For this year's A-Z challenge, I'm posting juicy tidbits of researchy goodness for your interest and edification. I intend to use these as story prompts for the terrifying writing challenge Story a Day in May. You may use them however you wish.
Wow you guys! One more post to go in the old A-Z challenge. Can you believe it? I can't believe it.
I've got good things coming up in May. I'll be hallucinating and raving and foaming at the mouth as I try to make all these posts into short stories. I won't be posting those - I don't tend to publish my fiction on this blog, and I write by hand, and I don't usually present unedited story glick to anyone, so. But I will be posting about my progress, and I'll be celebrating the amazing stuff we all did and learned this month with a giveaway or two in May.
I heartily encourage all of you to try Story a Day in May. It is the toughest challenge I've done. Beats the pants off NaNoWriMo for difficulty, so, you gain massive points in machismo or sheer Amazonian ninjitude or badassery or whatever. Plus when it's over, we'll all have a big stockpile of short fiction to edit and send out to magazines or collect and self-publish or whatever you do with your short fiction.
On to "y": I'll keep this super short. I imagine we're all suffering from A-Z fatigue by now.
Neil Gaiman included a lovely introduction in his short story collection Fragile Things, full of trivia about how and under what circumstances and why he wrote each story. This is his intro to "In the End:"
I was trying to imagine the very last book of the Bible.
And on the subject of naming animals, can I just say how happy I was to discover that the word yeti, literally tranlslated, apparently means "that thing over there." ("Quick, brave Himalayan Guide - what's that thing over there?"