Monday, April 1, 2013

A to Z, Anything Goes, AYWN and Arlee

Busy day. Busy, busy day with lots to cover, so let's get to it.

It's April 1st, so that means the A to Z Challenge is once again upon us. It was created by the amazing Arlee Bird (who, by the way, looks to have an awesome A to Z theme this year) and challenges participants to post every day in the month of April (with Sundays off for good behavior) and so thematically starting with A and ending with Z.

After a lot of hemming and hawing, I signed up. I am #977 on a list of (last I looked anyway) 1746 participants.

Wow.

This is my third year taking part and each year, I wing it. So this year, my official theme is... Anything Goes. (and give yourself bonus points if you now have a certain Broadway song stuck in your head like I do)

I always start off making a list of possible topics and plan some of these things out, but eventually—usually after the first day—I go off book and scramble for posts. Next week, I'll likely be found wandering the streets in my pajamas crying "G...what starts with G?"

But it's a wild and crazy time that I just can't pass up because I find a lot of interesting people and a lot of interesting blogs this month. So if you find me wandering around the streets, just give me a cookie (chocolate chip preferred), a pat on the head and direct me on home.

Thanks, Arlee, for coming up with this challenge.

And I'm already breaking one of the official unofficial rules of the challenge (keep posts short) so, as always, feel free to stop reading at any time, but like I said at the start, it's April 1st which also means it's time for...

Indie YA author Patricia Lynne's Are You Writing Now? group.

The goal of the group is very simple: set goals and be held accountable for those goals. And if you know me or read this blog on a semi-regular basis, you know I love to set goals. Participants set a series of goals for a month and then at the end of the month, revisit, be honest about how you did with said goals, then create a new set for the next month.

I, sadly, haven't participated in this group for a few months now. It was another one of the victims of the Very Bad News I had toward the end of last year, when I let almost everything kind of... fall apart and slip away. But I am back now (provided they haven't banned me or shunned me or anything). So here are my writing goals for April:

1. Find a copyeditor/proofreader type person for Effigy. I have finished with my edits, and I am ready to move forward. I think.

2. Dig out Effigy's blurb and stop ignoring it. It still needs to be shortened. And, you know, finished. Which, I realize, will make that whole 'shortening' part more difficult, but hey, who doesn't love a challenge?

3. Solve the major plot problem that is holding up all progress on Effigy's sequel, Second Nature.

So that's going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read what I'm babbling on about now. Tune in the rest of the month when I babble on about books and movies and fine dining and movies and television shows and movies and Joss Whedons and movies and my pajamas. And possibly movies.

I'm kidding about one of those topics. I'll leave you to work out which one.

Happy A to Z-ing, everyone!

63 comments:

  1. Over 1700 people - that's insane. I looked to see where I was, and I am number 152. I'm shocked I was so early!

    Have fun with anything goes.

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    1. It's amazing and awesome how this challenge gets more and more participants every year.

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  2. Anytime I hear "Anything Goes" I think of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'...not Broadway, sorry :)

    Best of luck in A to Z!

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    1. Yeah...I definitely don't think of Indiana Jones. I guess I slept through that part of the movie.

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  3. Haha, I'm totally intimidated by the numbers that have signed up. It seems counterproductive to the spirit of the challenge to limit how many people you visit, but there are so many things to do!

    Great to hear that you're getting back on track with you goals! I look forward to future blog posts about them. :3

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    1. I don't think they limit how many people you visit. They suggest you try to hit five new blogs every day, but everyone's free to do what they want.

      At least that's how I interpreted it.

      And I hope to have good goal news the next time they come up.

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  4. I'd rather read about your pajamas than fine dining, so I hope we'll soon see a post on your B is for Buffy pj's. :-)

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    1. I don't actually have any Buffy PJs. Or any yummy sushi PJs. I suddenly feel like a failure as a Buffy fan.

      But I definitely won't be posting about fine dining.

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  5. I should probably admit I will eventually be winging it, too... always get there... Looks like you have some good stuff to work on for your book! Good luck to you! I know a couple editors if you need some steering.

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    1. I am envious of those who get their posts done ahead of time. I never seem to get anything done ahead of time. Life would probably be easier if I did.

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  6. Hopefully you're not kidding about the first one - just go for it!!

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    1. You mean my first goal? Because I am not kidding about that. At least I don't think so.

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  7. I always enjoy coming here so I'm looking forward to seeing whatever you come up with it. :)

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    1. H will be for Hair, which I have pulled all out, because I can't do anything ahead of time...

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  8. Wow! You weren't kidding, you have a lot of stuff going on! Keep up the goals.

    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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  9. Nice to see you back with Are You Writing Now? I must admit I have also not been taking part in this meme, sorry Patricia. You have given me the kick in the butt I need and I promise to begin again next month.

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    1. It's a good group. I got a lot done when I participated last year. Here's hoping I can work that magic again. =)

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  10. Also MJ, if you need someone to read through your work to edit and give some feedback, I would be happy to do so. But, it would have to wait until next month.

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  11. Anything goes...definitely thinking Broadway now.

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    1. Glad someone else thought Broadway. =)

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  12. This year I decided to plot my posts and get them all done ahead of time. It was one of my March AYWN goals. I did it too! =D Now I just need to remember what I posted for my April goals. I forgot already. LOL

    Now I have that Anything Goes song in my head, but I don't know much of it and I can't think of what it's from. >.<

    Good luck with the challenge.

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    1. I just remembered where I know that song! Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom! That was my favorite one when I was little (probably because it didn't scare me as much as the other two.)

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    2. I have this horrible problem of falling asleep every time I watch an Indiana Jones movie. Actually, why didn't I think of that before? It would totally cure my insomnia!

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  13. Babble on M.J., babble on!

    Those are some pretty realistic goals. I bet it won't even be a bump in the road for you.

    Heather

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    1. Oh, you should know by now that I will, most definitely, babble on. =)

      And I hope you're right about the goals, but I am pretty concerned about the blurb and the plot problem.

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  14. Yes, your post was a bit long...but I stuck with it until the end. Good luck with your writing group! :)

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    1. Well, thank you for sticking it out. I'd like to promise that the posts will be shorter from here on out, but that'd be a lie. I am almost never brief.

      Sorry, y'all.

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  15. I think getting Effigy into the hands of an editor will be a big step for you and a huge relief at the same time. Go for it!

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    1. Will it be a relief? Because right now, I only feel a kind of all-encompassing terror at the prospect. =)

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  16. I love reading posts about goals. It reminds me to review my own and hold myself accountable. I am an A-Z challenge winger too...no set posts ready to go, just write about what inspires me that day.

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    1. I like reading goal posts too. Sometimes I feel like I talk about them too much here, but I can't help it. I like setting goals.

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  17. 1700? That's crazy!! And good luck with your goals!!

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  18. This blog fest is enormous. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hello.

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  19. Anything goes ... and why not, for an appropriate A-Z theme?

    Happy A to Z!
    (I'm doing EIGHT blogs. Whew.)
    Here's one:
    A is for Absent - Rhymed Acrostics from A to Z

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    1. Eight blogs?? I'll be lucky if I can manage one. Best of luck to you!

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  20. I did totally random my first A-Z (this is my 3rd year too) and it was fun. Sometimes spontaneous posts are the best ones!

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    1. I think so too. It's amazing what one will come up with at 3am when they're desperate. =)

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  21. I love your post thank you so much (not) for putting 'Anything goes' into my head, it's much worse than phenomenom (do do de do do)...(muppets). Anyway, great post awesome start to your adventure, can't wait to read more and I love your humour.

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    1. Well, now I'll have that song in my head the rest of the day so I guess we're even. =)

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  22. Random is fun! Good luck with your blurb. Those things smack my mind around and I end up spending more time on them than writing the first draft!

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  23. Anything Goes! What a perfect theme! Wish I'd thought of that.

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  24. Yup, that song is now in my head. And it's coming to town soon, so I may have to buy tickets now. LOL!

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

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  25. I'm (sort of) winging it, too. Good luck!

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  26. Definitely have a Broadway song stuck in my head now :) I tried winging it last year and it was a bit of a disaster. Q was the letter that messed me up. Troublesome Q.

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  27. I thought about winging it, but I'm too left brained to do it. I need structure. :)

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  28. Happy Day 1 of A to Z, M.J.! I loved your opening post, and I hope Effigy gets back on track quickly for you.

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  29. Anything goes is a great theme.

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  30. Busy gal! Hope you have fun with A to Z.

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  31. I thought I was so ready this year. I had a list (okay, maybe it wasn't completely filled in), but now I see the songs didn't all quite coincide with what I announced the theme was! Oops! Googling away now!

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  32. Those are some lofty goals, M. You know you can email me to bounce ideas or for a little critting if you need to.

    Looking forward to more B-Z posts!

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  33. Definitely chocolate chip! Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie. (Although girl scout shortbread comes close.)

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  34. Darn you and your earworm! ~Shakes fist~ But I guess at least I got bonus points. Well, you already mentioned your pajamas...and I know how you can't stand Joss Whedon and all. ~ducks~

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  35. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. I need to redefine my goals. I'm three-quarters of the way through my book and I've STALLED. It's awful. I have to get back on the horse, so to speak.

    Good luck with yours!! Can't wait to see the rest of your challenge posts and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. :)

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  36. Well at least you don't fall apart until G. I got to B and couldn't think of anything, that is just sad.

    Sadly, I cannot direct you home since I lost your house. But I can give you a cookie, which is better then a house anyways.

    And you've never watched Tintin! We must mend that. *Puts it in the DVD player. Sits you down in front of it. Hands over the popcorn.* There, that's better. And now you have something that starts with T. See? I'm clever. *Grin*

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  37. This really is total insanity, but I just love it. I can't believe this is my third year now. You are going to rock this challenge, my friend. :)

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  38. I love how big the A-Z Challenge has become, it's awesome. Kudos to Arlee for maintaining such a big challenge!

    Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
    www.mithrilwisdom.com

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  39. Hmm... somehow or other I missed your post earlier. :(
    >grumble grumble<

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  40. hilarious :)) pull yourself together! I'm sure you'll still be able to wing it. You might as well write "G is for.... getting hysterical."

    I love your post by the way <3 looking forward to the rest of your posts. Good Luck!

    Miss Uncertain---sidetracked

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  41. Awesome. I love how dedicated you are to anything goes... ;-)

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  42. For "G," the first thing that sprang to mind (and I'm totally not kidding) was Gargantua of "Gargantua and Pantagruel" fame. Man, I need to get out more...

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