Alphabetical Promptings

Back in the Egotistical heyday of 2011 and 2012, we set up a couple of challenges for ourselves.  2011’s challenge gave us fodder for every single day of May; 2012 split up 10 weeks between 5 of us.  We’d schemed a bit in 2013 to follow a similar paradigm with different themes, but alas, the engine of thought never quite sputtered to life.  2014 likewise lay fallow.

But recently I found an alphabetical list from Perpetual Page Turner, and thought it was just the thing for this spring.  My plan is to respond to a prompt every weekday of April and May (more or less).  Feel free to join me; since you can be as brief or as detailed as you like, you may only require a single post!

Here are the prompts:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books?
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of…
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For…
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
W. Worst Bookish Habit
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Book stack

9 thoughts on “Alphabetical Promptings

    • I imagine it’s because the original prompt-writer was 27 when she wrote the list.

      So perhaps a better prompt would be “Count to the book that corresponds to your age”? I’d do both, but they happen to be identical for me until November.

    • Waheeeey!! Welcome back (she said, trying not to focus on how fast April and May are traveling on by…).

      (but seriously, how is it over halfway through this month)

      …okay, so debate time: do I pull out the prompts we considered in ’13 and ’14 (Tragedy and Writing about Writing) during the summer, orrrr save them for next year and do something else in the meantime?

      • *Waves* The older I get, the faster time flies. It’s quite unfair…

        Well, 2 questions.

        First, are you the sort of person who does better when she forces herself to write something on a theme, or the sort who does better when inspiration strikes?

        Third and lastly, are the prompts speaking to you or not?

      • Hmm. I suppose I do best* when I force myself to write, full-stop. The benefit of the prompts isn’t so much the theme (especially the tragedy/writing ones, now that I revisited them) as it is the deadline. Which makes me wonder if I could just force the movie- and book-reviews that have been wandering around my brain…hmm.

        *for a given value of “best,” which might not be very good at all…but it DOES exist in a format accessible to people outside my brain, which is arguably superior to stuff stuck between the synapses.

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