My theme – I have selected a word for each day and will present to you blogger buddies who fit that description, along with movies, music, etc. My theme is to give back, highlight some awesome bloggers, and have fun in the process.
This woman is a true artist. She writes, crafts, and takes photographs. Her posts are always graced with eloquent words and beautiful images. The reflect a wonderful person who is thoughtful, kinds, and in a place of peace. We’re in our third Challenge together, having made friends that first year. Ella, you’ve added grace and charm to the journey in a big way!
Life by Chocolate
Robyn is creative with a twist. From her Saturday Census to Life in Chico to her celebration of a life of celibacy, you’ll view the world a little differently through Robyn’s eyes. She’s even creative with her chocolate! However, behind the quirk is a spirited woman with a heart of gold. Robyn, I am honored to call you my friend!
Wow! That’s the reaction people have as they wander through the lush environment, explore amazing caves and tombs and fight massive dragons. The snow scenes are so believable they’ll keep you cool on the warmest days. With over a hundred hours of game play this is one massively creative game.
Laura Bambrey at The Daily Dodo has a new book on Amazon - 100 Blog Prompts! Those of you still looking for A to Z posts might find some ideas…
Rachel Morgan’s next book, Labyrinth, is now available. Congratulations, Rachel!
And don’t forget the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post is tomorrow! Find a creative way to work it into your post. (Yes, another challenge!)
Do you know Ella and Robyn? A Skyrim junkie? Addicted to any kind of games? (Hey, I know some of you play Farmville!) Ready for the IWSG tomorrow? And who do you know who is really creative?
Great way to highlight blogging buddies.
And, um, use your imagination on the writer insecurity stuff on tomorrow's post. Shouldn't be too hard. :)
I'll be over to check out your friends soon. They both sound interesting :-)
MMO's are my thing. First WoW, then SWTOR. I've got rid of them now though. A time and money suck :-)
Self confessed Skyrim junkie right here :) I've recently discovered Ella's blog, and I like it :)
Hopefully I've managed to work a decent way into IWSG too :)
I started playing Skyrim as research for my current WIP. Haha, my research is fun :)
And I haven't met Ella and Robyn yet! Thanks for hookin' a sista up!
Yes indeedy, these are creative bloggers, but I think most of us are or we wouldn't last the pace, especially in the A-Z!
Lovely Ella is indeed creative.
I loved Daggerfall and Morrowind. I will have to try Skyrim.
I am really looking forward to playing Skyrim, just ordered it :)
Yeah, I'm a skyrim junkie. Loved it!
Yes, creative is very important, to make our lives more interesting.
My Darcy Mutates
Love Ella, not met Robyn yet, so will deffo pop over in a minute!
Thanks so much for the shoutout!
Ooh, thanks for the reminder about Laura's book! I will be checking it out as soon as I get five minutes to myself lol!
Skyrim stole my life. Great game, huge time suck.
The Funnily Enough
Thanks for the recommendations! Definitely some creative bloggers, and Rachel's new book looks cool!
A to Z Blogger
Wonderful idea for your theme Alex.As always good to read.
I haven't played Skyrim since January. I need to finish editing my WiP. I miss it. The environment is just gorgeous. I could spend hours just watching the aurora.
Skyrim addict checking in! I seem to have curbed my addiction for now, but only because Mass Effect has its grip on me now.
Thank you for the shout out!
I hopped over to Ella's Edge and it is indeed a beautiful blog. And Life by Chocolate? The name is enough to draw me there to visit!
Rachel Morgan Writes
I picked up a new hilarious app on my iPhone called Draw Something. It's like an on-going game of Pictionary.
I'm ready for tomorrow - too ready. I've got to pare down all those words somehow. I heard Syrim is awesome. Not played it though.
Do you know Ella and Robyn? - not YET!
A Skyrim junkie? - a what?!?!
Addicted to any kind of games? I like Patience (Solitaire)!
Ready for the IWSG tomorrow? -Yes!
And who do you know who is really creative? Charlie! LOL!
A great idea, highlighting other bloggers.
I know Batman and Robyn ... Skyrim? that'd be no ... does golf count? ... IWSG, I'll enjoy reading some ... who is creative? I know a few ... thousand.
I will know Ella and Robyn before the end of the day :)
Used to be addicted to a game where you build a city 10 years ago but I forgot what it's called (Caesar something). And, yes I'm ready for the IWSG :)
Ella is one of my all-time faves!
I'm heading over to Robyn's site now. And one of these days, when I have time to play, I WILL get an X Box or PS3. Skyrim is the first game on my list.
Robyn is completely awesome! Don't know Ella yet. And I hate to admit I really don't play any video games at all... :)
Wow, Alex. I'm touched and truly grateful - especially since I opted out of the challenge this year. Such a wonderful synopsis of a woman I'd rush to meet if I hadn't already. Thank you kindly. You're the best.
LG, I can do that!
Jamie, I bet you have.
Cassie, I need to remember that excuse.
Denise - Amen!
Mary, you'll be hooked.
Laura, you're welcome!
Moody, it is!
Clare, I haven't played it in a while either.
Brinda, sounds dangerous.
Rusty, you'll be sucked in if you do.
Kitty, Charlie is VERY creative.
Christopher, you always make me laugh.
Marta, I remember that game.
Robyn, you're welcome and you rock!
I'm familiar with Ella and Robyn but I'm affraid the Skyrim has escaped my notice until now! I used to be addicted to this beetle computer game where you shoot same colored balls at a moving train of balls and they explode. I think it hypnotised me. (ya, lets go with that) I'd play so much, I'd dream about the frickin thing at night.
I LOVE Ella and Robyn. Such fun, wonderful, great ladies.
Have not tried Skyrim, though the nephews seems enthralled.
I'm definitely checking these blogs out! What a great way to introduce us to some of your favorite blogs. yay A to Z!
No games for me. with my addictive personality I'm afraid what might happen.
I know Robyn and love her view of life, gonna go and meet Ella.
forgot all about IWSG, will have to redirect.
I did not know Robyn and Ella. Thank you for sharing such creative peeps! Blogs look fabulous.
And Skyrim?? Never heard of it. *hangs head in shame
I'll have to ask my older boys about it. I'm sure they've heard of it. I am a geek, addicted to electronic word searches on my phone. Now I'm really going to crawl under a rock.
I love blogging because I meet so many creative folks out there
I met my writing partner !!!!
Thanks for the A to Z Alex
I've been one of Robyn's followers for a while and I second your comments. She's a GEM
You always go above and beyond and your support of your fellow writers is invaluable. Now if I'd know I would only have been expected to visit five other blogs a day maybe I could've tackled this.:)
Katie, I have that game on my iPad!
Faraway, glad I reminded you.
Shari, that's all right.
Yvonne, you should've joined us.
Robyn makes my day with her online dating disasters...one of my first followers, someone I consider a buddy - anyone who loves chocolates and tolerates celibacy has to be one. ;)
I used to play a lot of games earlier read younger, the age of empires series ones, just gave up my Fb game addiction, I prefer brain games now, Sudoku, Mahjong kinds.
I play The SIM's games and to be honest my SIM's family is about as dysfunctional as my blog. :)
I need to check Robyn's site out...after I eat. The thought of chocolate is making me drool.
Oooh, good post, Alex! We gave Skyrim to my 16 yr old stepson as one of his Christmas presents, and had so much fun watching him play it all Christmas day. It's quite interesting!
I hope creative is my middle name. I feel it anyway.
I'll go check out the other bloggers.
And Congrats to Laura!!
I do follow Robyn but I'll have to check out Ella.
I haven't seen the new Elder Scrolls. Every game in my house is currently a Lego version of something.
You, sir, are also very creative! I'm loving your theme.
I am just catching up on blog reading. What a wonderful A-Z theme Alex. You continue to amaze with your giving nature.
Finding great new blogs to follow through you! Off to see Ella...she sounds right up my alley. Thank you for the reminder about IWSG! I would have forgotten.
Thank you Alex ;D
I thought you were going to do cycling, lol
Skyrim made my son disappear, for hours on end! Tis true
aaawww,Thanks again...I'm touched!
Off to check out the other blogs you mentioned.
C could be so many things in regards to you Captain! Clever is another one...let's not forget your books and a cinnamon treat you enjoy ;D Thank you!
I've hit three stars on all levels of Angry Birds on my iTouch. Currently I'm trying to beat my son's 2-million high score on Temple Run.
I am not yet a Skyrim junkie. I have two other games to finish before I tackle this one.
You know I'll check out your pals today. (And hey, the one named Robyn must be cool. Her name shows her coolness, for sure.) Ha!
Congrads to Laura and Rachel!
I have met Robyn, and plan to go say "Hi" to Ella.
Play off the Page
Rekha, Robyn is special.
Gossip Girl, that's funny!
Ella, you're welcome and every word is true.
Rick, good luck.
Joshua, good idea to wait.
you are getting a good spread on this. a lot of the blogs I follow are participating in the A to Z this year.
You truly are busy right now! It's a good thing you're a ninja.
Sorry I didn't sign up for the A to Z challenge. Next time it comes around I will. Best of luck with it!
Hey, Al. I've been posting faithfully for IWSG on the first Wednesday of the month and will continue to do so after the Challenge but I'm going to stick with my theme for tomorrow.
Just wanted to let you know.
My husband lives for those kinds of games! I am definitely looking forward to getting a hold of Rachel's new book Labyrinth - thank you for sharing Alex! :)
Alex, here's what's cool about your blog: When I Google "Laura Bambrey" your post is number two! That's way above her own blog. Way to promote fellow bloggers Man.
- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins
I will definitely check out your friends' blogs. But hmm, tackling the challenge AND the IWSG at once? I'll need a pass this time around.
A great way to share and do the challenge. No games for me.
I've met so many creative writers and bloggers online that it's hard to name one over another...but Elspeth Antonelli pops into my mind first. She's a mystery writer and also creates mystery games, and her humor posts are priceless.
She's at It's a Mystery.
Hearing all these people talk about Skryim really makes me want to break into the gaming world and check it out!
As always, love the A-Z theme. It's a brilliant idea! Off to check them out!
Chocolate. What more is there to say? ;)
These blogs look great. I'm going to check them out right now.
Ella is amazing!
Melanie, next year!
Suze, that's all right.
Donna, nothing else. And thanks again!
I've never played Skyrim because I know once I start, I'll really never get anything done every again. But it looks so amazing.
Such a great idea for a blog campaign. Loving it. Meeting lots of new bloggers and will pop over and visit your highlighted ones today.
So glad you mentioned Robyn! Not only is she an amazing writer, but she's one of the most supportive people I know! Julie
I'm getting to know them and others through you. Being creative is the challenge but the best part of the fun!
"Creative" - one of my favorite words. Thanks for sharing the creative blogs, Alex. I'll go pay them a visit:)
I love love love Skyrim. But I'm ready for Diablo.
Creative?! Thats me! Not to sound self-absorbed, but I strive for creativity. I like to create things acording to my imagination! I draw, paint, dance, sing, play the guitar and the piano!
~Hope you will visit my blog!
You got me on the Farmville thing; although, I may be about to quit it altogether. The frustration level of it has finally skyrocketed beyond any fun I was getting from it.
Thanks for the new people to follow. I'm addicted to draw something. It's on my phone, not online.
For once I'm ready for IWSG!
Alex, haven't checked them out but I will now. Thanks for everything.
Thanks for mentioning the chocolate blog. She's delightful.
Are you kidding me? I've three teen-age boys and they are all Skyrim junkies. And it is possible that I might, occasionally, play myself. What an amazingly creative game.
I have not played Skyrim yet but I'm waiting for the price to go down a bit. Great theme for this year.
Two bloggers I've not met yet. Wonderful! I'm meeting lots of creative people through this Challenge. I use to be addicted to Final Fantasy Tactics. These days, I rarely get a chance to play video games.
Great blogs you're introducing us to. THANKS!
Interesting, I love chocolate as a child, sweet Alana Robyn's blog.
I have my post ready for the support group post.
I know Ella, but I'll have to make sure I follow Robyn. :)
MJ, you are correct!
Julie, yes she is.
Emily, I play guitar as well!
Andrew, then it's time to quit.
Patsy, good for you!
Julie, glad you join the fun.
It's awesome that you always find ways to give back to your blogger buddies! Great theme!
I love how you are highlighting and promoting fellow bloggers with this challenge. Wow, I do believe that qualifies you for the "creative" category in my books. Thanks for the heads up for tomorrow. I would have forgotten all about IWSG.
Darn it. I completely forgot about IWSG--for some reason I thought all that was happening in April was the A-Z Challenge. I'll have to work on my post!
I'll stop by the ladies blogs and get to know them.
PS Thanks for letting me in on the Insecure Writers Support group. Now that both computers are hooked up to the internet it makes posting much easier.
How did I not know about that chocolate blog? I know it's not all about chocolate, but even if it's a little bit about chocolate... :)
Hi Alex! Will have to check the blogs out. I've never heard of Skyrim, but my son probably has. He's into all kinds of gaming things. A book on blogging prompts. Cool!
PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER
I like how you always spotlight someone as part of your post, or give back to the blogging community in some way.
And hey, I might participate in the Insecure Writer's Support Group tomorrow. I always forget about it, but this is a good reminder...
While I'm not addicted to any games, I did play World of Warcraft and Tekken some time ago. I don't know anything about that Farmville mess and have never even checked out the other popular games that it seems like everyone and their mama likes such as Angry Bird.
Maybe I'll get to know Ella and Robyn when I start reading their blogs more often now that you've featured them here! They both sound like they fit the mold of creative bloggers and so I look forward to checking out what they have in store for the A to Z Challenge.
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I was trying to spare you from having another blog to visit during your busy Challenge, but you beat me to commenting! I don't know how you do it.
My mom was amazingly creative, a woman ahead of her time in many respects. I was lucky she passed a little on to me.
Alex, you are a true friend to all of us to spotlight so many in these post challenges. Yesterday, Blogger wouldn't let me comment for some arcane reason. Have a great today! Roland
KMC, I try!
Melissa, know you know.
Nancy, that's great!
Jennifer, you must go at once!
Elana, that would be great!!!
Nicole, I never got into the Angry Birds either. Plants vs zombies is another story...
Ooops, I forgot to mention who I know who is really creative...
Alana who blogs at Writercize is really creative in my opinion!
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Thanks for highlighting these blogs. I'll have to check them out.
I know Robyn but I don't think I'm familiar with Ella's blog. Will definitely check it out. :)
I just bought a PS3 so I can play Skyrim!! Can't wait to try it ;)
And Congrats to Rachel!
no problem! done & done =)
I did write a new post for D just for IWSG. My sister is incredibly creative - not with writing - but with gardening and art. After years of doing art for fun, now she has a studio where she teaches pottery.
I love Skyrim. Last year I played 130 hours and there is still so much left I want to discover. Unfortunately I do no find time to play. Everyone who has played Skyrim will agree with me that it does make sense if you can't play minimum two hours.
And now I will visit Ella's Edge.
I am so regretting not jumping on the A to Z train.
Many terrific writers out there.
Nicole, I will have to visit her!
Juliana, we may not see you again for a month...
Tonja, good for her!
Edi, the game is so immense!
Gail, join us next year!
Absolutely love Skyrim! I have played for almost 200 hours, and I still have not explored all of the areas of the map!
Ella is among my earliest blog friends and she is very creative. I have my IWSG post ready to go.
Places I Remember
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog
Ok, now I'm going to HAVE to check Skyrim out on Spotify!! And off to check out two new bloggers.
Thanks for the highlights!
Oh thanks for reminding me about IWSG tomorrow! I almost forgot!
Al, your comment over at my blog, today, cracked me up. :)
Off to check out your friends! Thanks for helping us make new connections!
Lee, so glad I met her two years ago.
PK, you don't want to forget!
Suze, I am here for your amusement...
You should give the points to me!
1. I am most worthy of any Star Wars points. Ask Briane. Well, he might not say so since he has been going to greater and greater lengths to give my chances to lose points. Basically, the blogathon keeps shifting into more ways for me not to stay ahead.
2. I'm no longer ahead, because you and Michael gave your points to Rusty.
3. You gave your bounty to Rusty, so you should give these to me.
4. As soon as I get caught up (which won't be until May because of A to Z), I'll be reviewing your 1st book (that's your bribe).
5. Hmm... I had a 5th, but I've forgotten it. I have to go get dinner on the table, though...
So, I was coming over here to ask for your points for the Star Wars Blogathon, but right before your blog loaded I saw exactly how pathetic I am in the standings, and figure if you give your points to me it's kind of a lost cause. However, being the optimistic person I am, if you were to give me your points, I could then potentially use the whammy questions to at least get in there a little bit... (as long as I don't whammy again) Yeah, still sounds kind of pathetic. I don't really have anything to bribe you with... What would you like? :) So, I guess I have to appeal to your kind nature (I hear you're a very friendly, kind individual). Taking it all under consideration, if you give the points to someone like Andrew or Rusty, I totally understand!! But I still had to make an effort ;) Please?
Some people have talents in so many areas they make me feel a little like an underachiever.
We all love Robyn! Not only because she spells her name the same as my niece but her site is hilarious. AND I enjoy her comments on my site.
I just downloaded Laura's book to my Kindle PC reader...can't wait to get into it (if I can find time).
And everyone I meet in the blog world is amazingly creative. And very inspirational.
Love your support of blogging buddies! And Skyrim sounds awesome, but completely addictive and I don't have time to even peek at something like that . . . I would get even less done in a day than I do now.
You know, at this point. I kind of feel like a heel for even asking for points. I read Andrew's response and think he's probably the most deserving based on merit, I read Laura's plea and think how hard it is to turn down a lady in distress....
So please, give your points to Laura... I'll take my chances with Andrew and PT striking out on a Whammy question.
What a great idea! I have found some fabulous writers in the challenge.... Many creative minds out there.
Leigh @ oneandoneequalstwinfun.com
# 970 on challenge!
Guess I'd better get busy. I do not know Ella and Robyn. As to Skyrim junkie . . . I thumbing through my encyclopedia. Is that the wrong source?
What an awesome theme for the challenge. I don't know Ella or Robyn, but I'm on my way to check them out. And I'm so excited for Rachel and the release of her new book - she'd been one busy lady!
Great way to highlight your blog buddies. I'll check them out.
Great choices...wish I had time to read everyone's blogs. So many great ones...this is a BLAST!! Already made a few new friends, hope to pick up a few new followers before the month is out. LOVE A to Z (already thinking about my theme for next year).
Okay! I've continued to think about the 500 points and decided that I may need to be a bit more selfish.
I work for a dictatorial regime that forces me to work all day long. I can only steal moments away from work when I'm going to the restroom or getting some water. I use those precious few moments to check on the quiz updates - on my phone - only to find that Andrew or Patrick have already answered the questions. And recently, even Laura has beat me.
That's right. I'm working while they play trivia. My few victories have either been by pity on someone's part, or from some weekends, when I actually have a chance.
I don't give up though. I've managed to hang in there, tooth and nail, and am struggling to hang in there for another couple of months.
How dedicated am I? I just bought a Star Wars shirt just for this competition to wear on weekends.
Congrats to the two authors with books out! And I hear about Skyrim all the time!
I swear, you think about everything. You know about everything. I'm always amazed. You'd think I'd get used to it, but it hasn't happened yet. :)
Andrew, but if you don' t like my book, then that is a threat.
Lara, you plead a good case!
Chuck, her book is awesome - you'll see!
Donna, glad you're enjoying it!
Leigh, just a blogging dude.
Rachel's book looks really cool! Thanks, Alex, nice highlight!
Skyrim is basically playing 24/7 at our house. It's gorgeous to look at. I keep missing the dragons as my kids play.
Skyrim is basically playing 24/7 at our house. It's gorgeous to look at. I keep missing the dragons as my kids play.
I wanna play Skyrim. I like those kinds of environments. by the way, maybe many of your blog visitors would be interested in a free copy of my fantasy story, "Harvest of War." It's available on Amazon Kindle for the next few days. HERE if anyone wants to take a look.
I will check out these blogger buddies of yours. That's great of you to introduce them to us.
I like that you've chosen to use the A to Z blogging challenge as a way to pay forward to others. Definitely got to keep up to see who gets introduced next.
I love how you're using your Blogging A to Z posts to recommend so many great blogs. What a great theme!
Love your theme. What a nice thing to do.. to give kudos to others. and help me meet others as well. Thank you. Visiting from A to Z http://takingbackmylifemakingitmyown.blogspot.com/
I have really had to quit some of the time suckers, and am coming in late to the game, but your description of Skyrim is enticing me to check it out!
I am a bit confused Alex, maybe because of the time zone we have..")
I have written about creative today and a few hours back, i saw your post on a "D"?
Whewwww...whatever it is i will try my best to keep up with the pace and hopefully reach the finish line with at least 40% participation of the A-Z challenge :-)
I know Ella! She's amazing and writes great poetry on top of all her talents. Its great how you're spotlighting other bloggers this month!
I need to address Rusty's case that I beat him the once on the trivia part, just because I'm still desperate :0)
I'm home on Spring Break this week, but next week I'll not get to be on the computer during the day. Plus, I got the dang question wrong!! I didn't even get the points! (hate those trick questions!)
It was nice of him to initially want you to give the points to me, though! Touched my desperate heart... ;)
More awesome bloggers I haven't met. Thank you Alex!
Leslie, that sounds about right.
Jay, more to come!
Angela, Sadie, and Carla, thank you!
Amity, Thursday is E. If you're a little off, it's all right.
Lara, you guys are making my decision difficult...
Robyn's blog (Life By Chocolate), is one of the first blogs I read and still one of my favorites. She's an awesome person also...
Hi Alex .. great bloggers you're promoting - love Ella - as you say she's so creative .. Robyn's Life by Chocolate sounds a good name for this weekend ..
Cheers Alex .. The Daily Dodo - great new book .. thanks for highlighting other buddies .. Hilary
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