In 2011, I took a gamble and participated in my first AtoZChallenge with a Hawaiian theme. Because I missed the 2020 challenge, my plunge into 2021 was the 10th challenge for me. I signed up on the last day of the Theme Reveal deadline, having made my decision that morning to participate. Instead of moving forward with plans to post blog interviews of other authors' research projects, I decided to first post 26 articles about "novel" topics I had researched over the years for various reasons. Writing the first drafts was an enjoyable task. Reliving these research events by way of the AtoZChallenge made the month of April a fun way for me to reconnect with society after strict lockdown.
Even though my best laid plans included visiting every blog site listed on the official sign-up sheet, I only made it through #155 plus other blog sites I found through comments left on sites I visited. I will sign up for the "Road Trip".
Participating in The Scavenger Hunt was sort of hit and miss for me. I always forgot to look for the words while reading posts and often had to retrace my steps to find a word on the list. I did find 20 of the 26 letters, missing only cobweb, hat, leaves, scissors, velvet, and yellow. Why I couldn't find "hat" is beyond me! My list is included below.
One of my blog posts was entitled "Etymology and Envy" with photos of a worn dictionary and thesaurus. I mention this in reply to the question of whether I consulted a dictionary for my word choices. Although I did use Google to find my X-word "xylocarp".
Thank you to the AtoZ team members for the tremendous amount of work that goes into planning and executing such a wide spread and popular project. The sign-up sheet was easily accessible and simple to use. I consulted it daily to visit additional participants. Unfortunately, I was not able to visit everyone but plan to participate in the Road Trip.
AtoZChallenge2021 Scavenger Hunt
I chose to join the Scavenger Hunt challenge and was pleased to see that one of my blog posts fit right in – Whale Migration! The best part of the rules was that the word didn’t have to be in the title. I located 20 of the 26 letters. Here are the blog sites I found with the chosen letters:
B is for — Bear 🧸J-Dubs Grin and Bear It – As Always, More to Come (wordpress.com)
· C is for — Cobweb 🕸
E is for — Evil 👿 Black and White: E is for Eden (nydamprintsblackandwhite.blogspot.com) (In Eden grows every kind of tree that is pleasant to sight and good for food, as well as the infamous Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.)
F is for — Flowers 💐 A Joyful Chaos: D ~ Daffodil Selfie (As I lowered my phone into the flowers . . .)
G is for — Game 🎲 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge (a-to-zchallenge.com) (some of my favorite online games that revolve around travel:)
H is for — Hat 👒
I is for — Island 🏝 I is for Island – Anne Higa
J is for — Jewelry 💍 Chapters From My Life (X is for) It can be a book, a jewelry,
K is for — Key 🔑 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge (2021) Alphabet "k"- and the word is "kEYWORD" | Slogans, Catch lines and Tag lines (slogansmith.blogspot.com) Today’s letter is “K” and the word is “Key Word”
· L is for — Leaves 🍂
M is for — Men 👬 George Dixon | Tarmangani (wordpress.com) (with the 135 pound black powder spar torpedo mounted to the sub, Lt. George Dixon ordered his men to load up.)
N is for — Nuts 🥜 #A to Z Challenge 04-09-21 Indigenous Foods | Words On A Page (inkonapage.com) The nuts are the size of a cantaloupe
O is for — Orange 🍊 Kairn of Glen Feirnaugh. “Grandpapa tell us a story.” The… | by John G Swift | Apr, 2021 | A Writer Darkly (Blazing bright orange hair shone in the sun like her head was afire.)
P is for — Pen 🖊 Doesn't Speak Klingon: Mabel #AtoZChallenge M Mabel smirked at that and picked up a pen.
when it rains it pours! Q is for Questions…. – Just another Christian woman… (auntyamo.com) 3. Question | Beth Lapin's A to Z Blog 2021 (wordpress.com) Ask questions of others.
R is for — Rainbow 1.) Rainbow (imagery77.blogspot.com) The blog’s name says it all!
2.) Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner: #atozchallenge R is for Ronel, Rainbow Colors, Rook, Room 42 “Rainbow Colors” is from Usborne’s ‘Hello, Baby!’ series.
· S is for — Scissors ✂
T is for — Tiger 🐯 1.) Jingle Jangle Jungle: Totally Awesome 80's - E #AtoZChallenge 1982 - Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor; 2.) My Ordinary Moments: Q is for Quaffing beer at a Quaint bar #AtoZChallenge (artismoments.blogspot.com) “. . . we had decided to go to Tiger Hill
U is for — Uniform 💂 Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner: #atozchallenge U is for Uniquely, Unicorns, Ugly, Understanding, Unspeakable “Unicorns in Uniform” is part of a Phonics Readers series!
· V is for — Velvet 🧶
X is for — X-ray 🦴1.) Fondlers Anonymous: X is not for Xpectations But It'll Have to Do (fondles.blogspot.com) no clever X word here. I could have done something about X-rated... or X-rays..(maybe a stretch, but I’ll take what I can find!); 2.) X is for X-rays – Anne Higa
· Y is for — Yellow 💛
Z is for — Zipper 🤐 1.) Chapters From My Life Find your X-factor, be Xtraordinar - XYZ is also a code for zipper down 2.) Z = Zipper / Fermeture éclair 🤐 #AtoZchallenge 2021[Quilt] (quiltingpatch.blogspot.com)
Mahalo and Aloha,