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Been awhile..

Posted by dieseling on 2010.03.01 at 10:19
Hey folks, so I've got this predicament.

I'm sure Shelley is still working on the project. I am a lover of words, and I still want to be a part of it.. The problem is not in waiting for a response from SJ at this point but more trying to decide if it's the right decision for me..

See, my word is the letter 'a', lowercase, no punctuation. Just 'a'. For someone who is so enamored with the way words are put together, I guess it's.. a really disappointing selection. I understand the value of the letter 'a'. What a huge difference it would be without it. But I'm just not sure if I want to dedicate some of my flesh to be its permanent home.
So envious of those who got words like, 'preserve', or 'away,' or even 'and'.

Have others of you been similarly put off by your selection as a particular word? What did you do?


skinartia at 2010-03-01 18:47 (UTC) (Link)
I was less than thrilled when I got 'they'. It's not something super awesome, that's for sure. However, I just sucked it up and got it done because I was committed to Shelley's vision and I'm quite happy with my tattoo. *shrug* The choice is up to you and, really, it's a very small part of your flesh that would be touched. You could get it on a toe knuckle if you're really that unsure about it, haha.
devilduckie831 at 2010-03-01 18:56 (UTC) (Link)

Been awhile..

I thought the stories were sent out after the tattoos were all completed, not just after they were all handed out? Though I could very well be wrong. I don't have a word, as I wasn't fortunate enough to be chosen, and it's been so long I don't remember the particulars of the project.
danyell lyn
affectionjunkie at 2010-03-01 18:56 (UTC) (Link)
you could always get your "a" tattoo, take the pictures necessary, and then add more to it later to make it more personal or fitting for you?
lysystratae at 2010-03-02 05:05 (UTC) (Link)
She did say in the instructions that it can be altered once the original photo is taken (I've made jokes about adding 'whore' and 'babylon' to mine)
Erica L. Satifka
themachinestops at 2010-03-01 19:19 (UTC) (Link)
I think that for me, the word selected is not nearly as important as the idea, being able to say you're a part of the project. I'd be happy to get "a" (I haven't received a response yet at all, don't expect to get one by now). I'd already decided that the only words I would reject were curse words (which I'm guessing aren't in the story at all, because there's few people who would get them) and personal names (ditto). I guess you could always get it and then add more letters or even cover it up later. But seriously, if you don't want it, let her know so she can give it to someone like me! :)
Miss Salad of the Bats
saladbats at 2010-03-01 20:26 (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I would have been thrilled to have gotten "a". I have a much longer and more uncommon word "goosebumps." It's been a struggle to figure out where to put it. I love the project idea still, but I really don't want to put the word someplace where people are going to be pestering me wanting to know why I have a tattoo paying homage to a YA book series. 8)
lysystratae at 2010-03-01 20:36 (UTC) (Link)
I like my little 'of'... I put it where I can cover it or not, depending on whether I feel like explaining it (which I get asked ot do a lot). My ex has 'the', tiny and right behind his ear.
tijae at 2010-03-01 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
My assigned word suited me at the time, as I'd mentioned being in the midst of a divorce when I contacted Shelley about participating. Like 'of' in the comment preceding mine, my 'up' is on my right thigh where I can cover it with pants or show it off with shorts if I feel so inclined. My suggestion to you is to find some way to identify with your word on a personal level.

Keep in mind if you turn down your 'a' you won't be given a new one, so you may wish to weigh how important it is to you that you participate in the project versus the disappointment you're feeling over the word you've been given.

Just my two cents. Good luck with whichever path you choose. ;)
Sweetheart, you can't buy the necessities of life
curlyhare1 at 2010-03-02 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
I got an awesome word, "floating" and as silly as it sounds, I would so much rather have gotten "and" or "the."
Petulant & Demanding
julip at 2010-03-02 04:25 (UTC) (Link)
What kind of word did you want? I'm totally happy with my 'a' - it's on my big toe. I was in love with it as sson as I got it - I think it's MUCH better than my friend's 'one'. And she likes her 'one' way more than my 'a'.
firebirdsfather at 2010-10-11 19:29 (UTC) (Link)

I thought I'd pipe in with my short word.

I first thought I'd want a big strange word, and now I've definitely grown into liking 'the'. It was a process; why did I get this little word? In elementary school I was ridden hard by teachers for over use of 'the', and so I had to learn to avoid using 'the' in writing. It is common, but so needed in language. So is 'a', isn't it?
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