Saturday, May 3, 2014


This odyssey began last year when I found out about the challenge.  I declined that year.  This year I took up the challenge and entered in February and decided that I would do a story.  Crazy, huh?

How crazy was I?  Let me tell you: Pretty blipping crazy!

I thought I would do maybe a page for each entry, but the story took over.  Luckily I had up to M done by the end of March.  April was a scramble to keep up with my posts.  I started with a two week lead.  By the end of the month, I had only two days to finish Y.

On top of that, I got a head cold.  Woot!  10% alcohol chugged at 6 hr. intervals.  Let's just say I was a little high as a kite when writing Y.

Heck, Z was written and scheduled back when I was supposed to be writing S.  Heh heh heh.  In hindsight, that was a good thing.  Non-linear writing.  My forte.  Know what happens afterward and you can write what happens before that.

And then I chapter!  Insert Expletives and Curse Words here!  Oh my giddy goodness!  This chapter had me.  I could not figure out how to write it.  It was crap-tastic the three other times I tried.  I was ready to bang my head against a brick wall.  (I have access to one, and I would have done it too!)  Then Lo and Behold!  I HAD A DREAM!  No, I mean that literally.  I had a dream about it.  And there it was.  Completely change the p.o.v. and tense. Who the heck cares how random it is!  It worked. 

So thinking on it, I don't write A to Z.  What the hell was I doing when I signed up for a challenge that required it!

On to the mushy and heart-wrenching stuff.

As I look back on the last month, I have to grin.  I found some wonderful new blogs and learned so many new things that didn't know about mythology, monsters, fairy tales, morbidity, and grammar.

I have to thank the PTBs that make the annual Blogging from A to Z Challenge possible.  THANK YOU! 

I also want to thank the wonderful peeps that popped up on my blog every day and commented.  I felt the love!

First off, to the lovely lady that pointed out this awesome challenge to me, Sam.  Thank you for believing me so much. 

Sara, you were my first comment on the first day.  Not only that you were with me the entire way.  Yggdrasil will never be forgotten!  Your posts were fantastic.

Patricia, I have to say wow!  You kept me entertained with your fantastic flash fictions with those terrifying words!  Thanks for sticking with me!

Li, I had fun with all those neat posts about character development and all those links to the tests.  The results were kinda scary . . . 

Mina, those posts on monsters were fantastic.  I had a blast reliving some of them from childhood and reading about ones I never saw.  Btw, love the monster links for the social websites.  Where did you get those? 

Marlene, those grammar lessons came in handy.  I realize I need to have remedial grammar lessons! =D

Then there are all those fantastic blogs I found that also had stories, recipes, ghosts, fictional characters.  I had a great time reading each day.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by during the challenge.


  1. I'm not sure I could manage a whole story for the challenge. You did great and I really enjoyed it.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I bet you could and better!

  2. I'm very impressed at the story you put together, and kept up with while sick! I can't even comprehend non-linear writing, you definitely have my respect there too! I'm really glad I found your blog at the beginning - awesome job! And so happy you enjoyed mine.
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

    1. You're so welcome! I've had issues with quite a few of your post topics! So they really came in handy to fix me writing! Heck, I used a couple as I was writing the challenge!
      Thank you too. Sometimes I have to hop ahead because the movie in my mind won't go away. And I have to write that scene even though it takes place in chapter 25 instead of six.

  3. I love all these links! I visit as many blogs as I can but I missed a ton so this is great.

    Here's my A to Z wrap-up post. I also have an End of Challenge book giveaway going on for either contemporary romance or contemporary YA

    1. thanks for stopping by. well, they were so awesome and loyal visitors that i had to post links to them.

  4. Congrats, Djinnia on completing the challenge. Thanks for the informative posts you posted on SA. And we found a common love - aubergines. :)

  5. Congratulations for completing the challenge. :-)

  6. It's fun reading about how crazy it was for you after-the-fact, which didn't show in the story (I don't think so, anyway). Job well done, and thanks for your kind words. Glad we could go through the craziness together. :)

    1. Thank you. What lovely compliments you've given me. Your comments gave me the energy to finish!

  7. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thanks for sharing. I'm just stopping by briefly before the next A-Z Challenge begins. Visiting from the 2014 A-Z Road Trip.

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