Open Wounds

Thoughts on the A-Z

This is the second time I’ve completed the A-Z Challenge (Thank you Matt from the QQQE for putting me on to the possibilities), blogging 26 letters of the alphabet this year on swordplay. It’s hard to believe the month passed so quickly. It’s my son’s 11th birthday tomorrow and I’ve finished just in time to plan his birthday party – an ode to Ratzo part IV. It’s a long story and you could check on my Dad-dito blog for more info but suffice to say I’ve got some work to do. Puzzles to make, dangers to create, some script and storyline to ponder for my son and five of his friends.

What was it like to blog the whole month of April on the A-Z? Exhausting and exhilarating. The word discipline comes to mind also. Hard work. A kick in the ass, also. This year I visited more blogs than last year, though it was much harder to do as the month went on. A good start helped. I pre-wrote the first five posts – that helped me to blog-hop the first week. The whole experience has put a smile on my face.

What’s amazing to me is that I also got some work done on my next novel. Sometimes other writing gets in the way. Other times it acts as a motivator. I’ve read a few good books also that I’ll talk about in May – a bit of non-fiction, a bit of fiction.

I am tired. Some of that is spring and a giant ahhh of exhalation.

It’s time to press on with my WIP.

The offer of help to anyone who needs it on swordplay in their writing is still open. I’m no fencing master, but I’ve learned a thing or two about blades and such over the last 30-years and how to put them into words that paint pictures and tell stories.

Until next week. Fencer with Rapier

4 responses

  1. Shaun Hutchinson and I were talking about you the other day. We would both really like to read another book of yours!

    May 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

  2. I really enjoyed your A-Z and will keep popping in from time to time. I’ll also, if you don’t mind, use some of your swordplay in a major battle which needs to take place in ‘Escape from Vilipend’. Of course there will also be dragon fire and other interesting aspects but a rag tag army of escapees need at least some decent weapons to take on the darzim who have all the power of The Darke behind them. Swords will do very nicely… 🙂

    Thanks again for the delightful detours I took during April.

    May 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    • Glad you enjoyed the posts and please use any ideas you find useful. I’ll be glad to answer any questions if you have any so feel free to ask. Dragons and swords and a ragtag army of escapees sounds like a great story in the making…

      May 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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