Step-By-Step with my A To Z Project + Celebrations

The PinYin A to Z ProjectThis is a pre-A to Z post which gives details about my A to Z project.

The A to Z Blogging Challenge takes place during the entire month of April. Every day of April (excluding Sundays), participants have to post on their blogs coordinating with a letter in the alphabet (Day 1 = A, Day 2 = B, etc).

Now onto my project…


              Yóu xì bî mò fãn yì fei huà  


WHAT A MOUTHFUL! (I know that's what you're probably thinking)

This is an old Chinese phrase dating back to the Ming-Qing dynasty. It refers to someone who has the innate ability to translate/decipher unusual words.

How cool is that? Super cool!

 I know there will be some sceptics out there… you can quit raising those eyebrows… yes, you reading this… don't think I didn't notice…

Do you really think I'd invent something like that? I did intensive research. I trawled the Internet. I even interviewed a Chinese professor and a renowned Chinese linguist. It took me months and months…

Ok, time to ‘fess up… so it doesn’t actually mean that. I did invent it. I could tell you what it means (because I looked it up), but I'm not going to. 


You could look it up, but it will spoil the fun if you do.

The whole month of April, I am going to post a word*–the meaning known to me, BUT I will post my own definition with accompanying nonsense. 

And to make it easier, I've called this challenge……

                        The PinYin Project!


I want you to have a go in the comments section. You also leave your own definition for the day's word. Have fun with it, too. If you know the real meaning please don’t spoil the fun… make something up anyway…

Because, there's something in it for you.

At the end of the project, on 01 May, I will post my 5 or 6 or 7 or….. well it depends on my mood… let's just say, a collection of my favourite comment definitions, for everyone to vote on.

Bloggers should choose the best–most creative, fun, and/or ridiculous! It’s up to you. The winner will get a gift equivalent to the letter. For example, if an E commenter wins, then the gift will equal 5 units/items. If a J commenter wins, then the gift will equal 10 units/items. The units/items will remain a mystery until the 01 May.

Yes, it sounds kind of silly –  that's the whole point. Take a couple of minutes – break away from the everyday humdrum blogging schedule and S-T-R-E-T-C-H that imagination. 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! For those of you who intend popping in to play, you'll know exactly what to do. That will save you precious minutes.

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Today I'm celebrating the fact that my friend Brinda has finally set up her blog, and has signed up for the A to Z Challenge. YAY! Please pop in and at her place show her some bloggy love!

This awesome bloghop is hosted by VikLit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author.  Check it out!

To all my bloggy buddies who are celebrating Good Friday and the Easter season… have a blessed and peaceful one!



See you all on Monday! WOO-HOO! Let the fun begin!


  1. Julie on March 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Glad I'm first today, because I might be too nervous to go first on Monday! I love your creative theme, and there is hope for me if the object is to be wrong! I can't wait to see what you come up with Michelle!

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Julie, you were my very first commenter in last year's A to Z Challenge, so wouldn't it be fun to snatch that position again? Don't be nervous. Just go with it. Have fun. It's a chance to be as silly as you like. 🙂 See you Monday!

  2. Shelly on March 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I'll be reading. You're so creative.Oh and some folks on WMD are bartering on formatting, editing, and cover creations. Just to let you know. I'm offering beta and edit reads. 

    Hugs and chocolate,



    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Thanks for letting me know Shelly. I'll definitely check it out. I'd love to be part of the barter system.

  3. Ida Chiavaro on March 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I wonder if this relates to my inability to say the word coincidence.  The fact that it means 'by chance' or that most people believe it is random is lost on me – I find myself describing it as the synchronicity of two or more things that coincide, so therefore pronounce it as co-incidence.  I really look forward to your posts – the sillier the better 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

      I always wonder about the hyphen usage/non-usage in coincidence, or is it co-incidence? Still not sure. And it does involve synchronicity, so it makes me wonder about the "by chance" part of things… ah, the complexities of the english language! 🙂

  4. Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    That does sound like fun! Prepare for snarky silliness to ensue.

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Bring it on Captain! Let's see who is the snarkiest of them all! 🙂

  5. L. Diane Wolfe on March 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    We get to make stuff up? That will be fun!

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

      It's an exercise in silliness! Legitimate silliness. It has a nice ring, doesn't it?

  6. tara tyler on March 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    you are cracking me up woman! (and inspired me for next years a to z, which i wasnt planning to do!)

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Glad you had a nice laugh Tara! Not doing the A to Z next year? Why not? Well, it's still far off. You have a whole year to make up your mind. Just get through this year first… in one piece! 🙂

  7. Al Diaz on March 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    That's original! I personally love your idea and I'll be around.

  8. Lexa Cain on March 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    What a great idea! It sounds like a lot of fun, and I look forward to participating with funky definitions! 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

      I look forward to your funky definitions Lexa! 🙂

  9. Rosalind Adam on March 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I love this idea. It must be quite unique. I look forward to contributing.

    <a href="">Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Rosalind. I'm off to check out your blog now———-

  10. Viklit on March 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    YAY to friends setting up their blog!


    What a great idea you have here 😉

  11. Mary on March 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Celebrate good times, woo hoo! lol Couldn't resist. So you're AtoZing a form of Balderdash. Sounds like fun. Have a great weekend, Michelle 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Mary, is that the line from the Kool & The Gang song? I L-O-V-E that song!! See you next week! 🙂

  12. Yolanda Renee on March 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Go for it and have fun — great idea!

  13. Beverly Fox on March 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Hey Michelle!

    So nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your comment and for connecting with me!

    I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this idea- it’s by far the most creative theme I’ve seen thus far and I am seriously looking forward to playing along. I will definitely be back here on Monday!

    Much love!

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thanks for swinging by Bev! Nice to meet you. *waving* I look forward to your definitions next week! Woo-hoo!

  14. Lara Lacombe on March 30, 2013 at 2:27 am

    This is an AWESOME idea–I can't wait to play along! 🙂

  15. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on March 30, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Such a complex theme! I'm impressed and it sounds quite interesting. I'm sure I could come up with some definition doozies!

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Ha! Definition doozies… *chuckles* I look forward to your "doozies" Nancy.

  16. Rachna Chhabria on March 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    The Pin Y in project sounds super cool Looking forward to it, Michelle. 

  17. Jemi Fraser on March 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    What a fun idea! Creativity should be out in full force! 🙂

  18. Tyrean on March 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wonderful A to Z challenge for all of us!!! Love the idea . . .and I'm looking forward to trying out a few definitions!

    • Michelle Wallace on March 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      I look forward to reading some of your definitions Tyrean! 🙂 See you around during the A to Z Challenge.

  19. Carol Kilgore on March 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Fun, fun! I'll try to be creative 🙂

  20. Elise Fallson on March 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Such a fun idea, M! I have a feeling some of these are going to be pretty silly and funny. Can't wait for Monday! 😀 

    • Michelle Wallace on April 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

      I think it's gonna be quite hilarious at times and provide lots of entertainment… some good laughs! 🙂

  21. Michael Di Gesu on March 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm



    how FUN! Love this! I will make a pointt to at least once a week. As I know I have VERY limited wifi. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your supportive comments!

    Happy Easter to u too'

    • Michelle Wallace on April 1, 2013 at 6:54 am

      Hey Michael! I look forward to your visit. And I understand your situation with the limited Internet access… 🙂

  22. susan swiderski on March 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Darn it, I'm supposed to be taking the month of April off from blogging, people, but I keep seeing all these really neat themes for the A-Z. Like yours. Your plan sounds totally fun! (Insert long Greta Garbo sigh.)  Guess I'm gonna have to stop by.

    (Even if I don't… I hope you have a blast with it!)

    Happy Easter.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Just swing by from time to time… check out the funny comments, even if you don't participate! 🙂 I'm sure it's gonna be loads of fun! Thanks Susan! 🙂

  23. Susan Kane on March 31, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Oooo…cryptology with a twist.  That is so what I love to do.  This should be fun.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Susan, I can imagine that you'll have a blast with this (I'm thinking of your "unmatched sock series"…)

  24. Misha on March 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Sounds like a super-creative theme. 😀

    • Michelle Wallace on April 1, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Thanks Misha! 🙂 See you during the A to Z Challenge!

  25. Nas on March 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Sounds like fun!

  26. Stina Lindenblatt on March 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Oh this is a cool idea for the challenge. I bet no one else thought of it. 😀

    • Michelle Wallace on April 1, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Not too sure… 🙂 I imagine that there are lots of word challenge themes in the A to Z, but each one would have its own unique "twist"

  27. Mel Kinnel (@TizMellyMel) on April 1, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Your A to Z theme sounds pretty cool! I'll be looking for your posts beginning Monday!

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