Friday, March 7, 2014

To A to Z Or Not to A to Z

So I was talking to the awesome Susan Gourley at our monthly writer's meeting last week. (Always great to see her.) And I asked her about A to Z. I've been hopping along for the last two years, visiting the hep cats who sign up, yet I haven't participated. But this year, I'm very much on the fence.

April is a bad month for me since it's crunch time for the two environmental field days I run at a local state park for my daughters' schools. It is an undertaking of immense proportions. I did it to myself, so I can't really complain.

(I write two different grade level appropriate curriculum, aligned to state science and environmental standards on the same theme-this year animal adaptations-generate/buy all the materials, coordinate with the park naturalist, organize over 50 parent volunteers who have very little science background to run the activities, and oversee and sometimes run a station for 150 kids who are bused from school to the park. Twice. Without reusing any activities either day.) I know. I'm an idiot.

So I'm in the middle of writing up station lesson plans in a way that will be easy for parents to run, but still get a good dose of science in every part. Plus I'm still writing with the aim at publication. And I'm thinking about applying for a second part-time job. Because really, working with 27 three year olds just isn't enough for me. (yes, I know. Idiot.)

But I wanna play at the AtoZeeee. (can you hear me whining?) So I asked the wonderful Susan if she thought it'd be okay if my theme were re-runs since I have 6 years of them. She said yes. And since she's a Ninja Minion this year, the way I figure it, her word is gold.

But what do you think? Would a "Back When I Was Funny" rerun theme be copacetic?

Are you participating in A to Z this year?

What craziness is going on in your life?

25 comments:

joss said...

I want to take part but am struggling to think of a theme. So not sure just now :) I think reruns is a great way for you to take part even with your limited time. :) good luck with your busy schedule, hope you get everything done.

M.J. Fifield said...

Reruns would make a great theme. So much better than my usual "whatever I happen to think of the morning of" routine I've done for the past three years.

Pat Hatt said...

Go for it, Al gets away with re-runs all the time. If it goes wrong, blame him haha

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Do it, do it, do it. I might have missed some possum recipes.

Lexa Cain said...

I've also been watching from the sidelines for 2 years and decided to join the fray this year. We'll cheer each other on! Yay! And special yay for funny re-runs - great idea! :)

Delynn Royer said...

I think reruns is a great idea, Ava. You've got a plethora of oldies but goodies to choose from. Go for it!

Natasha Hanova said...

I've been debating this very thing, though my time constraints are nearly as strenuous as yours. You are a busy woman! I know a blogger who already has her A-Z post done. Doing them ahead of time would make things easier down the road. So I might just sign up.

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Joss. I'm really leaning toward participating. Hopefully you will be too! :)

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, M.J. But I fear since you've been such a staunch long term follower, there won't be much new for you to see. I'll have to dig way back to before your time here. lol!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks for the scapegoat, Pat. I always look for one. That and an exit strategy.

Ava Quinn said...

LOL, Sue! You're really making hard for me to say no.

Ava Quinn said...

That's awesome that you're participating this year, Lexa!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, DeLynn. >blushes<

Ava Quinn said...

It's a tough choice, Natasha. And sheesh, someone has them done already. Wish I were that organized. lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Liz Blocker said...

You're in a writing group with Susan?? *whining* I wanna come!!! Sigh. I wish I lived closer.

Anyway, I am so not an expert on this - I'd ask Alex, really - but I bet a bunch of the A to Z people won't have read your blog posts from 5-6 years ago (myself included), and would therefore totally enjoy the reruns. I know I would!

Crystal Collier said...

I'm all for the throwbacks. I think the best part of the A to Z is the interaction with different bloggers.

Man, you are crazy woman. *offers a cheese badge* Guess we belong to the same club. ;)

Ava Quinn said...

You're welcome to come any time you're in the area, Liz. There are some great people in that group!

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks for the cheese badge, Crystal! I'm totally honored!! :D

Carol Kilgore said...

I participated last year. It was major fun! And major work. But your rerun theme would cut the work in half. Just pre-post the reruns and "all" you have to do then is visit everyone. Should you choose :)

Sherry Ellis said...

I'm doing A-Z this year. I've done it for two years on my garden blog. This year, I'm doing it on Mama Diaries. It's going to be a challenge, though, to post almost every day. I have so much going on in the "real" world!

Chemist Ken said...

I already know what theme I'd use, but I don't think I could find the time. I have enough trouble just posting twice a week.

Ava Quinn said...

Thanks, Carol. :) That's what I'm hoping.

Ava Quinn said...

Cool, Sherry!

Ava Quinn said...

Would that be science related, Ken? I hear you on finding time to post.

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