Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An Alphablog

I haven't written any stories in a long time. I have them in my brain, but my hands haven't been cooperating these past few weeks.

Instead, I've been obsessively reading A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. I finished A Game of Thrones, and now I'm about halfway through A Clash of Kings. My sister texted me to tell me not to get overly attached to any of the characters, since apparently anyone can die at any time. Fair enough...but if they kill Arya, I will be furious.

I did sit down to write a blog post a few days ago, but I got distracted and played Plants vs Zombies for nearly five hours instead. I couldn't sleep that night. Every time I closed my eyes, I kept seeing little waving plants and flaming peas flying through the air.

Still, there will be writing a-plenty in the next few weeks. I signed up for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. The idea behind the challenge is to post 26 times during the month of April, with one post for each letter of the alphabet. Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking. I have a hard time keeping up with posting weekly; posting 26 times in the next month may very well be un-doable.

But I'm going to try.

On April 1st, I will begin the Clay Baboons alphablog. Here's the tentative title:

A is for Alien Abduction
26 Things That Annoy Me, Confuse Me, Creep Me Out or Otherwise Make my Life More Difficult


Catchy? Maybe? Hey, I said it was tentative.

In the meantime, enjoy these posts that I didn't write (but wish I did). Please note: some of them are old. I haven't linked to other people's awesomeness in a while. Sorry.

First of all, thanks to Anne at Writing by the Numbers and M at Feed me a Stray Cat for giving Clay Baboons blog awards. I am honoured and touched and basking in warm fuzziness!


Ash-Matic Does Affection for Animals
from Ash-Matic Does Things

Ash-Matic loves animals. Pretty much any creature is in danger of being tucked under his t-shirt while he runs down the road squee-ing. Just don't ask him which animal is his favourite. This post made me laugh out loud more than once.


A Boy That Men Make Drive
from Gweenbrick

When he was but a lad, Gweenbrick learned to drive from an ancient enraged cyborg who hated him on first sight. The traumatic experience ended with him huddled in the back of the car with a sobbing German exchange student. Let this serve as a cautionary tale for all of us.


Why the Pretty White Girl YA Book Cover Trend Has to End
from Hello Ello

You know how sometimes you find yourself nodding along and saying "yes" to your computer screen as you read? This was that post for me. Walk into any book store and you'll find an ocean of young adult books, most of which seem to have a picture of a generic pretty white girl splashed on the cover. It's time for the book publishing industry to move past this trend and embrace diversity.


Big Steve
from Southern Fried Children

"Big Steve was a back slapper, a hand pumper, and a chronic high fiver." Kelly is a true story-teller. This funny-sad-sweet description of an obnoxious, endearing oaf of a man tugged at my heart. Please note: that isn't a picture of Big Steve. It's a picture of Kelly, who writes Southern Fried Children. Just to clarify.


Bullies, UFOs and Me
from Crack You Whip

Tracie has a gift for tackling serious issues with humour, grace and hilarious illustrations. In this funny-sad story, she shares some of her childhood experiences with bullying. Research has shown that bullying will stop when adults in authority and peers get involved. Be a part of the solution.



Like a Filthy, Dirty, Disgusting, Obsessed, Dedicated, Fat Mannequin with a Cheap, Dusty Wig
from Super Earthling

You know how sometimes you get so involved in something that you forget to wash your hair for nine days? And then you want to go out, but you don't have time for a shower, so you just slap some powder on your head instead? Well, this post is about that.




Bad Friend
from http://www.booksofadam.com

In this illustrated story, Adam faces some hard truths about his eight-year-old self, including the fact that he was sort of racist and sort of sexist and a pretty crappy friend. This post is both funny and a little bit sad. It made me feel a bit uncomfortable at times.



Raining on his Parade
from Catalog Living

Catalog Living is one of my all-time favourite blogs. The author uses the fictional Gary and Elaine to show us just how ridiculous staging and catalogs can be. Her posts are short and to the point, with only a photo and a caption in each one. This post made me laugh out loud. And I laughed out loud again while linking up to it. And now I just laughed out loud again while thinking about it.

48 comments:

  1. Oh that's right the A-Z is in April...oh, and that is not so many days away! Tempting to give myself a little kick...or drive myself (further) insane!

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    1. I'm hoping that it will be fun. Either that or completely overwhelming.

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  2. Good for you for doing A-Z this year. I know it's an awesome hop, but I just can't commit right now, and I'm sorta sad to be missing out. Maybe I'll just do my initials or something. I could probably handle 3 blog posts next month :) I'm excited to check out these links, not like I'm procrastinating on the writing, oh but I'm also on Season 3 of Battlestar Galactica, so, um...writing?

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    1. Ooooh...best show EVER. Although I'm in the minority in that I didn't love the way it ended. But still, one of my all-time favourite shows. I love the idea of doing your initials instead of the whole alphabet!

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  3. Happy for you doing A-Z. I was interested, but there was not way I could pull off that many posts. I am struggling to do one or two a week.

    Have fun and thanks for the shout!

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    1. Honestly, I have to admit that there's a good chance that I might fail. But I will try!

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  4. oh my gosh, cannot WAIT to read your A to Z (z for zombie I assume). so excited! I am participating in the A to Z challenge as well. Should be fun. Or horrible. Choose one.

    best,
    MOV

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    1. If you're going to post a spoiler, the least you could do is warn people! Ha!

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  5. I also will be attempting the A to Z challenge, I have my first three posts written, then I hit writers block. Good Luck

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    1. I don't even have the first one written yet. It doesn't bode well.

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  6. Ugh, you have to stop with this stuff! I'm not getting anything done at work as it is, and if you post almost every day AND send me to new links, I'm never going to get anything done again!

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    1. I live to serve. Or to make your life more difficult. I haven't figured out which one it is yet.

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  7. I love Plants vs Zombies. I bought that game and played it for hours every night until I beat it.

    Simple, but great game.

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    1. It is seriously addictive. I beat the first adventure mode, and now I'm working my way through the second one.

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  8. Congrats on the awards! A to z challenge sounds hard. So, pass. :P

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    1. Ha! It sounds hard. So, sign up. And then quit.

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  9. Your alphablog will be awesome! Hubs is attempting Script Frenzy in April and has me about 90% convinced I'm going to give it a try... just think, we'll all be procrastinating TOGETHER! Yay!

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    1. Ooooh...you should try it! I've never really been drawn to Script Frenzy, but I did NaNoWriMo this past year and ended up loving it.

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  10. Congratulations on the award! I can't wait to see your Alphablog next month! :D

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. Let's just hope that I stick with it!

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  11. ack! thank you for the reminder of april's blogging a-z challenge! i remember you mentioned it before and i was intrigued...then i forgot! i will write that idea down NOW!
    glad you are having fun with reading and zombie games...gotta go with what you feel like doing!

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    1. Oh, that's not a bad philosophy. Except that if I adopt it, I'll pretty much only read and eat chocolate for the rest of my life. I hope you jump on to the challenge!

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  12. Stephanie!! I've missed you! I keep thinking about signing up for blogging A to Z. I guess I have to decide soon, don't I! Yikes. Better read about it!

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    1. I've missed you too Fran! I've fallen waaaaaay behind on blogging...both writing and reading. I have to catch up on your blog!

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  13. Good Luck in the A to Z having completed a trial run during March I get to do it all over again in April. But at least I know I can do it without any real problems. I see the numbers are up to at least 1400 doing this now. I think the hard part will be reading them all, thats 26*1400 so loads sort of war and peace with no plot (which reminds me I must go and write stuff on my blog)....

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    1. No way I can do that. I can barely keep up with my commenters and my blog reader. I'm going to aim for five a day, like they suggest.

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  14. Looking forward to your A-Z posts!
    Always love your links too---stories brighten my day!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I love that the internet is filled with stories. You just have to find them.

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  15. Only five hours? Damn, girl. Try harder.
    Just kidding. That game just sucks me in for days.

    And yay for the A to Z Challenge! I'm doing it on Nagzilla too, so I'll be a cheerleader to keep you going! I don't want to do it alone.

    We'll make it! ;)

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    1. Yeah, five hours. But then I played again the next day. And the next. There may be some feelings of shame when I think about how much of my life has been dedicated to that game over the past few weeks. Good luck on the challenge!

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    2. Whatever you do, don't play Diner Dash. It will eat your soul. I'm obsessed with making the color matches and seeing how many chains I can make.

      My obit will talk about the copious amount of hours spent on video games.

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  16. Thanks, Stephanie! I'm glad you liked my story. :) A to Z sounds...intimidating. Maybe I'll try A to H?

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  17. Not gonna lie, pretty pumped for the promise of 26 posts from you.

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    1. Not gonna lie, I might crash and burn.

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  18. Gary and Elaine lead such fascinating lives - I couldn't work out how to follow them into Ikea paradise though. Is the blog followable?

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    1. You can add it to a reader (I use Bloglovin, lots of people use Google Reader). I think it's a tumblr, though, so I don't think you can follow it using Google Friends Connect.

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  19. Cute blog. Got a clue from Super Earthling to look here. I'm rather good at being annoyed. That and the occasional haiku contest is all I write. Looking forward to your A-Z.

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    1. Being annoyed is both a skill and a way of life!

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  20. Hi Stephanie - I'm just dropping in to say Welcome to the A to Z...I'm looking forward what you have in store for us!

    Cheers, Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jenny! I'm looking forward to the challenge!

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  21. Can't wait to see your alphablog posts. I thought about trying to do it, but don't think this year is going to work! I can see my posts would have not had such spectacular titles as your (tentative) post.

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    1. I just hope that I can succeed! 26 is an awfully big number...I've only put up 40ish posts since November.

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  22. Looking forward to your alpha blogging!

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    1. Thanks! I'll try my best not to quit.

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  23. Just one question are these "real people stories"? Nevermind, doesn't matter I'm coming along for the ride!

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    1. Mostly real people! With the odd zombie or robot, of course.

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  24. I feel like such a winner, because as of right now I've read every post you've written on this blog :)

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