Blogging A – Z Challenge 2015 Q

Blogging A – Z Challenge

Q is for Quitting?

Nope. Not gonna do it. Not gonna quit. Even though the month is over for the Blogging A – Z challenge, I am going to finish it out anyway. I can do it, even with screwball schedules and challenges that have nothing to do with blogging. To be a writer you have to actually, um, write, right? And if you write right eventually you will be righting your writing and become a write-wright. Am I right?

Q is also for quiescent, meaning still or restful. When I was a boy I would read everything that came to hand, I still do, including the wrappers on frozen treats from the ice cream man. The label said “A quiescently frozen confection.” Back in those days a “smart phone” would have been one with an extra-long cord, a computer capable of doing a small portion of what my dumb little smart phone can do would have filled a five-story office building and Google was Snuffy Smith’s partner. We did have a very heavy tome, at least six inches wide, called a dictionary.

Dictionaries are really cool and dangerous books. The danger with them is that there are so many interesting things in them when you open them up. You can get lost wandering through totally unrelated words and subjects that have nothing to do with why you were opening it in the first place. Encyclopedias were like that as well. My son, with his curious mind, wound up reading almost the whole nineteen-eighty World Book encyclopedia by getting lost this way.

As a small boy I was kind of disappointed to find out that quiescent means quiet or still. That’s all. Well, that was no big help, I mean, Of course it was quiet. I had put water in an ice cube tray before. I didn’t think that there was any other way to freeze stuff because we had never made homemade ice cream when I was a kid. After I was grown and we had made it I never thought there was a name for the process for it, but there is. I discovered, using Google, that it is called overrunning.

So there you have it, as the Good Book says, “For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.” Job 37:6

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