Sunday, March 11, 2012

The A to Z Challenge: Topics You Could Use (But May Not Want To)

So, the A to Z Challenge starts next month.
It's not too late to sign up - last time I checked, there were 900+ entrants. Stuck for an idea?

Don't Hang Your Head!
 Here are a few.

Ways the world could end.
Recipes featuring Spam Luncheon Meat. (Might be a little difficult.)
People you'd like to see as world leader. (You may, of course, include me.)
One hit music wonders. (Song titles, soundtrack and album titles to make it easier)
Celebs who have no business being referred to as celebs.
Worthwhile charities to support.
Things your mother told you which turned out to be correct.
Endangered species.
Ways to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
Useful internet sites people may not be familiar with.
Mistakes guaranteed to get your query letter used as a source of endless amusement among agents.
Uses for Sharpie markers.
Cool facts/places from your home town.
Excuses you use to get out of writing. (Or work. Or school. Or family events.)
Best/worst places in the world to visit/vacation.
Medical terms.
Terms for things that no one knows. (Begin with A is for aglet...)
Names, their origins and what they mean.
Great inventions. (Bonus: you get to use Xerox!)
Idioms and sayings.
Parasites. Please provide photos to increase the yuck factor.

So come on, if you haven't joined up, give it a shot. There are lots of themes and topics out there - or you can just use the "seat of your pants" and use a different topic every day. A to Z starts April 1st - I'll be trying to write fresh stories, poetry or creative nonfiction for each post. See you there!

On a side note: I'm prepping some posts ahead of time, and also working on an art project in addition to my job, so I might not be around too much over the next few weeks.  :-)


  1. Awesome ideas, Lisa! I'm going to send Lee this post.

  2. Great topic ideas, Lisa. Retweeted. Good luck in April's A to Z Blogging Challenge; I'll be popping over to check out your posts.

  3. Nice to meet you, Jim :-) Thanks for the retweet!

  4. Already retweeted, and if I didn't have so much writing going on I would sign up to write all of them! As it stands I'll still do my best to write as many of these as possible, here's one I wrote earlier about the END OF THE WORLD!

  5. Thank you Chris :-) Getting ready to head out, but I'll check it out later. Thanks for stopping by and the retweet!

  6. Lisa as Ruler of the World... do we get any perks since we "knew you when..."? ;)

    Poor donkey hiding his head in shame.

    1. Not sure if Senor Burro was sad or having a head scratch! Of course there are perks. Let me know which Cabinet position appeals to you.

  7. I think a couple definitely echo with me. Very interesting and useful link for the really desperate. :)

    1. I thought I'd provide a little humor - and a site of last resort for ideas!

  8. Haha loved it. The zombie apocalypse one would be very useful :)

  9. Hehehe. I can't stop laughing. Brilliant. I'm thinking zombie apocalypse or end of the world!

    1. Hmmm, no one appears to be as fascinated with Spam as I am - a necessary staple for any Doomsday prep, BTW.

  10. Great post Lisa. I'm prescheduling all my posts. You just gave me an idea. I'll be in contact. D.

    1. Cool! Anxious to know what you choose!

  11. I hope someone covers how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Great list, Li.

  12. Spam lunch meat, ugh. That just churned my stomach. I'm working on my A-Z posts tomorrow, I hope. *crosses fingers*

    1. But but Ciara, Spam is wonderful! It slides out of the can with that distinctive GLORP and sits shimmering in its iridescent coating of jelly...

      If you're dirt poor, you can slice it thin and fry it until almost black and it's kind of like bacon...

      It will last forever, and give you sustenance as you crawl semi-naked and starving through the ruins of civilization...

      And you can wash out the can and stash valuables in it. It's the last place in the house a thief would expect to find diamonds...

      Oops. Now I need a new hiding place.

      Good luck with your posts!

  13. I like these! I hope some folks take you up on your ideas. This will be linked on the next Sunday Summary.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    Blogging from A to Z

    1. Thank you Lee :-) While some were tongue-in-cheek, I think others might be fairly good topics.

  14. Things your mother told you which turned out to be correct.

    I'll never admit it though! :)

  15. Right now, I'm singing A-G-L-E-T, don't forget it... from Phineas and Ferb.

    What? I have a 3 year-old.