The A-Z Story… in A-Z Style

Arlee                            the

Brains behind              this

Creative cool challenge;

Demanding, dazzling yet different;

Entertaining and energizing every blogger,

For a period of 26 days,

Get ready for the ultimate blogging challenge.

Hype yourself – get into the swing of things.

Infectious atmosphere, incredible feeling, impossible to put into words.

Jubilation, an upbeat spirit prevails and spreads throughout the blogosphere.

Keep in contact – re-connect with bloggy buddies from last years challenge.

Love affair of an entirely different nature (lovestruck and confused? click here)

Midway – made it… the halfway point – not that bad after all, is it?

Natural situation that novices need help along the way – experienced bloggers nurture nervous newbies

Oodles of oomph required – old bloggers maintain an optimistic outlook or others may opt out

Phew! Pressure's on… big time. Plod along at your own pace. Perseverance needed. Push yourself forward.

Quirky, quaint and for some the "quintessential letter of dread"  – may cause bloggers to quiver and quake.

Revitalisation, rejuvenation, re-energising and recharging of dying batteries may be required at this point – remember you're not alone…

System overload… out of sync… saturation point almost reached… senses spinning as you struggle to sustain the systematic flow.

Thank goodness… can see the end in sight. The turbulent, tumultuous, torturous journey almost over! Almost time to say – toodles.

Unbelievable – the undeniable atmosphere of unity! Lots of bloggers upbeat – also a sense of urgency as the last five letters loom.

Va-va-voom!  Versatility and variation is the name of the game as the bloggers prepare for the end – full of verve and vigour.

What do I say now? Words fail me… sending  well-wishes to all bloggers participating – if you made it this far, three more posts…

X stands for x-ceptional, x-otic, x-factor, x-files, xtreme, x-hale, x-rated, xerox – the letter that most bloggers have a hard time getting to grips with.

You know that I've run out of things to say. Yes, enough yada-yada and blah-blah-blah… you'll understand when you get to the Y-post in April.

Zis is zee end. No more left. Zip… zilch… zero… and there is no way that I'm gonna make 26 words for the Z-post… I tried.


I hope that you enjoyed my fun take on the A-Z challenge!

If you haven't signed up for the challenge yet, I encourage you to do so… I promise that you will have the time of your life and meet lots of awesome bloggers/writers…

Last year, I wrote 26 non-fiction posts for the challenge. This year , I have decided to go with 26 pieces of flash fiction which will be based on a theme. I'll talk more about that in the next A To Z post, just before the challenge begins.


  1. Arlee Bird on February 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Wow!  That looks like it took a lot of work.  Thanks for this creative promo for the A to Z.  I'll be linking to it on Sunday.
    <a href="">Wrote By Rote</a>
    An A to Z Co-host blog
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • Alex J. Cavanaugh on February 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      That is awesome! Most creative A to Z post I've seen yet.

      • mish on February 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

        Thanks Alex – that's very generous of you to say so…

    • mish on February 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

      The ideas were simmering at the back of my mind for a few days – I think that highlighting the colours took more time…

  2. Heather Murphy on February 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

    That was great, Mish!

    • mish on February 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Heather… glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Marta Szemik on February 22, 2012 at 1:52 am

    That was cool! Loved it!

    • mish on February 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Marta ! 🙂

  4. Sarah Pearson on February 22, 2012 at 3:45 am

    That was brilliant, well done!

    • mish on February 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

      I had a great deal of fun creating this piece! Thanks!

  5. Anna Smith on February 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Woot that was genius 🙂

    • mish on February 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Awww… thank you so much. *blushes*

  6. Misha on February 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Well written! Loved it.

    • mish on February 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Misha! 

  7. Beth Stilborn on February 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    That was such fun to read! Bet it was fun (mostly) to write, as well.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your flash fiction pieces. You've set yourself an interesting challenge.

    • mish on February 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Beth and welcome to my place. Yes, I had a blast while writing this post! 🙂

  8. Beth Stilborn on February 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    P.S. Is there any way to subscribe to your posts besides google friend connect? Clicking on rss or email by your title just brought me back to this post.

    • mish on February 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks for the query. I'm actually in the process of a major blog revamp, so the rss will be in working order, within the next 3 weeks.

  9. J.C. Martin on February 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

    LOL! That was awesome! W onwards is hilarious.

    • mish on February 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Awww… so glad I could put a smile on your dial! 🙂

      • mimi torchia boothby watercolors on February 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        What a cool idea! Makes my 26 paintings seem a lot less unique..
        <a href="">Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors</a>

        • mish on February 28, 2012 at 7:47 am

          Look at it this way, with a little bit of inspiration, anybody can write words on a page but NOT everybody can paint.. You have a highly specialised talent. And I'm SURE those 26 paintings are unique! 🙂

  10. Claudia Del Balso on February 28, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Wow! that's really cool! I've never participated in the A-Z challenge. 🙁  Unfortunately, this year I won't be participating either as I have too many projects and let's not forget…WORK. I wish you lots of fun. 😀

    • mish on February 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Hey Claudia, you should really give it a go! It's loads of fun! 🙂 

  11. Rek on February 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Show off!!…the challenge is a good month away and you have already finished and relaxing witha nice drink by the pool. 
     Impressive wordology (is there such a word, never mind I can create one)

  12. mish on February 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Ah Rek, I'm far from finished… wish I was… I'm still planning my posts so there is DEFINITELY NO relaxing with a nice drink by the pool *hearty laugh*

    … and I love the WORDOLOGY thingie… yes, you can definitely claim ownership of that one… 🙂

  13. Jocelyn Rish on March 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    That was fun!

    • mish on March 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Jocelyn 🙂

  14. Shannon Lawrence on March 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

    That was great!  Excellent and fun.  Thanks for the A-to-Z promo.  I think you've got this one down.
    <a href="">Shannon at The Warrior Muse</a>, co-host of the <a href="">2012 #atozchallenge</a>!  Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • mish on March 2, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thank you – and I had fun creating it…  🙂

  15. C.M. Brown on March 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thankyou Mish for leading me to this post, I kind of understand that each day you use the next letter of the alphabet. It seems from the comments that you can post in a way you choose, is this correct (pics, flash fiction, poetry etc)?  But stay with the same theme? Am I beginning to pick it up?

    • mish on March 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      You've hit the nail on the head! Good luck with the challenge! 🙂

      • C.M. Brown on March 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

        Thanks once again Mish!  You have made it a lot clearer! So do I prepare some thing to begin or do you follow from some type of starting point?

  16. Annalisa Crawford on March 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm


    • mish on March 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Annalisa!

  17. Jessica on March 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Mish, thanks for linking to this post on my blog.  Love the concept behind what you did here!  So creative (and time-consuming, I bet!).  Can't wait to see what you come up with in April. 
    SF & Fantasy Writer
    <a href="">Visions of Other Worlds</a>
    Twitter: @jmarcarelli

    • mish on March 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Jessica. Actually, it didn't take that long… and I REALLY enjoyed creating this piece!

      See you in April… good luck fellow A-Z 'er

  18. Julie KP on March 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    This is such a joy to read, and your enthusiasm is contagious! I can't wait to see what you have in store for April! Thanks so much for visiting, and following me!  Julie

  19. mish on March 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Glad I could send some A-Z  cheer your way… I'm also looking forward to the challenge!

  20. Victoria on March 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    This is SO clever, Mish. And thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I hope you get that Kindle soon. They are amazing!

    • mish on March 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Victoria! I'm looking forward to the day when I get one… I have a list of e-books waiting to be read. 🙂

  21. Patsy Collins on March 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    That's great!
    Can't take part in the challenge this year but good luck to all those who do.

  22. mish on March 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks Patsy. 🙂

  23. Pat Marcantel on March 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    What a great send-off for the challenge! Kudos for your fabulous imagination. I'll be blogging on two sites. The one above for the a-z challenge, and for the April poetry challenge. If you're interested in the poetry, Robert Lee Brewer, editor at Writers Digest, is the culprit who dreamed it up. 

    • mish on March 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Ms. Pat… two sites? Wow! You have just given me a fresh burst of inspiration… 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog!

  24. Suze on March 12, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for stopping by — I'll look out for your posts!

    • mish on March 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Suze – looking forward to connecting with you again during the A-Z!

  25. JoJo on March 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Wow that was very creative!!!  Thanks for popping by my blog!!!  Good luck with A-Z!!

  26. mish on March 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks Jojo. I'm looking forward to your arts/crafts/photos/beadwork posts during the challenge… and I'm wondering how you're going to present them?

  27. Stephanie on March 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Nice!  I signed up for the challenge.  I'm kind of scared.

    • michelle on March 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I'm also kinda apprehensive… once the challenge begins, you'll relax and get into the swing of things.:) One reassuring factor – there are lots of bloggers in the same position…

  28. Susan Oloier on March 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Wow! That is super impressive.

    • michelle on March 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks Susan!

  29. Duncan on March 26, 2012 at 5:42 am

    That is magnificently done! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Thanks for coming over to my blog and good luck for the challenge ahead!

    • michelle on March 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Duncan! Good luck to you,too… 🙂

  30. Eliza Wynn on March 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Great job! Have fun with the challenge. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • michelle on March 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      You too, Eliza… see you around on the challenge circuit!

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