The A to Zed of smells was fun to write; after a shaky start I got into the habit of doing one a week and it’s been interesting to think about how to describe something intangible. For most of the subjects the scents are highly evocative to me, but I wanted to avoid too much sentimentality, and Proust having lead the way didn’t make things any easier.
It was sometimes tricky to know what to put in and what to leave out, for instance zest is a wonderful word, but lemon and orange were already there and there is a limit to the amount of citrus most people can take though my passion for them is unbounded. (To whit, endless posts about citron).
And I love Jessica Hische‘s typography, sometimes I chose the alphabet to try to match the post. More often than not though I just chose the one I liked the most.
So now this alphabet of scents is finished, my question is did anyone notice that the posts were also alphabetical?
The rules I set myself were that the post must start with the same letter as the title, but may not be the same word.
Also I decided that the initial letters of the sentences in each entry should follow alphabetically too.
So if I take N as the example, the smell was Night. The first word of the post is Nocturnal, followed by Over, Past, Quite, Rarely and Surely.
Or for Fig, the first word of the post is Four, followed by Going, Happily, It, Just, Kindnesses and Luscious. You get the idea.
I was keen not to fudge the difficult letters like Z and X, but you’ll notice that I shyed away from the X for ages, only approaching it when I couldn’t avoid it in the V is for Violet post.
Did you see what I did? I’m not sure there is a name for this, although abecedarium or lipogram might cover it I think that is perhaps slightly wrong. I asked a friend who is all about words, but he didn’t know. Perhaps some of you will.