A to Z Story – In A to Z Style!

It’s the countdown to the 2015 A to Z Challenge!

This will be my fifth challenge and I’m just as excited as I was when I signed up for the first time in 2011.

Now I know that there may be lots of bloggers who are on the fence… not sure whether to sign up or not!

For many people, the thought of posting every day for 26 days (minus Sundays) is a daunting prospect, and the reasons are varied. I appreciate the fact that life gets in the way and writing projects are top priority…

BUT – I urge you to take the plunge! It’s not as scary as it seems. And there are a host of wonderful people who will assist with any queries.You are not alone. The A to Z Challenge blog has loads of information! The collective spirit generated by thousands of bloggers who are part of this challenge, is inexplicable!

You simply HAVE to experience it…

Your life will never be the same… and here’s the reason why!  

 Some of you may remember this – I used it as a promo post for the 2012 and 2013 challenges.

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to resurrect it and share it again…

A to Z Story in A to 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 this Z-snippet… I tried.

So I’m taking a two-week blogging break. However, I’ll be lurking around the blogosphere and popping in to read your blogposts.

See you on the 23rd for the Theme Reveal Blogfest!                 


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 9, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I remember that!
    Join the mania, folks. You won’t regret it.
    Enjoy your break and see you for the reveal.

  2. Arlee Bird on March 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    An In-Transit tradition! Thanks for your contribution to the cause of promoting the Challenge.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  3. Debbie D. on March 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Such a cool post! 😀 This will be my second year and I hope to be a little more organized than last time. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

  4. Carol Kilgore on March 9, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    It’s so much fun. I urge everyone to experience the A to Z at least once. I’m going to be A to Z-ing my trilogy this year, but I’ll be with everyone in spirit.

  5. Southpaw HR Sinclair on March 10, 2015 at 12:16 am

    That’s very cute! The A-Z post is how I started my gem posts!

  6. Patricia Lynne on March 10, 2015 at 12:36 am

    I finished writing all my posts the other day. I just have to schedule them now.

  7. L. Diane Wolfe on March 10, 2015 at 1:22 am

    That was so cute. Well done, Michelle.

  8. barbaraincaneyhead on March 10, 2015 at 2:58 am

    I remember seeing it as well! Love your excitement!

    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp’s Troops with the
    A to Z Challenge

  9. Elizabeth on March 10, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I’m really looking forward to the madness this year. I’ve only got a few tricky letters left.

  10. J.L. Campbell on March 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Some convincing reasons to participate, Michelle! You do come up with the coolest ideas.

  11. Julie Flanders on March 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    You always totally rock the Challenge. I am passing this year but look forward to reading all the posts.

  12. Lori L. MacLaughlin on March 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Very creative! This will be my second Challenge. Looking forward to it. Enjoy your break!

  13. Sherry Ellis on March 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    That is a pretty cool post! Rest up for the big challenge!

  14. Elizabeth Seckman on March 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I jumped in! Not sure if I will regret it, but I will give it my best shot.

  15. Shelly on March 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I’m sitting out this year. Got two books to finish writing. Happy break to you!

  16. Heather M. Gardner on March 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Nicely done!

  17. Nas on March 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I liked this! I’m really looking forward to all the posts!

  18. Medeia Sharif on March 11, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I was planning on participating in the challenge, but won’t be doing it because I have the release of an anthology. I’ll be reading the posts and commenting, though.

  19. Alex Hurst on March 11, 2015 at 5:28 am

    I just finished scheduling all of my posts yesterday! I’m going to have all of April to visit blogs and I’m really excited. 🙂 See you there!

  20. S.P.Bowers on March 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Have fun on your blogging break and hope you recharge before A-Z. I’m taking April off. I figure everyone will be so busy with A-Z they’ll never miss me and I plan to get a lot of writing done. Or move across country. We’ll see.

  21. Loni Townsend on March 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I like your A-to-Z of the A-to-Z challenge!

    I did the A-to-Z challenge last year. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I figured I’d try again. Working full-time and trying getting online is stressful for me. Maybe this year, I’ll take vacation.

  22. J.Q. Rose on March 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    How clever is that! Amazing post. I’m leaning toward joining. Sounds like fun and challenging. Heading over now to check out the rules.

  23. Laura on March 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Awesome idea. Such fun and challenging!

  24. Hilary on March 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Hi Michelle – it is a great opportunity to hone some ideas, be creative and meet some great bloggers … I’m sure most of my friends have come out of the A-Z at the time or soon after …

    Loved this take … a post after my own heart … enjoy the break – I still have to write mine up! But I’m in – cheers Hilary

  25. Patsy on March 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Sorry, no way could I keep up with the A-Z. I’ll be visiting some of the blogs though as I know they’ll be lots of interesting posts to read.

  26. Beth on March 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    ooh fun! I wanna try!

  27. Misha on March 13, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I’m finally back online and signed up for this year. 🙂

  28. tara tyler on March 14, 2015 at 2:42 am

    you are so good with the making a puzzle of words interlock just right! way to encourage and spread the word!

  29. Jemi Fraser on March 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    The challenge is a blast! The posting isn’t daunting for me – but the keeping up with comments and reaching out to new people that made it too hard for me to keep up. I’ll be cheering from the sidelines this year 🙂

  30. Chrys Fey on March 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Well said! It may seem crazy, and maybe it is, but it’s an experience everyone must have. 🙂

  31. joylene on March 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I can’t remember last week, but I think I was around during your first. If not it’s been a while. Five years. Doesn’t feel that long. I’m cheering you on, Michelle.

  32. Annalisa Crawford on March 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I’m really looking forward to the challenge, albeit nervously 🙂

  33. Tyrean on March 17, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    See you at the theme reveal!

  34. Stephanie Faris on March 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    The best reason of all is all the people you’ll meet. It’s AMAZING! That’s how I ended up meeting all the great IWSG people I now interact with every day on here. I’ve already pre-written my posts…just finished P and getting ready to do Q. So I’m done through…I think…the 20th? That makes it easier. Although it also makes it hard to wait because you’re so excited about what you just wrote, you want it to go live tomorrow!

  35. Jen Chandler on March 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Enjoy your blog break! I look forward to your posts for A-Z. I didn’t participate last year so I’m super excited to be back in the game this year. Have a wonderful week. Great story by the way. Very clever!

  36. donna l martin on March 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Hi there!

    I’m stopping by as many blogs as I can while getting ready for the A to Z Challenge next month. Good luck with the challenge and if you get a chance, why not stop by my blog at http://www.donnalmartin.com? I write children’s books, middle grade and young adult…

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin

  37. Julie K Pick on March 22, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I remember this wonderful pre-A to Z post, Michelle! Hope you’ve had a great break! I can’t wait to see what creative concept you come up with in April!

  38. Nick Wilford on March 22, 2015 at 8:27 am

    That was great! I think you summed up the spirit of the Challenge.

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