26 = infinity

I was going to rant this week, but it’s spring, the trees are blossoming, my WIP is progressing well and I don’t want to spoil the sensation of everything being right in the world. So instead, I’m going to share a fact that blew my tiny mind when it was pointed out to me.

Daffodils blooming in my garden.
Spring has sprung at my house and no mistake.

There are 26 letters in the alphabet used in the English language. That’s stating the obvious; you knew that. But here’s the amazing bit – every single book ever written in English (or translated into it) is made up of a unique arrangement of those letters (plus some punctuation marks and lots of very important spaces).

There are millions, and millions and millions of books (and there will be millions and millions and millions more before human beings even start to get tired of telling stories), and they all come from those 26 squiggles we know and love. What miraculous things we can achieve with tiny building blocks.

A row of my YA books, spine out
A few of the books I own, all written using 26 letters; all completely different.

I’m going to leave it there today. Mind: blown.

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