I’m not allergic to anything, except penicillin, and when I was a child I was allergic to wasp stings. So thanks – perhaps, not sure what I’m getting myself into here – to Lizzie at My Little Book Blog for nominating me for the ‘Allergic to E Challenge’. When I saw the incoming tweet I was a little perplexed, but once I read Lizzie’s post I realized what a clever little challenge this is. The idea is to construct and write a paragraph that is between four and six sentences without using the letter E once.
Here is my attempt:-
Darya thought of Sasha, as boy and girl, at school, as companions in January snow and August rain, and thought of his ultimatum: to splash big, splash grand, splash wild, to splash again and again. Today, Darya is 80 not 8, but Sasha is not. Still, a thrill of holding hands with him, jumping from pond to pond, is as strong as now painful arthritic joints.This paragraph is based on a writing exercise about Darya, a Russian character in Connectedness, the follow-up novel to Ignoring Gravity. Darya has early dementia, and surrenders to her childhood memories of playing with her neighbour, Sasha. I cheated with the rules a little, using numbers for her age. When at last I had something I was satisfied with, I used Find/Replace to search for the letter ‘e’ and found loads I had missed. An interesting intellectual challenge!
‘Connectedness’ by Sandra Danby, #2 Rose Haldane: Identity Detective [UK: Beulah Press, provisional publication 2016]