I’m here, I’m here! I almost missed it but I am here! It is time to reveal my last minute, half-assed, pulled together in a panic theme for next months big A to Z Blogging Challenge. For those who don’t know, the challenge is to post something every day in April, minus Sundays, beginning with the letter A on April 1st and ending with the letter Z on the 30th. It isn’t easy and since I am the worst at preplanning I imagine it will be even harder for me.
I did this last year, the theme was Astronomy, and I failed miserably. Well, not miserably, people did like the posts, I just wasn’t able to complete the challenge and make it all the way until the letter Z. It’s not easy to post every day and while I was passionate about the subject matter, the work involved to research the topics was more than I could handle. So this year I am going to do something totally different, this year I am going to write a bit of creative writing.
Over on Tumblr, I am a big fan of the “Excerpts From a Book I’ll Never Write” tag. I believe the creator is a user named Sue Zhao and each entry, from her and other writers across the Tumblr-verse, is a bit of dialogue or a scene that suggests a deeper story but is satisfying in its brevity. Each is a small piece of a larger work that cannot be, or refuses to be, a part of anything bigger and is more beautiful for it.
For a long time, I have wanted to participate myself but never had the guts to try. Like anything else I want to undertake, there has to be a deadline, an expectation, and then I can shine.
I am very nervous to go about creating situations and characters that will pop into existence and back out in under 500 words or so. I am afraid I do not have enough imagination for all 26 letters of the alphabet. I am not even sure I know what the letter will represent exactly, perhaps the title of the piece, maybe the first letter of the story, or the name of the main character in each excerpt? I’m leaning toward the latter. There are still several kinks to work out and some ideas I need to get down on paper. Another first for me, drafting posts on paper :/
So wish me luck, and follow along if you are curious. I am hoping for feedback and an idea of whether or not fiction is a field I should explore a little more. I hope to see you all throughout the month and I hope to follow more of you who are participating. Please, let me know what you think and if you have a theme of your own.
I’d love to hear from you :)