Category Archive: A to Z challenge 2014

May 05 2014

#AtoZchallenge Reflections Post 2014

  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 …

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May 01 2014

#AtoZchallenge Win and Coming Soon

The challenge is over! All of my posts are up. I’ll finish the official blog migration in the next 24 hours (fingers crossed). It will be the same URL. In fact, if you surfed directly to my blog and are reading this post, the migration has completed! (If you went to my blog, found a …

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Apr 30 2014

#atozchallenge Z is for Zealous

It is with great enthusiasm that I pursue recording the events that I have been assigned to keep track of. Xavier calls me zealous, once he stops pretending that I am crazy. We make private jokes about lobsters.   The truth, we decide, is best served up to the public under the category of fiction. …

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Apr 29 2014

#atozchallenge Y is for Yesterday

  I thank the lobster. I put the lid back on the jar at his request. I refill my water bottle, close the other jar, and walk to the door. I pull out the crystal pendulum and sling the backpack over my shoulder.   “I believe that I can leave now. I have done what …

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Apr 28 2014

#atozchallenge X is for Xavier

The telepathic lobster waits for me to respond. I can hardly believe that the final piece of information is coming to me by way of a crustacean that is communicating with me with via a voice inside my head. Is this weirder than the dark doors that appeared because of a magic crystal? Is it …

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Apr 26 2014

#atozchallenge W is for Water

  I open the jar decorated with images of the ocean, as instructed by the strange voice I hear in my head. The jar contains water, a few plants growing from the sandy bottom, and a lobster. The lobster swims to the top and waves a claw at me.   Hello there.   “Am I …

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Apr 25 2014

#atozchallenge V is for Vision Quest

All alone in this sealed off room.   I pound on the door until I can no longer lift my limbs. I search along the cracks for any way to pry it open, but none exists. I search through my backpack for anything of use. The contents hidden within are a small bandage, a blue …

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Apr 24 2014

#atozchallenge U is for Uncle Sam and the Union Pipes

The lid of the box falls into place with a thud. A loud clicking sound fills the room. The floor vibrates under me. The jars shake, but none give me cause to believe they will fall. I look around, watching, waiting to see what will happen next.   The bowls around the room, which held …

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Apr 23 2014

#atozchallenge T is for The Time Piece

The lone box in a secret room filled with handmade clay jars. It’s a large box, big enough that I could be looking at a coffin. The wood is dark, almost black, with red undertones. It’s very shiny. Oddly, I can’t locate a single seam. Maybe it’s one large hunk of wood, and not actually …

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Apr 22 2014

#atozchallenge S is for Seeds, Spices, Sugar, and Salt

I head to the next area of the room. There’s another grouping of clay jars. Some of these are as big as I am, and some are as small as newborn kitten. There are at least fifty jars here. What should I except to find now? Assuming that these people from the past are the …

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Apr 21 2014

#atozchallenge R is for Return

There, on the next page, is what looks like the answer I sought when I was told by the elders that the Crow declared I would spend today going through a bunch of old stuff in secret room entered through a basement. The page reads:   Fairest Greetings from the past.             You are …

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Apr 19 2014

#atozchallenge Q is for Quatrain

A small clay jar with a broken lid catches my attention. This is the first sign of damage that I’ve discovered in this room. I carefully open it and peer inside. There are two pieces of paper, rolled up together and tied with a red satin bow. I carefully untie and unroll. The old paper …

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Apr 18 2014

#atozchallenge P is for Paleolithic Polychrome Parietal Art

The large stone mostly depicts people. I’m not sure that I understand the meaning of what is drawn though. There’s a person on a large, mostly dark, round ball that reminds me of the moon. There’s a flaming circle, which I guess could be the sun or an asteroid. Someone is drawn inside of it, …

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Apr 17 2014

#atozchallenge O is for Originals

  The jars in the back of the room are nearly as tall as I am. It takes a great deal more effort to open them, since I can’t quite reach the top. With a bit of tilting and balancing, I finally manage. The contents are long cylinders made of heavy leather. I open one …

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Apr 17 2014

O is for Ott’s #atozchallenge extra post – contest – book blast

GUEST BLOG POST        This special additional O blog post for the   2014 A to Z challenge is brought to you by   J’s lovely assistant, Jamie. A recent trip to this  magnificent greenhouse in Schwenksville, PA,   yielded some beautiful photos worth sharing.   We hope that you enjoy them.            …

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Apr 16 2014

#atozchallenge N is for Nothing

I open what feels like the hundredth jar. It’s empty. I shake it a few times, but nothing comes out. I move it closer to the nearest fire to peer inside. Nothing. There are some wavy lines painted on the jar.   I move on to the next jar. There are wavy lines on this …

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Apr 15 2014

#atozchallenge M is for Money

I need to know more. I grab the next jar. Shells fall out. They are nice shells. Wait, I’ve seen these before! This is wampum. I open another jar and find gold bullion coins. Behind that one is a jar filled with notes from banks that can be exchanged for gold. Is that what money …

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Apr 14 2014

#atozchallenge L is for Lenni Lenape

I comb through the pages. They’re interesting, even though I don’t fully understand most of what I’m looking at. I tuck them back in and move on to another.   The symbols of a wolf, turtle, and a turkey are on the next jar. Surely, this is what I am meant to find. A dried …

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Apr 12 2014

#atozchallenge K is for Knowledge

The first jar proves easy to open. I consider reaching inside, when it occurs to me that I have no idea what any of these hold. Fangs of venomous snakes, perhaps? Acid that does nothing to clay but can devour flesh? I have no idea what additional security could be inside these. Am I in …

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Apr 11 2014

#atozchallenge J is for Jars

I drop the useless torch and run to the doors. I beat my fists on them until I can no longer lift my arms. I kick with all the strength I have. My body slams against the doors enough times to turn my shoulders purple with bruises. I claw at the seams, but it does …

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