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P is for Priorities

I haven’t been blogging the A to Z Challenge these past few days because they were blocking me from getting the necessary things done—namely writing my novel, editing Kate’s novels, and preparing books for publishing (and other life obligations). I’ve been blogging for well over a decade, and love it. I’m not stopping blogging altogether. It’s just that, given the day job, trying to wedge in the A to Z Challenge as well was turning out to be a burden....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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K is for Keyboard

Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically. It makes a huge difference when you’re typing a lot for emails, blog posts, proposals, articles … and novels. In the ’90s, I used an ergonomic Microsoft keyboard, but by today’s standards, it was a mushy experience. I couldn’t just adapt that old thing. I needed to find a modern solution. So I tried three different ergonomic keyboards....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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J is for Jot

If you have nothing to say, jot it down. If you have something to say, jot it down. Just jot it down, and sort it out later.

 · Laura Lis Scott
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H is for Ho Ho Ho Hee Hee Hee Ha Ha Ha

It’s one thing to know formal English, but this is not all that’s required for the subtleties of communication. Consider these monosyllabic grunts—and their variants—that begin with H: Ha! (That’s funny!) Ha! (I don’t believe you.) Ha! (Go away, critter!) Aha! (I see!) Ha–ha! (That’s very funny!) Ha–ha! (That is not funny.) He… (Who?) He (Helium) HECKa–BBBBBB! (I’m making a hip TV reference you probably don’t get.) Hee!...

 · Laura Lis Scott
The Scream, by Edvard Munch.

I is for Iambic Pentameter

To what domain should I devote my pen? To verse where I betray my ignorance? For I to put these words on blogging, sense Is strained by hackneyed turns of phrase—what then? Oh Muse! Betray me not! This dalliance Is but a metered post occasioned when The A to Z endeavor strikes again A block on all my words. And so I hence State: I am giving up writing iambic pentameter....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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G is for Grindstone

Apply nose.

 · Laura Lis Scott
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F is for Fear

I confess! I have many fears: fear of death; fear of illness; fear of embarrassing myself; fear of letting people down; fear of heights; fear of spiders; fear of being stupid; fear of intimacy; fear of ending up alone; fear of the dark; fear of food poisoning; fear of ridicule; fear of failing…. They’re all irrational, and many are contradictory. That’s the nature of fear. It fucks with you....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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E is for Education

“The problem with the School of Hard Knocks,” they say, “is that the final exam comes first, and then the lesson comes after.” I am a student of this school. No, don’t ask for an ID card. No cards are necessary in this school. We enroll ourselves, and if we flunk, that’s on us. How do you flunk? You fail to learn the lesson. What about the exam, you ask?...

 · Laura Lis Scott
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C is for Cromulent

So often our language becomes so bland it feels like it’s been diluted with chicken milk. Or expelled from one’s dupa. It’s enough to make you schmerf. Supposably, with a blurp of inspiration, language can be epicaltastic and embiggen one’s imagination. “Fantabulous!” people will cry as they bow to your prose. Irregardless, one must be careful, or risk embodying obnoxity, which may result in ginormous embarrassment and leave friends flustrated....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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D is for Dry

Sometimes the cupboard is bare. Sometimes the tissue is gone. Sometimes the tank has no gas. Sometimes the milk is done. How does one take the end of supply? Does despair find respite in a good cry? When the dry well just mocks us as it breaches our trust, can we let go of attachments to wishes and musts?

 · Laura Lis Scott