Sunday, March 22, 2015

Goggles, Steam and Superstitions A to Z Theme and more!

I’m excited about this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge. It’s going to be a blast, but also challenging. I’m doing a theme this year, Goggles, Steam and Superstitions A to Z.

Each day I’m hoping to write a flash fiction about a superstition in the steampunk or dieselpunk genre. There might even be a touch of atompunk tossed in we’ll just have to see. J

It’s going to be a challenge to keep with the theme, but I have always loved superstition stories. They can be creepy, scary or just good food for thought. So I’ve got a lot of research to do on different superstitions.

To add to the daily chaos of story writing I’ve also signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Yes, I am crazy but Camp NaNo is a NaNoWriMo lite. You can choose your word count from 10k to 1 million words. You can choose to do short stories, novel revision, poetry or even a script!
this will work rather well.
An extra awesome feature this year is the ability to create a private cabin so your writing circle can be added to that one cabin instead of randomly assigned to a cabin.

Challenges like Blogging from A to Z and  NaNo can really push your limits but they also make a writer accountable and help us build or rebuild our daily writing habits. They keep us encouraged and even if we’re behind on counts or letters they make us want to keep going.

Other challenges like Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) does the same but in a different way. We’re accountable for our weekly goals. Reporting in makes us take a look and focus on what’s important to our writing lives. Sometimes real life goals added in.

The write life isn’t always an easy one, we’re struggling artists in our craft and sometimes we just need that kick in the arse to keep us motivated. Challenges and blog hops help us do that in a fun way where we get to cheer on fellow writers in the fray.

ROW 80 Goals
Last week’s goals:
Write 1k daily  Check, on various things, was able to write 1k daily
Get 3 teacup hats completed I was able to complete half of one. lol It just wasn’t a week to be crafty I guess J
Get blog back on track with at least 3 posts per week   Check! Had 3 posts last week yay!
Start working on Blogging from A to Z Challenge posts  Nope but there’s a legit reason for that one. NaNo rules state that you can’t start on projects until 12am April 1st. So I will be slinging out that first post for A to Z as soon as the clock strikes 12.

This week’s goals:
1. Write 2k daily to keep up the short story pace *gulp I think I can I think I can I think I can!
2. Three posts on blog this week.
3. Get those 3 dang hats done!
Teacup Hat! 

Are you taking one of the above challenges? What do you do to make yourself accountable to your goals? 

Want to visit more blogs revealing their A to Z theme (Most will be up on the 23rd I'm a day early :) click HERE or check out the awesome goal making wizards of ROW80? Click HERE Have fun reading and maybe finding an awesome challenge for yourself! 


Ink Dipped Moon said...

Oh, very risky to tie A to Z into Camp NaNo, but I'm sure you can do it! I can't wait to see what you do. I like Steampunk, but have never seen any Deiselpunk. So much excitement!

John DeVoist said...

Thank you for all the writing challenge information. I am currently preparing for the Round 2 of ROW80 (my first attempt), and I’m also considering doing Camp NaNo now that I know that the word count is personal and flexible. I see a lot of other ROWers also doing Camp NaNo, and I was wondering if you had separate writing projects for each challenge, or if you had one writing project but documented the same word count at both ROW80 and Camp NaNo.

Elise VanCise said...

Hi John! I have done seperate projects before for A to Z and Camp NaNo. Personally, as an ML, I consider everything you wirte that month as part of your word count. As long as it kind of goes together. Such as both fictional works then yes, count count count! lol.

Sarah Zama said...

Hey that's challanging! AtoZ and Camp NaNo together. But you can do it! Last november I did NaNo and a 30-day challange on my blog. Demanding... but a lot of fun too.

I'm a dieselpunk, so sounds like I just have to follow your challange, or does it? ;-)

Cate Russell-Cole said...

That teacup hat is sooooo cute! The Mad Hatter would be completely envious.

It sounds like you've got a lot on, but a lot of energy for it. Good on you! I'm going to check out that Steampunk A-Z idea. It sounds like a concept worth spreading.

Thanks for the heads up.

cleemckenzie said...

That's an interesting theme. I need to know more about Steampunk.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Heck yes! I love the idea! :) I'll be back in April!

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
MopDog - The crazy thing about Hungarians...

Chrys Fey said...

Your flash fiction idea sounds unique and fun. Good luck! :)

-Chrys Fey
Tremp's Troops - A to Z Co-co-host

Yvonne Ventresca said...

I love the superstitions tie in! It will result in some fun stories.


Sophie Duncan said...

Now you have picked a challenge for yourself - superstitions within a genre - that sounds cool :) Good luck!

Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
Wittegen Press

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I have to admit I'm not sure what dieselpunk or atompunk are, but steampunk I do know :). I look forward to seeing what flash fiction you come up with.
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Pearson Report said...

I'm looking forward to my education in all things "punk". :) Flashfiction is right up my alley too!

I admire your ambition regarding the A-Z and Camp NaNoWriMo - way to go. If you believe you can, you will.

Cheers, Jenny
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador

Claudia H. Blanton said...

Hi, what a nice blog you have, wow and you are very industrious. I was considering the camp, but I am not sure if I can make it this year. Good luck!

Moonie said...

You are busy.
My top goal is to be realistic. I have all of the month done just in case
something happens (like a major accident which makes me unable to use my hands). My largest goal which I am hoping to do for the 1st time is to comment on every blog. It takes most of the day and I am in the midst of getting two books ready for publishing so we will see.
Wishing you the best this month!
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