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A is for Announcement.

Only one of the following is false, maybe you can guess which:

A.) I am a co-homemaker
Why this would be a shocker: I’ve deliberately and successfully avoided marriage since the age of seventeen, and in 2014, my dating rampage singlehandedly transformed the last standing “nice guys” of Los Angeles into tobacco-spitting church-vandals.

B.) I have a day job
Why this would be a shocker: If you have a talent for living off of invisible money, why would you take a day job? Invisible money is the only explanation for having lived the life of an employed person during four years of unemployment. On the other hand, maybe invisible money runs out too…

C.) I made a film
Why this would be a shocker: Think of a broke, daydreaming perfectionist. How are they ever going to get anything done?

D.) I’ll be posting every day
Why this would be a shocker: I leave my blog for four months, come back with a Valentine’s Day post and then leave for another six weeks. “Every day” sounds iffy at best.

But…yes. I am doing it again! Last year I took a break from my dating rampage and devoted April to the dogged exercise of A to Z posts – a post a day with Sundays off. It did wonders for my writing process and decluttered my brain.

Here’s what I wrote about the first time I undertook the A-Z posts:

“I’m not a person who does well by rules and deadlines, self-imposed or not… Defiance is practically raison d’être for this itinerant geisha, this freedom-loving “bad” girl, this lovable f**kup… [But still,] wherever I had to be, whatever else I had to do, there was always a letter of the alphabet looming over me.” And I stuck to it. In fact I got separation anxiety when it was over.

In the upcoming posts, there will be un-themed anecdotes and musings, profundity and frivolity, images, video and sound. There will be buffoonery and danger, love and gripes, and always a chance of watching the the tightrope-walker fall, because twenty-six letters is twenty-six chances for failure. Well, twenty-five now. And in case you didn’t figure it out, I don’t have a day job. Banish such thoughts before I have a panic attack.

Everything else is true and likely to be addressed in the coming days. (For a taste, and hipster faeries to boot, check out The Play by Play.)

Hope you take the ride with me, because I sure as hell don’t know where I’m heading.

~ Part of the A to Z Challenge ~
A post a day except Sunday for the month of April to cover topics beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Events always real, names always changed.

Cathartic Monkeyism returns in May.

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  1. Lance · · Reply

    On pins and needles, yo.

    1. I’ll try not to disappoint you!

  2. I have always said I would like to hear from you more often GG. Blog on!

    1. It’s been a while, I know, and I’m very glad to see you.

  3. So happy to see you pop up in my inbox! I’m very excited to see what you have in store. You know, you should write a book about living off of invisible money. I think that would be guaranteed to make you some of the visible stuff.

    Welcome back.

    1. Hi Sandy! Living off of invisible money would require invisible words, I think, and I may be good at that…

  4. I’m in. Looking forward to the ride.

    1. Good, because it wouldn’t be the same without you, Lizzi.

      1. I intend to see it out 🙂

  5. What a great re-introductory post! I look forward to reading more of your posts throughout the challenge! 🙂

    1. Are you doing the challenge as well? I will go look.

      1. I am!! I did it freestyle last year. It was a tad more hectic that I would have liked, so I decided to do a more structured approach with a theme this year 🙂

      2. I’ll go check it out!

  6. Assenting.

    1. Woohoo.

  7. I love to see you back again! Something tells me April will be special in blogging land, I’m in!

    1. And I love seeing you!

  8. !!! So glad to see you are doing it again. So am I. Though my hiatus was even longer than four months, I imagine I crashed after not having the structure of A to Z. Looking forward to your words. 1 down, 25 to go!

    1. I crashed a bit too last year, after the A to Z. What is most alarming though, is how quickly an entire year has passed!

  9. Paul · · Reply

    Welcome back GG! I’m looking forward to your comeback. I doubt you have a day job – I can certainly see you cohabiting before you get a day job. Carry On!

    1. “This ain’t no comeback, I’ve been here for years.”

      Also, you know me well.

  10. Jana · · Reply

    I cannot even imagine writing every day. I mean, I know I should be writing SOMETHING every day, but then life decides to intrude and I have to do menial tasks – like earning a real living and sleeping – and before I know it, the day is over. Plus, I’m a perfectionist – and how could I have perfectly interesting, funny, heartbreaking, etc posts 30 days straight? (As it is, there is this one post I wrote six months ago that bugs the shit out of me – because I knew when I posted it that it wasn’t good, but I posted it anyway and then left it there. I really have to delete the damn thing!) I’m eagerly going to be reading your posts daily and admiring your chutzpah and determination!

    1. It’s rough writing every day, no two ways about it. At least for me. I’m a perfectionist too. That’s the problem.

      Delete the post you don’t like! Or tweak it. I’m constantly re-editing.

      I love your support, thank you!

  11. Good for you! I did the challenge for two years. It takes discipline but it’s totally worth it!

    1. Might you do it again in the future?


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