Friday, March 21, 2014

To revel in the reveal

I revel in the grand celebration taking off today in the virtual space. Together with many excited and joyous bloggers I have taken the plunge to blog all through April (well almost, 26 days that is) for the A to Z challenge! I've never done a month long challenge before and often have found, even blogging an entire week strenuous. But what's the fun in staying in your cocoon and comfortably navigating through known waters, right?
With A to Z, I am looking forward not only to better my writing skills and become a more sincere and regular blogger; but also to make new, enriching and wholesome connections with bloggers all over the world. This year a whooping 1400 bloggers have already signed up for the challenge!!
Goodness, imagine the kind of time and meticulous planning that would go into networking with all these bloggers! And that it is why all the veterans of the A to Z challenge say one thing, 'Plan and schedule your posts in advance".
Following their sage advise we are today doing a Theme Reveal post hosted by our very dear and charming Vidya Sury.

Badge designed by Samantha Redstreake Geary


Frankly, I am not a planner. I am really bad at scheduling and even if I mark my calendars they tend to show a red cross instead of a green tick. So my initial reaction to the theme reveal was no reveal. I thought I'll go with the flow, brave the scorching sun, the thunder storms, the chilly winds as and when they hit me! But I am so glad I didn't act my usual self! Yes I have a theme and it'll be fiction all the way. I plan to write 26 pieces of short stories/ flash fiction revolving around the theme 'Shades of Life'.
Right now I have no post up but I do know my A,B,Cs  - every day I'll pick up a colour corresponding with the day's alphabet and use it as my prompt to churn out a story! I still have time for scheduling my posts and so do you! 10 days to go!!

“You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.” 
― Gordon B. Hinckley


So whatever comes in your mind, just write it down and turn into a post and join us in this month long fiesta!!

Hopping over to some other amazing blog participants of A to Z. You can blog hop too here!

114 comments:

  1. Cool...shades of life! Considering my love for colors I would be looking forward to what you eventually churn out. Good luck!

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  2. good luck with that! i know one blogger who has done it a couple of times. she picked a 'theme' to follow and came up with a-z words to expound on her theme. either way, it takes diligence.

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    1. It sure takes diligence Tex! This is the first time I'm testing myself... Hope I have it in me to go all the way! N I know I can count on u for support! Thanks! :)

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  3. Good luck with the challenge, I'm sure you will enjoy it,
    Yvonne.

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  4. Lovely! 26 short fiction stories! Will be reading your blog for sure. Bring it on girl!

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  5. Aaha :) Aditi, love the idea :) Looking forward to a wonderful reading experience :) Lovely :)

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    1. Thanks Sreeja! :) I know your Aha! Had the same feeling when I read your theme reveal! :)

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  6. A-Z of life!!!!! Loving the idea already <3

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  7. Very cool! Loving the theme and looking forward to reading your stories. It's hard to plan and schedule though, isn't it? But I'm sure it'll be less stressful that way!

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    1. Tell me about it! It's hard but worth the effort I guess! Thanks :)

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  8. shades of life....vibrant and varied ... like the theme ,.. looking forward to the chotu stories

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    1. Thanks Sunila :) we sure will have a blast throughout April!

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  10. Yay! Fiction is going to be fun! Good luck :)

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    1. Thank u Shailaja and I know if ever I'll find my ship rocking you'll be there for support! :)

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  11. looking forward to read all the "shady" :P stories ... :D

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    1. Aaah...thr will definitely be some 'shady' stories :)

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  12. Colorful fiction..sounds fun :)

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    1. Thanks Ananya :) looking forward to doing the challenge with all u guys!

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  13. wow!! Short stories! looking forward to read them all!

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  14. okay... I have company.. I also not have scheduled any.. :)

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    1. We have time! Breathe and start writing! :)

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  15. Fantastic, Aditi. All the best! Let's rock it, shall we? ;)

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  16. 26 Shades of Life... super like!! Looking forward to your stories, this April, Aditi :)

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  17. You are on my bloglovin and reading 26 super stories on life - nothing better! I might not get away from this page at all.

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    1. Dear you made my day!! Thanks a lot! :)

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  18. Life is a popular topic. Look forward to your 26 shades.

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  19. 26 colors .. interesting choice! We actually hv a color for every alphabet huh.....

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  20. wow 26 stories in 26 colours...Love it..I'm also going to be telling stories, atleast I hope so 26 days 26 emotions! Looking forward to your posts :)

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    1. Thanks Nabs...aren't we all great story tellers? ;)

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  21. Great theme, Aditi. The short stories sound good, hope I can come up with a theme soon :)

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    1. Just go with the flow Sulekh! Knowing you I know you'll come up with something bright and beautiful each day!

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  22. I love fiction! Waiting to read your stories Aditi! Hopefully I can complete my posts staying within my chosen theme. Good Luck!

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    1. Thanks Archana :) I love your theme and all of us are sure to learn something from your posts! All the best!

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  23. Oh gosh, that's a big task to write so many short stories and not yet have them scheduled! I did something similar last year and was fretting over the last six at this stage. :) But you are probably better organised than I am, on a day to day basis!

    Looking forward to reading them.

    Jemima
    #Team Damyanti
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

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    1. Oh Jemima, I'm a little scared now and will seriously go and schedule at least few posts now! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  24. Wow, Aditi--you're taking the bull by the horns! Good for you! I'll be rooting for you all the way, and I'm very much looking forward to reading your flash pieces. I *love* fiction :)

    Thanks for stopping over at
    Quiet Laughter: The Mighty Theme Reveal
    earlier and for the super sweet comment you left--much appreciated :) I look forward to staying in touch!

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    1. Thanks Guilie! My pleasure connecting with you! :)

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  25. Looking forward to reading your posts on the shades off life!

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  26. Good luck with all the flash fic, I'm dying to know which colours you have picked. I'm doing flash fic as part of my posts this year too and I'm up the L so far. I hope you have fun writing yours.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings

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    1. Thanks a lot Tasha :) and high five for fiction! Yay!

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  27. I like the idea of the colors and your theme!
    I have all of my post titles chosen but have not written one...yet. I am hoping to get a few done this weekend.
    I wish you the best of luck!
    doreenmcgettigan.com

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    1. Thank u :) Kind of on the same track here Doreen! I still have to write my posts and I am traveling this weekend. Hope I get around to it quickly! :)

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  28. Shades of life... I am looking forward to read that. Love your theme and the color idea...:-) All the best of luck to you for the challenge:-)

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    1. Thanks Eli!! You participating? Please do...there is still time!

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    2. Just signed up:-) This shall be interesting....:-) Heeelp:-) :-)

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  29. Great idea for a theme. Last year I had most of my posts scheduled but this year it's a mess.
    Happy A-Zing! :)

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    1. I'm sure you'll rock it! Thanks :) looking forward doing this challenge together!

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  30. Yay for flash fiction!
    Looking forward to your posts :)

    anna @ Deeply Shallow

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  31. Sounds very intriguing! I'll be checking back. Happy A to Z! :)

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  32. I'm sure your treasure chest will provide some great writing prompts for your stories. I'll bet they'll be really fun to read.

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Writing Tips
    Effectively Human
    Lots of Crochet Stitches


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  33. Sounds interesting. I shall look forward to reading your stories.

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  34. Shades of life.......every shade with a colorful hue......
    lovely

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  35. Aditi I am so looking forward to it. I am sure you would do amazing stuff through this theme. I miss fiction on my own blog now :(

    Richa

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  36. Aditi I am so looking forward to it. I am sure you would do amazing stuff through this theme. I miss fiction on my own blog now :(

    Richa

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    1. I'm sure you'll get around to writing fiction soon! You rock that area girl!

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  37. I have worked with colour therapy and love colour association - It will be fascinating to see what links you make between the characters and the colours. I hope you have lot's of fun with it Reflex Reactions

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    1. Thanks Ida :) Wow would love to have your inputs on the colours then!

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  38. I LOVE flash fiction and I LOVE the sound of your theme!
    During the 2012 AtoZ challenge I posted 26 musically-inspired flash fiction pieces, which I'm going to publish later this year!
    And yes, you should plan and schedule your posts in advance. It definitely helps. This is my 4th challenge... so I know what it's all about.
    Thanks for stopping by my place!
    See you around on the A to Z circuit!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Wow musically inspired fiction...would love to read them! I'll have a lot to learn from you!

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  39. Flash fiction is fun and I'm looking forward to your posts. Have a good weekend. ☺

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  40. I like flash fiction and shades of life sounds like a great theme.

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  41. Thanks Tuilka :) Looking forward to doing the dance with you! ;)

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  42. Life has a myriad hues! Looking forward to the stories! :)

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  43. Aditi this should have been my blog's theme. Looking forward to stories.

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    1. Ooo yes!!...'Shades of Life!!!'

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  44. 26 Shades of Life...this I gotta know! Very good theme, Aditi. All the best!

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  45. Thanks for stopping by, Aditi, I'm looking forward to your short stories too :) Good luck... :)

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  46. You are so brave to tackle a short story every day. My theme is wimpy compared to yours. :-) I'm glad I joined your site--I'm looking forward to reading your stories. And thanks for commenting on my blog, too.
    deb http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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    1. Debi your theme is so helpful... It will go beyond the AtoZ I'm sure! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  47. This sounds like an amazing theme! Can't wait to read your stories! Thanks for stopping by my blog--it's great to find others with similar beliefs. Love the quote by President Hinckley.

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    1. Thanks Kristin...discovering fellow bloggers...isn't that the beauty of AtoZ!

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  48. Would love to know how you get your inspiration for your stories. I will be checking back during the A to Z challenge to see how you're doing and to read your stories. This is my third year participating and the first year I wrote from the hip without any planning, the second year I gathered words to choose from on the specific days, and this year I am planning out what I want to write for each day. We shall see how it works out, I'm not usually much of a planner. Here is to both of us accomplishing our goals!

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  49. ah...flash fiction..! I look forward to reading your posts!
    Happy blogging...stay dreaming!
    Cheers!!!

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  50. I think it's awesome that you decided on a theme, yet one that gives you flexibility! Good choice. Welcome to the A-Z. I wish you all the best!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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  51. I love flash fictions, bookmarked this blog Aditi... see you in a week :)

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  52. What a fun idea!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Carrie~Anne at That Dizzy Chick

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  53. Great idea, riding the color groove to 26 super-flashes, hence, the catchy title! I look forward to it : )
    Miss A

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  54. that's a lovely theme!! i'm so looking forward to read your posts!!

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  55. '26 Shades of Life' sounds like a great theme! Looking forward to reading your A-Z posts.

    My theme, ‘26 Positive Takes on Life’ will generally focus on positive, truly heart-warming, real-life incidents involving ordinary persons whom we can all emulate.

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    1. I am really looking forward to your posts! Bring it on! :)

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  56. So cool! I admire people with the creative spark to do something like flash fiction. I'm excited to see what you come up with! Gail at Making Life An Art

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