The Manhattan Project--2016 A to Z Theme

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Creeping Presence Crawling Toward Us

Night of the Living Dead-1
Night of the Living Dead-1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


        It's coming.   There's a presence all around us taking control of the minds and bodies of bloggers everywhere.   To some it's a horror sucking innocents into its hungry maw.  Those who fear or even hate this thing may scream in futile horror, but their cries are barely heard as those of us who have been possessed by the monster smile, laugh, and chide those bitching moaning tormented souls.

         There is no stopping it--indeed, us.  We are upon you.  We are everywhere.  We are that damnable nightmare...

The Month of the Living Blogging from A to Z April Challenge!!!

        If you are not a part of the movement then you might be eaten alive or merely pummeled  and left by the internet roadside.   Don't resist us!   Look into our bloggy eyes and become one of us.  You can blog through the alphabet in April.   Don't succumb to that flimsy lie that you can't.  You can try to run.  You can pretend you're too busy writing.  Forget it!  You cannot hide from us.  You must join the A to Z Challenge!

        You must!  You must sign up!  Go to A to Z Sign-up list now!  Add your blog!   Add your blog!

       

Go Ahead and Ask Me Anything!

         If you've been visiting the Blogging from A to Z Challenge Blog--which of course you should be--you may have seen our co-hosts introducing themselves and fielding questions that have been put to them.   My day is coming up and it seems only appropriate to come on "A as in Arlee Bird Day" on April 1st--opening day of the Challenge. 

         Go ahead and ask me a question today in the comment section and I might choose your question for my A to Z Blog "Meet Your Co-hosts" post.  Don't be shy.  And if I don't use your question on my A to Z Blog post I can still use it in a future "Ask Arlee" post at Tossing It Out.

A to Z Starts Next Week!

        Can you believe that it's here again.  Wednesday April 1st marks the opening of the 6th Annual A to Z April Challenge.  There will be a lot going on that day, but I hope you'll be visiting my blog for a truly epic post of 4 EVENTS IN ONE POST and it will even be a relatively short post.  Nothing like it has been seen before!

          Yes, step right up to see me, Arlee Bird, worthily submit a combined post that will encompass the A to Z Challenge Opening Day, the Insecure Writer's Support  Group, Ask Arlee, and a Battle of the Bands post that will be related to everything else.  I may even be standing on my head and juggling at the same time.   You won't believe your eyes and ears, ladies and gentlemen and bloggers everywhere.

         That's right here next Wednesday April 1st at Tossing It Out.

And That's Not All!

        No, I will not be just piddling away at this blog Tossing It Out where my April theme will be "Elements of Blogging".   I have four other blogs with the tied in themes of:




      Yes siree!   Four blogs with almost as many elements as the Periodic Table of the Elements and a darn sight more fun.  Don't miss a day or you'll miss a day.   And you wouldn't want to miss a day would you?

          What would you like to know about Arlee Bird that I haven't blabbed already in one of my many blabby blog posts?    Have I convinced you to sign up if you weren't already on the A to Z list?  Can you name all of the elements on the Periodic Table without looking?




55 comments:

  1. How well I remember the first A to Z, you wrote pn your blog what you was going to do in April, Then you said anyone mad enough to join me sign in. Well I did........the very first and have enjoyed every April's A to Z Challenge eversince. Have made some good friends along the way, all thanks to an idea by you Lee. Thank you.

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    1. Doesn't seem all that long ago in one way, then on the other so much has happened since that first Challenge.

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  2. Four blogs, plus the A to Z Blog - and people think I'm nuts.
    Fall by the wayside - that's a good description of what happens to those who don't participate.

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  3. You are too much, and all I can say is I'm glad you're on my side!

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    1. I'm glad we've got our faithful army of A to Z-ers.

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  4. And here at first I thought you were going to talk about Tremps Troops when I saw all the zombies. All the best to you Arlee. Questions:
    What is your favorite passtime other than writing/reading/blogging? Have you ever ridden a horse?

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    1. I've ridden horses under very controlled circumstances such as stables that take you on riding trails. That was fun.

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  5. Just remember to set a timer so you get up and walk, eat, etc occasionally from your computer. lol

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    1. Yes, I must remember to do those things!

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  6. Wow... Four, that is crazy or crazy cool! I have to adjust to my new schedule and the April Challenge.

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    1. I'll have to add more blogging time I guess. I've gotten a bit slack, but there are always other things to do.

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  7. Hi Lee - four is crazy bonkers land ... but on the other hand kudos to you ... as Ann says remember to do other things?! Good luck and love the idea of the creeping presence crawling towards us - trouble is we all seem to light up when the A-Z pops up .. I shall enjoy as I always do ... and get to meet some great new friends .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Four sounds like a lot, but four posts on those will be shorter than one post on some others blogs. So it's really not as much as it sounds.

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  8. I agree with the others FOUR Blogs. . . I recently killed my other two blogs and am back at one. . . . Yep you are mad. But good luck and dont get confused

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  9. I couldn't remember the periodic table even when it was being taught to us in school. Science and math are not my forte'. My new computer died after 2 months (the first new one died after 23 days) so I'm kind of stuck right now. Not participating in A-Z other than as a reader but I may not be able to keep up. There are just too many posts to read.

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    1. Oh no! What are you doing to those poor computers? I probably might be able to name off 20 or 30 elements, but the rest might be difficult to come up with. And I certain couldn't name them in order.

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  10. You are one insane guy... four blogs for the A-to-Z challenge?? Okay, here's my question for you: How do you find time to do it all?

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    1. I've added your question to my list.

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  11. I don't know HOW you manage four blogs for the challenge! I can barely handle one...

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    1. Well, I treat four blogs as one big blog?

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  12. I may get 10-20 elements but that would be it. 4 is a ton indeed. A to z is no sweat for me on my one whole blog lol

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    1. No sweat for you
      Something you can do.
      You could do four
      Or maybe even more.

      Lee

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    2. Maybe next year
      I'll kick it into gear
      And take the tour
      Trying four

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  13. March has dragged by. I kept expecting April to be here tomorrow, but nope, still March. I'm ready for the challenge to begin.

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    1. I'm content for March to stay few more days. In fact I wish it were still January.

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  14. You know, I think I will be happy, this year, to watch the shambling hordes with their glazed eyes and drool just pass on by.

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    1. But then you will start weeping, wailing, and gnashing your teeth with regrets of not having joined us in the Challenge. In fact you'll probably change your mind at the last moment. You know you really want to. So many great ideas from your creative mind to share with all of us. Come on, Andrew, surprise us at the last moment!

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    2. Yeah... I've got nothing simple enough to throw together at the last moment and way too much work to invest a lot of time in something more elaborate.

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    1. You have until April 2nd. You can still sign up for the big A to Z April Challenge!

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  16. Looks like April 1st is going to be a doozy...

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    1. April 1st is going to be the biggest blogging day of the year.

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  17. "One of us...one of us....one of us... Oops i became a zombie but that's OK as it appears you will be an Uber Zombie especially Wednesday:)

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    1. Brains!! A to Z requires brains. They don't even have to be intelligent brains, just functioning brains.

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  18. Its a wild for sure with the A/Z, but absolutely love it!

    betty

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    1. Keep on loving it and tell everyone you know!

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  19. >>... Four blogs with almost as many elements as the Periodic Table of the Elements and a darn sight more fun.

    Oh, c'mon, man! NUTTIN's more fun than the Periodic Table of Elements!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  20. Well, my elements will come close to the barrel of monkeys that is the Periodic Table.

    Lee

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  21. That Night of the Living Dead photo reminds me of how much I enjoyed watching that movie as well as The Blob, growing up. It's awesome you're starting Letter A off with "Arlee Day!" I think it's very appropriate and kicks off the challenge on a great note!

    I can't believe you're doing the challenge with four blogs. I'm having a hard time managing with just one, even despite well intentions for planning and scheduling ahead of time. Still have a way to go in finishing my A-Z posts.

    What I'd like you to blab about is:
    How did you propose?
    Aside from blogging, what do you do for fun?
    If you could only have one condiment for an entire year, what would you pick?

    In no way can I name five elements on the Periodic Table without looking, let alone all of them. Ha!

    ~Nicole
    The Madlab Post

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    1. Your questions are noted. I've always enjoyed those old B-grade sci-fi films. Still do!

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  22. Four blogs: you are a Superstar! I was overwhelmed at the thought of doing two and ended up only sticking with one. So lame I am! Have you ever been considered an over-achiever?? I'm so impressed! Looking forward to next week...

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    1. Never been an overachiever. My posts will be very short and that makes 4 blogs fairly easy.

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  23. I just love your energy, enthusiasm and zest. You are an awesome role model and mentor. I'm enjoying being part of your team.

    I don't have a theme, but I do have my humour… ah, that's bailed me out of many a sticky spot.

    Have fun, and enjoy Arlee Bird Day…

    Cheers, Jenny
    2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
    @PearsonReport

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    1. Humor is a good attribute I think, though often my sense of humor has tended to piss people off.

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    2. Ah, that made me laugh… me too. But then that just makes it all the funnier. LOL

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    3. I don't mean for my humor to upset anyone, but I think a lot of people just take for for serious all the time. A good private joke can provide laughter no matter at whose expense.

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  24. Alright, Lee... I am now signed up for the A-Z; heaven help me, but only one blog!!!

    I guess you'll say I've come from the dark side into the light? Go ahead, I'll wait.

    Oh, and a question? What finally made me say yes to the challenge?? I don't know, this is 'ask Arlee' today... right?!!

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  25. I'm in awe of all the people who are doing the A to Z Challenge on multiple blogs. It's hard enough coming up with twenty-six posts for my single blog!

    Good luck with it.

    Cait @ Clicks Clan

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    1. I've got the majority of my posts done. The secret is to keep them short and simple--not so much of a secret actually.

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  26. I shall be reading only this year.

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    1. Hope you do some commenting as well. Or maybe even change your mind in the next few days!

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  27. Don't roll your eyes when I ask this...where do I sign up?

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