A to Z Challenge: Zumba, Zombies, and Zing

During the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge I’m posting what I like to describe as “semi-useful” procrastination strategies for writers and others who may need a little break from the task at hand from time to time.

Z, you say? Are we there already? What on earth am I going to do with my evenings now that I don’t have to scramble to come up with a handful of delightful linky procrastination destinations for your clicking pleasure? Could it be that I’m going to be forced to actually–perish the thought–sleep at night? Respond to grossly (grossly!) overdue emails? Get back to work on my novel-in-progress?

Okay, fine. Clearly I’m not going to be starved for things to do, and in fact it will actually be quite lovely to be able to revisit some of the terrific blogs I’ve encountered during the challenge and to forge ahead with my blog visits without the same wallop of pressure that’s been spurring me on since April 1.

Let’s face it, this Challenge has had a profound couch-potato-ing influence on most of us. Whether we’re scouring the interwebs in a desperate quest for the perfect X post, or scrambling to comment on as many blogs as we can reasonably visit in between the job, the dinner-cooking, the dog walking, and he housework (I’m lying here; I managed to avoid housework very successfully for almost the entire month of April, and no, you can’t come by to see the results, because I don’t want to be responsible for your embolism of horror). Anyway, my point is that after lolling about on my bum for month, it struck me that a little movement would not be amiss in my daily repertoire of activities, and I thought I’d share two links for Zumba-ing back into the world of health and vigour.

Of course, everybody is going to be posting about zombies because (a) hello? Zombies? Who doesn’t want to talk about zombies? and (b) Zombies!!! And that’s all well and good, but I suddenly thought, hey, what if you are a zombie? Chances are good you’re going to be feeling a little bit alienated by all these people blogging about you like they can actually relate to your zombified experience, which, really, how likely is that? Dead, undead, living. Three completely different states of being, right? But, wait a second. How do you even know if you are a zombie?

Simple. There’s a quiz for that. Of course.

So, fine. The upside is now you know you’re a zombie. The downside is that everyone hates you and would as soon decapitate you as look at your decomposing face. Everywhere you go, it’s just judgement, judgement, judgement. What’s a new kid on the zombie block to do? Well, you organize, of course. Chum up with your undead pals and become acquainted with your zombie rights and start advocating for yourself and your kind. Maybe date a little. What? Can’t find that perfect undead soulless mate? No problem! Head on over to ZombieHarmony and let the experts help you find your mate, and then settle back with him/her on your zombie couch for an evening of fresh brain snacks and Zombie Family (Unfilms).

Zing Went the Strings of My Heart: While I was poking around that skiver’s paradise, YouTube, looking for a fitting finish to this challenge, I came across this old song by Judy Garland which, okay, I admit it, really doesn’t sum up the A to Z Challenge even remotely, but it does sum up that feeling you get when you finally come to the end of a project and realize you’ve made it. Okay, fine, it doesn’t sum that up either, but it’s Judy Garland singing a Z song, and come on, that has to count for something!

And that, dear friends, is that. My final (2013) A to Z post. It feels fantastic to have made it through to the other side, and I hope we stay in touch over the year ahead.  So, what do you say? Same time, same place next year?

There are some terrific bloggers participating in the challenge this year. Check them out over here.

 

A to Z Challenge: Quidditch, Quizzes and Queen

During the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge I’m posting what I like to describe as “semi-useful” procrastination strategies for writers and others who may need a little break from the task at hand from time to time.

I have four links of time-wastey wonderment for your clicking pleasure today.

First up, why not get your wizard on and try your hand at blocking a bludger or tossing a quaffle in the online Quidditch Tryouts over at the Harry Potter site. I tried these and was horrifically awful, but you may be more skilled than I am. You could hardly be less. If you’re big on Quidditch, there’s another game on the Puff Game website. It might be better. It might be worse. I’m not a reliable judge, since I sucked equally at both.

Slightly more suited to my talents are the lovely collection of Quizzes from The Guardian. There are new quizzes every week and a hefty collection of archived quizzes, all on a diverse collection of topics, including “Margaret Thatcher in Literature,” “Test Your Easter Bunny Brain Power,” and “Football Quiz: Infamous Manager Quotes.” Okay, I sucked at this one too, but it was hilarious anyway. Hilarious. Even if you ignore the others you have to check this one out.

But maybe you’re being kept awake nights wondering about your chances of survival should your city or town or rural paradise be overrun by the undead. Well, the Zombie Apocalypse Quiz will help you figure that out. My chances, should you care, are not terribly good. In fact, they’re so not good that I’m telling you here and now that if you’ve been thinking I’m someone you’d like to invite onto your zombie-quelling team, you might want to have a little re-think on that one.

And, finally, let me leave you with a tasty helping of Queen, with a side dish of David Bowie, performing the classic Under Pressure (which is a pretty apt description of my online Quidditch experience).


There are some terrific bloggers participating in the challenge this year. Check them out over here.