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"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

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~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I just couldn't help myself....

I did it, signed up for the A to Z Challenge. I wasn't planning on doing it this year. Last year was tough, but then I was a host. This year I'm simply a participant, #967. Not as much pressure LOL.

This is my third year in a row doing the Challenge. Now to come up with a theme and start writing some posts in advance.

Anyone got any good ideas for a theme? Like, what topic would make you not want to stop following me if I posted on it for 26 days?

24 comments:

  1. Firstly, well done for signing up. I was seriously tempted but resisted in the end.

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  2. Hi Karen .. delighted you'll be joining us - my third time too ... and I'm not divulging my topic ... so not sure what I could suggest ...?

    Great see you there .. cheers Hilary

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  3. Good on you for giving it a go. I'm passing on the A-Z, but very impressed with those attempting it. Have fun picking a topic :)

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  4. Yay for you! This is my third year, too and I've already got more than half my posts written. Good luck!

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  5. Yes!!!! You knew you couldn't say no. Be easier just participating, although this year will be easier on the hosts now that we have minions.

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  6. I am so glad you decided to do it. This will be my third year too. I have no idea for a theme for you, but I will always love to read your blog.

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  7. How about A-Z Cookies and their literary equivalents (such as books they might appear in, or would be good to have while reading... Combines the "two Karens."
    Example- Cormac McCarthy’s The Road/Rocky Road cookies.

    You're never one to shy from a challenge.

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  8. I'm impressed - I'm far too disorganised (or simply have too much else going on) to settle to something so disciplined. So I'll cheer from the sidelines, whatever you write about.

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  9. This sounds so much fun! I can't wait to see what theme you will choose. A-Z of what qualities you need to be a writer? Ambition….etc. Goodness, I'm tempted too.
    Helena xx

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  10. Good luck and have fun, Karen! I won't be participating but I'll be cheering my friends on who are.

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  11. Maybe you could write about food. Then you could write about cooking, different meals you've eaten and who you ate them with, and what food means to you. I always like books and short stories that include descriptions of meals.

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  12. If only I had the time,(that's my lame excuse), Time, I'm so busy making plans I don't have the time to read the paper. Well done on signing up to do it. All the best.

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  13. I love reading everyone's a-z challenge, even though I haven't taken the time to do it myself.

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  14. Time is drawing near! Have you decided on a theme yet? Am not sure this is 100% necessary but it does make one think a bit I guess.
    I will have a look at all the interesting blogs listed alongside this post.
    I love your cover photo!

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    1. Hi Susan, I think I have decided on a theme. And those who suggested food-related posts can smile!

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  15. Food is always a good subject!
    I've planned to do the challenge every year and then changed my mind. Maybe next year! Good Luck with it and I'll be reading...

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  16. Maybe you could write about the power of books to change lives :)

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  17. I went back and forth on doing it too. I wrote posts ahead of time this time, which I didn't do last year and that made it very hard. See you in April!

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  18. You crack me Up Karen...I'm in the same boat although I haven't official added my name to the list. I've done the challenge for the same length as you, and as a co-host with you last year.
    I've been preoccupied with life and have nothing planned...but then that's how it was in 2011 and I just LOVED IT so I'm thinking of winging it again this year.

    Either way, I've got you on my radar so I'll be cheering you on.

    Good luck!
    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. Jenny, Well it's been 2 days since you wrote this comment. Signed up yet?

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  19. Dear Karen, I've been away from the blogging world for several weeks but today, as the snow flies outside and heat within warms my house, I did stop to read your blog and to think of some topic that might serve you well for the A-Z Challenge. I'm wondering if you, being a writer, might take the words associated with fiction/novels and nonfiction and write about them. Words like the following: bathos, characters, synopsis, plot, scene, motif, denouement, mystery, tension, suspense, deus ex machina, alliteration, metaphor, simile, figurative language. Well, you see what I'm suggesting here. I'd certainly be back to read you each day! Peace.

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    1. Dee, I actually did that theme 2 years ago on the Challenge. I did Literary Definitions A to Z, and they're all linked over on my sidebar. It was a fun theme!

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  20. Welcome aboard! As to themes, I'm the worst at coming up with something, so you don't want my suggestions. I'll pop over in April and offer support.

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  21. Congrats on your decision! I just can't do it... We'll be far out in the boonies for at least half the month. Having little or no internet made my decision for me. I'll be checking your posts out when I have a signal...

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