Not that it’s been a long time ago, but I miss the Blogging from A-Z Challenge and what it provided in terms of being able to schedule posts. Six days a week I had a direction to move in. With the letter of the day, pick a word and blog something. One day a week, I could blog about whatever, and it usually turned into an update post.

I miss that.

I’m pre-scheduling this post since I’ll be in the office when it appears and I know it’ll be a rushed day. The entire week has been kind of rushed and frantic. I think I’m holding up well, though. Despite the panic, the frustration, the overwhelm, I’m holding up pretty well.

I wonder if A) finding blog challenge thingies, or B) setting themes for days of the week, saving Sundays for whatever, or C) just going on as I am is the best option. I actually get a Thursday prompt as a patron to gin., so that would be a good place to start. And I would like to start posting gratitude prompts on my own Patreon, and Monday would be a good day for that, since everyone hates Mondays, when all Monday ever did was follow the weekend.

Well, I’m really enjoying posting daily again. That’s all I’m saying. And I’m thinking right now, at this moment, that having a schedule of sorts might help this from becoming just a big pile of boring daily updates and complaints. Which, all things considered, might be more interesting for you, dear reader, as well as easier for me to write.

So I’ll play around with things. Maybe find some stuff. Yeah, I think that’s what I’ll do.

I hope you’re having a good day!

And if you’re not having a good day, I hope you’re having an okay day.

And if you’re not having an okay day, I hope tomorrow is better.


Food… | #AtoZ #LetterF #nonfiction

…has been acquired.

Hi! I know you stopped by looking for an A-Z post of a short story, or perhaps the craft of writing. Perhaps you even looked so far as to see that my theme is “Catching Up.” Well, while I am spending a couple of days “catching up”, so at least on that point I’m on theme, there may actually be no fiction or writing talk.

I did the thing my husband wasn’t keen on me doing, and went to a grocery store this morning.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been shopping for three weeks. It means that the high-traffic Wal-mart I’ve been able to do Grocery Pickup with for the past three weeks finally was unable to provide the things we “need”. I put that word in quotes because they still have plenty of food available, but it just wasn’t the right things that my family of picky eaters enjoys.

And for my youngest, having food they enjoy eating is critical for their mental health.

So I went to the local store, the one that’s only a few blocks from my house. They used to be 24-hours and now are 6a-9p, and I went at 7a, in case they had their first hour reserved for elderly and immunocompromised folks.

I was so grateful (and surprised) to find that they were well-stocked. Not fully stocked, but adequately for my needs. I lucked into arriving just after they stocked something I’ve been looking for the past two weeks. I found the chicken my oldest child and I enjoy, and the chicken my youngest says they’ll eat. I was able to find food that I’ll enjoy. I could get a few staples.

And best of all, the pricing felt normal. I’ve been looking for some things on Amazon, and the pricing is just outrageous there.

I wore my youngest’s “bear face” mask, the only mask we have in the house, since the temporary scarf things and fabric I plan on using for masks hasn’t arrived yet. It was hot, but not unmanageable, and I can see myself getting used to wearing a mask like that. I’m lucky in that respect. One of my dearest friends is in serious danger if she has to breathe in the hot air you end up with with fabric masks that fit well. I worry for her.

But I got food. And I’m so grateful to work for a company who treats each other like family. One coworker still lets her child work at the grocery store he was employed at before this started, and they apparently have a rack of staples set aside for employees. She let me know if I need anything, to let her know.

I don’t expect to ever need to take advantage of that offer, but I’m so grateful she made it. It makes this Thing a little easier to deal with.

Soon I’m going to need to try to get my hands on tissues and toilet paper, and those items will be challenging, I’m sure. But that’s for another day. Wouldn’t it be nice if those items held out for whatever day T falls on during this A-Z Challenge?


Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it’s true enough. One friend talking about it last night, another friend posting about it this morning, and then visiting the website…

Yeah. It’s the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

You know you want to sign up, too.

So, the first friend has most of her posts ready. The other friend has hopes to get hers ready.

I have to admit – getting everything ready ahead of time is appealing.

So very appealing…


So I signed up, and my theme is “Catching Up”, because of course it is, you fool! I am behind (understatement) in my 1,000,000 word challenge. I got sick in January and then got sick again after that and I fell off the wagon, and it feels impossible to get back up and do it again. But since there was a trickle of interest sparked by friend one’s convo and friend two’s blog post, I feel like it’s important to grab on to that interest and ride it hard until the words catch up and I’m back on track.

That’s the theory, anyway.

I have the remainder of March to write 30 short stories on the theme of Catching Up and somehow incorporating the alphabet and schedule all the posts because while I managed it before (somehow) writing/posting a story a day, I’d like April to be a bit less frantic this time.

The first time I tried the A-Z challenge was 2016, I believe (nope—2012), and you can buy the book that came from that event on Amazon (affiliate link), Barnes & Noble (print only, apparently), and Smashwords. (Apparently I never posted it on Smashwords?! I’ll fix that at some point. I’m sure I have the files for it.)