Monday, March 21, 2016

April A to Z Theme Reveal

First of all, welcome to blog post #500! *cue the confetti*

It's almost April again, and you know what that means...The annual A to Z blogging challenge! I'm excited to be back for my fourth year. 

I had so much fun last year with short story starts based on your letter of the day word suggestions, that I'm doing it again. Yes, that means each day I'll be looking for suggestions using the letter of the day and will then post the start of a short story, or if time and inspiration allows, the entire story the next day. So start thinking of names, situations, and interesting words to throw at me and I'll try to use as many of them as possible.

Last April I was awating edits on A Broken Race, which has since been published. This April, I'm awaiting the day I can announce that Brewed Awakenings II, an anthology featuring two of my short stories, will be released. There may also be a big announcement on my next novel at some point in the month. Lots to watch for!

What's going on until April? I'm finishing up the rough draft of Bound in Blue. Only a few thousand more words to go. I'd love to squeeze in a quick read through and get some editing notes down before April hits. Which means I should be writing right now. Oops.

This lovely interview with the 3288 Review happened.

And on Authors Answer, we discussed writing targets.

My fish tank is down to only guppies, and hey, I have chickens! They're roughly a nine days old here.

What are other people doing for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge? Drop by the giant list of participants to see what fun we're all in for.


  1. That sounds like a serious challenge! Great fun and interactive theme. Good luck for the A-Z.

    Best wishes.

  2. Hi Jean - good luck with the projects - but am glad you're doing the A-Z again ... and I shall enjoy participating ... cheers Hilary

  3. Sounds great. I stopped by a lot here last year and looking forward to doing it again!

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side: The A to Z of Adventure!

  4. Wow! Now that's what I call a challenge :) Sounds fun! Good luck!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  5. Crowdsourcing topics. I LOVE it! Great idea.

  6. You are a brave soul to approach the #Challenge with others suggestions. This is my 4th year and I learned to write well in advance in order to have time to visit the other blogs. Good luck.

  7. Good luck with this approach. This is my 4th year of the #Challenge and writing the posts way in advance helps to have time to VISIT all the other blogs. You are a brave soul approaching April with unknown suggestions to build upon.

  8. I love the idea of an interactive theme! great way to involve your readers and also a great way to get ideas you might not have come across otherwise! Good luck :)

  9. WOW! What you plan on doing for the A to Z challenge, is interesting. I'm curious to see what kind of suggestions you get.

  10. Sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck with it!

  11. Sounds like fun, Jean, good luck with it!

  12. Gosh, that sounds like a lot of hard work! I have my five Friday flashes all written already - except for Y. :)
    Good luck, Jean!
    Jemima Pett

  13. Thank you all for stopping by. I've added all of you to my blog list. I hope you'll be back in April to offer up some words!

  14. Good luck with the challenge - sounds hard because you can't plan it. I'd go under without all the prep :) Hope you have a great April.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  15. Whew! Write on demand! I'm impressed.

  16. Now that's some serious pantsing! What a fun way to stretch your writing muscles.

  17. Ambitious theme! Go, you! I'm lucky to post once a month, these days. Look forward to your posts!

  18. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
    Your theme sounds like a lot of fun and a ton of work. Best of luck to you on keeping up with all those stories. Here's an S for you, along with a reason...

    April should be exciting. I'm looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There's a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.


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