A to Z Challenge Theme RevealPosted by Sara C. Snider on Mar 23, 2015 in A to Z Challenge, Writing | 40 comments
It’s that time of year again–when bloggers from around the world band together and put themselves through the
horrors rigors of blogging nearly every day for a month! Woohoo!
As a rather infrequent blogger, I’m baffled by my own excitement. But I am! Last year (my first year participating) was hard, but lots and lots of fun. I’m hoping for the same this year. The key, I think, is to have a good theme. And by good, I mean interesting–something you can get excited by and want to write about every day.
For me, one of my great loves is trees. If I’m not writing about trees, then I’m usually out lurking among them (that’s not creepy). There’s something about forests and trees that really feed into my imagination. My childhood summer vacations were often spent camping in the redwood forests of northern California. I basically lived in my imagination during those trips, wondering about all the possibilities that I felt resided in those forests. I suppose I never grew out of it.
For this year’s A to Z, I decided a while ago that I wanted to try and write flash fiction. Writing short stories is hard for me, so I thought the challenge would provide an excellent opportunity to practice (you’ve all been relegated to guinea pigs). So the theme this year is a blending of these two things.
Flash Fiction About Trees?
Sort of. More specifically, it will be flash fiction based on tree names. Obviously, a lot of these stories will probably feature trees in some form, but not all. The stories will basically be about whatever that particular name inspires in me–be it a tree or person or animal.
I’m trying to keep the stories around 500-words, but don’t be surprised if some go over that. The one I’m working on now (“F”– I’m so behind schedule) might hit the 1000-word mark. I’m hoping those longer stories will be relatively few. We’ll see!
What’s So Great About That?
Well, if you’re like me, it’s an opportunity to geek about something we love. I’m a fantasy author, so these stories will be fantasy based, possibly with a bit of a fairytale vibe (which is another love of mine–see last year’s A to Z for that). And by fairytale, I mean the classic ones that can sometimes have darker elements. If these things interest you, then you might find some enjoyment in my posts. I hope so, anyway.
And that’s the theme! Thank you for stopping by, and thank you to all the hosts who’ve made this “hop before the hop” happen. To visit the list of participants, click on the picture!