Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Swedish Postscripts: My Theme for the April A-Z Challenge


So you survived Valentine's Day? I'm not usually much for Hallmark-manufactured holidays...but I must say, I got some nice surprises this year. The Engineer even arranged for my boys (12 and 14.9) to get me a card. Chinese take-out for dinner. Tomorrow night is our regular date-night, so we'll hit our favorite place (family owned-operated authentic Mexican restaurant that's been around for at least the 20 years we've been going there) where they “run out of the regular glasses” and bring me a 20 oz. Margarita instead of a 12 oz...gotta love 'em! We don't even try to go out ON the 14th. Just too many people!

See? Normal paragraph. No ranting and raving. No popsicle threats. Just a regular blogger telling about a regular day. Did I scare you Sunday? No one even TRIED the competition...{sniff} I'm actually doing much better, sanity wise. Finished all the anti-biotic. Now I'm just on oral steroids. For the winter. Earned myself an extra week of bed-rest for showing up at the lung specialist with a pulse ox of 84...I'll take it though. Do NOT want to go back to jail.

This post is actually about something though. That part up there was the stretching and the warm-up lap. Remember I promised to work out every other day? Missed another day, so figured I should start slowly. Now let's hit the stairmaster!

I've decided what my theme is going to be for the A-Z Challenge! I'm Swedish. Half. Mom is American, Dad is 100% Swede. That's why his name on my blog is “The Swede”. Clever, eh? I've got stories of my European childhood scattered throughout Life is Good, and I've had readers and friends ask for more. I thought a month of posts focusing on that part of my life would be fun. After all, it's still a wide open field, with room for a lot of creativity. There is one, tiny, little, insignificant detail. (Name the movie!) The Swedish alphabet has three more vowels than English, rarely uses w, y isn't very popular either, and of course I'll have the same X and Q issues as those tackling this challenge in English. But it will be fun! It just means that while the rest of you get four days off for good behavior, I only get one. But I'm not one to back down from a challenge, so I'm now, officially, announcing my theme and being honest about the letters. Accountability among friends is very good, don't you think?

What I still haven't decided is what goes with which letter...and I'm tossing around the idea of each week having a theme. For example, the summer I turned 14 was a very significant time in my life, and I spent most of it in Sweden with my grandparents. Just me. I could write for weeks about that. However, readers might also like to know about what school in Sweden is like, what our favorite sports and hobbies are, what cultural differences separate us, compared with the similarities that unite us.
I'd love to hear from you what topics you would find interesting. Shoot me your ideas in the comments. If you think of more that you'd like to add to your suggestions, just come back and add another comment.

One last thing before I go. My A-Z Challenge co-host, Stephen Tremp, has just released his 2nd novel in the Breakthrough Trilogy. Check out his post at the main A-Z Blog from Monday, and while you're there, read Heather's guest post from Tuesday. She's a very a new blogger already taking on a big challenge, AND encouraging others to join.

Have you signed up? Have you decided to be winger or a themer?


14 comments:

Tracy Jo said...

What a great theme! That will be fun telling those stories and has to feel good that you have a plan. Looking forward to A-Zing it with you. Have a great day!

Anna Smith said...

Oh that's a great theme, can't wait to read them :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Sounds like an interesting theme. (So does that mean you eat lutefisk?)

mish said...

Hey Tina - sounds like a great theme... seems like you're right on track!
I've decided on a fiction theme for the A-Z - still gotta iron out the details, though...
Once that's done, I'll write a post... probably by the end of Feb.

Stephen Tremp said...

Tina, thanks for the shout out! I greatly appreciate it. And cool theme for the A to Z Challenge. I learn so much especially about people's backgrounds and cultures during this event. Oofta!

Brian Miller said...

very cool...and def sounds like it will be an interesting ride tina...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it! You'll have the most interesting posts of any participant, Tina.

Heather Murphy said...

I hope you had a nice fiesta tonight! You have quite a challenge ahead of you with your Swedish theme. I can't wait to see what you come up with

criticalcrass said...

hey there. the movie? love actually. the child says it to his stepfather when they discuss the child's method for attracting the attention of his love interest, playing the drums in the school's christmas program. he's never played drums in his life. how's that for knowledge?

i'm glad you're choosing to tackle the challenge in this way. i look forward to the posts. as for what i'd like to know ... i don't know anything, really, about sweden, so ... whatever you want to write ... i'm good. :]

Arlee Bird said...

Interesting plan you have there. This Challenge can get pretty educational sometimes.


Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out
Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

H said...

I'll find it fascinating to read about Sweden. Anything about places, daily life and customs will keep me well content! And photos - love photos!!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I've actually already started a couple of my posts. I'm looking forward to reading yours.

I've tagged you on my blog.

klahanie said...

Hi Tina,
Now then, I survived Valentine's Day. Just managed to clear the mountain of Valentine's Day cards from my hallway. Yes indeed, 'Blog Air' flew over cards from all over the world to me, yes, shy and humble me. Of course, never one to um self-promote, I did a posting about it. Still, my blog is a waste of time to read.
Will be fascinated to know more about Sweden, beyond meat balls and the Sedin twins who play for the Vancouver Canucks. I'm really glad that you are doing the A to Z Challenge! As for me, I just couldn't handle the gosh darn fun of being involved in a 'challenge' that brings further awareness of the alphabet, any alphabet!
Have fun and happy writing. I shall now return to my not worth reading site. Bye :)

D.G. Hudson said...

I'm following now, and visiting from the Team list on the A-Z. I'm DG from DG Hudson-Rainforest Writing, and already on the list. I've got my theme pinned too.

As for what we'd like to know about Sweden - how about some photos, I love pix.