I feel fortunate to have been able to take part in the 2014 A to Z challenge. I am thankful for all the people who were kind enough to stop by my blog. I am optimistic about the “road trip,” where visiting the challenge blogs continues. There were many passionate, engrossing, and unique blogs I had the good fortune to discover as I hopped this year.
The theme reveal was a great idea. It is helpful to know what is out there. I do wish that there was a list with just the themes though. “Your theme in fewer than 35 characters,” would be very useful. If Linky lists offered two lines, that’d be so awesome! (Line one- your blog name and category. Line two- your theme. *Hint hint to @Brent_Riggs *) I had a project for a writing class I’m in where I had to pick an obscure mythological animal to write about. My Google search?
(I went with a Jackelople, if anyone reading this wondered.)
A short story in 26 parts was a fun idea, but it didn’t work out as well in reality as it did in my head. Last year, I wrote 26 short stories which, when pieced together, made one whole story. This year it was one whole story broken into 26 parts— and the trouble with that is no one in the hop has time to read 26 posts! (This seems so obvious to me now. Hindsight really is 20/20 folks.) Even if I, as a reader, found a blog with a super fantastic story that was in 26 parts, I would have bookmarked it to come back after all the posts were up. It could have been a collaboration story from J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Veronica Roth teaming up to fill in the blanks from an unfinished J.D. Salinger short, and I STILL would have come back later. (Please hold. My whole body is responding to that sentence with a crazy amount of desire. Well, there goes my inner calm. LOL.) So, as a tip to other writers, even if you are currently cool enough to get a reservation at the best place in town with less than five minutes notice, I still suggest not writing a story in 26 parts for the A to Z challenge.
(Glance to my bookcase. Spot “The Green Mile.” Notice it came out in six parts… each which I bought from the store the day they released. The day… who am I kidding… I was down at Acme at midnight harassing Bryon in the hopes he’d go in the backroom and cut that box open early, and explaining why lock picking isn’t really a crime, and that his manager would never know if he got in the office to get me one little book. All right, all right, but in my defense, that was SIX parts, not TWENTY-SIX! And the waiting period was more than just a day. Therefore, it’s not the same. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
As you can see if you look through my posts from this year, my blog moved from GoDaddy’s Quick Blogcast to WordPress.org after the “U” post. Everything before the letter “V” lacks basic word-wrap. No, I don’t know why this is. No, I don’t know what to click to fix it. Yes, it does bother me. (Not as much as the “subscribe” options on this blog which don’t currently subscribe anyone TO anything, since my blog has yet to send a single email alerting anyone to any new posts. One adds people as a “user,” which is a subscriber that also is subscribed to nothing. I’ve tried a few plugins, none that have generated any emails. Fail fail #fail! I’m working on it.)
What shall I do next year? I’m considering mashing up two of my loves. I’d be taking screenshots of videogames, and then writing a story to go with each one. Twenty-six short stories, related only in that they spawn from the same idea pool. This might border on fan-fiction. Which theme would I be in- writing (WR) or gaming (GA)? Only ONE can be selected… dun dun dunnnnnnnnnn. Maybe I should rethink this idea.
Thank you for stopping by. Did you partake in the challenge as a blogger, a commenter, both, or none of the above? If you were one of the bloggers, did you have a theme and what was it? Much love from number 64!