March 5, 2013

WP Daily Prompt 3/4/2013: A Story Written Using No “N”, Another With No “E”

WP Daily Prompt 3/4/2013:

The March 4, 2013, WordPress Daily Prompt was There are 26 letters in the English language, and we need every single one of them. Want proof? Choose a letter and write a blog post without using it. (Feeling really brave? Make it a vowel!)

Easy, I thought. All I have to do is eliminate the Q or the Z.

But that would be, in my mind, not fair, cheating. How often do I write entire posts that don’t have a Q or a Z? I must say it’s quite often.

I looked around the room and recorded the first number I saw between 1 and 26. It was 14. I went through the alphabet on my fingers and discovered number 14 was the letter “N.” How does one write a piece without using the letter N?


The kitty, a.k.a. Baby, was scared. She acted from her fear.

The day we brought her home from the shelter she scooted from the cat carrier. She hid above the sheets stored atop a shelf. If Mary or Joe, the kids who lived with her, came close to her she bared her teeth with a hiss.IMG_0318eShortly, however, she came to love Mary and Joe. She rubbed their legs while she purred as they petted her. She slept curled at their feet. She grabbed pieces of food from their thumbs.

Baby protected Mary and Joe. If they were scared by others she placed herself at their feet. She bared her teeth with a hiss. It scared the bad others away.

IMG_0320eBaby loved her adopted family. Her adopted family loved her. They all lived happily together.
Baby felt she was valued. The kids felt valued.
We should all feel that way.
Story completed.

That wasn’t so difficult. However, I was thankful for the Internet Thesaurus sites.


I was ready to tackle the next challenge: eliminating a vowel. I listed the grade school litany in my head: a, e, i, o, u…and sometimes y. I rolled a die and came up with the number 2. OK, the second vowel is an “E”. Here goes:


800px-Masticophis_taeniatus_taeniatus e

Asps coil. Bats fly. Stinkbugs stink.

Alluring, gratifying, and inviting adults don’t coil, fly, or stink.

799px-Lonchophylla_robusta_(on_feeder) eBut an adult who is horrid will coil suspiciously, fly into tantrums, and stink up a room.

What about you? Do you coil, fly, and/or stink?

Shocking. Scandalous.

Do you savor this shock and scandal?

Savoring shock and scandal brings you sorrow and gloom.

Spurn shock and scandal. Turn away from it. Abhor it. Disavow it. If you don’t you will lack joy. Your body will fill with sorrow and gloom.

Is this what you want? Or do you want to bring joy?

If so, do not act akin to asps, bats, and stinkbugs. Do not savor shock and scandal.

Mating_stinkbugs eStay alluring, gratifying, and inviting. You will bring joy. Adults will affirm you.


This WordPress prompt, writing minus one letter of the alphabet, is a fun challenge. I invite you to try it and let me know how your efforts turned out by commenting in the box below. Thanks!

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