Having trouble with selecting your theme for this year's A to Z Challenge?
Welcome to the club.
CHANGE was going to be my theme --
but over a month in the turbulent world of Publishing, the topics on which I wrote might very well have CHANGED!
I thought about doing what I did last year and go from Z to A just to mix things up and not be predictable.
But some emails from last year were full of snark about that route.
Then, there are those troublesome letters: Z, Q, V, X, U, and of course, the ever-annoying "I."
I mean don't you hate it when a blogger's every post is about "I" or in other words: ME, ME, ME?
All of which scuttled my other idea for a theme:
The MUSIC to be found in my various novels and interesting facts about the songs or the artists singing them.
And there are several odd facts about that tune and its composer.
BILLIE Holiday sings the tune Samuel links to Meilori --
and being a sentimentalist, I included tragic facts of her death in my book, CREOLE KNIGHTS, linking them to Rind.
Jesse COOK is influencial in several scenes in END OF DAYS, and fascinationg facts about his Gypsy life make for interesting reading and appropriate to be one of Victor's favorite artists.
Irony, angst, and hints on how to incorporate music into your novels were to be found from post to post.
But in the end, it smacked of making April one looooooong infomercial for my novels.
Boring to most and more than a little shabby. (Not that my book sales couldn't use a boost!)
So what to do?
The posts have to be short (since the number of participants are more than the population of most 3rd World Nations.)
They have to be fun. They have to be different. And they have to trigger thought.
So what will be my theme? I have an idea.
And if I thought last year's emails were full of snark and criticism, this year's theme will birth even worse.
So what did you think of my discarded ideas?
Are you having similar problems? Let me know. We can moan together.
And come this April 1st, you can visit and go: "OMG! He must be out of his mind!"