A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal: Unfinished Business

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Last night, I was late to kickoff.

theme reveal 2017Of no fault of my own, mind you. Our schedule set kickoff against the team we’d consider our biggest rivals – if we could beat them, that is. We set off to arrive at 5:15 for a 6 p.m. kickoff on the lush grounds of Gray Stone Day School.

Only, the game was to start at 4:30.

I let Gaby the reborn Pontiac Grand-Am take the country roads between us and them with patience and grace, not willing to imperil myself, my daughter or her teammate – or Gaby, really – because of a “miscommunication.” We’d get there in time.

We’d have a minimal warm up, with an injury-depleted lineup – and we’d take our conference powerhouse to the 72nd minute before surrendering that fatal ninth goal, the one that the state has set as the standard for a regular-issue mercy-rule victory.

A 9-0 thumping, it turns out, goes down easier when you chase it with a two-piece chicken meal and biscuit with teammates afterward.

Unfinished business: My A to Z Challenge theme

We have unfinished business with Gray Stone. They’re our opponent on Senior Day. We’ll be damned if we’ll get mercy-ruled that day. My band of miscreants is vowing enough. Unfinished business, then, is also the theme for another kickoff for which I’m late.

It’s the A to Z Challenge, a month-long trudge to post every day (but Sundays) in April. It’ll be my third year. It’s a great chance for me to clean out my ideas box, pick the prompts that I’ve neglected long enough. Unfinished business.

I’ve discovered blogs I’d never have found otherwise, thanks to this challenge. Made friends with writers who are still around, popping in for comments or tossing a six-words sentence my way. Some even find their way into the guest-post game with me.

If you’re a writer, will you consider joining us?

You’ll hear a ton about it anyway, so you might as well get in on it. We’ll be persistent as bill collectors and common as busted NCAA brackets. You’ll see us bend the bounds of reason when it comes to the letters Q, X, and Z.

I’ll thank you in advance for coming here during the month. I have a variety of topics to hit, from dream sundaes to more thoughts on compassion. I’m less lonely, more whole when I write, and you’re to thank for being part of it. Gracias.

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  1. 15andmeowing says:

    I look forward to your A-Z posts. This is my 3rd year too, I am going to make a crocheted cat toy each day and give them away to 2 lucky winners at the end of the month.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Ellen. I will enter this and try and win a toy for my old cat!

  2. Court says:

    I could try. I’m going to need a theme though…thoughts on that?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What about … a haiku or three each day?

  3. Mary Lou says:

    I’ll be following your A to Z posts Eli! 2016 was my MAJOR A to Z Challenge. Tough act for me to follow so this year I’ll spend the time enjoying what the rest of the A to Zers post. 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Mary Lou! It does take a minute to recover from something like the A to Z Challenge. Last year, I tried it with two blogs. Bully.

  4. ksbeth says:

    i can’t wait to read them )aaaaaaaaaa——zzzzzzzzzz

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Let’s hope I don’t forget any, Beth. You doing it?

      1. ksbeth says:

        i love the alphabet and love to write, but i have so many ideas in my head that i need to get down, that i will just enjoy reading yours )

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        bring the snacks and ride shotgun, beth.

      3. ksbeth says:

        i’m armed and ready with the snacks, but i’m a lone wolf )

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        A care package, then.

  5. Eric Wood says:

    Better get my buttocks moving and get signed up! Good luck and can’t wait to read!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Do it, dude. Thanks!

  6. Glad to see that you are participating this year. Looking forward to your posts.
    Cheryl from Plucking Of My Heartstrings

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Are you too, Cheryl? Thanks!

  7. How clever to combine the pleasant and the useful, leaving much room for interpretation, too. I mean, I’m sure you have lots of hard letter drafts sitting in your folder 😉

    My plan was to write all 26 posts ahead by March 31st. Today I’m pretty pleased about the fact that I’m halfway there. Almost. This A – Z business is serious stuff!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, I’m all about the blending, Tamara. There are lots of drafts, and more than 60 post ideas on Trello.

      You’re way ahead of me – I have one post written ahead of time. This IS serious stuff. Can’t wait to start!

  8. I wish I had time to participate, but I can’t even find time to do any regular posts, let alone come up with a theme and post every day??? Not happenin’! But I will have fun reading yours! 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’ve chosen to forsake daily bathing in order to fully participate in the A to Z Challenge, CW.

      1. OHHHH…. and Ew! I guess I am not willing to sacrifice hygiene either! ha ha ha ha ha!! 😀

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        No, I still bathe. Mostly.

  9. Joe Owens says:

    Hey Eli. This is my fourth try, but will be my first to finish, I can say that because today will be post number 22. I have all 26 thought out and only three more to complete and schedule.

    This year I am laying out the plot of a new historical fiction novel over my 26 A to Z posts. I’d love to have you stop by.

    The Steel Horse Saviors is a story about three civil war veterans who head west in 1866 with their Steam Locomotive to seek their fortune. They encounter a beautiful redhead trying desperately to save her family business that threatens to complicate their plan to escape their past.

    Joe @ the Fiction Playground visiting from the A to Z Challenge

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey, Joe. We become veterans at this game at some point, right? I like your plan. It’s the home stretch!

      Your story sounds cool. I’ll be sure to check it out.

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