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Friday, 21 March 2014

Celebrating the A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal blogfest!

So today I'm rolling two blogfests into one post, which some may call cheating, but I call it economical.


Friday Celebrations 

It's Friday, which means time to celebrate something with VikLit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author and all the lovelies currently on her linky list.

It can be anything you like, as small or significant as you like. Everything counts, and it all helps to spread the joy of whatever we've all been up to.





Today my celebrations are all about the countdown to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. With only 10 days left to get posts prepared (eek!) I know plenty of us are working hard at getting all our posts together and ready for scheduling. Well, the sensible and organised ones among us are anyway :-)

For those still scratching their heads about this whole thing, the A-Z Blogging Challenge is all about posting something every day in April, except Sundays, and using the letters of the alphabet as starting points. By taking Sundays out, that's 26 days for 26 letters.

To check out the full details and of course to sign up yourself, head on over to the website. There are over 1300 signed up so far!

Today's other blogfest is the big A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal. Many of us pick a central theme to base all our challenge posts on, and today's the day we kick start the celebrations and reveal our plans for the month.

A to Challenge Theme reveal blogfest 


This blogfest is being co-hosted by Vidya Sury, alongside her buddies Anna Tan, Csenge Zalka, Guilie Castillo Oriard and Samantha Geary. They're all carrying on the mantle from Mina Lobo who started the Theme Reveal last year.

There are over 300 bloggers signed up to reveal their theme so it's well worth heading over to see what everyone's planning.

As for me, I'm planning on a Daily Haiku for each letter of the alphabet. A Haiku is a short, unrhyming poem of 17 syllables across three lines following structure: 5, 7, 5.

I thought it'd be perfect for the Challenge, all posts will be short and sweet taking the pressure off getting them prepared and scheduled (I hope!).

A daily haiku is one of the exercises given to us as part of my creative writing course, one that was totally new to me and I found I really enjoyed it once I got started. It seemed the perfect choice for this Challenge, and I hope you enjoy my offerings.


So, are you taking part in the A-Z Challenge this year? What's your theme going to be? 

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45 comments:

  1. I haven't written a Haiku since grade school...but I definitely think I can appreciate their genius more now than I used to! That's a great theme - quick and easy for you and the 300 other bloggers who are rushing around to read other posts!

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    1. Thanks Vicki, I'm hoping the short posts will be a nice breather for everyone doing the rounds. It's certainly something I prefer with such a big hop going on!

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  2. A haiku a day would be challenging enough without adding the alphabet. Good luck to you.

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    1. Thanks Rhonda, it's been interesting coming up with some of the topics

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  3. Looking forward to reading more. Have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa, I hope you enjoy what I've come up with.

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  4. A daily haiku is a fascinating idea. Haiku is so lovely. I look forward to reading them! :)

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    1. Thanks Lexa, I hope I don't disappoint with them.

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  5. Wow, I'm impressed! I am terrible at writing haiku so I know I wouldn't even be able to make it past the first day LOL. Looking forward to your posts!

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    1. Thanks Julie, it's certainly been interesting coming up with topics and fitting them in with the defined structure. I hope you like them.

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  6. Yes, haiku. Something I know nothing about, but love every one that scrolls across my reader screen. So looking forward to all my fellow bloggers during April, and hope I can make it through the challenge. Newbie blogger keeping it simple with posts about objects (that have morphed into memories or humor for the most part). Sammy D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sammy. I'm sure you'll make it through the Challenge, just pace yourself and make sure you enjoy it!

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  7. I enjoy me a good Haiku! I think its a smart idea for your A to Z theme: short, challenging, and cool ;)

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    1. Thanks SK. I think the shortness of the posts will be appealing, I just hope the content delivers :-)

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  8. That's a great theme, I can't wait to read your haiku's :)

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    1. Thanks Laura, I hope you like them.

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  9. I wasn't up to the challenge but I wish you all luck. I enjoy reading what everyone comes up with.

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    1. Thanks LD. Hopping around and seeing what everyone else is up to is just as fun as taking part. I hope you enjoy!

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  10. Oh, I love the theme and the challenge it will present. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us.

    Ayden from the A to Z Challenge

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    1. Thanks Ayden, I just hope people like what I've got to offer.

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  11. I love haiku poetry. Looking forward to visiting your posts. Let the countdown begin :)


    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Writing Tips
    Effectively Human
    Lots of Crochet Stitches


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    1. Thanks M J. It's getting so close now!

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  12. That sounds like a great theme....and short (though I KNOW it won't be easy).

    Looking forward to seeing what you create.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

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    1. Thanks Leanne. I've enjoyed coming up with the posts for the Challenge, still a few to go but I'm sure I'll be ready.

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  13. What a great idea to combine your creative writing course and the AtoZ challenge. Although Haiku is short, it is long on creative thinking and writing. Good luck and I'll be back. Visiting from the Theme Reveal Blog Hop...#192 Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sue. It's been fun writing for the Challenge, I hope you like my posts.

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  14. That's very clever! I'll be participating with my group, Untethered Realms, and we're doing fantastical creatures. :)

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    1. I'm looking forward to the fantastical creatures posts. I hope you enjoy my haiku.

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  15. Haiku--it sounds like fun, and I don't recall anyone ever doing it, and I've participated for three years, this upcoming challenge being my fourth. My theme is flight terminology.

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    1. Wow, good luck with your fourth Challenge! This will be my third and I've enjoyed each one so far.

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  16. Good luck on the haiku!!! I love them--also, I live in Japan, and have an extensive Flickr (you can find the link on my blog). If you want to use any images to go with your haiku to dress up your posts, feel free. ^_^

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

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    1. Thanks Alex! I hope you enjoy my haiku too.

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  17. Haiku fascinates me, because I can't do it. It's a great theme - I'll be checking them out :-)

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    1. I'm not sure if I can do it yet Annalisa, but this is an interesting way to find out!

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  18. Wow. I can't write a single good Haiku, much less one a day for a month. Best of luck with the challenge!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I'm excited by the Challenge. I hope I can make it!

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    1. They will definitely be short, and I'm hoping they'll be sweet ;-)

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  20. Excellent theme! I wish you much inspiration!

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    1. Thanks N J, I really hope you like them.

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  22. I'm not doing the A to Z Challenge this year. I have enough trouble just getting out one real post a week. I can't even imagine writing a Haiku every day for a month. I'd be lucky to finish one. So I'm impressed. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. I hope I can live up to the Challenge, it's certainly intense. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. That's sounds fun, I've never written a haiku.

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