A is for Alien Abduction

Bad blogger. Bad, bad blogger.

That’s me. I don’t know what it is about writing in a blog that makes me seize up in utter terror every time I open to my dashboard. I like to write. Really, truly, I do. So then, why is it so difficult to post something here every once in a blue moon (aside from that whole a million things to do and not enough time to do it idea, of course)? I can come up with little posts for twitter or facebook but give me free reign to write more than 160 characters and my brain goes blank. I forget how to write. I don’t know what’s going on but if you figure out, please feel free to share.

Rest assured, even though I’ve been out of touch, you haven’t been forgotten. I would also like to take a moment to say thank you for all the new followers I’ve had recently. I do appreciate your taking the time to follow and I am going to do my darndest to start posting once in a while. I mean that.

So, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to come up with ways to keep me writing. I’ve seen others use the alphabet effectively to come up with blog posts. I’m not sure exactly what the “rules” were in this approach but heck, who said I ever followed rules anyway, right? I’ll make it up as I go. Here is my own version of what I’ll call “alphabet blogging” and it will be my new Monday feature.

Today, A is for Alien Abduction! Why? you ask… Well, why not? I couldn’t actually come up with anything better on short notice. (Part of that whole blank brain syndrome.) I was watching a movie recently where one of the previews was for The Fourth Kind, a movie that I will not be watching anytime soon less I would like to have nightmares for the next several days. (weeks? months? years?) A quick scan of the movie premise assures that I will not be moving to Alaska either. But thinking about aliens always leads me to wonder why I’ve had this life long fear of aliens, or particularly alien abduction. I don’t know.

It’s not that I sit around thinking about aliens every day, mind you. Really, I don’t. But I suppose if I had to pick a ‘monster’ from stories or movies that I fear the most, it would have to be them and I feel a little guilty for automatically lumping them into that ‘monster’ category but that’s how I’ve seen them portrayed. (minus E.T., of course) I believe in ghosts but I don’t fear being haunted. I don’t know if I believe in aliens (the abducting, probing kind anyway) but I sure don’t want to have an encounter. I don’t want to even read about it in the newspaper, thank you very much. Although I am sure having that experience could lead to some interesting blog posts, I’m going to pass.

Every once in a while, I wonder if maybe I’ve been abducted multiple times over the course of my life and I just don’t remember it? (Cause you know, they do that whole brain wash thing afterward so I can’t run off and tell people about their shady night time experiments.) I laugh it off and tell myself it’s absurd. I’d have to remember something or at least have unexplained marks to show for it, right? Then I look at my children and I think … well, some days I’m not quite sure where exactly they did come from. WHAT IF?? I could be walking around with half human / half aliens! (Ha ha ha)

Maybe someday I’ll even write a story about it …

Next Monday I’ll be celebrating the lovely letter B. B is for ….?? Your choice. Pick a word and offer it up in the comments. If I actually get any suggestions (please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top?), I will choose one of those. If I don’t get any suggestions, well, who knows what sort of ramblings you’ll end up with…

I leave you with four past posts I’ve written concerning our lovely subject of aliens. πŸ™‚

https://stephanieingram.com/2012/06/28/holy-caterpillar-batman/ (The alien caterpillar that invaded my backyard last summer.)
https://stephanieingram.com/2012/06/11/aliens-have-landed/ (Fun with aliens from my younger days.)
https://stephanieingram.com/2012/10/09/october-challenge-year-9-writing-writing-writing/ (My start in writing included a special story about UFO’s.)
https://stephanieingram.com/2013/01/03/is-there-life/ (More boring ramblings about the possibility of life on other planets.)

 

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9 thoughts on “A is for Alien Abduction

  1. stephanie710Stephanie N. says:

    Hey, Steph I have to say I loved this post and I enjoyed the scenario of you being abducted with a memory sweep..very cool and would make a great sci-fi story : ) Coming up with blog material is brutal for me most of the time. I try to rely on day to day events, family drama and whatever nonsense crosses my path but I agree, it’s tough. I also get stage fright and things tend to sound so much better in my head or when I say them out loud, usually while doing laundry. LOL I give you an “A” for effort and creativity now on to B, which is for….ready, wait….BACON!!!! : )

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      I am glad I am not the only one that struggles to come up with content. That helps me feel better. πŸ™‚ Apparently, the aliens are reading my blog and they didn’t like me divulging their secrets. My computer was on the fritz last night (at one point thought I’d lost the entire manuscript I’d been working on – all 40,000+ words of it) and then they slipped into the house while I was sleeping and gave me cooties! Really! I guess they don’t appreciate my sharing their secrets with the world. Yes, Bacon sounds like a much safer topic. Can’t go wrong with that, right??

  2. Wordlander says:

    I’ve been blogging for a bit in tumblr before I moved here and have three blogging rules – 1) write what you like. Just because your blog is about fishing say, doesn’t mean you can’t talk about fudge once on a while. I mean it’s your blog 2) Use photos. They can be inspiration, part of a post or a post in themselves. And they make the blog more interesting to look at, 3) Use scheduling. Set time aside to sort a bunch of blogs, and set them up to go automatically over a few weeks. You can blog in between, but it keeps your blog active no matter what. Your alphabet idea is cool BTW!

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Hi! Those are great rules. Thank you for sharing them. Writing what I like would certainly make sense since I’ll never motivate myself to write about something I don’t like. I LOVE photos so woo hoo! And yes, it is already in my plans (as soon as I get over this nasty stomach bug that the aliens gave me last night) to write posts in advance. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  3. David Eccles (@Vikingbeard) says:

    I love the alphabet idea, Steph! I have to correct Stephanie on her suggestion of using bacon as a subject for the letter B though, because as we all know bacon begins with the letter M, as in “Mmmmmmmm!…bacon!”
    How about beer as a choice for the letter B? (I bet you thought i was going to say boobs!) Or how about babies? Or baking? I’ll be reading, whatever the subject matter!

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Thanks, David! LOL yes, bacon does begin with mmmm, no doubt, especially if you’re talking about British bacon rather than American bacon. I’ll take the British stuff any day. So hmmm… you’ve given me quite a few B words and maybe, just maybe I will wrap them all up neatly into one B celebration post. How’s that? πŸ™‚

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