Friday, March 21, 2014

My A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal

It's here! The GREAT & POWERFUL THEME REVEAL for the 2014 A to Z Challenge. Because I've been so busy with personal life and trying to finish up my first paranormal short story (to be contributed to an anthology that will benefit a fellow author suffering from cancer), I haven't spent enough time getting started on my A-Z stories. But here is what I have...LOL!

1) I chose 26 words but they are Spanish words.
2) Each of the 26 words has an English translation that starts with the same letter.
3) I searched for free-to-use-commerically photos for inspiration.

Sounds good, right? Well, I hit a few stumbling blocks. First, there is no letter W in the Spanish alphabet. Okay, I can get around that because they do use a few words that begin with W, but they are foreign words.

Next, some letters I ended up with multiple words to chose from and planned to use the photo inspirations to guide me. I made a good start using my standard photo sites, Morguefile.com and Pixabay.com. But I couldn't find something for every letter.

That was where LIFE hit me in the face...and nothing more has been done. Since then I have found a couple of other good sites to use for photo searches and next week will make my final choices. I also may use MORE than one word in each story.

UPDATE: Thanks to unsplash.com/ and gratisography.com I have all my photos. If you need good photo resource sites, check out THIS ARTICLE.

So the theme is FLASH FICTION inspired by a word and photograph, story written in 300 words or less (no minimum). Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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Tomorrow I will start to post my word choices and take reader input on those with multiple words/photos to chose from.

Hope you'll stop by and cast your vote!

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28 comments:

  1. why don't you let us know what words are lacking photos and maybe some of us can help find some, or contribute of our own?

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    1. When I reviewed my notes, I only had four words left to go...so got them done and updated the article. Thank you!

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  2. This sounds like fun, Froggi! Looking forward to participating. WooooHoooo!

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    1. I hope I have as much fun as I did in 2012...and have time visit some of the other blogs. I've talked three other folks into doing this...LOL!

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  3. That is a great theme for you. Reminds me of the Write4Ten stories I wrote. I revealed my theme today...The A-Z's of Lodgepole Creek. That is the town my novel is set in. I'm so glad you invited me to participate in this. I have all my images done, and words chosen. I still have almost all the writing to do. Good luck!

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    1. Still have to make my blog rounds...perfect theme for you!! I may do that next year with my Klondike Mystery series. Great idea!

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  4. I've been making custom headers for each of my A-Z posts, so I feel your pain about searching for free-to-use photos! Morguefile is one of my favorites, and I also use Flickr. If you go into Flickr's advanced search, you can tell it to filter results based on the Creative Commons licensing. Hopefully that will help you find a few more!

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah. I found a couple more places to look and updated the article. So nice to finally find multiple sources of good photos! Okay, off to check your blog!!

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  5. Sounds like a great theme. I'm worried that I'm going to either get burned out or go too long on some posts. Hopefully, we'll both make it through April :-)

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    1. Going too long can be a real issue...with so many folks signing up it's hard to keep up. That's one reason I used a word limit with my flash fiction. Keeps me in line.

      As to burning out, start writing and scheduling now. I usually start at least two weeks ahead of time and am now a week behind. EEEK! ;)

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  6. Flash fiction with a twist ... I'm in! :D

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  7. Sounds like a god way to find out about some new fiction - I'll be keeping an eye on your posts.

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  8. I'm impressed with how much work you have put into it so far. Great idea with the A to Z flash. I wanted to do that with my last years themed stories. I need to get on that. Good luck.

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    1. I am so unprepared compared to 2012...still have written NOTHING and have to run errands all day toay. Eeek! I will get it done, I will get it done....LOL!

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  9. Wow... you have a lot of things going together in the theme. Looking forward to read your stories and in the process learn a few spanish words too! All the best :)
    Shilpa Garg
    Co-Host AJ's wHooligan for the A to Z Challenge 2014

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    1. Thanks for stopping by...I hope the stories flow as easily as they did in 2012. Got a week left to get started. Gulp!

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  10. Loving the Spanish idea!! The post to the photo is absolutely fantastic, yes? It sure has helped me out! I'm lucky that I have several friends who take fantastic photographs and have given me creative liberty with them. *whew*

    Carrie~Anne at That Dizzy Chick

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    1. I was really surprised how much I get influenced by photos, I use them for my novels, too. I love being able to see a photo of my characters and locations. Thanks for stopping by Carrie-Anne!

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  11. I love my flash fiction!
    Your theme looks like it's gonna be loads of fun!
    See you around on the A to Z circuit, Donna!
    (I'm still touching up my 2012 A to Z challenge flash fiction pieces... almost done... *fingers crossed*... the book should be ready to go later this year)
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Good for you, Michelle! 2012 was a great A-Z year, wasn't it! Got yur blog on my watch list!

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  12. Ooooh that sounds super cool. I suppose I should go find pictures too... but but... I'm having trouble enough writing the posts as it is. Oh well. Next time!

    anna @ Deeply Shallow

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    1. Hey, you've still got a week, Anna. LOL! Tomorrow I pick my final words and photos and then get started!!!

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  13. What a challenge that is! Good luck!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z Challenge
    Caring for my Veterna

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  14. Awesome, Donna! I'll be looking forward to this :)

    By the way, I'm posting an A-to-Z helper article on my dog blog and I'm singing your praises for the favicon help. Thanks again for that!

    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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  15. Donna, Great theme idea for the A-Z. We can all learn a bit of Spanish and a new definition in English. I'm in :) Shells–Tales–Sails

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  16. Great idea, Donna - good luck with it :)

    Jemima
    #TeamDamyanti
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

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