April 24, 2017

A to Z Challenge 'T'

A to Z 2017 Theme: Rocks to Throw At A Hero Who Is Up A Tree!

Robin Carr, a well-published author describes a talented author as "someone who chases her hero up a tree and then throws rocks at her."

So, let's find some T-rocks to Toss!

Monday's are akin to the beginning of a story. It's a beginning but not THE beginning. There is some back story. Some of the Tale we need to Take account of, Though much can Tumble Through The cracks. It is the Task of the wriTer to Tell The difference.

Does the reader really care that our hero had Tamales and Too much Tequila for dinner on Saturday night? Not necessarily ( and neither do our co-workers on Monday morning), unless we Turned out To be allergic to corn masa, distilled agave, or Tossed in Trammel for actions caused by over-indulgence of adult beverages.  Tsk! Tsk!

Damn,  Our language is Truly Teeming with T-words! So much so That Trying to read upper case intrusions mid-sentence is Tough...so, this writer is going to forego the mid sentence capital T's in this pos beginning...now!

 Being fond of the name, the writer's hero's name is Toni. That's Toni with an i!

Thundering Thunderbolt, BatMan! Naming the hero one's own name causes Total writer's block, tout de suite!

Correction: The hero's name is Tatiana. She was on the Pep Squad in high school and was a baton twirler. (We don't need to know that....or wait...maybe knowing she is handy with a metal bar might help tweak the plot at the most opportune time!) We do, however, need to know that she was, is and will continue to lean towards the tom-boy side of gender behavior.

Tell me, please. Is Tom-boy politically correct or is "athletic" the more tolerable tag?

Moving on:

Tatiana is a talented translator for the Tactile Systems Technology, Inc (Note to self: Insert Boring Book Disclaimer (This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.)

On a TWA Trans-Atlantic flight from Toronto to Trondheim, Norway, Tatiana  takes a seat next to a tan, tense traveler in a finely tailored Zegna suit.

Attempting to temper his apparent anxiety, Tatiana pulls her trim flask filled with Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon, offering Mr. Tension a taste. (I searched for a fine bourbon that started with a T  ~  Wild Turkey was all that I could find. That particular brand is the preferred bourbon of 'Toni', therefore, I looked for a less personal alternative!)

He tersely declined. Tactfully, she tipped the shiny flask back, taking a tiny taste.

Not wanting to suffer the tediousness of a long, sleepless flight, Tatiana booted up her Toshiba  laptop to tackle the task of keeping up with email.

"Tactile Systems, eh?"  queried the terse, tense traveler, presenting a glass filled with ice that he had ordered from the flight attendant. "I'll take a bit of your bourbon, that is, if the offer still stands!"

Closing the laptop, Tatiana poured amber liquid into his glass.

"Are you familiar with Tactile?" Tatiana quized, tapping his glass with her flask in a quasi-toast.

"Truth-be-told, I am flying in to Trondheim to tie up a real estate transaction for the new Tactile lab expansion." Testing the bourbon as it titillated his tongue.

Twinkle in his eyes, hand extended, "Terrence Tidwell, but call me Terry."

      Tractably innocent beginning to a tractile relationship, right?

      Possibilities for tantalizing moments, maybe even temporal (gratuitous or otherwise) relations?

      Potential for industrial espionage, Terry threatening thievery of Tactile Systems secrets?
      Could Terry be an air-marshal who saves Tatiana, fellow passengers and top-drawer bourbon from  terrifying terrorists?

     Is Tatiana in trouble with international criminals and Terry is an NSA agent protecting her from foreign transgressions.

 Is Wild Turkey, truly, the best bourbon or should Toni task herself with discovery a new treasured favorite?

Anyone want to traipse along on the taste trail with Toni? 


  1. I love that quote about chasing a character up the tree and then throwing rocks at her! Authors are quite a sadistic bunch, aren't we?
    Doree Weller

  2. I'm tempted to ask if you got tongue-tied writing this titivating - oh I can't think of another t ... well done, truly fun!

  3. I think I'll have that gin and Tonic after all...all these ts are making my head twirl. Taking a deep breath in and typing this comment:)
    U is for Uttarakhand

    1. Gin and Tonic, it is! A good place to start anyway!

  4. Traipsing across the globe not a tempting taste insight with wild Turkey or gin and Tonic in tow, but what I need is a Twist of lemon in a Tall glass of Tongue Titillating, ice-cold Coke to Touch my lips instead. :) Love the way the Tapestry of words you weave in each A2Z post! Thanks for visiting, Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “T” (Treehouse) with Curious as a Cathy!

    1. Tea-toting travelers and more welcome on the taste trip!

  5. What an exercise--all the T words. I do an art exercise with students where they choose one color--say, blue (which is akin to your letter) and then use textures to communicate. It's pretty interesting--as is this--to see what the story ends up being.

    1. I talked to my granddaughter about doing this. We might give a go! Sounds like a nice exercise.

  6. Gosh! Toni you are so good at this!

    Blog: natashamusing
    Theme: Travel Epiphanies
    Walk of Wisdom

    1. Thank you. I'm enjoying your posts, too.


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