The A to Z Challenge, or I’ve Lost My Mind

[Note: I’m making this a sticky post for April, so new visitors will know what’s going on. Scroll down to the next post for the most recent entry. Edit to add: If you don’t feel like scrolling, here’s the link to the first part of the story (there will be 26 parts, eventually): A is for Avalanche]

I’ve been in a creative rut lately. No, not that kind of rut. More of a slump. I’m sure there are many complex reasons for this and probably I should go talk to a psychologist and spend months, perhaps years, getting in touch with my deepest . . . whatever.

But what fun is that?

A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvibInstead, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit. My creativity has always been fueled by laughter and silliness, and I’ve become much too serious and focused on the need for “perfection” in my writing. Like that’s ever going to happen. So I’ve entered the A to Z Challenge for April 2016. You can click that link for details, but the idea is to post a blog entry every day in April, excluding Sundays, each featuring a word beginning with a (consecutive) letter of the alphabet.

I considered just picking random words and writing a short thing about each one, but that didn’t seem particularly interesting or challenging. Or sufficiently terrifying. So I’ve decided to tell a story. I have no idea what this story is about or who’s in it or even where it’s set. I don’t know the genre or anything about the plot. It’s likely the length, and coherency, of the posts will vary wildly. I’m totally winging it.

Oh dear god, what the hell am I even thinking. But that’s sort of the point– to stop thinking so damn much.

I anticipate this will be a rousing success. Or it will be a complete and utter disaster and I’ll have to delete my entire blog — yes, all of it — and go into hiding. Or maybe it’ll just be a lot of fun and highly entertaining.

Don’t expect this story to make sense and we all should be fine. Probably.

If you’d like to help “guide” the story along, feel free to suggest a word or two in advance. I suspect I’m going to need all the help I can get. We start tomorrow with A.


Filed under A to Z Challenge, blogging, creativity

12 responses to “The A to Z Challenge, or I’ve Lost My Mind

  1. A is for Merry

    The ailing aardvark argued aimlessly…


  2. Ah, alliteration. I’ll keep it in mind.

    Although, actually, AN ailing aardvark argued aimlessly…

    Is it too late to back out?


  3. A is for Merry

    Awwww…. a little aardvark never hurt anybody…


  4. Well, on Saturday we have B, so there’s the painful potential for BEARS* and baiting and biting and BBQ sauce. Unless I decide to just skip that letter.

    *There will be NO BEARS in this story. I don’t write horror.


  5. McB

    Aardvarks and ants … The story practically writes itself. But it needs suspense … Apples! I mean ants are easy, but what would an aardvark do with apples? But wait, you need an antagonist and I don’t think apples have the proper je ne se qu’à . But wait! There’s more! antagonist starts with a. And amorous! An amorous aardvark and antagonistic ants in an apocalyptic battle for the ancient city Acropolis! of Atlantis. As symbolized by an apple.

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  6. Staying away from the dreaded B word…how about bats, bouncing balls, and bonbons?


  7. McB . . . that was abundantly and adroitly . . . helpful.

    Eidlhe, I’m still staring blankly at working on the A post, but I’ll use those words as inspiration for the next one.

    Ahem. I’m afraid you all are going to be quite disappointed with my imagination, in comparison.


  8. A is for Merry

    All I know is that the main ant should be named Adam.

    Yeah, that’s us. Disappointed at your imagination. Yup. Absolutely plausible, that is.


  9. MinO

    FYI – stories about bunnies can be just as scary about those big brown beasts.

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  10. gatorperson

    Re our blog, I’ve discovered that bon means good. So bon bons are good goods. So there!

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  11. GP, you’re practically fluent. Somehow, I don’t think there will be bonbons in this story. But you never know…


  12. gatorperson

    Amy abhorred aardvarks; albeit, Abner absolutely adored all animals.