A is for Absolutely Bonkers


…because that’s what I have to be. What am I doing? Sure, the A-Z blogging challenge sounds like fun. Yes, there might be more than 2,000 people participating this year, and I’m excited to see what they have to say on whatever topics they come up with. And yeah, maybe I’ll even manage to make a new blog friend or two out of it.

*waves to new person*

All of that aside, this is crazy. It’s April. I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, though as of today I still don’t know what to work on. I have a low word count goal, but that’s because I’m going to be spending most of the month editing, God willing. Other plans for April include working on front- and back-matter for a book release, working through feedback from beta readers on a side-project, setting up a Facebook author page, doing up a newsletter for release late in the month, and researching reviewers who might be willing to give my book a look-see. Oh, and I think round 2 of ROW80 is starting.

That, and everything non-writing-related that I’m responsible for, like feeding my family, making sure the house doesn’t collapse in shame over the mess it contains, figuring out how we’re going to pay for new appliances (dental for one of the kids AND a new washer/dryer set), making sure the kids are clean and dressed when they leave the house, walking the dog, trying to not be a giant ball of stress when I’m hanging out with AJ, possibly visiting family at some point…*


So why throw a blog challenge in there that requires me to post six days a week all month?

I’ll tell you why. Because I don’t have to post more than 100 words on any given day. Because if I let myself just relax and don’t stress over missed days, this could actually be fun. Because it gives me something to post about besides FLAAAARRRRGH. Because I can maybe, possibly, kinda schedule some of these ahead of time. Or say… all of them.

Will I make it through the month? I don’t know. Other things are more important. But I’m going to try to post, and to visit different blogs each day until the end of the month (plus my friends and family who are participating, of course).

This will require B for Balance and O for Organization. And T for Time-Management. Possibly D for Drugs.** You might see less of me on Facebook and Twitter.ย  If I miss something important on your blog, friend, please punch me in the back of the head to get my attention.

But not too hard. I still need C for Consciousness. Thanks.

Want to see who’s up for the challenge? The sign-up list is here, featuring all 2092 participants! Wow…



* Really, my life is amazing. A for amazing. I’m so thankful for my family and friends, my work, the fact that I have a chance to try this whole “writing” thing out, my imagination and the beautiful world I’m privileged to wake up to every day when so many don’t get that chance. I am NOT complaining. Just busy. ๐Ÿ™‚

**Not really. Don’t do drugs. Stay in school, kids.



About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with six cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. www.katesparkes.com www.tanithfrost.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

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