Scribo ergo sum…

Just Jot January

As Linda G. Hill says:

And, it’s a wrap! Today is our thirty-first prompt for Just Jot it January 2023. This month has felt like the longest month ever, and yet it’s flown by. I won’t say too much here because I want to leave some for tomorrow’s wrap up post. But what do you say we finish this thing with a flourish?

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 31st 2023, is “write.” Use the word “write” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Linda G. Hill – Just Jot It January

René Descartes wrote, “Cogito, ergo sum” — “I think, therefore I am.” Forgive me for drifting strait from French Philosophy to Star Trek – The Next Generation, but I can’t resist. Moriarty, the fictional nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, or, in this case, Lieutenant Commander Data portraying Sherlock Holmes uttered those words to stake his claim on existence in the episode, Elementary, Dear Data. Daniel Davis played Professor James Moriarty in one of the best guest star roles in the series. He reprized that role in Ship in a Bottle, and the two episodes rank among my favorites.

What if Descartes had said “Scribo ergo sum” — “I write therefore I am” — I think many of us would fail to recognize the philosophical value of the statement while we waited for the next word. What would René have added? He wrote a lot, perhaps he would simply add the word “Tired.” According to Google, that would be:

Scribo, ergo fessus sum.

Submitted for my final Jot in this year’s challenge. For the first time in JusJoJan’s history, I linked a Jot to Linda’s page every day. I posted three jots beyond the deadline, a transgression I think Linda will forgive. This challenge always gets me in the mood to write more. It’s a fantastic way to start the new year. Perhaps I should say “I jot, therefore I write.” Google’s got nothing to offer on that one.

I’d like to mention that our host for this wonderful challenge has a new book that came out today! Stroked: A Romantic Comedy (Once a Week at Woody’s Book 3). My copy is in my Kindle app. You can get yours on Amazon (and I’m sure some other places).

Instead of a gallery of photos, I’m going to close with proof that I write, and a bit of shameful self-promotion.

If you like magical realism with suspense, action and a bit of family sarcasm, you will enjoy these books:

The Evil You Choose
When Evil Chooses You

Series page on Amazon

My profile page (and books) on Lulu

All available on Kindle Unlimited!


  1. “I jot, therefore I write”. I like that. I guess we all jot, scribble, doodle and even write. But we’re not all writers like you and so many others. That is a special talent.

    I write my comment today without having to find you through Google! I don’t know if you had anything to do with WP getting their act together, but if so, thank you! It’s a joy to see posts in my inbox again.


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    • I wish I could take credit for fixing WordPress, Ginger, but other than adding my voice to the myriad complaints that are out there, it wasn’t me.

      I’m glad you like this. I don’t normally post on Tuesday, but this one is special.

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  2. I’m am thankful for writers because I am not one at all. You who are have the talent to put into words what I can’t say but, often feel or think, and lead me on fun, and amazing adventures through their stories. 🙏

    I miss the gallery of images as well.

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  3. Those episodes of TNG still make me squirm. The whole explanation about the hologram inside the hologram inside the bottle, the reality that wasn’t, the honeymoon into an infinite unreality, then (skipping episodes here) the Borg who said “I”…..and now all this in the news about AI that can write just like humans! Your post today is timely — painfully so! Meanwhile, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out if the urge to write is blessing or curse. I bet no one here knows either. I love the Latin!

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    • Blessing or curse? That’s a tough one, Maureen. The infinite honeymoon in solid state memory is a little creepy. The Borg in general are creepy. Professor Moriarty is a great character. He looks and sounds like a friend of mine (gone for many years) who had one of the sharpest minds and wit. I used to carpool with him, and I miss his company.

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  4. Yes! He is so funny. People used to ridicule Shaughnessy for a ‘fake’ British accent and said he needed to take lessons from a ‘true Englishman’ like Davis when, in fact, the opposite was the case. 👍🏻

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