Molly PeacockThe Alphabetique
Virtual Advent Calendar
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"The Alphabetique Virtual Advent Calendar" ran
from November 1 to 26, 2014.
On each of the 26 days, a detail from one of Kara Kosaka's jewel-like illustrations for the abecedarian mini-stories
in Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions accompanied a line or a bit from the story of the letter of the day.
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"The Birth of a Genuine Article"
In which pregnant A and her husband THE climb an Alp.
Later: The ghost of Aunt AN appears
"Portrait of a Letter as a Young B"
In which B, a young Bembo font, spends her first sojourn at the Font Colony, deciding the course of her life.
"C, the Softie"
ideas, whole constellations of them gamboling above him as he
Delight: Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions
premieres in Canada today.
Delay: US and UK purchasers -- stand by ...
"D and His Deer"
Do dreams really begin responsibilities?
D is a diplomat who always felt, somehow, double.
"Impulsively D lay down in the leaves in his three-piece suit.
A stately antlered stag appeared in the distance and slowly, with a calm command "
Later: Enter an endearing doppleganger
Here is a Youtube
video, conjured with elan and esprit by Carlos Lopez,
"E's Encyclopedia of Emotions"
"Pick an expertise and stick with it," E's family advised her.
But she couldn't.
"The Flibbertigebbet's Flaw"
Fifteen-year old F flounced on stage, positively fetching
Later: After the performance something escapes her lips, & a "velvet-coated flautist" arrives
"Pass the growling chairs! Graze the grimacing table!
Run the gauntlet of the hall, little g!"
Home had been hell for half-pint H ...
no spiritual life at all
-- until he discovered hotels ...
"Humongous urns of hibiscus overflowed ...
White towels lined the marble and mirrored bathroom. Hosanna!"
Later: Room service. Hallelujah.
"Dr. I and the Illustrator"
Psychiatrist Dr. I tries to help
her patients toward Independence.
Then the Illustrator arrives.
"Like an inkblot her irritation spread into
"While Jiggle Juggles, J Makes Jam"
"When you've been jilted, judged, jeered & japed at by a jealous jerk
who's put your self-confidence in jeopardy by going for your jugular,
you can always make jam, as J in desperation did."
"Her little daughter Jiggle jumped around the house
for Kara Kosaka, genius illustrator,
in which you get a glimpse of her Knight collage in two of its stages.
"A Knight's Knack"
The brash knight-errant "thought he had it all in hand. Then came the accident "
His squire "sewed his liege two special gauntlets, one for his left hand,
LOVELY of you to stay with these snippets!
"L at Her Pool"
"L's mother, Miss Lily Valley, had been a child star in the early talkies, a legendary girl "
But now L was a woman of a certain age, a widow,
Magnificent of you to stay with these morsels!
We are half way through the alphabet.
"M's Dream House"
"M grew up thinking she understood her mum.
But in fact she only understood her in daylight."
A Virtual Nesselrode Pie to all you daily readers!
"The Negativo Trio"
"No was a violin,
Not a viola, and Never a cello.
They were noble instruments, but highly nonconformist."
"Although they certainly wouldn't have said No to notoriety,
eventually they had to admit that they could not surrender their quirks."
Later: The trio grows negative about EVERYTHING.
Still Later: A nuthatch wakes them up.
Later still: The smell of earthly harmony.
An orchardful of thanks to all you daily readers!
Later: O becomes a BiO major.
"I'm assigned to share this station, too,"
whispered a lanky, elongated oval.
His name is Zero.
Still later: The oomph of omphalos ...
Thanks to all you passionate readers!
"He worked to make his pleasure stay,
pitiable and small against the portents rising "
Later: Someone in a pool of pink silk.
(Note about the illustration:
that's kimono silk scanned and digitally collaged by Kara Kosaka.)
(This abecedarian tale appears as a Prose Poem
in the December Poetry Magazine, with Kara Kosaka's full collage
-- an illustration you can almost smell.)
"The boy's quick-witted, the Flower Keeper thought."
Later: "Q looked down at the curls on the Queen's forehead
and remembered his first unspoken word: Why."
"A quixotic word, an essential thorn. It had pricked him awake, into manhood."
Raucous Applause for all you Readers!
R revered her weathered and recondite role model --
who was quite a cryptic raconteur if she caught him in the right mood.
Later: "Regret doesn't mean you'd change what you've done," he said.
"It's a place. The negative space a choice leaves."
A sumptuary of thanks to all you daily readers!
"Neither was new to combat. Sheer experience stirred their fear.
The struggle for each was to control an alarm inside, a wakened panic
that took the shape of insomnia."
Later: "What silly thing do you miss most?" S asked S. "Not a person, a thing."
And S replied immediately, "The dishwasher."
Thank you, treasured daily readers!
It's the most Canadian of the Tales ...
Thank you, you, U!
"One morning he woke up in the undertow of a dream."
"Back he strode to the workshop."
"With an urgency he never expected to feel,
he began to sculpt the figures in the dreamscape.""
Later: "It wasn't a complete U-turn in time from the life he had always lived ...
He had just incorporated the unknown into the useful. ..."
Thank you, Valiant Subscribers!
"She was voluptuous, but also a little vestal."
"She sprang to the wings on helmets of the Visigoths,
dove off ledges to the halls of Valhalla,
folded herself into the multiple arms of Vishnu,
vaulted onto V-necks in suitcases on every luggage carousel
from Vladivostok to Venice ..."
Wishing you wonders, faithful subscribers.
"Wisteria could have become a waif, or worse, a wraith,
but instead she became willowy and a wee bit wild."
"Wittle could have become a wimp,
but instead he became a wrestler of thoughts,
and, recently, a wrencher of wire."
Later: "Don't wuck everything up ..."
Thank you, eXcellent subscribers.
Later: "The exasperating truths of Buddha ..."
X contemplates the great Traditions of life and death
as well as lipstick colors.
"Would you like the Xanadu
to replace the Extravaganza?"
asked the sparkling young man at the counter.
Thanks for your yummy company, subscribers.
"Everything isn't as yawful as you'd have it be, you know," Y's husband said.
(They were yin and yang in the glass-half-full or half-empty department.)
Later: His father, the Yahoo.
Y breaks his yoke!
Yuki and Yukon yodel at yuletide.
A ziggurat of gratitude to all you subscribers!
A marathon is 26 miles; this alphabet project has been 26 days.
And you've stayed with our Canadian collaboration!
Thank you for crossing the finishing line.
Happy Thanksgiving to Americans,
Happy Hols to all.
It's been an honor to have you by our side,
Molly & Kara
Later: At the zenith, down he zlides, hollering zyzzyv-a-a-a-a!
He falls into a heavy snooze.
Zounds! Awake at last,
he's reborn as a letter!
What will be the first word he forms?
Zygote, of course, the first unit of life, ...
Thank you for reading the last znippet of our abecedarian project.