Apr 06 2017

F #AtoZChallenge Faze #Fiction #SFF

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My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Faze

Another fifteen minutes for honest writing. Maybe it was thinking about what he’d go back and change. Or maybe he had planned it out long ago. Either way, in Monday’s English class, Mr. Bennett says our journal writing prompt is to write a letter to our five-year-old selves.

I hold the pen with the sticker of the fat cat to the page. Words I shouldn’t write flow out.

Dear Me,

It’s not normal to hear what people are thinking. Also, try not to look when they picture themselves naked. If mom and dad drink their weird juice at dinner, tune them out all night. Oh, wait, you don’t know how to do that yet. Sorry, little me, I can’t undo that one. Don’t let it faze you too much. But, also, don’t talk about it at school the next day when there are two rabbits outside the window repeating the action. The parent-teacher conference after that is a nightmare.

Have you ever written a letter to your five-year-old self?

Mr. Bennett looks up from his desk. You’re supposed to be writing, Anah.

We’re telepaths, not time travelers. I can’t make a difference in the life of my younger self. The best I can do is try not to get discovered by the task force now or in the future.

I write nonsense over my words before scribbling the entry out. I’ll have to burn this page later.

Faze or Phase Grammar image #AtoZchallenge #SFF @JLenniDorner

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Have you ever written a letter to your younger self?



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  1. I have not written a letter to my younger self yet but have had several prompts to do so in some journaling classes I participate in. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.

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  2. Oh, I feel for Anah as a little kid and being a mind reader!
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  3. I’ve written to my future self, but never the other way around. I feel like Anah – kind of pointless at that point. (Ha ha, my blog post today is E for Echo – and I just did!)
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    • Kaddu on April 7, 2017 at 1:20 AM

    I have never written a letter to my younger self. It sounds like such a futile activity. I mean, it won’t change my past in any way, would it?
    Writing to my future self on the other hand… I guess that’s what I’ve been doing on my blog for the last 10 years.
    I always believed that mind reading would be such a cool talent to have. After reading your post today, I realize that it will have its own complications.
    Happy AtoZing!
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    1. You have the same argument that Anah makes in the G post.
      *High five*

  4. That sounds like a nice thing to do… Almost therapeutic… But i dont remember much from my 5th year

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  5. I haven’t, and wouldn’t if the letter were actually deliverable. Sure I might be able ti help my younger self avoid some of the mistakes I made, but then present me would be a different person. The concept of time travelling does not faze me..it blows my mind!
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    • FinnBadger on April 7, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    Starting to feel bad for Mr Bennett. He’s in a tough position, and Anah appears to be at the point of exerting her (teenage snarky) authority over him.

    Looking forward to the next installment.

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  6. I once had to write a letter to my teen self for a college writing course–teachers seem to love that sort of prompt. Fun theme for you A to Z series!

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  7. I enjoy how you use the misused phrases/words in every post to show what they truly mean. Now, if only there was a way to use telepathy to force people to use the right one 🙂 Happy A-to-Z-ing.
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    • Toni on April 7, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    I have written two letters to my younger self. Both were very cathartic.

    I can’t read minds but I ‘know’ stuff. Like who is pregnant before they themselves know. Who is calling on the phone. Who is coming over or who needs me, what someone is feeling. It runs in our family.

    The story is drawing me in.

  8. Dear Me,
    You may be just five but don’t worry, it’s just a phase. You want to grow up fast but when you do, you’ll want to be five again. That’s life, I’m afraid. Don’t let it faze you.
    All the best,
    Me

    1. LOL. Well done!

    • John on April 7, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    I gotta confess, I’ve never even written a letter to my older self. Wish I had, I’d love to pull one out and read it. Maybe I’ll add that to my to-do list. My overflowing to-do list. Anyone who joins this AtoZ craze CANNOT have any free time during April, right?

    Is it just me or should I be starting to get a tad worried about our Mr. Bennett? Um, dude…
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  9. I’ve never done that, but Anah’s letter really brought home the downsides of mindreading, especially where parents are concerned!
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  10. I’m curious to see where the story goes. Does it have a definite plot, or is it just literary episodes based on words people misuse? Either way, it’s great fun.

    1. It does have a plot. The words gave me a way to tie it to the challenge.

  11. It’s true – she can’t change the past and her time is best spent trying to sort out her future. I like the little she did write though!
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  12. Risky for Anah to write that so openly! I remember we had to do something similar in class, but write to our future selves – I opened it a few years ago and it was hysterical to read lol!
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