MLM No “P” – This is getting old.

Published September 11, 2017 by Iphis of Scyros

Really, this whole Missing Letter Monday thing is getting old and asinine.  What use does it serve?  Well, aside from giving me some slight semblance of actually being around.  Most of the time, it’s either old material dredged back out, or it’s just dumb rambling (like this) to fill a few words and make believe I’ve said something.

So on the one hand, I totally want to cancel this feature.

On the other hand, if I do that, who knows how long it’ll be before the next time I say anything; the blog might go quiet until October 4th.  (Or, more likely, until I finish the book I’m currently reading.  Or until the thing I ordered from Etsy last night arrives, ’cause I wanted to do a Doctor Who rant, ’cause some folks who don’t know the original show really tick me off sometimes.  And yes, that will make sense when I fill in the blanks.)

The thing is, of course, that I’ve been doing this for two years now.  I’d originally wanted to see others join in (and at first a few did) but it never became a thing across even a small fragment of the blogging world.  And that’s okay.  But it does bring to mind the question of if there’s actually any reason to continue going.

Aside from the fact that MLM has been the majority of what’s gone out from this blog of late.

*sigh*

I don’t have any answers and haven’t decided what I want to do.  But I know I’m frustrated with things as they stand right now.  And I don’t feel like I have the time or the creativity to use as much energy for these as I did in the beginning.


 

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2 comments on “MLM No “P” – This is getting old.

  • Okay, I’m intrigued. The goal of MLM posts are to write an entire post without utilizing a particular letter (P for this post)? That sounds extremely cool. I bet it forces you to stretch some mental muscles and write more intentionally. I am also in grad school, studying creative writing (though my spouse and I have a mutual love affair with ancient greek history). I’m brand new to blogging, and somehow I stumbled across the IWSG which is how I found your blog. I came to read your IWSG post, but this post sucked me in. I might give this a try sometime over on my ugly mess of a blog. If I do, I’ll be sure to credit you and this site as my inspiration. Have you found that this exercise has influenced/improved how you write? Thanks for sharing, and happy writing to you.

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    • Yes, that’s the purpose of the MLM posts. There’s a page about them linked to at the top of my main page, which has the introductory posts (including the 19th century poem I stumbled across which inspired the whole thing), as well as links to the first two cycles through the alphabet. (After that, I stopped putting links to all of them…)

      I don’t know if it’s improved my writing or not, but back when I was really putting myself into it (before my weekends-only volunteer position turned into nearly full-time employment) and trying to write actual stories with the missing letter requirement, it certainly made me painfully aware of my use of crutch words like “just”. I haven’t actually managed to rid myself of those as I’ve gone forward with my writing, but at least I notice them more, and try to trim them back as I’m writing. If only every day was about 60 hours long, I’d love to start putting more effort into these posts again, but…ack. I pretty much need that much time these days. I love studying history, but at the graduate level it requires a crazy amount of reading; the semester’s only just started, and I’m already feeling like I’m behind in my research.

      If I can ever find a few minutes to myself, I’ll check out your blog, though.

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