A to Z Challenge Theme Two – Reveal

Today is The Great and Powerful Theme Reveal for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge kicks off April 1st and the challenge is to blog through the alphabet every day with Sunday’s off. 30 days or rather 26 days because there are only 26 letters in the alphabet.

I finished up my posts, especially since I am doing two themes for this challenge.

So, what’s my theme?

It is HAIKU.

We all have special moments in our lives. Perhaps it was the moment our child took his or her first steps, or said his or her first word. Perhaps it was the moment we were kissed for the first time, or the moment we took that high school diploma or college degree in our hands. Whatever those moments were, we captured them, in a photograph, a video, or simply with a poignant memory, so that we could recapture, and often share, the joy, the pride, the excitement; the emotional experience that made that moment special. Just as we capture a special moment in our lives, haiku poetry captures a moment in time, creating and sharing the joy, the wonder, and the perhaps profound emotional experience that exists within that moment.

Haiku is a form of poetry that focuses on a brief moment in time, and a sense of sudden illumination or enlightenment. A haiku is usually composed of seventeen syllables in three short lines. The first line often contains five syllables, the second line seven syllables, and the third line five syllables. A haiku is usually written in present tense, with a pause at the end of the first or second line, and it normally doesn’t rhyme.

I’m looking forward to reading and ‘meeting’ new bloggers during this challenge. I hope you’ll stop by and read my Haikus, and please feel free to leave your mark by commenting or liking the post. But also, please stop by and support other bloggers during the challenge.

If you’re participating in the challenge, please let me know. This will be my third time, and I always find it to be a wonderful ride. It feels like a real accomplishment when you make it all the way to Z. It’s an opportunity to connect with other bloggers, and to explore a theme that is close to your heart.


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A to Z Challenge Theme One – Reveal

What is April A to Z Blog Challenge?

Every April, bloggers from all over the world participate in the April A to Z blog challenge, and you can too! To play along, all you do is make a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during April, then use the blog hop link to visit as many other bloggers as you can.

This will be my 3rd year in a row doing the A to Z blog challenge. I keep coming back because it’s so lively and fun! Plus, it’s a great way to find interesting new blogs to read.

The A to Z Theme Reveal was created to rev up interest before the challenge started. On a certain day (this year it’s March 19) A to Z bloggers are invited to post what their April theme will be.

My 2018 A to Z Theme is “Microfiction”.

As Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Which translated into modern language means, “Everyone should write and read microfiction.”

It’s a subset of flash fiction—those super short stories typically told in 1,000 words or less. Definitions vary, but for the most part, microfiction is any story told in 300 words or less, and could even be as short as a few words. Microfiction’s appeal to the modern reader is not surprising when considering the average adult’s attention span isn’t much longer than the time it takes to click a mouse or tap a touch screen, right?

Good stories come in all shapes and sizes—all lengths and forms. If a novel can be thought of as a ten course meal, and a short story as an excellent deli-sandwich. A microfiction piece might be an exquisite chocolate truffle. All are food. All are enjoyable. But they’re each very different. Microfiction is a scrumptious, bite-sized nugget of a story. It packs big flavor and satisfaction into a small package. As a writer, microfiction forces you to really look at your prose and determine what’s essential and what isn’t; what’s redundant and what isn’t. Honing these skills on microfiction can make your short story and novel-length prose that much sharper, but it’s also an art form of its own—a different medium for expression—as different from shorts stories as short stories are from novels. It’s fun to explore different story-telling media, and some writers find that microfiction is their medium of choice.

I can tell you from personal experience that writing blog posts with a theme in mind makes the challenges go much more smoothly for me. My goal for the month of April is to meet as many new bloggers as possible, visit old friends, stay acquainted with friends I’ve made from past challenges while visiting and encouraging new challengers. I can only do that with a game plan.

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Been there, done that #AtoZ2017ReflectionsPost

Let’s give a HUGE round of applause for every person who has completed the A-Z Challenge. It was absolutely tough to handle, but we did it, guys!  

I am a survivor of this challenge for the second year in a row. The trick to surviving the A-Z challenge is finding the key to your imagination and to stay committed. Once you have done that this key will open locks to doors that you might have never found before. You will discover new blogs, and make new friends, but most important, you will get the chance to party everyday (except Sundays) for an entire month with hundreds of other bloggers. You get to connect with others through the alphabet and learn about all sorts of interesting things. This year, I planned my posts in advance towards end of 2016, decided on a theme so early. For those of you that are doing the challenge next year, I recommend scheduling your posts in advance. This saved me so much time and if I needed to make changes it was easy to go find the scheduled post and edit it.

                             If you don’t celebrate success, it won’t celebrate you.

Along with my family, participant fellow bloggers, many non-bloggers and non-participant bloggers supported me during this challenge. I thank all of them who used to share their views offline through messages online messages. I did not know that so many known people read my blog. With their messages and support they too indirectly became part of this challenge. It was wonderful when after reading my posts my friends used to ask me what will come with the next alphabet (about which I had left no clue).

Some themes/posts are self explanatory by their title, but when they aren’t, I really appreciated when people put just a short blurb at the top, or beginning of their post, explaining what their A to Z focused on. Having it done this way made it easier for me to just dive in.  I find that I definitely prefer shorter posts. Unless it’s a topic that I like, or a person that has commented on my blog and I’m trying to return the comment, I usually leave the page if it’s more than a few paragraphs. I really, really, REALLY appreciate when a visitor just leaves me a direct link to their blog in the comments.

Alphabet letters became writing prompts.
Blogging took on new meaning.
Commenting and sharing other bloggers is a much improved habit of mine.
Dialog with fellow writers is positively grand.
Enthusiasm for writing has reinvigorated me.
Friends, some old, some new, are treasured in my heart.
Gladly following more blogs than I can count
Hogwash! Caption boxes are necessary – NOT!
Insightful – I learned so many new blogging skills
Junk – a few blogs were disappointing
Kindness…my followers and fellow bloggers are so kind and very much appreciated!
Looking forward to checking my blogs throughout the day!
Multitude – There’s a multitude of possibilities for all those dreaded letters, if you know where to look.
Names – I’ll remember all the names of the fabulous bloggers I’ve met.
Optimism – writing is and always has been such a wonderful part of my life.
Posts on my blog have grown and even been added to…
Quirky posts from fellow bloggers helped me think outside the box for my own blogs.
Return visitors to my blog always make me smile.
Strategy skills developed, I was in 2 blog challenges simultaneously.
Thankful…I’m more than thankful to have participated in this event.
Underestimated…and I thought all I was going to do was get a lot of blog posts written in April.
Valiant! Kudos to our valiant hosts of this phenomenal event!
Writing Tips for Success has been revitalized and will continue to be updated regularly.
Xanax can be deadly which is used to treat anxiety disorders. Be careful
Urban Dictionary: xanax, a new medicine
Yay! I am going to treat myself with gifts for finishing the challenge
Zero in all the positive new blogging habits I developed in this Challenge.

A toast to the time we shared in reading
A toast to the beautiful reading content we created
A toast to the pains it caused to stay in tact and posting daily
A toast to the smiles that inspired to write more
A toast to the future of next year’s challenge
A toast to the bright tomorrow that we all will do again together

I really enjoyed this year’s challenge, it was even better than last year’s! Overall, I’m happy that I accepted the challenge for a second year and I am doing it in year 2018 too and shhh…my posts are ready too along with the theme.
The Best Reflections

I published a LOT of content, discovered so many new blogs, made new friends but a FEW of them – the BLOGGERS, made a great impression to me with their posts, likewise all the bloggers who visited me and left their amazing comments were awesome too. I cannot list them all here because I just know I would leave someone out, and I’m not about hurting anyone’s feelings, but the BEST for me are worth a note here. 

Now when I look at the month beginning, I see the whole challenge task made me relieve of the waiting I had since 2016 challenge had got over and now I am waiting for April 2018. I survived along with fever, sinus attack and cold and also a major blow out in my personal life with a relationship break up! Nursing my heart, I could not read blogs – I opted to remain offline from April 7th onwards, but I managed to submit my entry everyday at the AtoZ daily alphabet Link page. I may catch up the missed out blogs in this month and the coming weeks . 

If you’ve ever felt that popping pills didn’t solve your health problems, you might have considered alternative medicine – Healing. The goal is to help patients feel and function better and reduce their need for medicines that can have serious side effects. This was what Ishieta of Isheeria Healing Circles was blogging all month of April.

Have you heard what Grainverse is? Its a symbolic theme for the verses of grain and a story weaved around it. Grainverse is what we have now and Grainverse will also be a reflection what we can do ! The center of the theme of Masoom is attached to celebration of life !

Food nostalgia floods us with such vivid, emotional memories of people and places in our past. Childhood Sunday lunches of afternoon roast chicken dinners – soft white meat of the chicken bathed in ‘homemade’ Bisto with over cooked carrots followed by a dessert of tinned strawberries and HB Vanilla ice cream. Then the chicken sandwiches later with colas and milkshakes and much more. Mayuri blogged about her memories and moment of Food during the challenge.

Growing and owning an organic kitchen garden is actually utterly achievable. Most people would think the terrace is their only option and too only if the housing society is forgiving. Try this for an idea. Use your windowsill to grow some vegetables. Being able to smell fresh fruit and vegetables are an added incentive. It’s a rarity in cities these days. Not to mention the asset home grown vegetables provide. We won’t face dearth of vegetables like we do today if each home takes the onus of growing their own veggies to a partial extent. Menaka Bharathi wrote about growing our own organic vegetables this year.

Mithila, age wise is youngest but her blog posts tell me how mature she is with writing. Her knowledge of Blogging memories, feelings and lessons in 2017 April. With starting a new endeavor there are always going to be problems and difficulties that you come up against but the only way to grow is learn and adapt with every new instance, this applies to blogging too.

Travelling teaches us more about the world, life and ourselves than any education ever could. The subtle realisations or moments of epiphany that we all experience have the most powerful effect upon us. The final and most life-altering travel epiphany is discovering that maybe you don’t ever want to stop. Natasha described her travel epiphanies in her blogging challenge this year.

The stories we collect when we travel are some of the biggest tales of our lives. We get to keep those stories for a lifetime, if we can remember the details. Shalini in her blog as a peregrination of a Wanderlust Princess wrote posts journalling of her travels and experiences.

Zainab has compiled a list of blog posts what are the 26 most important reasons why you should get in shape, or stay in shape. What “getting in shape” means you have a baseline of (1) strength, (2) muscular endurance, (3) cardiovascular capacity, and (4) flexibility to lead a fuller, healthier life. If you have any friends who are not exercising, definitely shoot them her blog link.

Many thanks to everyone who visited my blog and left comments…it was most appreciated!

What are your thoughts? Are you glad you took the challenge?


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