A-Z Theme Reveal and whatsup?

I am participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge again this year. What is this mysterious blogging challenge you ask? Arlee Bird from Tossing it Out came up with this creative writing challenge where bloggers post for 26 days in April. He writes about it here. The event grew and Arlee now has helpers. You can still sign up for this year’s event here.

I'll get to my A-Z theme reveal in a minute, but let’s first recap.

2012 My first year. I literally wrote, the month before the A-Z, twenty-six short stories that became a REALLY rough draft for Grim Tales from the Ruralhood: 26 Stories from A-Z. I had fun writing each short story, reading all the comments, as well as, learned from everyone’s feedback. A couple of people suggested I put them in an eBook. After much rewriting and editing, I hired a copy editor, and someone to format it for an eBook. 

2013 I wrote The Waiting Summer, my favorite thus far. They are still in roughish form at The Ruralhood. I reduced the number of stories to 25 and put them in somewhat of an order. The Waiting Summer stories are my memories of one summer when I waited tables and did other things. 

2014 My posts were all about family treasures with photos at The Ruralhood.

2015 I went back to Journaling Woman where I wrote the first line and (most of the time) the last line of some of my favorite books.

2016 I'll be here at Journaling Woman. My theme for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge in April will be about death. Yes, death. That’s all I’m saying for now.

Come visit me in April and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

What’s up with me?

OH MY STARS, I’ve been a sick puppy. I rarely get bronchitis or coughing diseases, but I did, get one. And it's hung on and on. (cough, cough)

Last Friday, I finally reached the age of 30. (cough, cough and sneeze.) I’m not sure how I feel about it either--the years chasing me. (big sigh)

This time of year at work is always tense, and I’m feeling it. 

I’m still writing on my short story compilation.

I’m reading: The Baby Thief: The untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller who Corrupted Adoption by Barbara Bisantz Raymond. Wow. I still get amazed at how evil can go unchecked and reign. How and why do people get sucked into crazy mindsets and allow evil to run amok. I don't get it.

Millie is okay. She doesn’t like the time change. And how does she even know? I’m trying to leave her outside her day-pen, more and more, to roam the house while I’m at work. Last Friday, she ate the entire cover off of a magazine. She also ate the entire left corner, down a couple of inches, and through the entire thickness of the mag. I need to rethink her freedom.

Soon, very soon, I will be on spring break from school and will be partying in Florida. You know Where the Boys Are, being wild and all that. Okay not really. Millie and I will be painting walls and spring cleaning. That’s how we roll. 

We're a little boring.

Are you joining the A-Z? Do you take spring breaks? 


  1. I am really looking forward to your A to Z. Death is something which comes to us all, and we too often ignore it.
    And I hope you are getting much, much healthier.

  2. Hi Teresa - good to see you with the A-Z ... I'll enjoy (I think) your take on death ... but are you partying in Florida with the zombies? Hope that bronchitis really has gone - take care .. and Millie - yes a rethink might well be needed ...

    Cheers and see you shortly - Hilary

  3. Death - now there is a topic with a wide set of possibilities. I look forward to see what you come up with.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  4. Millie is a hungry puppy.
    Sorry you've been sick.
    Death! Now that's an intriguing theme.

  5. Interesting theme. Curious to see what you'll be doing with it.

    Sorry to read that you've been ill.

  6. Death? Great idea! For a theme, I mean. And yes, I am going on a trip to Disney/Universal with the kiddies for their spring break. We've had some illness here as well and my fingers are crossed for a healthy spring break.

  7. I'm not doing A-Z. I did it 2012 and 13 but that's it. Then I was helping Tina Downey in 14 but when she passed away, the wind was out of my sails. It's too hard to come up with topics. The book about Georgia Tan sounds interesting...I have heard of her but I don't know the details.

  8. Death should be interesting. Ugg to the germs. Hopefully Millie doesn't get a paper cut lol

  9. Well, sounds somber, but there is such a thing as dark humor. Looking forward to your posts. I did not participate in the Great Theme Reveal, but I am participating in the challenge again this year. Cheers!

  10. Death has myriad possibilities - books, films, songs, poems, real life...dark, but very interesting. Have a great A-Z

    Best wishes.

  11. You are a true veteran regarding A to Z Challenge, Teresa. What an intriguing theme you have. I will be certainly back to read all about it this April. Cheers :)

  12. Gulp! Death? What should we expect? That certainly is a unique theme :-)

    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

  13. I hope you feel better. Death is an interesting topic.

  14. I suppose reaching the age of 30 does turn one's mind to thoughts of (cough, ahem) that topic. However, besides the cold, you seem to be holding up quite well under the strain of years.

  15. Intriguing! As a storyteller, I work with a lot of stories that involve death one way or another, and people react to each one of them very differently. Looking forward to finding out more!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  16. I hate that you have been so ill. I take Echinecea Goldenseal capsules and they help keep me from getting too ill. Death, huh? Well, I have the ghost of Sigmund Freud with me all April. Kind of connected, right? :-)

  17. Hope the cough is getting better! And that you and Millie have a fun spring break.

    Oh, I always think of death in April! Tax time...nothing certain but death and taxes, ha! Will look forward to it.

  18. I have journaled off and on throughout my life and value the process and the insights that follow. A women's journey is honored by the writing. Know April will bring you new readership.

  19. Is it morbid of me to be instantly curious over your theme? LOL

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  20. I feel exactly the same as Patricia's comment! I am totally intrigued and I will be back!

  21. Ooooh...very intriguing. And I hope you're feeling better soon. Also, happy belated birthday!

  22. Death... okay. It happens. Rather too much of it for my liking in the past ten months, but...
    Should I say have fun?
    Jemima Pett

  23. i wish you and your loved ones a very happy easter!


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