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Monday, March 26, 2012

A to Z and Me- Part I

Next week at this time, if my calendar is correct, we will be on day two of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into my A-Z challenge scheme.
I was somewhere between being as nervous as a chicken in a hen house after a hawk had made its way inside when it came to the A-Z April challenge (true story-it happened to my sister’s chicks—the hawk) AND speaking to a group of nudists in the nude.  Now isn’t that nervous?
I’m no longer nervous.
I have a theme. I am using the Brothers Grimm Fairytale titles. I have written 26 short stories written for each title.  It’s been a challenge, but so much fun, to start with the title and create a story for it.  The title, of course, will include the letter of the day. 
Collectively, the title of my A to Z entry is Grim Tales of the Ruralhood
·         They are fiction.
·         I had to make up two titles because the Grimm brothers let me down.
·         Each story must have a measure of grimness.
·         They are probably not tales to read to your children. But, they're harmless.
·         Each must have a rural flavor.
Unless I change something between now and then, there will be:
·         Murder
·         Mystery
·         Alien (space variety)
·         Rude children
·         Mean children
·         Ghosts
·         Cruelty (implied nothing graphic—trust me)
·         Crazy cat lady (not what you’re thinking…. Remember my post about the letter E?)
·         Stupid tourists
·         Creepy people
·         Unsavory stepfather
·         Talking and emotional inanimate objects (It was fun!)
·         Creatures from the deep
·         Things that aren’t what they seem
·         Animals
·         A poem

Come back on Wednesday for an imaginary interview between you and me. Friday, I’ll share the titles.
Oh and it’s not too late to join the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Go here.
See you Wednesday!


  1. Sounds interesting, I should've jumped on the boat.

    Can't wait.

  2. Sounds like you've got a great lists of posts for us during this challenge. Can't wait to read them. Have you ever thought about just how violent and scary fairy tales really are? No wonder we all love murder and mysteries. :) Have a great Monday.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. Sounds like you can string these together and turn it into a unique fairy tale book maybe? You know, T's Tales?

  4. Oh can't wait for these, even looking forward to the ghosts! :)

  5. Oh, I'm going to enjoy this! I love the comforting violence of Grimm!

  6. Excellent theme. Very challenging. Good for you to write stories for each one. That must have been a great creative exercise.

    Play off the Page

  7. Wow! That's a tough theme. Mine is silly by comparison.

  8. Teresa, that sounds awesome! Great theme - very unique.

  9. I can tell right now this is gonna be fun!!!

    Have yourself a beautiful week sweetie.

    God bless ya! :o)

  10. Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!! :) What an intriguing choice...I have a fascination with fairy tales and folklore.

    (now following your blog)

  11. I'll be back to check this out! You sold me on "creepy people." :)
    I'm a new follower!

  12. This sounds so interesting and like a lot of fun! Can't wait to read more!

  13. Hi Teresa .. sounds like so much fun - I will definitely enjoy your posts - what a great Idea .. Grim Tales - yay ...

    I devoured all the fairy tales as a kid - we had 'acres' of them .. so adding your thoughts of ruralhood .. will be great fun - excellent news ..

    Cheers Hilary

  14. Awesome! You're so creative - can't wait to see your posts :)

  15. That sounds awesome! I can't wait.

  16. I've noted a few bloggers I want to visit every day - and I just added you to my list :)

  17. hi teresa,

    that sounds brilliant!

    can't wait for these posts.
    i know i'm going to love these.

    good luck with the a-z challenge!

    big hugs!

  18. Your plan sounds fun. And I'm glad you're no longer nervous. We're supposed to be having fun.

    The Dog Lived (and So Did I)
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  19. I am so coming back to this blog to see what you've got in store for us.
    Blessings from Africa, Geoff.

  20. cool ill await for your a-z hope you visit mine too here http://pa-ul.blogspot.com/2012/03/z-artists.html


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