A to Z Challenge: A is for …

So, I’ve challenged myself to write a thematic post for each letter of the alphabet. Shouldn’t be so hard, eh? Think again!

The difficulty, you see, is not in writing a post — or twenty-six of them, for that matter. Poor letter “A” — so many topics beginning with “A” from which to choose! I think I’ll start with the obvious — to me, at least — then see where we go from there 😉

A is for AUTHOR, and as of right now, A also is the most important letter in my alphabet! I aspire to be a published author. To see books with my name on them. E-books, paperback books — it doesn’t really matter. To see that first book, to hold that first paperback in my hand is a day to which I look forward.

According to Wikipedia, I’m already an author. Wiki says “an author is broadly defined as ‘the person who originates or gives existence to anything’ and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work.” Well, shucks. I’ve “authored” grant proposals, employee manuals, program manuals, letters to the editor, crossword puzzles, newsletters, blog posts, brochures, and myriad other written works over the years.

But, that Wiki definition just doesn’t quite do it for me. I want to fondle the paper, smell the ink, admire the cover, and feel the weight of my published book in my hands.

Crick risin'Someday, if the Good Lord wills it and the crick don’t rise — and if I monitor more closely my time spent on Facebook and on writing blog posts — it’s going to happen! You, Dear Reader, will be the first to know 😉

Now, I’d be terribly amiss if I didn’t also mention the Authors who’ve graciously given of their time to grace the pages of The E-Pub PUB feature in this blog, including to-date: R. L. Pace and Dixon Rice, Leona Bodie, Robert Walker, Amber Garr, Jeff Faria, Tony Slater, Troy Lambert, Terry Odell, Lindsay Downs, Janet Sierzant, and David Bishop. Thanks to each and every one of them for sharing a little about themselves and their books!

Finally, I can’t close out letter A without mentioning an on-line friend of mine, a newly-published author by the name of Danny Kemp. Danny is a delightful Londoner, a London Taxi Cab driver, who has had his fair share of downfalls over the past few years, including several just as he was going to press. Danny also is proof that persistence pays off and that “good things happen to good people.” Not only did his novel, The Desolate Garden , finally become a reality, recently, but just last week Danny received word that filming for his book will begin early next year in the UAE! Congratulations, Danny! 🙂

Come back soon to read about the letter “B,” and remember to claim your own letter, if you want, by leaving a comment.

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20 Responses to A to Z Challenge: A is for …

  1. Jeff Swesky says:

    A is for Awesome–as in awesome blog post, Candice! Great start. I think I’d better claim my letter soon. How about S is for Swesky? ;p

  2. Amazing 🙂 Love this post and look forward to Brilliant coming next.

  3. ronfritsch says:

    This is my second attempt to comment on your wisely choosing Authors for A. WordPress apparently threw out the first one because I don’t have an account with them. Let’s see if there is some other way to do it. Candice, you’re an author to me. I know what you mean, though, about holding in your hands a book with your name on the front page, a book whose words are yours and yours alone.

  4. ronfritsch says:

    Good choice, Candice, for A. In my eyes you’re an author already. But, yes, there is something special about holding a book in your hands with your name on the cover. Here is a personal thank-you for the picture of a crick (“creek” to some, but “crick” to you and me). I grew up on a farm with a crick running through it, between hills. We raised free-range cattle. When I saw the picture, I was a boy again. In any event, here’s to authors, established and aspiring, everywhere.

  5. Archon's Den says:

    Nice start. I’m looking forward to 25 more little gems. His Grumpiness, The Archon would probably choose much different words to match the letters. P is for plagiarism, when I steal from Sue Grafton, ’cause I can’t think of anything original.

    • cwc6161 says:

      Thanks, Arch! Love your suggestion for P — are you officially claiming that letter?

      • Archon's Den says:

        Since you are offering so nicely, I’ll gratefully accept. It’s actually the initial of the first name of my secret identity. Whatever P turns out to be, it could be Pedantic, but probably Grumpy, and even some of the other seven dweebs….ah, dwarves.

      • cwc6161 says:

        You’re on, Arch, er, P! Although, I’m sure that Post Probably Poses a Problem 😉

  6. Candice, you constantly Amaze me with your clever and delightful posts. I look forward to them and thoroughly enjoy reading. ~smile~

  7. dellanioakes says:

    Excellent article! I look forward to B!

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