I’ve known about A to Z Challenge for a couple of years now, but I never got around to joining it. Mostly because I never considered myself a blogger, and my posting schedule is still at best “shaky”, with merely a post a week (or even less). But, as you can guess, this year is different and I’ll be doing my best to post 26 posts throughout April (Sundays excluded, everybody needs a bit of rest!), each related to one letter of the alphabet.
And today is the challenges day for theme reveal.
Even thought themes are not obligatory, I thought it would be good to have some structure and direction in the challenge and I took some time to consider what would be worthwhile to share. Of course, I’d love to write about my stories and projects, but it wouldn’t be fun with most of them being works-in-progress, and nothing available for the readers, so it would feel like showing pictures of ice-cream, but sharing none for others to eat.
“Books” seemed to be the best choice, so in April I’ll be sharing my reads, old and new, that affected me as a writer, inspired me, provided food for thought, or simply allowed me to escape into another world for a little while. It might not be the most original of the themes, but I think it’s good for a start, isn’t it? (Besides, I love books.)
Even thought I’m a speculative fiction fan, not all the books will fall into that genre and I’m sure at least several choices will surprise you (yes, I’ve already made a list of titles, so prepared I am!), while some might seem a bit too obscure or might make you regret you don’t read in Polish. I hope you’ll find these posts fun and informative.
I’m looking forward to the A to Z Challenge, especially it’ll connect with my 1000 words a day goal for the 365k Club Challenge, and possibly free up some time for the novel rewrite I planned to work on during Camp NaNoWriMo… So, three challenges in April (though goal of two of them overlap a bit) and I’m excited to see how it goes. I managed to stay on top two challenges last July, but will it be the same this time?
And what about you? Are you participating in any challenge in April? Or maybe you have other plans?
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.