A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

A to Z Theme Reveal


My Main Overall Theme = Crime & Punishment

Keeping close to the theme of my Crime Fiction Blog, I decided not to venture out and try anything too different this year. I've vacillated between the theme I choose every year and the poignant memoirs I intended to write last year. For those of you who don't know me or who may not remember, my childrens' father's colon cancer metastasized to his liver several months before last years challenge began. 

I wanted to write short memoirs of how we met and and how we lived before they were born so they would always have something to read. I had to drop out of the challenge before it even began as Steve took a turn for the worse and had to get a liver stent. Sadly he didn't live much longer. He died toward the end of May, and my kids are having the most difficult time dealing with his death. Losing a father is hard for teenagers and a girl headed off to college for her first year, under any circumstance, but disastrously, my kids have been dealt and additional, exceptionally cruel hand. I won't go into any detail, but my kids are suffering terribly. They're still so miserable. My poor sweet son, he seems like a shell of his former happy self. I'm praying that the grief counseling will begin helping. We'd be honored to have any of you add our family to your prayers. Easter is around the corner, and holidays are especially rough.

So I decided against the memoirs. I can't do my kids justice with short posts and still honor the brevity readers deserve for the challenge. The kids want the memoirs and they'll get them. Just not now. 


For Each Letter I'll Write Crime Fiction & the Real World ... All the World's a Stage:

I'll write 2 or more (depending on the difficulty of the letter) & not creating too long of a post because I know we're all aiming for brevity


  • A legal theory, crime or area of criminal or police procedure that's often used in crime fiction books ... sometimes erroneously, e.g. "A"is for Alibi

  • Writing topics I've studied, learned about, am still learning since I decided to become a writer, e.g. "A" is for Antagonist 

  • Weapon - Something used to kill the victim (method or manner), e.g. "A" is for Arsenic or Arson

  • My favorite crime fiction book or movie -- either the title or author's name begins with corresponding letter, e.g. Any Agatha Christie Book, Argo

  • A favorite writing craft book, Writing Tool, Writing Resource, Author, Blogger, Blog, Website, Software or other Crime Fiction Resource I find immensely helpful

  • Definition 

I won't ever write about all six & on the days I include three or more, I will likely write a review of a couple and provide links to the others to keep my post from exceeding 1000 words.

My goal is 500 words. Some will be less. A few will be more. Only a couple exceed 750 words. I want to visit as many blogs as possible and those of us interested in making new friends breathe a sigh of relief when we click on a blog and find a relatively short post (during the challenge). C'mon, you know you do. And the really bad thing is:

I know I do, but I'm so damn wordy, and I'm the guilty culprit writing the long winded posts that make you cringe. 

Not this year. My Theme Reveal is my longest post. Letter A is my second longest. Then I'm 500 and under. 

Oh and spread through my post/theme you will occasionally be given the chance to solve a daily, stand alone mystery. You don't have to read any other post to solve the daily mystery. Prizes will awarded, To Be Announced. Not sure if it will be small daily prizes or daily and a larger prize for the person who solves the most. The mysteries are not everyday.


Don't forget to tip your bartenders or stop by and thank you host and co-host. This challenge requires a lot of planning and then a lot of work, I don't know how many people realize how much time the host and co-host put into the challenge each year. Just ask them, ballpark how many hours per week? You'll be shocked. So send hugs, treats and thanks.

Arlee Bird (Founder) @ Tossing it Out

J. Lenni Dorner (Captain) @ The Blog of Author J. Lenni Dorner

Zalka Csenge VirĂ¡g @ The Multi Colored Diary

Jayden R. Vincentte @ J. R. Vincente

Jeremy Hawkins (Graphics) @ Hollywood Nuts




16 comments:

Bob Scotney said...

So sorry to hear you family's sad news. Your children will prove resilient I'm sure even if it takes a while.
I'll follow your A-Z again with interest. http://bit.ly/2G1e89r

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

So sorry to hear about your family's loss - my condolences. Such a hard time.
Good luck with the AtoZ, I look forward to seeing you posts.
Tasha
Tasha's Theme Reveal

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Melissa - certainly life seems to have struck your family too many blows - my thoughts and I just hope this year is when life will ease up for you all - understanding and being able to take some enjoyment from life, especially your kids ... with many thoughts. I will enjoy your take on the A-Z ... and look forward to it - Hilary

Iain Kelly said...

Great theme Melissa, look forward to reading your posts!
https://iainkellywriting.com/2018/03/19/the-a-to-z-challenge-2018-theme-reveal/

Nilanjana Bose said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss, there are no words that seem adequate at a time like this. Sending you positive healing thoughts and wishing you a good April and A-Z.

Nilanjana
Madly-in-Verse

Melissa Sugar said...

Thank you for your kind words. My kids are getting better with the help of a grief counselor. It’s coming up on a year in a couple of months and I’m hoping that the one year mark will help them begin to move on. For some reason I thought knowing he was dying would make it easier since they mourned and grieved his death Long before he died, but I was so wrong. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you will be visiting during the challenge . I’ll stop by your blog later today and visit often in April

Melissa Sugar said...

Thank you for your sweet words and condolences, Tasha. They mean so much more than you could ever know. It’s been really hard. I’m happy to have you visit during the challenge and I’m going to check out your Theme Reveal today and I’ll visit often in April.

Melissa Sugar said...

Many thanks Hil, I keep telling my kids that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. Of course they usually retort with some smart ass comment like, “ Well he sure must enjoy pushing us to the brink of our limit.” Or “ Perhaps we’re a test case to see just how much a person can truly handle.” I had these beautiful, well mannered, obedient, Straight A, athletic, kids who were extremely involved with church, school clubs, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and more and now they are struggling to just make it through the day. I can’t reach them and I can’t fault them because they feel like they’ve lost everything. Nothing is the same as it used to be. It’s far too much to go into here. I just keep praying they get through this. They are bitter and angry and it scares me.
I’m looking forward to the A to Z challenge. Thanks for visiting. I’ll stop by yours soon and often. You’ve always been one of my favorite bloggers and you never fail to lift my spirits — something I truly Need this time around. Take care

Melissa Sugar said...

Thanks Ian. I’ll check out your Theme Reveal today and then I’ll visit as often as I can in April. Thank for visiting

Melissa Sugar said...

Your words were perfect. You’re right there never seems to be the right thing to say. I always stumble and struggle, but what you said really resonated. I can tell it came from your heart. It felt true and authentic. Thank you for that. I hope to see a lot of you during the challenge. Good luck next month.

Donna B. McNicol said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. It led me to yours...as a widow at 58, thanks to cancer, I know how raw it can leave you. Our children were grown, I can't imagine dealing with younger ones.

Now, as a mystery writer, I really look forward to your A-Z this year!

Donna B McNicol
Romance & Mystery...writing my life
A-Z Flash Fiction Tales: http://dbmcnicol.blogspot.com
A-Z of Goldendoodles: http://ourprimeyears.blogspot.com

Random Musings said...

I'm so sorry to hear about what happened and I hope your children start to come through the other side.
It's great to connect with you through the challenge again and your theme sounds right up my street
Debbie

Sophie Duncan said...

So sorry to hear about your family's sorrows. My prayers are with you.

Good luck with your A to Z.

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