Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's That Time of Year Again


    Well, not really.  But, almost.

    There's an old saying (no, not "Blow is just a figure of speech!") that the only guarantees in life are death, taxes, and Barbra Streisand "Farewell Tours."  

    Well, I feel I must add another:  "The A-Z Challenge."


    Coming every April (a lot like me, except I come in July.  That's when my birthday is), the "A-Z Challenge" is a...challenge (try to keep up, willya?) that will...uh...challenge (too lazy to think of a synonym) those of us who call ourselves writers but don't get paid...

   WE INTERRUPT THIS POST FOR AN OPINION FROM A WRITER WHO DOES NOT GET PAID:  Incidentally, if you are a writer who does get paid, what in the hell are you doing here, just giving away your stuff (yes, I'm talking to you, Nancy S. Thompson)?  I mean, we love you all, but why throw away the cow when you can get it for free and...oh, crap, now I've just gone and confused myself.  See?  That's why I don't get paid.  I confuse easily and will probably never  win Blog of Note

    ...to take a letter from the alphabet and write a post specific to that specific (geez, I'm just not coming up with enough synonyms, am I?) letter.  

    For those of you who are saying, "Well, golly, Al, April has 30 days so how can I make 26 letters fit?"

    To you, I say, "You'll be able to take some weekends off.  You'll just have to write 26 posts.  Just be grateful you're not using the Spanish alphabet.  Or, the Cyrillic or Chinese one.  How'd you like to write posts on frikkin' pictures and squiggly lines instead, Mr. Smart-Ass English major??"

    So, the "2013 A-Z Challenge" (clever title, that) will commence Monday, April 1st.  Sign up to participate on Blogging From A to Z Challenge (April 2013) .  In addition to the sign-up list, you'll find rules and a description of the event, along with naked pictures of Scarlett Johansson.

    But, hurry up, because space is limited and you don't want to miss your chance.

    NOTE:  The aforementioned is completely untrue and is to be expected from a writer who does not get paid.  There is plenty of room, although sign-ups will close out in 55 days.  Or so.  I don't feel like looking.  But, you can bet you're screwed if you wait until April 15th.  If you wait that long, you may as well pay your taxes.

    So, sign-up.  I participated in the 2011 and 2012 challenges and very much enjoyed the experience. 
Underwear, Kublai Khan, X-Men, Vasectomies,
Old Man Toe, Easter, and a picture of Chaz Bono.
Xerxes, Underwear (again), Easter (again), Ohio, Narwhals,
Qi, Tucks Ass-Itch Pads, and a picture of Whoopi Goldberg.

    This year, I plan on being much more sophisticated.  For instance, for 'B' this year, I'll write about "Boners."

   Plus, you can betcher ass I'll repeat Easter.

   

26 comments:

  1. I think the challenge should be to write about something sexual with each letter. You got a great start with anus, boner, clitoris.

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    1. Dick, Erectile Dysfunction, Frottage, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Icky, Jack, Kiss, Labia, Mons Veneris....oh, I gotta stop and go take a shower.

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    2. I can see this year you may have to put yourself in the "Adult Content" category :)

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    3. Nahhhhhhhhh...........people may then think I'm writing high-class porn. I'm not that talented. Instead of turning me on, it would just make me giggle.

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  2. I think the challenge should make the 26 blog titles, when read consecutively, sound like the perfect love poem to the giant coochie monster. Is there a pain barrier for this venture like when running a marathon?

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    1. You know, that gives me an idea.....
      As far as pain, I was tired all May last year.

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  3. I didn't do it last year, electing to do it myself during May instead of April. I still don't think I'd do it this year, but I do wish you luck doing it yourself. I think you managed to do pretty well last year, but I have a terrible memory.

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  4. Yeah last year was grand in your land, beat me to the underwear one I remember to haha but mine are all done, so I can just lay back under my sun.

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    1. I may start writing soon because it will significantly lessen the stress. Plus, then I can relax and read other blogs all April.
      But, I'm sure I'll procrastinate.

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    2. Well if you take the computer to that brand new loo, maybe more will get done by you haha

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  5. I signed up but I'm worried I won't be able to keep up this year. I did enjoy it last year, though it was a lot of work. I have 2 themes to choose from. Decisions, decisions... Are you gonna go in order this year, Al?

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    1. You have a lot on your plate, for sure. Did you like how I mentioned you? ;-)
      Think I'll go in order this year, although the whimsical in me wants to START with Z!

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  6. I haven't signed up before, thinking maybe I can commit this year.. we will see. I've got time to think about it :)

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    1. You can be sure there will be plenty of posts in April. A lot of them will be hilarious. Then, there'll be a few from me.

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  7. I'm so bummed that I can't take part this year due to work because I was so ready for it, best of luck with it Al, you rocked it last time and I know you'll do it again!

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    1. Work really really takes a lot of time away from blogging. But, they pay you there while blogging doesn't. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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  8. I was just learned about this recently. I am contemplating taking part!!

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    1. You really should. It makes picking a topic so much easier than it is normally. Yeah, like it's difficult any other day.
      Although 'X' is a tough one. After the "X-Men", that is.

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  9. I don't have the something or other to do the A to Z challange why buggered if I know maybe I am just too lazy or to busy or have a headache or whatever................who knows not me............lol

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  10. I will not be participating this year as I feel I have enough on my plate (and none of it is dessert). But I will say that last year I really enjoyed it.

    As for your question, I will enjoy not having to use my vacation days every time I need a Saturday off to do something with the kids. The down side is my loss of Wednesday, which I have now because the kids have early release. But by next year, they will both be on a bus line for a youth center so for $2, that will solve that problem anyway. Honestly though, Congress isn't on board, so at any point they can stop it. They will also have to adjust all our routes because we will essentially have to move 6 days worth of mail in 5 days... so until they adjust us all so that we are being paid the same or more to work less... Well, I'm still putting in for random Saturdays off. :)

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  11. I've never participated in anything like this but I need to give it serious thought.

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  12. I don't know yet if I am going to do it this year. If I do, it will just be one blog and not two. Last year I really thought my head was going to explode.

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  13. Your A-Z is always entertaining. Cant wait to see what you come up with this time

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  14. This was great Al! Looking forward to participating in another A to Z with you! Many people don't realize what a tremendous service you provide to the challenge by combining humor, history, and even heartfelt stories. Of course a little of the AC is a nice touch too.
    Julie

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