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Saturday, April 30, 2022

#AtoZChallenge: Is this "ze end"? Mais oui!

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:
ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22


It's April 30, and our trip through the alphabet has nearly reached its conclusion. There are less than 24 hours remaining in this year's A to Z Challenge before we can say, in a bad Maurice Chevalier impersonation, that it is "ze end."

I hope you had a good time doing this annual exercise. This was my eleventh challenge, and I consider it the highlight of my blogging year. At the end of March, I remember some people saying "I want to do the challenge, but I don't know what to do it on!" I told a few of you, just wing it: write about a word that starts with A on April 1, a word that starts with B on April 2, take Sundays off, and proceed through the alphabet that way. A lot of you took this on without a theme and did a great job. I did a few years ago, and may do it next year, unless I can come up with another theme. We used to say that having a theme was recommended, but really, it's optional.

Reflections 2022 #atozchallenge

Don't forget, starting this coming Monday, we'll be starting the A to Z Reflections posts, where you get to tell us how it went for you, what you want us to do differently, what you think you'll do differently next year (you are planning on joining us next year, aren't you?), and anything else you'd like to share with us. The reflections posts run through next Saturday.

Roadtrip #atozchallenge 2022

Then, starting on May 16, we start the A to Z Road Trip, where you can visit the blogs you didn't get a chance to during April. If you didn't get much time to see other blogs, this is your chance to do that. We usually give six months to do the road trip, but if you want to take until next March, none of us will stop you.



From all of us here at A to Z Central, thanks for making this year's Challenge the best!



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Friday, April 29, 2022

Yikes! -- Are We There Yet? ( #AtoZChallenge )

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:
ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22


     Yikes!  I posted the wrong letter for the wrong day!  So I'm late for today's Y post.  Maybe I fell asleep on the job. 

      Wait!  Don't you nod off quite yet.  Yes, this is the next to the last day of this year's 2022 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but it's not totally over yet.  There's still the A to Z Reflections post which you can put on your site anytime in the coming week  Watch for the sign up list on this site soon.   We hope you will participate in this post-Challenge ritual.  It's of great help to the A to Z Team as well as to the other bloggers who participated this year or might wish to participate in future Challenges.  Your input is valuable!

       Later in the month the A to Z Road Trip begins.  This is another chance to keep the spirit of the Challenge going throughout the year.  Didn't get a chance to make to all of the other A to Z blogs?  Here's your chance to catch up while getting your own blog out there to more readers.  And while you're making rounds don't forget to share the posts you deem worthy and leave comments so those bloggers will know you visited.

       So, who needs sleep anyway?  Let's keep on blogging!  The blog road goes on forever...


        Did you have a successful A to Z Challenge this April?   Do you find the Reflections posts to be of value to you?   Have you participated in past years' Road Trips?   Will you be joining the ride this year?




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Thursday, April 28, 2022

#AtoZChallenge X is for...

 


The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22

X is for...

Well, indeed, what is X for? Few letters in the alphabet are as difficult as X is. When I set out to write this post, I did some internet searching. I looked for synonyms of "dream" that included the letter X. I figured that even if the words didn't start with X, I could still use them in some clever way. Except...there were none. On an entire webpage of 160 synonyms and antonyms of "dream," there were 7 Xs on the website, most of them in ads and footers, and two in one of the "use the word in a sentence" locations. I went back to brainstorming, and I thought:

Dreams aside, what is your favorite X word?

For my own blog, I am using Rebekah Loper's book The A-Zs of Worldbuilding for my A to Z posts, so I was able to borrow (with permission!) her word: Xenial. Every time I see it, I have to remind myself of its meaning: of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest and especially among the ancient Greeks between persons of different cities.

As I create my fictional world for my next novel, it's an important thing to think about, and also something to think about as we work toward our dreams. How do the relations with our guests and acquaintances impact the success of our endeavors? Are there expectations we should make ourselves aware of ahead of time? These are important things to ask ourselves as we work toward our dreams!

So please share with us our favorite X word, and maybe its meaning. It's good to learn new things! (And if you're interested in Worldbuilding, Rebekah's book is an excellent help!)

~Jayden R. Vincente

Erotic Fiction Writer at jrvincente.com (Adults only!) 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

#AtoZChallenge W is for WHY

 


WHY?

Why do we do this? Why do we take the A to Z Challenge (many of us year after year after year)? Why do we challenge ourselves? Why do we blog at all? Many articles on many platforms have pointed out that blogging is slowly becoming less popular than other, more dynamic social media platforms. Why blog at all? And why do it so intensively for an entire month in April?

I am not claiming to have universal answers. Every one has to answer these WHY's (along with When, for Whom, and What) for themselves. But is important to keep in mind our own reasons for blogging, so that outside opinions can't easily affect us.

Why do you blog? Who is it for? Who is your audience? What do you want to achieve with your writing?

Why did you join the challenge? What do you get out of the experience? And when next year rolls around, are you willing to do it again?

See, me personally, I like blogs. I enjoy blogging. I like that it is static, leaving information easily available later on. I like it that it is written, because writing is an important medium for me. And I especially like it that there is a World of other bloggers out there, sharing whatever they are most enthusiastic about.

What about you? :)

#AtoZChallenge Dream of Victory

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:
ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22


Dreams are potential; they're what could be. Because you dream them in your mind, they're real to you. That's a kind of duality— potential versus real-to-only-you. If you were dreaming about doing the A to Z Challenge before April it was in your mind, and if you finish the challenge in a few days, getting a VICTORY, it will go from potential to actual.

"Holographic duality is a mathematical conjecture that attempts to connect theories of particles and their interactions and the theory of gravity."
https://bgr.com/science/astronomers-discovered-whats-inside-a-black-hole-for-the-first-time-ever/
Check that out. Scientists have been dreaming of figuring out what's inside a black hole. Thanks to some duality, that dream might come true, meaning a victory for the scientific community. 

Have you ever wondered about black holes? 



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Monday, April 25, 2022

#AtoZChallenge U is for “Unstoppable”

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:
ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS AND THE DUALITY OF 22

U = “UNSTOPPABLE”

How are you faring, A to Z Challenge writers?! Have you found yourself unable to keep up with the seemingly unrelenting pace of the Challenge so far?

For those of you who are struggling, it's totally understandable if unforeseen circumstances have caused you to fall behind. Try not to get upset or put unnecessary pressure on yourself . . . unless your goal is to give yourself an ulcer

As long as you continue to write, post, and comment as much as you can up until the end, you will be unquestionably supported by an understanding A to Z community and applauded for not giving up.

Whether this is your first time undertaking the Challenge or you've done so several times before, we are all united under the umbra of the blogging community umbrella with the same urgent goal in mind — to finish what we've started.

So, stand unperturbed in the face of unpredictable life events and unknown forces seeking to upend the consistency of your efforts. If you are still churning out unique blog posts at this stage, you should pat yourself on the back for your unwavering determination. You've come a long way.

Now, all that's left to do is use the momentum you've built up to become unstoppable


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Have you encountered any unexpected life events that have thrown off your
posting schedule? If so, how did you work around it or bounce back?

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

#AtoZChallenge T is for Tomorrow

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:
ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22


So, what are you going to do tomorrow? It'll be Sunday, so you won't have to do an A to post. So what will you do instead?

  • If you haven't finished all your posts for the month (like I haven't), maybe you'll want to finish off U through Z and be able to coast this last week.
  • Maybe you'll want to visit some of the new bloggers you've heard from, or some from the signup sheet that you haven't visited yet.
  • Maybe you have other blog posts to do for the week, or other writing that you've put on hold while the challenge was going on.
  • Maybe you have family obligations, or things you have to prepare for the work/school week. Sunday's a big day for that. When I was working, more often than not I'd be flying out to a client site on Sunday.
  • Or, maybe you just have it in mind to relax. Watch a ballgame or a movie. Listen to music. Visit family or friends, or have them over to your house. Have a cookout.

Whatever you have planned for the day, enjoy it! We're on the home stretch!



How do you plan to spend this Sunday?



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