Slice Of Life Story Challenge March 26 - Alphabet of Life
The Alphabet of Life
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who sadly died in recent days wrote a book titled, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. In the book Amy made a conscious decision to write about events in her life in the form of an alphabetical existence. Today my slice is influenced by this idea.
It goes like this. You may have more than one entry for each letter. It is entirely up to you, the writer. The main thing is that entries are in alphabetical order. It’s a good strategy for getting student writers to think and generate words and ideas connected to their lives. Here’s how it panned out today.
Is a pen name I sometimes use when writing poetry. It came into existence from people misspelling and mishearing my real name.
Halting war is an anagram for my real name, Alan Wright. I quite like that idea. Conflict is so debilitating.
I get very anxious if I am late for an appointment. I have always felt much more relaxed if I can arrive on time for an occasion. I believe it’s good manners not to keep people waiting.
I have always had an interest in the Monarch butterfly. In
we often refer to it as
‘The Wanderer Butterfly’. Its life cycle and its ability to travel great
distances intrigue me greatly. It is attracted to certain plants such as
Buddleia (Butterfly bush) and swan plants. It took me many years to coax them
into my garden, but my patience was rewarded when one April they magically
Why is it that when a commercial appears on the television the sound suddenly increases to a level similar to a chainsaw? It astounds me that television networks continue to deny they do anything to the sound levels and yet Ezy –Off Bam! Always blares into the room at an irritating level.
I never eat doughnuts. I did once many years ago, but not anymore. I recall how there used to be a doughnut van directly outside the MCG and people would buy a bag of doughnuts as they were leaving the game. On one occasion I decided to try some. They felt hot inside the bag, so I carefully removed one and took a tentative bite. The sugar on the outside offered a sweet and inviting entre. I bit further in and suddenly strawberry jam spilled out like burning lava, scolding my lips, my mouth and making my tongue feel like it had been touched by a soldering iron. I danced, I yelled and I spat that molten hot doughnut out as fast as I possibly could.
As a variation you could invite students to select a section of the alphabet as their starting point and see if they can generate responses from that point forward. Maybe –OPQR or LMNO or possibly RSTU. You get the idea. More experienced writers may embrace the entire alphabet,