This A to Z is Short a Few Letters of an Alphabet

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI’m thinking about joining the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April. If you didn’t catch the challenge name, that’s 26 posts for the month. Yeah, 26. One for each letter of the alphabet. One everyday except Sunday.

They even made their own alphabet images for each letter, so I had some fun making a few mermaid letters. (Because I have too much free time, evidently. Yes, that was my sarcastic voice.) She may be laughing at me right now.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyIt’ll be hard to pull off if I don’t plan ahead, but I think it’ll be a good way to push myself.

Coming up with a list of topics has been a challenge, so I’d love your input. Especially since I did a ton of research on little-known mythology and then the file crashed before I could save it.

Yeah, totally bummed.

What’s left in the recovered spreadsheet? It’s the first list I made related to different subjects that I’ve been researching for various book projects and gardening. A few double entries are mythological beasts, which is where I started with all the extra mythology research that got lost. πŸ™

It’s a mixed bag of ideas, that’s for sure.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyA few letters have nothing yet. Specifically:Β F, K, L, and Q. And X (if “eXtra harvests preserved” doesn’t count).

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyHere are the areas I’m thinking about, and, yes, it’s eclectic because I’m developing three different books and series for three different age groups (not at the same time):

  • American legends and folklore (especially about Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, and Benedict Arnold)
  • Writing and breaking cyphers
  • Computer encryption technology
  • DNA markers and cloning
  • Organic gardening
  • Annoying grammar rules and pet peeves

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI’ve also thought about including ideas from the subjects I’ve already researched for my mostly-finished books:

  • Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyHawaiian mythology, animals, plants, and customs. Oh, I just found my K topic. Thanks!
  • Tracking
  • Mythological creatures

Some of my other ideas are too History Channel-ish. *YAWN*

Your turn! Hit me with some ideas for F, L, Q, and X. If you’ve got other blog topic ideas for any other letters, let me know those, too. I might just think your ideas are better than mine.

12 comments on… “This A to Z is Short a Few Letters of an Alphabet”

  1. Rebecca

    F: Fish tales, funny bones, family feuds, fanciful fantasies, Fandango. Ok, enough of that.

    L: Languages and culture. I once had a great conversation with someone about wheather language creates culture or vice versa. Or are the both so completely intertwined that you can’t separate them? Or you could write about what makes you looney (like those pet peeves).

    Q: Yikes! What do you do with that letter? Maybe a series of questions? Quixotic quotes? I’m at a loss.

    X: How about xenophobia? I feel like a lot of the fear people have is not even just about foreigners, but that which is foreign. What would we have missed out on if people hadn’t kept an open mind about new cultures and people? What have we lost because of such fears? Maybe that’s too deep. The history of the xylophone? Haha. I think there’s some Greek words that start with X. That could fit in with your mythology kick. That’s probably how Piers Anthony came by the name of Xanth for his book series. And there’s another topic for you. πŸ™‚

    Happy writing,

    • Diana Beebe

      Rebecca, you are a genius! I’m smacking my head that I missed ALL your F suggestions. How did I miss “fish tales”? And languages! Duh. Even better with culture. Q and X are always fun. You know, “fun.” LOL. I like your xenophobia idea, too. It is at the heart of almost every science fiction book out there. Thanks, friend, for your help!

  2. Wow, I’m impressed with your own Mermaids Don’t Do Windows letters! I’ve wanted to do that challenge for three years now, but have never been up to the task. So yay for you for tackling it. I just woke up from a nap and am ready to go back to sleep for the night, so nothing is coming to me for the letters, but I do like the American legends and folklore idea!

    And mixing and matching various categories, well, why not? What the heck. Go for it! Most people I know who have done the challenge have felt really good about it, but super wiped out by the end. Some have to take a little time off to get some R&R! Good luck with it, Diana!

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks for the support, Lynn! I’m glad you like my letters–those are all the ones I’ve done so far. I hope I’m up for the task, too. I need to add my name to the list still. I hope I can keep up momentum when May rolls around. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. Hilarious, Rachel! I love the “L” video! Isn’t Qi the best word ever? πŸ˜€

      • Rachel

        One of my favorite Sesame Street classic moments! So captures Bert’s sense of things. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Elen! The A to Z Challenge gets bigger every year, too. NaBloPoMo and BlogHer–good stuff. Alrighty, then. Let’s get this party started, yeah?

  3. How about Qigong, which comes from qi (chi) or life energy, I think. I, too, love qi in Words With Friends and Scrabble. As for the blogging challenge, if that helps you get a rhythm in your blogging, then I say go for it. Although I only blog once a week, it has taken the better part of three years for me to get into my routine, and at that, it is one post per week. That said, if I take off a week from blogging, it is a week that feels as if something is missing. A fellow writer who also blogs once a week refers to her posts as her weekly homework, and I suppose the posts do have that assignment feel but what a difference blogging has made in my writing. Whatever you decide, best of luck.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks for the suggestion, Karen. Qigong sounds interesting and could fit another fantasy I’ve got brewing. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

      I’ve been trying to post something every third day, but I think I need a push. Thanks for the support!

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