Monday, May 2, 2016

A to Z Envy

Last month I was reading some of the blogs that were doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge, including that of  Stephanie Faris, whose blog I read already. I'd considered trying  it when it was time to start signing up, but couldn't find any ideas for a theme. And since I ended moving at the beginning of April and being offline for almost a week, I wouldn't have been able to do it.  I'd been aware of this thing for two years now when I saw it on her blog in 2014. At that time, I was working long hours, six days a week at a produce plant, barely getting any sleep and barely getting onto my computer. It was too rough and I left after nearly three weeks. I certainly would not have had time then, but then I was not aware until I saw it on her blog.

On the plus side, I did enjoy reading posts about unsolved mysteries, most of which I did not know about.

Hearing the phrase "A to Z" brought to mind something on a  local classic rock station several years ago.  Every summer they'd do something called A to Z,  playing their song titles alphabetically. I'd try to catch as much of it as I could.  In some years, they'd do "Z to A," playing the titles in reverse alphabetical order.  How fast you can you recite the alphabet backwards?  They haven't done it since 2007 as I recall.

And one of the reading challenges I'm doing this year is Alphabet Soup. The challenge requires reading a book that begins with each letter of the alphabet.  It doesn't have to be done in alphabetical order, though, and I've been counting the first book I've read that begins with each letter. Special exceptions are given for Q, X, and Z, which can appear anywhere in the title since they are such tricky letters. I did find some books that begin with those letters, and I'm only left with N, U, and V.  I've read more then 26 books already, but none beginning with those letters.


  1. The alphabet challenge seems like a good way to organize your "to be read" list. There is so much good reading out there.

  2. Awww, don't have A to Z envy. I envy those of you who didn't participate! It's my last year...just way too much going on and I'm having to refocus my blogging efforts on things that help me meet my goal of getting the word out about my book. Reading a bunch of blogs and commenting, only to find they don't comment back, doesn't meet that goal. But if you want to participate for the personal challenge of getting to Z, I definitely encourage you to go for it!