A is for

A is for Acceptance…as in I am accepting the In Print A-B-C Blog Challenge!(http://inprintwriters.com/2013/01/12/the-abc-blog-post-challenge/)
That means 26 weeks of alphabetically subjected blogs.


I have been thinking about my A topic since the challenge was posted a few days ago.
I considered writing a blog about Accolades.
a: a mark of acknowledgment
b: an expression of praise
I had a major project last November that totally kicked my butt. It was much bigger than I anticipated and my resources were archaic which made the job even more challenging. It was a voluntary assignment, nothing new to me, but this particular demand sucked all of the fun out of why I do what I do. Someone recently asked me if the people I worked for appreciated what I did—if I’d received accolades for my hard work.

Yes. No. I don’t know.

I hadn’t thought of it in those terms. I don’t think people who volunteer can get bogged down in “accolades.” If we expected a mark of acknowledgment or waited for an expression of praise, we’d still be expecting, and waiting, and probably not volunteering again. It’s not that the job went unappreciated—it didn’t. It’s just that on the scale of what was happening, my ‘little’ piece of the event was ancillary, not exactly accolade-worthy.
I’m okay with that. (But I won’t be doing it again!)

Another A word– oh, that sounds bad, doesn’t it? Haha
Another A word I considered as subject matter was Attitude.
a: a mental position with regard to a fact or state
: a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state
I thought I would comment on how “attitude is everything” and “what a difference a positive attitude can make” in regards to daily life, daily challenges and wedding plans.
But then I looked up the word and came across this definition:
the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure

And I was completely thrown off my train. What does that even mean?
I can only assume that Megan Fox would be the center spread for Attitude Magazine.
That when you break your arm, you need an attitude adjustment.
And I wonder, does a serial killer who specializes in dismemberment have an attitude problem?

I also thought about writing about the word Author.
a: one that originates or creates
b: the writer of a literary work
Well, not so much writing about the word author, but about ME as an AUTHOR. I have devised a twelve week writing plan. At 1100 words a day, approximately 7500 a week, I will have 90,000 at the end of my plan. With barely two weeks to spare before I head to Madison for the Annual Writer’s Institute where I hope to pitch my newly completed novel.
So far, so good (but I’m only in week two…).

Oh! How about this– my protagonist’s name is Anni!
A is for Anni.
Bonus A.

An unintentional Addition to my A blog is the Adventure I had this Afternoon.
(In direct opposition of the writer’s rule of three!)
a. immeasurably low or wretched
Abysmal is the perfect adjective to describe how my poor flu-stricken hubby feels. He never gets sick, so when he called from work and asked that I come get him (he drove in with Zach), I knew it was serious.

So there you have it. My first A-B-C Blog challenge completed!
It wasn’t what I originally worked out in my head and it definitely took longer than usual, but what can I say?
Next time I will B more focused.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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