02 May 2011

Easy A to Z

If you've been dropping in from time to time, you already know this, but:

I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. I used A to Z to focus on topical posts that range far outside of my usual discussions of the entertainment industry, the horror genre, and writing. It was nice to remember that I know lots of stuff about...stuff! (And also that I am an articulate person.)

So I want to issue an official thank you to Arlee Bird and co-hosts Jeffrey Beesler, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Jen Daiker, Candace Ganger, Karen J. Gowen, Talli Roland, and Stephen Tremp. Well done!

Extra credit goes to Marcus at Writing Investigated for creating the Next Blog / Surprise Me! buttons that have made going through the massive list of A to Z participants so much fun. Thanks, Marcus.

For the hosts of A to Z and all of you who participated in the challenge, I offer a stern round of Kane applause:


In case you are only catching up with me now via the mega-post, AND you have tons of creative juice because A to Z energized you as much as it did me, or even (especially) if you are dragging your arse now but you want to keep writing anyway, I want to issue a very special invitation to join me in tackling the Story a Day in May challenge. I am using my A to Z posts as story prompts. Please feel free to plunder my April posts for inspiration.

For today's story, I'm using my post on Bubonic Plague. Care to play along? (Never mind the swelling.)


Ann said...

I haven't the energy, but I appluade yours. My son is getting married in 4 wks. Up to my ears. It was fun following your Challenge posts.

Elizabeth Twist said...

Heya, Ann! I think somehow that your son's wedding will probably be a bit time-consuming. Congratulations on A to Z and your son's impending marriage!

Margo Lerwill said...

Oh gosh I admire your drive - A to Z and immediately into the Story A Day. Maybe if I was capable of writing a story a day normally (nevermind that I'm coming down from A to Z intoxication and hitting the pavement pretty hard)... But best of luck to you. Let us know how it's going.

Elizabeth Twist said...

Here's the thing, Margo: I am in no way capable of writing a story a day normally. I am usually super, super slow. But I am also a deadline junkie, and I love writing first drafts.

I will most definitely keep you updated.

J.L. Campbell said...

Yup, the challenge was a blast, but I'm happy it's over.

Luanne G. Smith said...

Well done Elizabeth. You really had some of the strangest, most original posts of the challenge. I enjoyed reading about plague, and pox, and...did you really write about necrophilia? Wow.

Congrats on finishing and jumping right into another challenge.

Dafeenah said...

I applaud your courage, but there is no way I could do another one. I need a lil R'n'R first. My brain's kaput at the moment. I look forward to reading your stories though.

Karen Walker said...

Ahh, Elizabeth, there is no way I am signing on for anything else other than my own blog and my own life right now but thanks anyway. Good luck!

Claudie A. said...

I have no idea where you find that energy. XD I am slowly starting to recover, but I don't think I'll have any juice proper until Thursday. Sleeep. ^^

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Mr. Welles' hands are beet red by this point -- which explains his focused stare of determination, applauding through the pain.

Anonymous said...

Go, you! P.S. I love that Citizen Kane graphic!!

Unknown said...

LOL - HOw did you get that clip to continually work?

Shannon Lawrence said...

Congratulations on completing the A to Z and good luck on the Story a Day. I'm going to jump in there, as well, but already posted my blog for the day. Thanks for posting about it!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! on finishing the A to Z Event. I missed stopping by during the event. Its good to meet you now. I'm already looking forward to next year. Have a great week.

Elizabeth Twist said...

J.L.: A to Z was sooo fun, wasn't it?

L.G.: Thanks a bunch. Seriously, it's nice to know I'm not dancing with myself here.

Dafeenah: If you see some of the editors of the big genre magazines hanging around, put in a good word for me, will ya? I'm hoping some of these stories see the light of day that way.

Karen: Life is important too! I'm making sure I spend some quality time outside now that spring might *actually* be coming to Ontario.

Claudie: Coffee coffee coffee. And unlike you I'm not doing full time school (or full time anything, really) right now. It's all about taking as much as you can off your plate so you can write.

Milo: He'll clap them down to the nub. He's macho that way.

Liz: I wish I could claim I made it. It's been floating around online for a while now.

D.U.O.: It's mesmerizing, isn't it? It's an animated gif. I didn't make that one, but I did make these. Learn how to make them here.

Shannon: Excellent!!!! I am already better, happier, and more productive.

Stephen: Nice to meet you. I had a blast with A to Z - so many new blogs to visit. Do stop by again.

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Congrats! That's awesome that you finished the A to Z challenge too.

Paula Martin said...

I'm still trying to catch up with visiting all the A-Z blogs I missed, and I'm glad I've found yours. Coudn't manage a story a day though! Good luck with it!