A-Z Blogging Challenge Nearing

Next Monday begins the Blogging from A-Z Challenge (April 2013). “The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenges to post the letter of the alphabet every day during the month of April, with Sundays off for good behavior. We will start with A on Monday April 1st. Whether you go with a theme or freestyle, your post must match the letter of the alphabet for that day.” As of this post, there are 1364 blogs signed up which is down from the 1700 bloggers that signed up last year (I think). I don’t know what that means except the A-Z is a commitment.

Last year, for the A-Z, I created short stories that related to a Brothers’ Grimm title only, rural setting and be a tad bit grim. Because I’m a deadbeat, I still don’t have my NEW VERSION of the Grim Tales of the Ruralhood put in an eBook format. (It’s changed for the better, I think.) But, I do have a professional editor lined up for April. After that, I’ll publish it. See, there’s hope for me.
This year my I’m posting my A-Z from The Ruralhood blog.  I want to use that platform to tell you a story of one summer of my life. The A-Z has rules and you can go to the site here and read them. One rule is that your post must match the letter of the day. I’m not sure if my stories will actually match the letter of the day, but they’ll relate to the title, that will match the letter of the day. Are you confused yet?

My overall theme this year focuses on the summer of my seventeenth year.  With the A-Z order in mind, I will be remembering for you my life at seventeen as I worked my first real job waiting tables and living life the best way I knew how.

Other things you might want to know:

·         The title is The Waiting Summer

·         There will be photos!

·         If the posts are too long, then feel free to not read them.  I want to give you something interesting to read.

·         Names and identifiers are changed for the characters other than me and my family. (That’s what you get for being related to me.)  J

·         Because of the A-Z order, not all stories will be in sequential order. I mean it’s not going to matter. And if there’s more to a story, I plan on making a note of where the next installment will appear in case you want to read more.

·         I plan to post my Sunday devotionals and Carol Kilgore’s new book debut on Journaling Woman. But, mostly I will be at The Ruralhood.

As usual, I’m nervous about getting around to the other participants. I want to visit every person’s blog on the list, but realize I won’t be able to. I plan to pick a number of bloggers to visit each day, visit my regulars and visit those who visit me. Whew.

I had fun last year. If you haven’t joined and wish to, click on the badge in the sidebar.

What do you think? Am I out of my mind? Have you signed up for the A-Z Challenge? Have you touched base lately with your seventeen year old self?


  1. Sounds like you've got a great plan! I'm looking forward to the posts. Excited to hear that you've got an editor for the A-Z posts from last year and are moving forward with publishing them!

  2. Your posts last year were terrific. I'm looking forward to your theme this year, too! Can't believe it's April next week. This year is going by fast!

  3. Sound like a great idea, very original too. I'm just going with whatever pops in at my zoo. And yeah there is no way what so ever anyone will get around to every one every day, unless they just say nice post and quickly go on their way.

  4. Your posts last year were so creative! Looking forward to this year's selection.
    And glad you have an editor now. Then we can talk about YOUR book!

  5. Hi Teresa .. sounds like a fun series of stories .. I'm looking forward to it - and won't miss out ..

    How we do 100s of blogs I've no idea .. and I do struggle being taken away from my friends ... I'm sure I'll cope - but I know so far I ain't done justice to the whole thingummy A-Z .. and regrettably I can see the same thing happening this year ...

    Oh well can only do what one can do ... but visiting the Ruralhood will be on the list ...

    Good - I look forward to buying your Grim Tales ... cheers Hilary

  6. It sounds like yours will be an intriguing A-Z! Lots of work, Theresa. You are amazing.

  7. My 17 year old self was a hot mess. Looking forward to meeting yours!

    I'm going to be an A-Z virgin this year.

  8. Sounds like a great plan for the AtoZ! I bet you'll have a ton of fun with it. I didn't get ANY writing time in last year during the challenge, so I'm going to sit this one out. :)

  9. awww man, what a great idea, i wish i had of thought of--i think as usual, i will be winging it--maybe i should go check out some of those rules!

  10. Can't wait to read about your summer!

  11. Looking forward to reading all about your 17th year, and it wasn't all that long ago! I KNOW I can't read all the blogs that I'll want to. And, once I start following one, I want to go back, but then, I'm supposed to read more, new ones, ones who follow me. Ah, the pressure. I'll try.

  12. I read some of your stories last year and really enjoyed them. I'll be back for A to Z.
    The Write Soil


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