It's almost here--the crazy exercise known as the A to Z Challenge. Hundreds of bloggers sign on each year to blog almost daily through April (we get Sundays off. Isn't that generous?) in a big blogging party. Why? There are several reasons. One is to increase traffic and (hopefully) active followers for our blogs, because a huge part of the Hop is going about and reading the blogs of others, and following those that you like. For some of us (okay, for me), another reason is one similar to the reason for doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month): it creates a focus on my writing in my own head and life.
Last year, doing the Hop for the first time (having jumped in at rather the last minute on an impulse), I met a number of great bloggers, and also figured out what I really wanted to do with this blog. Not bad, for something just tossed into the hopper without much thought.
This year, with my blog chugging along pretty well (as you know, I've settled into a pattern of two reviews and a Flash Fiction each week, and yes, it does encroach on my novel-writing time, but probably in a good way, since it keeps me reading and keeps me writing fiction even when all about me is editing and formatting and marketing, oh my!) (I apologize for an inexcusably long parenthetical digression. . . now where was I?), I am a little more conscious of what I'm doing and why. And I have a THEME.
Yeah, yeah, you say. Get to the point already. What is that glorious theme?
First, I'm going to tell you what it's not. I was sorely tempted, but my theme is NOT Ice Cream (it would have been a nice marketing ploy as my new mystery, Death By Ice Cream is launching in just a few days. But just a little too much. And the research would probably cause serious weight gain).
Nor is my theme haiku, though the brevity of that form made it tempting.
|You could write a haiku about these almond blossoms.|
I toyed with the idea of world travel.
|Okay, I cheated. This isn't in Holland. It's a few miles from home, in Golden Gate Park. But it originally came from Holland.|
And in the end, I went with my great passion: Wilderness.
|Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado|
Here's what the month will look like:
Mondays: Reviews of adult books on wilderness/wilderness travel/backpacking.
Tuesdays: Original fiction and non-fiction pieces on wilderness travel.
Wednesdays: Reviews of children's books on wilderness, wilderness adventures, and settling the Wild West.
Thursdays: Photos. I do a LOT of backpacking (the US style, i.e., wilderness travel with everything I will need on my back, sleeping in tents and cooking on a dinky alcohol-burning stove). I will be highlighting some of my best photos from around the West (US and Canadian Rockies).
Fridays: Flash Fiction. If possible, I will do these from the Chuck Wendig prompts, and force them to fit the letters of the day. Should be interesting.
Saturdays: a return to something I've not done much recently: posts on writing. I'm not sure how that will relate to the wilderness theme, except writing is all about the inside of my head, which is pretty much an untamed wilderness. We might call it the writer's journey, too.
And, of course, as often as possible, I will mention ice cream. Because. . . you know why!
So check out the list and hop around to see what some of the exciting themes of A to Z 2014 will be!
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In related news: only three days left to enter to win a paperback copy of Death By Ice Cream.
Okay, I lied about that. Because tomorrow kicks off the Death By Ice Cream blog tour and e-book give-away. Visit jemimapett.com on March 22 for a review and a chance to enter to win!
The other participating blogs are:
Will MacMillan Jones
Finishing with Carla Sarett on April 2