Allergic to “E” Challenge


Here I was, enjoying a nice, relaxing holiday in Wales, when I suddenly found a pingback on my About page that gave me a bit of a jolt. I’d left home at the weekend having scheduled my last two posts for the Three Quoted Challenge, and then I  found I had another little task to do – and only 24 hours to do it or I’d wallow in the Page of Lame for ever. Ouch… the shame of such a thing!

I must (seriously) thank the lovely Yinglan for thinking of me for this challenge. And it is quite some challenge to write a paragraph without using the most common vowel in the English language. It means that so many everyday words become taboo. Deep thinking is required…

These are the rules:

1) Write a whole paragraph ( a paragraph sounds easy right?) without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy?)
2) By reading this you are already signed up.
3) Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.
4) If you fail or pass, suffer in the Page of Lame.
5) If you win, wallow in the Page of Fame.

So I’ve come up with a rushed little effort, which I realise is an odd sort of ‘paragraph’. But I can swear that no naughty little e’s have crept into it:


On a sunny May morning, Matilda Rowbothom had an unusual visitor. A blackbird, all plump and glossy, had flown in through an upstairs window, trilling its happy song.

‘How do you do?’ Matilda said, not knowing any blackbird talk.

Blackbird sang again and said, ‘I am Basil, top bird about town. I think you and I should talk.’

‘It’s good to know you, sir,’ Matilda said, struck by this absurd situation. A talking bird, of all things! ‘What can I bring you this sunny, May day? A crumb or two, mayhap?’

‘I thank you, no. It’s not a crumb I want, but you…. to marry this day,’

‘What an idiotic plan,’ was all Matilda could say. ‘A girl and a bird … how simply absurd!  And what would folks say?’

‘But what would folks say to a girl marrying a gallant knight?’ Blackbird said, instantly turning into a tall, muscular man in shining black armour.

Matilda took Sir Basil Draycott’s arm and said, ‘Sir, I’ll marry you right now, on this sunny, May day.


And here are my five nominees, all chosen because I think they could make a good job of this challenge:

Mara Fields


Nitin Nair

Alex F 


About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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36 Responses to Allergic to “E” Challenge

  1. Tastyniblets says:

    brilliant effort Millie – arghh the pressure is on and Page Lame awaits – I’d best get cracking! 😛

  2. HumaAq says:

    Good story, I could hardly pull a paragraph lol.. Hope you’re enjoying yourself. 🙂

  3. Bekki Hill says:

    Wow! That’s a great challenge. A bit harsh arriving when you’re on holiday though. Well done for rising to it. Great paragraph.

  4. Ralph says:

    Umm ! Ooops !
    Line 3………really
    Line 7………me
    It’s hard but fun though Millie <<<<<< aargh ! an "e" 😀 ❤

  5. This is a wonderful story from a tough challenge. I love the fairy tale approach, this reminds me of the princess and the frog story. Hope you don’t mind my pointing this out but I did find some naughty e’s.

    • milliethom says:

      You’re right! Oops. Thanks for spotting those, Chioma. I’ll sort those naughty e’s out right now. 🙂

      • You are welcome. I can’t imagine writing without letter “e”. How was your holiday?

      • milliethom says:

        Thanks, Chioma. We’re still in Wales and won’t be home until Saturday. We’ve been to Conwy Castle and still have two more to visit. If we had more time, there are others within reach, too, like Harlech. Another time, I think. 🙂

  6. Yinglan says:

    Wow, you wrote all that without using the letter e? Impressive! Great story and thank you for accepting the challenge. 🙂

  7. Yinglan says:

    Hello.. I am passing on the message sent by creator of this challenge!
    Can you do me a favor? Tell your nominees to link to my site when they finish it. It’s turning a bit of a hassle to keep pace with people doing my challenge. It’s at
    Thanks in advance.
    There is a page maintained on those who have completed the challenge!

  8. giffmacshane says:

    Oooh, boy! Must work this out! Can’t hardly function this way!

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  10. giffmacshane says:

    Thanks, Millie (I think!)

  11. says:

    Very interesting. Can’t believe there are no “e” in there

  12. You b sure are busy with challenges

    • milliethom says:

      I certainly am, and the trouble is, I’m in Wales all this week. This challenge arrived on Monday, and had to be done within 24 hours. A bit of a rush, I can tell you. 😀

  13. Nitin Chandran Nair says:

    Thank you for nominating me for this rather difficult challenge 😛

    I think I should better wallow in the Page of Lame now 😦

    Read for yourself here –

  14. sunesiss says:

    wow thats lovely for something you had to do immediately! found your blog on poetry and chocolate and books. happy i checked it out.

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you so much for that! I’m away in Wales this week, but I’ll hop over to your blog as soon as I can. It’ impossible to keep up with WP while I’m on holiday.

  15. This is so good, Millie!!!!! 😀

  16. Wow! I am impressed Millie. I couldn’t do that. Loved it! 🙂

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