I sit, trying to remember how I became aware of the A to Z Challenge and failing the how of it but I certainly remember the trepidation.
A post every day? A theme? Can I make a commitment and stick to it with all that is going on personally?
A couple of years ago, I resolved to write a minimum of two hours a day. I've kept to that personal commitment...mostly! There have been those days when I get on a roll; the words rapidly flowing as I sip my morning coffee. Totally unaware of the passing of time, it is dark outside, dinner is not planned let alone cooked and I am still in my pajamas. (yeah, but who will ever know that I didn't shower until 6 p.m.)
Then there are those days...yes, t h o s e d a y s. Minutes turn into hours, all the words I have ever known have jumped ship. My fingers cramp as they float, poised above the keyboard, waiting for the tiniest bit of vocabulary to return to me. I jump to Facebook to relieve the pressure.
The pressure is not relieved.
I Google "ideas to blog about"! Done it, done it, done it, no, that one's stupid, done it, don't want to do it.
Hey! The A to Z Challenge will give me something to write everyday in April, it will also give me an excellent excuse not to work on 'the book'. I am so addicted to procrastination! Therefore, apprehension was short-lived.
Choosing a theme was easy. I read a Robin Carr quote about writers. She said (paraphrasing), "A good writer is someone who chases the hero up a tree and then throws rocks at them."
It's true for every good book I've ever read! Some rocks are bigger than others, some trees are taller but the fact is there is a tree and there are rocks. It was a blast thinking up heroes and making up big ol' rocks to throw. The sadist in me thrived!
I can't wait April 2018!
The A to Z Challenge was exactly that; a challenge, but what a lovely challenge.
My vocabulary has increased a hundred-fold.
I discovered so many new blogs and outlooks on life.
I've been exposed to other cultures and places to add to my bucket list.
I've discovered that I have a flare for alliteration.
Favorites in the A to Z Challenge
Mrs. Dash Says. Her Theme: A piece of me or APOM.
Her posts were personal. We really did get to know bits and pieces of her.
Natasha Musing. Her Theme: Travel Epiphanies. Like Mrs. Dash, Natasha's posts are personal and filled with wisdom, amusements and, yes, epiphanies! The things that she notices, the feelings that certain colors or items bring up are enlightening. I enjoyed getting to know her and think her's will be a blog that I visit often.
Pen In Her Hand. Her Theme: Young Adult Novels. Might not be up everyone's alley but with 6 granddaughters from the age of almost 13 to 19 years old, this theme was extremely informative. I can share with granddaughters; read a book or two and talk about them! We grandmother's need all the help we can get to make them put down those phones and actually have a discussion!
Patricia Lynne. Her Theme: Strange Feelings. Remarkable theme. My love affair with words had me addicted to this theme and her words. So strange to actually put a word to things I have also felt or known!
Ever experienced Xeno? What about Vellichor? Surely you've experienced Onism!
My Ordinary Moments. Theme: Arti writes that she is 'theme less' She understated that her posts were about words. There was so much more than mere words. She wrote of emotions, experiences, how those words made her feel, about travels, architecture, culture, and more.
I will read her posts religiously.
hdhstory, Storyteller blog: Theme: What if...a great place to make your brain itch.
Is it cheating if I start creating next years posts tomorrow morning?