Abecedarian Flash

As many of you know I enjoy a challenge and coming across an Abecedarian Flash on Jules from Flashy Fiction I was overcome with an urge to challenge myself. Could I write a story where each word started with the next letter in the alphabet. Was it possible I wondered to write a story without the use of articles such as the and a, or pronouns such as he, she and it. Without these could you make a story that would make sense. I firstly tried a dialogue piece. That I thought would be easier. Not so, for me at any rate. Finally I came up with my flash and it wasn’t easy. I would love to put out the challenge to join me. If you do one put a link in the comments.

A boy called Derek entered Fort Granada. He idly jiggled knapsack lugs. Maquis, not overtly periculous. Quicksticks. Removed sack tossed underneath verandah. Wham! Xanthippes yarled zounds!


Maquis – guerilla resistance force

Periculous – dangerous

Quicksticks –  Without delay

Xanthippes – ill-tempered women

yarled – wailed; howled

Zounds – mild oaths

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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17 Responses to Abecedarian Flash

  1. I’d like to try this so didn’t read yours yet. I’ll be back. Thanks for finding this challenge. I love writing challenges. 😉

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  2. Ooohh!! I Like this! Kinda reminds me of Jabberwocky with a little pig Latin thrown in for flavor!! Super Cool!!

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  4. julespaige says:

    Oh…a double dare! I guess if I did it once I can attempt it a second time… but for those who may not have seen it: this is the one line that was part of the flash fiction piece I penned:
    (Actually that is where my story started and I ended up writing around it to include other prompts…)

    “Albert boohooed Craig’s delicate effervescent fake ‘Grace’, heiress ingenue. Jiggling kinetically loose morals, not overtly protective quips registered sour.Tequila undermined vanity which xeroxed yesterday’s zeugmas.”

    Zeugma: noun, Grammar, Rhetoric. 1.the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold.

    I’ve got some things planned with my morning,…but I shall make a second attempt!

    I am uncertain from where the challenge started, but there is a month where one is supposed to used the alphabet in order to write everyday (except the Sundays…after all there are only 26 letters…My attempt for that month for 2015 can be found on a page on my Long verse site called “Longer Strands of Gems” titled “Unofficial A-Z for MJ April 2015 (a link to Strands is at the bottom of any of my site posts unless of course you are at Jules Longer Strands of Gems).

    Thanks Irene for putting out this challenge it will be fun to see where it all goes.
    The original Abecedarian challenge was from here

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    • I went in the A – Z challenge one year with emotions. I enjoyed it but I haven’t had the time since – maybe next year. Thanks for the link to the original challenger. I plan on catching up on the links that are on her site as well but first I must catch up here. Thanks for adding yours Jules in the comments.

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  6. julespaige says:

    Unstable Queen?
    (title is link to post)

    Altogether Adrianna blissfully bantered calculating cautiously
    dangerous delights. Elder errors fractured facts, garnered gravel
    hurt her. Intentional idiots jostled, jerked kinetic keel. Longitude,
    latitude missed merriment. Opening orifices, puncturing poignancy
    quickening qi, racing ridiculously, so sophomoric to torment stable
    sanity. Undulating ulcers, voluptuous vultures warned whining,
    yowled, yelled, “Zap zugzwang!”

    Qi a variant of chi2. Word Origin and History for qi Expand. n. “physical
    life force,” 1850, from Chinese qi “air, breath.”
    Zug·zwang ˈzəɡˌzwaNG,ˈtso͞oɡˌtsvaNG/ noun CHESS 1. a situation in
    which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often
    decisive, disadvantage. 2 “black is in zugzwang”


    OK I took the “Double” part and ran with it… it might have been easier with being able to use two words of each letter. 🙂 And it didn’t really come together until I hunted down that last Z word.

    Thanks Irene. I enjoyed your piece too. And learned some new words. 😉

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  7. Irene, you really ran with this challenge. What fun to read. Love the word “yarled.” I’ll find a way to use that someday.

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  8. Oloriel says:

    You did a fantastic job with the challenge! When reading, if it was not for your announcement, I would never guess you had to follow guidelines to craft your tale. I also got to learn more than 1 new word, which is just plain awesome!

    I hope you had fun participating in the prompt!

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  10. mandibelle16 says:

    Haha nice. Really well done. It’s a very interesting way to tell stories 🙂

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