So, I’m considering joining the ‘A to Z Challenge’ in April. Basically, you post every day (minus Sundays) while working through the alphabet. Each post has to have a theme or connection to the letter of the day.
I’m on the fence here because I’ll be in the last 1/3 of Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue by that point and April tends to be full of chaos. Though, the other 11 months don’t do much better from what I’ve seen. Anyway, I’m struggling to think of a theme before I sign up. Also I can’t find the sign up sheet.
I want to flex my imagination here, so an ‘Indie Author Help’ topic every day is going to be off the list. I played around with thoughts of designing a monster around that letter and a maybe a poem for it every day. They would be like the Bestiary of Blatherhorn Vale poems in that they describe the creature and some of its habits. Sadly, it seems to have been done by others. I’m even playing with the idea of trying to tell a story throughout the month with a character trying to escape a dungeon. Each challenge will deal with a letter and it would be all narrative with a 500 word minimum. Going to be complicated, which might be an issue with my other projects.
That seems to be where I trip up on prompts, themes, and anything that requires some level of focus. I’m so caught up in my other projects and I’ve lived a life of being repeatedly sideswiped by events that it’s become really hard to agree to things. I keep fearing that I’ll have to quit and let people down. I’m starting to feel that way with Legends of Windemere right now. My ‘vacation’ is already looking like it will encompass the first week of February, so I can actually relax and get some of these projects done. Yeah, yeah. Pathetic excuses that I should keep to myself.
Maybe I’ll figure something out for this challenge over the weekend and make enough progress that I can start writing after Super Bowl. Won’t be able to get anything done around here before that.
Edit: I just realized that Spring Recess appears in the middle of April. That means I’d have to do this challenge, write a book, promote the other books, and handle the toddler being home. I believe I’m out unless I gain some sudden insight or go the poem route.