Apr 14 2017

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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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I write the essay question at the top of the page. What are the top five skills you want to have and why?

If I knew for sure that no one would read this, what would write? That I want the mind power of persuasion, for one. I could convince the HSMTF, if they came, that I’m not someone they seek. And I’d like the power to read a memento. Right now, I can only see memories while people are thinking them. But some of my kind can hold certain objects and know who associates what memories with those items. Another reason that I think my people should be welcome with open arms because skills like that would be so useful in solving crimes. And I’d like the dream powers my grandmother had.

This is getting me nowhere. I have to write about skills that a normal ninth grader would want. Digging in my bag, I pull out my hand sanitizer. The smell of strawberry scones masking germ-killing alcohol fills the air. For some reason, I find it easier to think when my hands are clean.

I want the skill of making friends. Is that a skill? I can probably spend a paragraph justifying it as one. I want the skill of a good sketch artist. My doodles are shameful. There’s one guy, Manny, who did a sketch on his locker. It looks like a monster ripped the locker open and is eating his homework. When you look right at it, the sketch looks so real. The janitor didn’t even clean it off, it’s that good.

I drum my fingers on the table. What other skills do I want to learn, or at least can make seem plausible for this essay? Coding. Yeah, everyone knows who the best hackers and coders are in school. I can probably connect that to the paragraph on making friends.

Okay. Two more skills. I wonder if household skills would count? I mean, my dad knows how to make the water heater work again when it stops. Mom knows how to fix the garbage disposal. I’m going to use this one because I can think of a lot of examples of stuff they just seem to know how to do that I have no idea where they learned the knowledge. It’s probably all YouTube. But I only have twenty minutes left if I want to get this essay done before my next class.

Last one. I wish I could drive. That’s a skill I can’t legally have until I’m of age, but it is a skill and one I really want. I finish and turn in the essay with two minutes to spare. The librarian reads it over.

“Do you feel this is a fair trade for the two dollar fine you owe?”

“Yes,” I try not to make my reply sound like a question, but I don’t know what answer is right.

“I agree. Here’s your book. Please return it on time or get it renewed before it’s late.”

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Memento is not momento. They are memorable objects, not a parent.

What do you wish you knew for certain?

by J Lenni Dorner
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    • Morgan on April 14, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    I’m not sure there is anything I want to know for certain. Knowing certainties seems to take the adventure and chance out of things. I would not make it as a telepath.

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  1. If there was a skill I’d like to learn it’s balancing a check book. I never learned, and the one time I tried, I could not wrap my head around it. _-_

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    • Andy on April 14, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    What do I wish I knew for certain? I don’t know that I like having concrete answers to large meaningful questions. Thinking you know those things might make it harder to ask questions and accept that you don’t know. It’s a gift not to know. Does that make sense or did it just come out weird?

    I really liked the hand sanitizer part of your story. It was a good way to bring me in closer to the character.
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  2. I really wish I knew what I want to know…..That’s the problem really… Love your punny mummy
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  3. Nothing. I love that life is full of mystery. I don’t need answers for all my questions, but it doesn’t stop me asking. As for skills…if I die without being able to crack an egg properly, I’ll be disappointed. I’ve been practicing for decades, but I still can’t do it.
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  4. I’d love to know for real which of my writing range to concentrate on. I love them all, but time makes it difficult. Happy Easter! M is for Marketing Methods as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.
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    • FinnBadger on April 15, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    This entry made me think of the excellent film of the same name.

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  5. Swimming is something i have been wanting to learn but never kind of worked out
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  6. I wish I knew for certain that I’m not Racer X… The way people freak out when I’m driving is really confusing – I do stick to the speed limit 😉 Happy A-to-Z-ing.
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  7. You know? I’d like to have the skill of fixing things too. That woudl be so handy 😉

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  8. I wouldn’t mind knowing how not to have two left feet. And answers to questions of the past – when exactly was Alex library burnt and by who? Did Mary Queen of Scots have her husband murdered? Things like that. What happens in the future – I’d really rather not know, not much fun to know every last detail and/or stressful.

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  9. That would be a great skill – to know things by picking up an object! But I can see it being a hindrance if you couldn’t turn it off, although she seems to be in control of her powers pretty well so maybe she’d cope just fine. 🙂

    Great chapter! I’m looking forward to reading the next on Monday! 🙂
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    • John on April 16, 2017 at 1:29 AM

    I think I’d settle for knowing something minor, such as the meaning of life. Is that too much to ask?
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  10. Only two dollars? I’d need some negotiating skills so I could earn more for the time and talent it took to put this piece together. 🙂

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    • Tamara on April 16, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Fixing all kinds of stuff is a super skill to have, so is making friends. My son is pretty great at the latter, not at the first one, though. Guess what, his friends fix things for him!
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  11. For skills, I’d like to learn how to sew and read patterns so I can finish a costume I started last year.

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