under the cover of R

Image of Juliet Berto, credit Jonathan Rosenbaum

Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the eighteenth of twenty-six interactive magic tricks that will lead you to your fortune as you determine it.

a-to-z_directionsAs per the 21 March intro to this magic act, my assistant, Juliet Berto, handed me the Collins Concise* and blindfold me, whereupon I randomly riffled through the R’s and landed my fingertip randomly on a page. And when Juliet removed the blindfold, there was no doubt: my fingertip was squarely on “relegate.”

And while Juliet was offstage conjuring the banner you see at the top of this post, I not so wildly jotted down the words below in a low-level Moment Of Meant To Be.** Now, the rest of this trick is up to you, Ladies and Gents!

If it pleases you, merely read the paragraph below and record what predominant meaning the sum of those words strikes in your heart. And for every trick after this, from S to Z, you may do the same. And when I have pulled from the hat the essence of the random word of Z, and you have pondered its significance, you may allow the accumulative magic of all tricks A-Z to reveal to you your fortune.



Relegate the mouse to the lion ***

*** Here, the late Richard Briers gives a delightful reading of the Aesop’s fable, “The Lion and the Mouse “

What do you do when you’re dead but alive and your day is done but you’ve signed up to run? Take up a chemical vocation? Of course not, well not beyond caffeine tablets and a glass of wine or two, because Eric Clapton is right, “Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back,” and you don’t want to answer to Jones.

So, after a mind-clearing hissy fit, what I end up doing is a cat-watching-the-mouse-hole sort of thing, the mouse-hole being the universe, provider of ideas when the ether and its gods have gone. And this is, in part, based on Sophocles’ “Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.”

Seems to work – if I look in enough places, follow my whimsical desires for finding answers to whatever questions burn within at the moment, something piques my interest and starts something up. Here are some things from yesterday’s seek-and-go-find list:

Pop-Recs_LtdSeeking: that sassy attitude I had in my twenties, I sure could use a bit of that about now
Finding: inspiration from these audacious musician blokes that are injecting life into the economically struggling Sunderland, UK with their Pop Recs Ltd, an art gallery, record shop, coffee house and venue. From the mouth of their drummer, Dave Harper, come words I could have said myself when I was sassy: “It is righteous indignation. If someone tells me I can’t have a piece of cake, I’ll want to buy the bakery and make myself sick. If someone tells me I can’t put gigs on, I want to recreate Top of the Pops.”

Seeking: something to bust me loose
Finding: at unpackedwriter, Renee’s “Ways to Get Unstuck From Writers Block to Inspired Creative Flow

Seeking: something to smooth down the “Is it just me?” feathers
Finding: at Writer @ Work, HD’s “Manage Your Psychology Around Writing

So I feel a pulse anyway – now to catch up on sleep somehow – and if the planets align themselves just right for good reception, I might regain connection to the ether before A2Z is over.

If not, I can always try the fractured advice to be found in the fun, PG-rated How-to that I wrote in 2009, “How to Crack Writers Block.”


Share your predominant thought with the audience or keep it a secret. As always, it’s entirely up to you.

Until next time, look for the magic and you will find it!




The Grand Reveal – 21 March 2014
Trick A – Albanian – 1 April 2014
Trick B – Black Forest – 2 April 2014
Trick C – Claw – 3 April 2014
Trick D – Docket – 4 April 2014
Trick E – Endanger – 5 April 2014
Trick F – Finicky – 7 April 2014
Trick G – Grave – 8 April 2014
Trick H – Harvester – 9 April 2014
Trick I – Inevitable – 10 April 2014
Trick J – Jukebox – 11 April 2014
Trick K – Keyhole – 12 April 2014
Trick L – Liberal Arts – 14 April 2014
Trick M – Masking Tape – 15 April 2014
Trick N – Nonce – 16 April 2014
Trick O – Occult – 17 April 2014
Trick P – Poultice – 18 April 2014
Trick Q – Quotient – 21 April 2014


* The Collins Concise Dictionary Of The English Language, Second Edition 1988, Collins – London and Glasgow

**the Moment Of Meant To Be is the instant of lucidness that arises from the contemplation of any given thing and subsequently reveals the essence of it. These Moments will be dashed off in paragraphs of 200 words or less and may be dark or shining, delirious or rational, but each paragraph will stir thoughts and feelings that lead to a meaning unique to you.


6 responses to “under the cover of R

  1. Image credit Jonathan Rosenbaum: he’s a film critic I know well in my professional life .. at least, I think we’re referencing the same person. Really do love your site!

    • Oh, how cool, HD, yes, that’s the one!
      There’s a 10/3/74 post on Jonathan Rosenbaum’s site titled “Work and Play in the House of Fiction” that features Juliet Berto, and I’ve been using her image for this A2Z project. I linked to Rosenbaum’s site only on my first use of the image on 3/21/14, but didn’t want him to be bombarded with pingbacks for the 26 days of A to Z!
      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment : )

  2. I can relate to so much of this! A brilliant piece Miss A. I particularly love this part of the quote If someone tells me I can’t have a piece of cake, I’ll want to buy the bakery and make myself sick. ” Yep.

  3. Hey Jules – yeah those guys kick major tail – where do they get their drive?! If I find out, I’m definitely gonna get sick on it!

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