dressing down to those who didn't make the effort. If we really want to get things right, we may even have a dress rehearsal.

Stone and meat can both be dressed – in these cases it means trimmed to get them ready for cooking or building.

Lots of things can be dressed up in an attempt to make them seem better. Probably best not to try that with our writing though. Editors, publishers and competition judges will soon see through a dressy font, pretentious wording and fancy formatting. If you try either this monthly free short story competition, or this one, or even this one, put your efforts into what you write, not how it looks and you could win a cash prize.

My latest short story collection is called Dressed To Impress. Here's the blurb –

We choose our clothes to help us stand out, make a statement, or to hide inside. They may show who we really are or be our disguise. Perhaps they'll help us play a part, get the job done, or be a means for revenge.

Clothes can warm, comfort and reassure us. We might buy or borrow them, damage or repair, give them away or have them taken. The items in our wardrobe might bring back memories, express hope for the future, or offer a surprise.

From glasses to shoes, fancy dress to fancy dresses, designer wear to charity donations, the clothes we wear all have a story to tell. This book contains 24 of them.

What kind of dressing do you like best?


Lizy said...

I was only thinking yesterday that I must get some top dressing for my lawn.

Laura said...

Since lockdown, our approach to what counts as being suitably dressed has changed quite a bit, I should think!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I agree with Laura that what is considered dressed has changed since the pandemic. Fun thinking of how many ways we can use this word.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - love the sound of your book ... fun to read and let us dream.

Dressed stone is so creative ... I so admire stonemasons ...

Take care and stay safe - Hilary

C. D. Gallant-King said...

Thank you for reminding me that I should go put on pants!

Marguerite said...

Vinaigrette! Provoking the question, would you like salad with your mayonnaise and vinaigrette?
Those competitions look good. It's the 'getting round to it' syndrome with which I am suffering...,.

Gail Aldwin said...

Love the cover image, Patsy!

Patsy said...

@ Lizy – I like giving people prompts, but it isn't usually gardening ones!

@ Laura – I'm at the 'if I'm warm enough I'm dressed enough' stage.

@ Natalie – It's a versatile word.

@ Hilary – there's huge skill in dressing stone, even if it's 'just' creating pieces to build with.

@ C.D. – I'm guessing (hoping) you're American ;-)

@ Marguerite – There's a lot of that about!

@ Gail – Thank you.