Prepping for the Alphabet

Tomorrow begins the April A-to-Z Blog Challenge, where I have to remember what day it is AND what letter of the alphabet comes next. I’m just a glutton for punishment. I have some guests lined up this month, too, so the ones that aren’t guesting on Sundays (days off from the challenge because guess why) will have to made to fit square-peg-in-round-hole into the letter of the day. I’m not worried. I have faith in my ability to bend the available material to my will.

If I’m having trouble going to sleep, I go through the alphabet, thinking of five male or five female names beginning with each letter. Or names from the Bible. Or names of cartoon characters or authors or whatever.

Mom and #4 daughter and I pass waiting times playing our version of “The Minister’s Cat”. Our version isn’t the real version, but we like it. We go through the alphabet, each taking subsequent letters. “The minister’s cat is an adorable cat.” “The minister’s cat is a bouncy cat.” “The minister’s cat is a cute cat.” When we wore that out, we started coming up with other details of the minister’s life. “I went to the minister’s house, and he has an armoire.” “The minister went to the grocery and he bought an avocado.” “The minister went on vacation, and he went to Antigua.” We always end with, “Hoorah for the minister’s [fill in the blank]!”

The title of this post reminds me of a game #4 daughter invented before she started school. It was called “I’m thinking of a letter.” It went like this:

ME: I’m thinking of a letter.

#4: Is it a curvy letter?

ME: Yes.

#4: Is it open on one side?

ME: Yes.

#4: Is it “C”?

ME: You won!

Curvy letters, straight letters, curvy-and-straight letters. We played that game a lot. After a while, it was too easy for her, and the fun of it was asking sillier and sillier questions around the obvious answer.

#4 still cracks me up.

So I’m ready. My alphabetical muscles are stretched, flexed and pumped. April, here I come!

WRITING PROMPT: What is your main character’s favorite letter of the alphabet, and why? OR Open a book or magazine at random and, with your eyes closed, put your finger on the page; whatever letter you land on, write a bit about a character who likes that letter best of all and why.


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Prepping for the Alphabet

  1. Mindy

    March 31, 2011 at 12:19pm

    This is a very cool idea. I am almost at the end of my 365 project and I am so happy LOL. I don’t want to HAVE to post. I might move to a 52 week project but I am not sure so I admire you dedicating yourself to this πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      March 31, 2011 at 1:19pm

      I post every day anyway, so this would be a vacation, if I dropped posting on Sundays. lol!

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  2. Damyanti

    March 31, 2011 at 11:20pm

    Thanks to your word-prompt, I have my first post! All the best for the challenge πŸ™‚

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  3. jeffrey beesler

    March 31, 2011 at 11:27pm

    My antagonist’s favorite letter of the alphabet is Q because she is a queen. My protagonist? I’d have to say I because the story is told from a first person POV.

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  4. Madeleine

    April 1, 2011 at 5:41am

    I think I’m dreading X and Z at the moment! Good luck. Look forward to seeing your A :O)

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      Marian Allen

      April 1, 2011 at 7:58am

      I have Z covered, but I may have to do a word with X inside it rather than at the front. We shall see, my pretty… weee shallll seeee.

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