G was a tough one. I don’t know why, the letter seems common enough! I pondered for a moment nominating myself but this thought alone seemed so narcissistic I had to banish it from my mind immediately.
An interesting phenomenon has arisen amidst this A-Z challenge. How to find letter specific bloggers? This spurred a google search on how to find bloggers, which was quite unfruitful. There are a few plugins that pretend to be able to do the job but I’m too computer illiterate and lazy to try to find if they are lying or not (the plugins). I’m not sure if plugins are capable of lying or not, but since their creators are (I think) humans, I’m sure they have the ability.
I slowly came to the realization that I would have to search the good old fashioned way, which is a kind of “stumble upon” method. I was unhappy to realize this, as it meant I would have to find my G in an organic, general, and non targeted type of way. I really just wanted a very specific search engine where I could type in any letter of the alphabet and be handed all the most interesting bloggers with names beginning with that letter. Lazy I know!
It just so happened that I hit 100 followers yesterday. This has no relevance at all to the current conversation, aside that it happened to me and I am the author of this blog. Thank you to all of my followers! I have developed a habit of looking at the blog of each and every new follower, writing a few comments, giving a few likes and sending a thank you. As it turns out, one of my recent few is named Linda (Tales From the Cabbage Patch). She had posted a very nice tribute to a friend that had recently passed and my G magically appeared in the comments! It turns out that I knew him already! Well sort of. God must have done this. I need to pray more often. God probably only got involved because his name starts with a G and he knew I needed help on this one.
As a side note, I notice that I am using the word “I” far too often. I am very narcissistic. Oh well.
Speaking of self absorption, I would like to present my letter specific blogger of the day, none other than my namesake, Gary Jefferies! I met this blogger after finding his excellent post entitled -The God Strain-
His website is: https://fictionisfood.wordpress.com/
I was first magnetically drawn to this author because we shared the same first name, and I told him so!
Then I started reading through some of his work. The God Strain was fascinating. It is about a virulent flu strain becoming sentient and wreaking malevolent havoc on the world because, I’m assuming, it doesn’t want to be alive, and also doesn’t want anyone else to be alive (sounds like some people I know).
Ok, maybe it does want to be alive. It just doesn’t want to share space with Earth natives.
The God Strain, as the virus is called, turns out to have been already sentient prior to discovery by Smithy. It has a very specific goal, and destroying Earthlings is just step 1. I’ll let you read the short story if you want to know more, I wont spoil it all.
Gary wrote this as a prompt challenge, using the words duplicitous, voice, float, ticket and indiscriminate. He did a fantastic job. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and would like to hear more!
Update: He did write more!
Gary’s work is compelling, intriguing, and not too full of itself. He has earned a follow from me!
Another reason to like Gary is that he says things such as “I resemble that comment.”
Isn’t he adorable?!