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Monday, September 9, 2013

Elise Fallson and "Ologies" - Challenge Participant Feature

Today I welcome the lovely Elise Fallson to share her theme for the Challenge. And it was very unique. And informative! Careful, you might learn something…

What made you chose _ologies as your theme?

My theme last year was Entomology and since is went pretty well, I decided to look for another _ology theme. Trouble was I couldn’t decide on just one. There were many fascinating and odd _ologies to choose from that I decided to highlight them all. Well, not really all of them, but just the ones I found interesting or quirky. Then, when I found a list of _ologies from A-Z online I thought to myself, “Jack pot!”

Which one was your favorite?

That's a hard question to answer because I liked so many for different reasons. For example, D for Dactylology comes to mind because ASL (American Sign Language) interests me and when I stumbled upon songs interpreted using ASL, I was glued to the screen. I can't tell you how many times I've watched those videos, they always impress me. H for Hoplology is another one I enjoyed because I've been a fan of the fighting arts for many years and found the video of the longsword technique simply awesome. Then there's R for Rumpology and that was just butt-loads of LOLs to write. And I have to admit, I did enjoy I for Ichnology, but only because I masterfully managed to slide in a music video of Jensen Ackles doing Eye of the Tiger. Grrrrr  ==swoon==

I'm sorry, did you ask for just one? ;)

You kicked off the Challenge with the science of stupidity – agnoiology. Just so no one ends up studying us, what’s it all about?

Unfortunately, I feel the human race will always be under the microscope when it comes to studying stupidity.  Agnoiology however, centers on the study of culturally induced ignorance mainly through the publication of inaccurate or misleading data. I guess it just boils down to one group of people wanting to control another group by keeping then intellectually inferior. The dumbing down of the masses isn't a new strategy, but it does allow government to maintain control over the masses.

You HAVE to describe rumpology for us!

Ahhh, finally. I couldn't bare waiting a second longer to reach the bottom of this post!  Rumpology, sometimes referred to as "Bottom Reading," is fortune telling by reading people's butts. A 'rump reading' is performed by a rumpologist who examines crevices, dimples, warts, moles, and folds of a person's buttocks in much the same way a chirologist would read the palm of the hand. And to add some much needed creditability, astrologer Jackie Stallone (actor Sylvester Stallone's mother) states that rumpology is known to have been practiced in ancient times by the Babylonians, Indians, Ancient Greeks, and Romans (hard evidence proving this theory pending). You think Sylvester get free readings from his mom?  

You struggled with J but finally found Japanology and stated you find Japan fascinating. What are some of the things you’d like to see if you visited? (And you should visit – I lived there as a kid and it’s an amazing place.)

I'm glad I found J for Japanology because I've always held a fascination for Japanese culture, food, art, tradition, and really the Far East in general fascinates me. If I were to visit Japan there is so much I'd want to see that I could fill up an entire post, but off the top of my head I'd want to . . .

  • Go to Hiroshima's memorial park.
  • Visit Osaka and Kyoto mainly for the history and to visit the temples and shrines. 
  • Visit Tokyo, go shopping in Akihabara, get drunk in a Karaoke Bar, ride the bullet train. (: 
  • Climb Mount Fuji.
  • Visit Tokyo National Museum, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Adachi Museum . . .
  • Visit a samurai district.
  • See the forging of a true katana sword.
  • Eat in a real sushi restaurant where the food comes to you on a conveyor-belt.
  • Eat ramen soup in Fukuoka.
  • Go to a sumo tournament.
  • See the cherry blossoms in March/April . . .

     Anyone want to take me to Japan???? 

Yogurtology isn’t really a field of study – what is it?

I had a hard time finding a y_ology word but luckily (thank you internet) I came across this: Yogurtology, a chain store that sells frozen yogurt and ice cream. I've never came across one, but if I ever did, I'd probably wander in for some frozen yogurt.

Any meltdowns or freak-outs during the Challenge? 

YES, during my Q post for quinology. I only had prewritten posts up to Q, so when my Q post went live, I started to freak out. Luckily, I had a butt-load to talk about the next day for R. (;

If you participate in the Challenge next year, do you have any themes in mind? 

I'm not sure if I'll participate next year but that hasn't stopped me from bouncing around some ideas. I may have a few things brewing but, mum's the word. (; 

Thanks for having me over today Alex, it was fun revisiting some of these old posts. (=

Elise, thank you for enlightening us!!

Co-host Ninja Captain Alex is the author of CassaStar and CassaFire and his blog can be found HERE


  1. You A - Z on -ologies was fascinating, humorous and educational. I looked forward to your posts for every letter.

  2. Thanks again for doing the interview, Elise!

  3. Elise is so fun. Doesn't surprise me at all that she found such a unique theme for the A to Z. Great spotlight, Alex.

  4. I still can't believe rumpology exists. It gave you a funny topic for R though.

  5. Great interview, you two! I really enjoyed your A-Z posts, Elise. I always learned something and usually got a few laughs out them, too. :)

  6. Rumpology! Who knew...sounds like your April was quite educational! Great interview! Thanks for being our guest here today!
    Tina @ Life is Good

  7. Elise, I LOVED your theme for the challenge this year. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read them all...I was finishing up my degree as the challenge was going on. Great post and I'll definitely have to check out the post on Rumpology...who knew?!


  8. Just 'cause rumpology has been around since Babylon still doesn't give it the respect it deserves.

  9. Sally: Sally you're the greatest. And to think you stuck with me through my entomology posts the year before...(((Hugs))))

    Alex: Thanks for having me over, Alex! (:

    Sabrina: Aww, thanks hon! (:

    Diane: It certainly did!

    Madeline: So glad you enjoyed the theme and got a few laughs out of it...that's what I was aiming for. (:

    Tina: Thanks for having me over! The ology theme was a hoot. (;

    Jen: Thanks Jen! And congratulations for graduating and getting your BA. I love the pic of you holding your degree--cute and awesome!

  10. Southpaw: LOL!

    Patt: It sure was and created such a buzz. (:

  11. I indulged my Elise-ology in reading this interview. Fun answers, Elise!

  12. I'm still cracking up over, "when my Q post went live, I started to freak out. Luckily, I had a butt-load to talk about the next day for R."

    Yep, I spewed my coffee.

    I enjoyed reading your A-Z posts, Elise.

    I'd love to see Cherry Blossoms in Japan. I know the Washington DC trees are phenomenal! I can only imagine what it would be like in Japan. A katana sword being made would also be cool.

  13. I think I found your blog this year via A-Z!

    With regards to rumpology, you say that the fortune teller reads a persons "creviceS."

    I'm pretty sure I've only got ONE crevice down there! Hmm....

  14. This reminded me how much I enjoyed your theme during the challenge, Elise! Rumpology is the absolute best LOL.

  15. Elise is awesome and I really enjoyed her theme.

    I will never forget 'Rumpology' :)

  16. Rumpology is so funny! And good save with the yogurtology!

  17. Great interview! I thoroughly enjoyed Elise's A-Z this year. I really need to write a character who uses Rumpology and how she accidentally keeps ending up seeing butts with great or horrendous futures!

  18. Huntress: Neither did I!

    Michael: Eliseology, LOL! U crazy. (:

    Sia: Thanks Sia, I laughed reading about you laughing! :D

    Jay: LOL! Butt science is complicated my friend. (; I read that the crevice you're talking about, the butt crack, actually corresponds to the division of the two hemispheres of the brain. The crevices as described in the post, I believe refers to rump creases, folds, and wrinkles. :P Who knew I'd ever be talking about this in an interview! :D

    Julie: Thank you Julie, and I have to say, you commenters made it so much fun too!

    Mark: Thanks Mark and may we never forget. (:

    Johanna: Thanks Johanna, it's was a close one for Y. (:

    Christine: That would be hilarious! A memorable character for sure. :D

  19. It was a fun challenge, so original to do ologies! I thought it was opportune and outstanding ;D

  20. It was a fun challenge, so original to do ologies! I thought it was opportune and outstanding ;D

  21. I'm definitely most intrigued by rumpology. Going to have to learn that one. ;)

    I love Japan so much, too. I say we both practice rumpology in Japan together!

  22. I'll have to check out your rumpology post Elise! That's one ologist I will definitely not be visiting anytime soon. I'm sorry that I missed so many of these creative ologies during the challenge. Thanks Alex and Elise!


  23. Yay, I'm here! What the heck am I doing on the amazing alphabet challenge site? Good grief, must go lie down in a darkened room.

    Hey Elise!

    Bonjour n'stuff! I fondly recall your ologies. Such an analogy of ologies. And no, I wont mention that analogy is the scientific study of A**holes! :)

    Kind regards, Gary, the official anti-A to Z spokesman...

  24. So funny! I'd hate to hear what a rumpologist would have to say about me!

    And why wouldn't you do the challenge next year? You'd rather sleep and have less stress for the month of April? Pshaw! What an excuse! :) Writer’s Mark

  25. The ologies were so hilarious and informative! It really makes me want to join the challenge next year. ^_^

  26. I have learned so much from this post - it was like a synopsis of a book you could write, Elise, about ologies:)

    In fact, I've got one letter already: E for Eliseology (the reading of a great, fun writer :)

  27. One of my fave themes from this year's AZ Challenge.

    Moody Writing

  28. Ella: Thanks Ella! (^_^)

    Cathy: LOL! I'd never make any money being a rumpologist, I'd be too picky over the clientele. But I'd most definitely hang with ya in Japan!

    Empty Nest Insider: Bottom line is...I wouldn't be visiting a rumpologist either! :D

    Gary: I can't believe I forgot to include that ology during the challenge! (;

    Nancy: How is it you know me so well already! (;

    Krystal: You should definitely sign up for A-Z if you have the time next year! (:

    Mark: LOL! A book about crazy ologies! It would make a great stocking stuffer. :D

    Moody: I feel the same way about your blog year round.

  29. Yogurtology sounds fun. WHY DOESNT IT EXIST?!? lol

  30. Your ologies were hilarious. So glad I visited your blog during A-Z Elise.

  31. Too flipp'n cute, Elise. Loved it. And I chuckled at the word "buttocks" and it made me laugh.

    How about a romance novel about a Rumpologist? Can't you see a young female as a rumpologist who's next patient is a hot guy? LOL! Oh we would have fun with that one.

  32. so I guess you are an ologyologist

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  34. Bloggerage: I asked myself that same question! Someone needs to study this... :D

    Melanie: Thanks Melanie!

    Sheena-Kay: Thanks Sheena, glad you did too. (:

    Mina: LOL! That would sell butt-loads of copies. :P I'm now going to have to find a way to reference it in my wip..... :D

    Rob: Yes! But only on Sundays. (;

  35. Hi Elise and Alex .. great fun interview and being reminded of Elise's -ology A-Z posts ... it was a very clever decision .. and so informative - I loved reading them .. and probably should go back and make a study of them ... every time I see an -ology word, especially ones I don't know about, I think of you Elise and your great theme ..

    Love all the descriptions .. and your list of Japanology sights to see ... well you'd be staying for a month or so ..

    Cheers - great A-Z reminders .. Hilary


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