Friday, August 29, 2014

#atozchallenge #roadtrip #lifeisgood - Road Trip Detour

A slight detour on today's Road Trip post.

I'm sure you've seen the news by now, that we have lost a very influential and inspiring woman from the blogging world, Tina Downey.

Tina and Nicole Ayers were kind enough to ask Stormy the Weather Gnome and I to join them in the Post A-to-Z Road Trip this year.

I was truly flattered and honored that they asked. Tina was very supportive and understanding when the newbie and her gnome asked the dumb questions.

I'll never forget her funny emails, her always relevant movie quotes, and just her general positive attitude, even when things weren't going well for her.

The Road Trip won't be the same without her.

Check out this POST to find out about the Sunflower for Tina tribute taking place soon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sunflowers for Tina - September 8, 2014 #LifeisGood #AtoZChallenge

In memory of Tina Downey, the A to Z Team is hosting a sunflower tribute on September 8, 2014 – Remembering Tina Downey.

Prior to that date, purchase or plant a sunflower in her honor. (If you have to resort to plastic, that’s cool.) Take a photo of your sunflower and post in in her memory on Monday, September 8. Tina loved her sunflowers, and we want to splash the blogging world with sunflowers that day and honor a truly amazing woman who was friend and family to so many.

You can sign up now or add your link when you post your sunflower.

Please help us spread the word! Add Tina's motto #LifeisGood as hashtag and share about this blogfest on all social media platforms.

Let’s brighten the Internet with sunflowers the way Tina brightened the lives of so many.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Themes That Rocked - Amazing Photos From Around the World!

Please welcome expat and travel master, Rhonda Albom!

Your theme was My Photos of AmaZing Places – why did you choose that theme?

I wanted a theme that defined me, something incorporating adventure, travel and photography. I also wanted short, easy to read posts. April was prior to my re-branding to Albom Adventures, so my blog was still named Laugh-Quotes. I wanted a clever theme as I was still trying to make that name work. Using the AtoZ style in AmaZing seemed to meet that need.

How many countries did your photos represent?

I had to go back and count. I used photos from only 24 countries, half of the number we have been to collectively, although my teens have only been to 34 countries (I know, I shouldn't say "only").

Which set of photos was your favorite?

Being that AtoZ was a collection of my favourites, this was a difficult question. I am choosing three:
K: Kate and William – Watching the Royals Racing Yachts in Auckland For some reason, I am enchanted by the royals, and when Kate and William came to New Zealand in April, I had to change my post for them. I was pretty pleased with the photos I was able to get.
N: Night Shots of Cities on Five Continents I really love taking night shots. I have printed the night shot of St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow on canvas and it hangs in my house.
X: eXpert Craftsman in Morocoo Did I cheat with eXpert? I am not worried about it. This post made this short list because it is about the people. And for me, meeting the people is one of the best part of travel.

Which letter provided the greatest challenge?

You will never guess . . . it was S. My process was to make a list of AmaZing places. Then I matched it to the alphabet starting with the traditionally difficult letters like J,k,q and z. As I assigned the photos, and paired down the list I had about 10 items remaining at the end, and only the letter S.

Of all the places you’ve visited, which is the most amazing?

Having walked on the Great Wall of China, been inside the Kremlin, rode an elephant in Malaysia, seen platypus in the wild and even taken a broomstick flying lesson at the same castle as Harry Potter, I found this to be a very difficult question. So I used my dictionary, amazing "causing great surprise or wonder." Using this definition, I would have to say it was somewhere in Portugal, either arriving at Obidos to find the city gates locked or Evora where our hotel was haunted, we visited an ossuary, and a circle of monoliths created 400 years before Stonehendge.

Were there any scary moments?

I am pretty easy going in most situations, so being stopped, detained or overly questioned generally doesn't frighten me, especially when I am fairly sure it's more about paying a bribe than about the "issue." I think all long term travels encounter some difficulty along the way. Our scariest moments were: the creepy guy setting us up to be mugged in Morocco; driving through rapidly raising flash flood water in Oman (incident death toll of 6); landing without runway lights in Samoa; riot police running past us towards protesters in the park in Rabat; or being let off a boat in a closed to the public area being used by the military in Moscow.

Did drinking from the Fountain of Youth in Norway work?

I will let you decide. I am actually 107 years old.

If you do the Challenge again next year, do you have a theme in mind?

Yes. It is a fantastic theme and I can't wait for the big revel day so I can share it with you.

Whoa! I guess the fountain did work. Thanks, Rhonda.

Co-host Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon Best-sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, and his blog can be found HERE

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Great Loss to the Blogging Community: Tina Downey

       The sad announcement of the passing of Tina Downey appears on her blog Life Is Good today.

        Tina has been an integral part of the A to Z Team for many years and has been the motivator and scheduler on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Blog.  

          We will post a tribute to Tina here later in the week.    For the time being we hope you will leave a message for her family at Life Is Good.

            We all love you Tina!   You will be missed.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Does Weather Affect Your Stories?

Being a California native, I’ve always had to take trips to experience “weather” in the sense of really hot and humid (Southeast Asia) or really cold (Alaska).  Most of the weather we get is of the medium variety (50-70 degrees) with a rare freeze and sometimes a few days in the hundreds during August. And boy do we complain when any of those "extreme" days happen. I think we’re weather sissies.

When I thought about how the weather affected my writing, I had to scratch my brain a bit to come up with something. Then I went to my journal and thumbed through a few entries. What I found was I become more prolific on either really stormy days (usually about day three) or on really sunny, sparkly days. And I know this because I have pages that remark on exactly these weather conditions.

I did discover that any settings I write about during those wintery times have a lot of clouds and windy electrifying scenes.  Here's some wintery day writing.

The first time Marian met Justin Kane, he stood at the center of the burned out lot, making notes on a yellow legal pad while trying to stay dry under his oversized black umbrella.  The unexpected September rain had started early that morning and gave no sign of stopping.  Now with thunder promising an electric sky, the wind picked up and whipped at her jacket, blowing sharp, cold drops against her cheeks. 

There are several summer notes that involve toasty park benches with fountains playing in the background. 

The sun hung in the window, filtering light through the old glass and tinting everything amber inside the kitchen. Outside the fountain sprinkled into the pond, teasing fish to the surface. 

Since I like to write in different locations, when the rain keeps me inside I often roam to different rooms with a clipboard. I do this roaming after I put in a morning (between 4 and 8 is my usual stint) at my desk, pounding on my computer keys. Those spring and summer days allow me to be in the garden or on a hike with my journal tucked into my backpack. I can always spot entries I’ve made outside. They’re smudged with dirt and sometimes a leaf falls out when I flip the page--a small token of a day I’ve lived and written about.

One other thing I discovered, thanks to having thought about weather and writing at the same time, is that I’ve made so many notes about the sounds and textures of what I’m surrounded by, that I have tons of weather to include in almost any book I write that takes place above ground level. 

I keep thinking that Poe must have had a lot of bad weather. Dicken’s, too. I mean all of that snow and British fog had to have some effect on those stories. I’ll bet Miss Haversham wouldn’t have lived in that dark house with the moldy wedding feast if Dicken’s had written his story in, say, Hawaii.

How about the rest of you? Does weather affect your characters and your setting? Ever thought about it? 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cryogenics: Can We Live Again in the Future?

Robert Ettinger
Robert Ettinger, founder of the cryogenics movement, has died (at least for now) about eighteen months ago at the age of 92. Cryogenics is the process of freezing your head or your entire body in hopes science will one day figure out a way to bring you back from the dead. Ettinger will join his two wives (what was he thinking???) and his mother in frozen limbo. 

The facility is in Clinton Township, Michigan. Over 100 human corpses are floating in the gentle giant capsules filled with liquid nitrogen in hope
s of one day living again. Nobody knows for sure whether we can ever restore consciousness frozen bodies, but cryopreservation is a phenomenon present in the animal kingdom and effective medical technology. 

Many livestock have developed tricks to survive temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, accounting and after periods of paralysis caused by frost. And scientists have made important progress in freezing living tissue and even of whole organs for medical purposes. 

The minimum price that the airline claims for his services is 28,000 dollars. Other organizations charge for customers and amounts up to $ 200,000 and offers the possibility of "neuroprezervării" instead of full body freeze, freezing heads may require only interested in the idea that personality and memories are stored in the brain and loaded into a computer or an artificial body in the future. 

One obstacle to overcome is frozen ice crystals within the bloodstream are very sharp. They can actually cut tissue and blood vessels, causing sever damage that make it difficult preserving vital parts of the human body. 

Question: Do you think this process of cryogenics is actually a possibility? Can we freeze our heads or bodies in hopes that one day technology will enable us to one day live again? 

Stephen Tremp, author of the BREAKTHROUGH series, has a B.A. in information systems and an MBA degree in global management. Stephen has a background in information systems, management, and finance and draws from this varied and complex experiential knowledge to write one-of-a-kind thrillers. His novels are enhanced by current events at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERNand other scientific research facilities around the world. These potential advances have the ability to change the way we perceive our universe and our place in it! 

You can visit Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Storyteller's Perspective: History and fiction

Today I stray a little from oral storytelling to telling tales of history.

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is taking the Internet by storm. Seriously, has any of you been to Goodreads lately without seeing the banners for the book? Some people cite the show as the "feminist response to Game of Thrones," while others cite the books as the long-awaited revival of historical fiction.
Which is what got me thinking: Is historical fiction really in need of a revival?

I'm going to tell you up front: I don't have an answer to that question. Really, I'm just writing this post to pose the question to the A to Z audience. Visiting blogs as a minion this April I encountered many wonderful authors who work in many genres, and I enjoyed all of those visits. I also noticed that the hottest genre right now seems to be romance and its subgenres (paranormal, erotic, historical, etc.). Which is probably why Outlander reached more exposure (ha! kilts!) and more popularity than many other historical fiction books lately.

I had conversations with people about historical fiction and the challenges authors have to face when they decide to work within this genre (disclaimer up front, I am one of them, hence the interest). The thoughts and opinions I gathered ranged from "Well, no one gives a **** about history" to "It is a lot harder to read than other fiction." Other complaints about historical fiction included "Well, it's kinda boring" (coming from a person that had no problem blazing through 5 volumes of Game of Thrones) and "I have never heard of that place/those people/that time period, so I am not really interested."

With all of that said: Historical fiction lives, thrives, and does have a serious following. People like Philippa Gregory and Bernard Cornwell are doing active and amazing work. The fandom might be less visible than fans of other genres, but that is a topic for another time. For now, I would like to ask a few questions, and see where they take us:

1. Do you read historical fiction?
2. If so, who is your favorite author / what is your favorite book?
3. Do you write historical fiction? What kind? Why?
4. What do you think makes a historical book good?
5. If you want to share any blogs, Twitter feeds, FB pages, etc. related to historical fiction, please do!

Happy last weeks of summer, everyone!

You can find Csenge (@TarkabarkaHolgy) at
The Multicolored Diary - Adventures in Storytelling
MopDog - The crazy thing about Hungarians...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back-to-School Means...

Hey there friends, it's been a while since I've taken a turn at this wonderful venue.  It's been quite the summer for us - each day a new surprise adventure, some good, some bad, some scary, some a total blessing.  I'll come out and say it: I consider summer over as of today. My youngest started high school.

For many of us, end of summer and beginning of fall doesn't much matter.  Our lives run on a regular schedule, January-December.  Once we were done with school, we became adjusted to a different calendar.

That's never been the case for me.  I went from being a student into immediately being a teacher into having kids and then they had a school schedule.  My life runs mid-August, then all around the year, with summer in between.

There are many rituals I enjoy about getting ready for a new school year to begin: buying school supplies, getting new clothes, getting a fresh haircut, and other preparations.  Egads there's more when you have a senior.  I had been warned repeatedly by my friends with older kids, but being me, Schedule Woman, I thought, "How much different can it be?"  I was wrong.  I'm adjusting.

What does "back-to-school" signify for you?  What's the school year like in your country?  What calendar does you life run by?  Do tell.

~Tina, feeling a bit blue, yet also excited because my son was so thrilled about going :-)

Friday, August 15, 2014

August’s Delicious Detour for Bloggers #atozchallenge #roadtrip

Teriyaki Chicken from Koja Grille. Photo by Nicole Ayers.
What’s a road trip without snacks, drinks and good food?! After all, they are the very basic necessities for a spontaneous picnic, or two. That is why today’s pit stop involves one of the most delicious scavenger hunting activities ever introduced to the A-to-Z Challenge Road Trip, to keep our engines running throughout August. I double dare all road trippers to complete the following tasks before my next Road Trip check-in:

1. Find and visit blogs named after food on the 2014 A-to-Z Challenge Signup List
It doesn't have to be a foodie blog with recipes or restaurant reviews per se. Just look for blogs that include food in their title such as Buttered Toast Rocks and you're good to go.

2. In 150 words or less, write a “(Blogging) Book Report” on your blog about one of the places you visited on the list. Make sure that your Blogging Book Report includes information about the following topics:
  • The name and subject of the blog.
  • Your favorite post on the blog.
  • Whether you would visit the blog again in the future.

There are so many blogs on the A-to-Z Challenge list with fruits, nuts, baked desserts, cookies, bread or chocolate in the title (some even with the term “food”) that this is an easy way to get your road trip on while also having a writing prompt for your own blog. Plus, I’m sweetening the deal – send me a link to your “(Blogging) Book Report” post after it’s published and I’ll list your blog my Road Trip check-in next month.

Who’s in?

A-to-Z Challenge Co-Host Nicole Ayers brings the 411 on indie films at The Madlab Post. She recently ate a Mr. Goodbar for lunch and then washed it down with a Snickers; all after months without eating these types of candy, in favor of assorted cakes and pastries. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Can we blog from Aardvark to Zebra?

Dylan at work
Some time last month my guinea pig Dylan announced he was going to do the A to Z Challenge next year.  He wouldn't be the first guinea pig, since Victor took part in 2012, doing the A to Z of guinea pig food.  Dylan hasn't come up with a theme yet, but I think if he does, he's going to need some help.

Victor made a lot of friends with other animals on the A to Z challenge that year.  There was Dreamweaver, The Mane Point, and Rob Bear, who comes out of hibernation around then to do his blog Chrome on the Range.  I don't think he kept up with them for very long, but time flies when you're a guinea pig.

Last year I noticed that my good friend and fellow A2Z minion Guilie Castillo has a second blog called Life In Dogs.  It's about dog rescues - which she does in Mexico, but also about cat rescues and any animal rescues at all.  She set up a linky for other pet bloggers on the A2Z which I thought was a wonderful way of getting special interest sites together.  If she does it again next year then I'll tell Dylan to sign up for it, as well as the main challenge, and the Theme Reveal, and all those other extras that go with being part of the A to Z Challenge in April.

Are there any Aardvarks or Zebras blogging out there who would like to get involved in the A2Z Pet Network?


Last week was a painful reminder for me of the good reasons for backing up your blog.  Mine was out of action (although readable by viewers) for nearly a week after a conflict in upgrades gave me no back office/dashboard access.  Faced with the prospect of rebuilding it, I looked for my last back up.  I can do a simple posts export which is the easiest way of keeping content - and in a useable format should I need to change hosts.

I last saved my posts on April 17th - presumably the date I had all my A2Z posts done for the month.  So if things had gone wrong then, all my posts were ready and scheduled.  It's a good reason to schedule posts anyway - you never know when the gremlins are going to hit you!

Given that I'll be away for a week at the end of March, I think I'll have to do most of my April posts before then.  Schedule, and back-up (or save off line).  It's the only way to get peace of mind.

Dylan had better start planning his posts now - then I can back up his blog too!

What about you?  Any interest in pet blogging?  Done a back-up lately?

Jemima Pett blogs at, and is on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  She has written the Princelings of the East series (whose characters are guinea pigs) and is working on a new scifi series, the first of which, The Perihelix, Viridian System #1, will be out in 2015.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Themes That Rocked! Abandoned Places With Andrew Leon

Please welcome author extraordinaire, Andrew Leon!

What made you run with the theme of abandoned places?

It was an idea my wife had. Initially, the idea was, "Wouldn't some of these places be cool as settings for stories," which I thought was a cool idea, but I didn't want this year to be as research intensive as the last couple of years, so I thought I'd just post a few pictures and a blurb to go with them. However, once I started looking up the places, the histories were often so fascinating that I couldn't resist telling about the places, too.

Did you Google search or were there websites you used for resources?

The original concept came from a news article... somewhere. I probably have the link still lying around. After that, I started looking up some of the places from the article and, from there, I found several websites that specialized in pictures of abandoned places. Still, it was a lot of back and forth, because, frequently, the pictures wouldn't come with information, so, then, there ended up being research even though I had intended to not spend time on research. heh

Which place was your favorite?

Oh... Man, I don't even know. North Brother Island? Qasr el Baron? Kalavantin Durg? Angkor Wat? Basically, I picked places (overall) that made me say, "Oh! This place is cool!" so I liked nearly every place I picked.

Which letter was the most challenging?

J, I think. That's why it got a more generic entry than most of the others. Not that X was easy. Or Z. Surprisingly, I had a lot of options for Y.

What’s the most common location of abandonment?

That, I'm not really sure about, but the type that surprised me the most was the amusement parks. There are a ton of abandoned amusement parks all over the world, and I don't think I was really expecting that.

I’d never heard of Teufelsberg. Which place (or places) surprised you?

Places like Craco surprised me, where whole populations had to just get up and move. Holland Island, too. I was surprised to find that that had been a whole town and that they had packed up and moved, including many of the buildings, away. Actually, I suppose I find it surprising that they lived there to begin with, but I suppose it seemed safe enough when they moved onto the island.

Have you visited any of them? Do you want to?

I went to Wolf House. It's pretty amazing looking at the stone walls that have been there for a century. London was correct that the place was built to last. Except for the whole fire part. I almost went to Alcatraz, but I got left behind. The pictures from there were taken by my wife. I suppose I will eventually get around to going. I'd like to take a trip to Devil's Slide; it's not too far from here. Those are the realistic ones, but I'd love to visit most of the places. I mean, there are some amazing places. I'd love to go up the climb to heaven. That would be amazing.

If you participate in the Challenge next year, do you have a theme in mind?

Ah, yes, well, I had decided to not participate next year but, then, I had an awesome idea. My own idea this time, not my wife's, and an idea that hasn't been done before. Not just a theme that hasn't been done, but a whole way of doing it that hasn't been done. It's... well, let's just say it's ambitious, and I'm already working on it because of that.

Dude, that is ambitious. I don’t even know what I’m posting next week… Thanks, Andrew!

Co-host Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh is the author of Amazon best-sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm, and his blog can be found HERE

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Steve's Science and Other Fun Stuff

"And rockets and comets and asteroids blah blah blah"
Hi everyone. Stephen Tremp here. I'm slowly making my way back into the blogging scene after taking the summer off to write Murcat Manor. I've missed you all and am glad to see you again! So let's highlight a few of the amazing man-made endeavors happening in our solar system that you can discuss around the water cooler at work. 

To Proxima Centauri and Beyond!
To Infinity, and Beyond! Well, at Least to Proxima Centauri: NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. NASA indicated they had achieved a small amount of thrust from a container that had no traditional fuels, only microwaves, bouncing around inside it. 

If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that's a big "if," since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months, and to the nearest star system outside our own (Proxima Centurai) in just about 30 years. Reference 
The Space Police

Japan to Launch Military Space Force: Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth. The move is aimed at strengthening Japan-US cooperation in space, and comes after the countries pledged to boost joint work on monitoring space debris. 

Thousands of pieces of debris -- including old satellites as well as pieces of rockets and other space equipment -- are orbiting the Earth and threaten to collide with functioning communications and reconnaissance satellites. Reference
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Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives at Comet: After a decade-long journey and clocking up 6.4 billion kilometers chasing its target, the European Space Agency's Rosetta, carrying three NASA instruments, became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet. As many as five possible landing sites on the comet (how cool is that!!!) will be identified by late August, before the primary site is identified in mid-September.
Comets are considered to be primitive building blocks of the solar system and may have helped to "seed" Earth with water, perhaps even the ingredients for life. But many fundamental questions about these enigmatic objects remain, and through a comprehensive, in situ study of the comet, Rosetta aims to unlock the secrets within. Reference
The Query Commish Matthew MacNish

Finally: My query letter for Murcat Manor is up on Matthew MacNish’s the Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment. I’d greatly appreciate it if you could check in and help with the critique. And you’ll get a good idea of what Murcat Manor is all about. Thanks in advance, and hope you enjoyed the tidbits today!

Question: What do you think of the Japanese teaming up with the U.S. to police outer space? Good idea, or are they really up to something else?
And don’t forget to stop by my blog (CLICK HERE) and say hello as I’m getting my blogging grove back again.

And if you feel this post is worthy, hit that Twitter button and add a hashtag or three. The universe thanks you!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Storyteller's Perspective: Tales from the East

Once upon a time, years and years ago (like, three whole years, you guys) I worked as a screenwriter on an online MMORPG based on the Arabian Nights. It was a wonderful project, and it gave me an excuse to dig deep into Arab and Persian tales. I have been in love with them ever since. Last week, while I was at a conference in Arizona, I found a book on a hidden shelf in a used book store. I was instantly transported back into the world of jinn, lost cities, and endless deserts.
With all that in mind, this week I wanted to give you a short list of some of my favorite books of Arab and Persian tales:

Fabled Cities, Princes & Jinn from Arab Myths and Legends
This is the book I found last week. While it is a gloriously illustrated picture book, it is definitely not written for children. It contains background information on Arab history and culture, as well as tales from many pre-Islamic and Islamic sources. Most of them were new to me, and they are all gorgeous. I especially liked that there were many tales about brave, clever and independent women.

Mirror of the Invisible World
A collection of tales by Nizami, my ever favorite medieval Persian author (yes I have a favorite medieval Persian author, did I mention I'm a storyteller? :). Contains, among other things, the Seven Wise Princesses, the story I based my A to Z challenge on this year. Also, gorgeous, absolutely stunning illustrations copied from Persian miniatures.

Falnama: The Book of Omens
I first came across the Falnama when the Smithsonian did an exhibition on it, and I happened to be in Washington D.C. just in time to visit. They also published the gorgeous (albeit expensive) book I linked above. While not exactly a story collection, it is worth a read just for the illustrations, and the stories behind them. Also, the rainbow-colored angles I can't get enough of.

Arab Folktales
Part of the classic Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, this book is a collection of all the Arab stories you will ever want to delve into in one place. I treasure it as one of the folktale collections that included an unusually high number of tales I wanted to tell (normally a good collection has two or three - storytellers are picky).

The Romance of Antar
If you like medieval hero stories, you will love this one. Antar is born as the child of a black slave woman and the chief of an Arab tribe, and is raised as a slave. But through his strength, courage, and honor, he rises not only to become accepted by the tribe as their equal, but also becomes one of the most legendary heroes of the Arab middle ages. Oh, and also a poet. The romance exists in many translations. Take your pick.

Shahnameh, the Book of Kings
This is essentially THE Persian epic. Full of heroes, wonderful creatures, and also one of my top 3 favorite stories of all time, Zal and Rudaba (the earliest known version of the Rapunzel story type, except infinitely more badass). Definitely should be a part of common cultural knowledge.

And, of course, if you have not read the Arabian Nights yet: Read it. Definitely worth the three years, one night at a time :)

As usual, you can find Csenge (@TarkabarkaHolgy) at
The Multicolored Diary - Adventures in Storytelling
MopDog - The crazy thing about Hungarians...
Her new book, Tales of Superhuman Powers - 55 folktales featuring superpowers - is available on Amazon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Here's An Idea!: The Shopping List (#atozchallenge)

Found shopping list
Found shopping list (Photo credit: vidalia_11)
      In my June offering of Here's An Idea! I discussed the A to Z theme of using lists of favorites in the April Challenge.    Another blogger offered a tongue in cheek idea that actually sounds kind of like an interesting concept.   Here's what she had to say in her comment to my post:

Of course I am unsure of what to write many times.
I do like going through lists but don't make any except shopping lists.
But after the challenge I have started appreciating lists. Might even do a few.

       Sometimes what seems like an almost silly comment or just a passing thought can turn into a darn good idea.  I like this one!   Why not use a shopping list as a prompt for the A to Z Challenge?

        There are tons of possibilities with this idea.  You can start with a shopping list and apply your daily letters to anything from recipes to food histories.  Get creative with your presentation in the shopping list format and then run wild with it.

       You don't have to limit this idea to food either.  You can make up Christmas lists, Back to School shopping lists, or any other list that has to do with shopping themes.

        Our readers come up with the neatest ideas that really get my brain gears cranking.  How about you?  Do you read through the comments of the posts to see what other readers have to offer?   Let us know your ideas as well.   I'm sure there are some "list" ideas that you can think of.

Friday, August 1, 2014

#atozchallenge #roadtrip - Stormy stares at himself in his rear view mirror.

And I'm too sexy for your party
Too sexy for your party
No way I'm disco dancing
I'm a model you know what I mean

(I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred)

Welcome to leg six of the Post A-to-Z Road Trip!

Stormy the Weather Gnome and I are going to try to hit at least 20 new blogs a week from the Challenge list and tell you about a few of them in each of my posts.

When you go visit these awesome blogs, please make sure you tell them that you're visiting on the Post A to Z Road Trip!

And I'm too sexy for my hat
Too sexy for my hat
What do you think about that?
I'm a model you know what I mean

I can't forget out ... well .... ME!

Here are some of my best looks from my three years of April A to Z blogging!

I'm too sexy for my love
Too sexy for my love
Love's going to leave me
And I'm too sexy for this song

Thanks for visiting with us today!
Are you finding any great blogs on your trip?