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Reflections #AtoZChallenge

I had a great time this year doing the AtoZ April Blogging Challenge! It was fun to see new faces visiting and also to connect with new people and reconnect with longtime blog friends. I felt enriched by how many of the new visitors came back again and again, and I got to know a few more bloggers that I’ll follow avidly and will undoubtedly have great conversations with in the future.

I also had a blast fulfilling my self-imposed theme’s Alliterative Story Challenge and running a contest for others to submit to the Alliterative Literature Plotted Prose & Poetry Challenge as well. I made badges for the contest winners, and realized I was so proud of creating and posting an Alliterative story for every letter AtoZ in April, that I made a badge for my own accomplishment too. What fun!!

HERE ARE LINKS TO MY ATOZ STORIES:
Annie’s Accidental Arrogance, Beastly Beatrice, Cantankerous Cacophony, Daunting Donut Dilemma, Eddie’s Exploits, Franny’s Fuming Flambé, Gas-tly Gourmet, Harvey’s Hullabaloo, Ibis’ Impish Ignorance,
Jacquie’s Janky Jest, Karen’s Kitschy Kitchen, Lazy Larry’s Lament, Marilyn’s Musical Mitigation, Nancy the Naïve Noob, Ornery Ollie, Persnickety Pursuit, Quincy’s Quivering, Richard the Rascal and the Roving Ranger, Seedy Swaps at Sonny’s Seaside Speakeasy, Tubby’s Turbulent Talent Trek, Uppity Ursula, Valentine’s Villainy, Wally the Witless Wanderer, Excelsior! ‘X’, Yammering Yankee York, Zelda’s Zany Zither. WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE???

Creating and Sharing are a couple of the best things in life. So I’m sharing links to other bloggers too… A few new favorites I discovered, and blogs I love:

https://flashmob0.wordpress.com/
https://othemts.wordpress.com/
https://alinamelindasworld.wordpress.com/
https://jilywily.wordpress.com/
https://brewingcoffeetwistingwordsbreakingpencils.ca/
https://enchantedwords13.wordpress.com/
https://argonautsite.wordpress.com/
https://hobbospoems.com/
https://mythsofthemirror.com/
https://mallabandbrown.com/
https://pluviolover.com/
https://www.hdhstory.net/Storyblog/

Enjoy exploring, and let me know what you think about my stories or theirs!

Zelda’s Zany Zither #AtoZChallenge

I’m posting an Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. And today’s the day I’m announcing the winners of the Alliterative Plotted Prose and Poetry Challenge, a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST  to read the challenge authors’ winning pieces and see the awards!

With some sadness, and great relief to my writing schedule, I give you my final AtoZ Challenge Alliterative Story…Which one was your favorite??? … Adieu!

Zander zipped across the zoo to Zelda the Zebra’s zone with zooty zeal. He’d Zoomed Zelda’s zither zeniths to zillions with zilch-zero-zippo zonks to his zine.

“Zowee!” he zinged at Zelda’s zithering of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”.

His Ziploc of ziti and zucchini with zinfandel was zesty in the zinnias while her “Ziggy Stardust”, on a zephyr, zapped zitty zombies all over the zodiac.

Zander zigzagged to Zelda with a zany zircon.

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

And the Winner is… #AllitLitPloProPo Challenge Awards!!

At last, the day is here! It’s time to announce the Winner of The Alliterative Literature Plotted Prose & Poetry Challenge!! #AllitLitPlo ProPo You can see the rules of the challenge and the entries from the top three contenders for this year’s prize HERE.

In evaluating the top three, I realized the race was incredibly close or tied on crowd response, and each of the three fulfilled a different aspect of the challenge at a significantly higher level than the others. So I’ve decided to award those 3 aspects, as well as choose the overall Challenge Winner. An exclusive badge has been created for each and sent to each winner for their badge boasting bliss.

First is FAN FAVORITE! This author’s fantastically funny use of (coincidentally) F words ferreted out the most fruitful fanfare. Congrats to Harvey Heilbrun for “Frank’s Fiasco”

Our Alliteration Aficionados were also challenged with using as many different alliterative words as possible in their pieces. Venerating the VOCAB VIRTUOSO! This author’s B words busted the bar with boo-coo brilliant babbling. Congrats to Bill Reynolds for “Benevolent Bedlam”

While the challenge openly encouraged Prose or Poetry, the feat of rendering solid alliteration in metered verse stood out as celebratory. Prizing the PRIMO POET! This author’s S words stunned with scintillating skill and silly symmetry. Congrats to Hobbo for “Susan’s Silly Story”

Without further ado, the 2022 WINNER on the multitudinous merits of flamboyant fandom, sensible silliness, wealth of words and quotient of Quinn*-quality quirk… Congrats to Harvey Heilbrun for “Frank’s Fiasco”! Harvey, you’ve won the 1st ever Alliterative Literature Plotted Prose & Poetry Challenge and all bragging rights thereby granted!! Go forth and Alliterate evermore (and ever more.)

It’s been my supreme pleasure to present the Allit Lit Plo Pro Po Challenge! Thanks to ALL who entered and who came by the blog to read, tangle their tongues, oo-and-ah, giggle and vote! Thanks also for continuing throughout the month to inspire my Alliterative AtoZ Challenge journey this April! I conquered the story-a-day A-Z, all in alliteration. Such fun… Perhaps again next year?

*Quinn, is challenge presenter, Sheri J. Kennedy’s nickname, and the surname of her pen-name for Steam Era Time Travel novels by Kennedy J. Quinn.

Yammering Yankee York #AtoZChallenge

I’m posting an Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. I’ve also posted a few Alliterative stories or sensible poems by other authors from a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST to read the challenge authors’ pieces and vote in comments for your favorites today! Winner announced on April 30th – that’s tomorrow – so hurry and vote NOW.

After yammering his Yearly Yule Yarn at Yale about a yoked yak, the Yankee, York, yacked-up yummy yolk-yellow yucca yogurt yielding a yeasty yin-yang on a yoga mat. Yikes!

“Yuck!” a youthful yutz yelled over “Yesterday” yowling from a yurt in the yard.

“Yeah, yipes!” a yachter yapped, yanking a yo-yo and yearning for yellowfin.

“YOLO.” York yaffed.

“Yar! Ya yampy yuppie,” yelped the youth.

“Y’all… your yen.” York yawned. “Yeehaw!” he yodeled from his Yamaha yonder.

“Yahoo!” the yachter yipped. “Yippee!”

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

Excelsior! ‘X’ #AtoZChallenge

I’m posting an Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. I’ve also posted a few Alliterative stories or sensible poems by other authors from a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST to read the challenge authors’ pieces and vote in comments for your favorites in by tomorrow! Winner announced on April 30th, so hurry and vote NOW.

Exili’s excellent and exceptionally exquisite examination of extractions of Exavier’s ex-wife exhumed from Exeter was extra exhilarating when Exili’s exposure of an exotic exoskeleton exacted an extension for exploration to exhibit her exterior existence and exonerate Exavier, excluding him from execution.

The expedient executive who exerted expressions to extinguish Exavier by expounding on his extreme excuses as exhausting and exacerbating was expelled and excommunicated from the exercise for the extent of his explanations’ exorbitant extrapolations and exalted exaggerations.

“Excelsior!” Exili exuded.

Exavier exited the experience and exhaled.

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

Wally the Witless Wanderer #AtoZChallenge

I’m posting an Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. I’ve also posted a few Alliterative stories or sensible poems by other authors from a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST to read the challenge authors’ pieces and vote in comments for your favorites in the next 2 days! Winner announced on April 30th, so hurry and vote NOW.

Wally the wanton warbler waddled wistfully wending his way by the walrus’ wondrous whiskers whirling and wobbling in the whistling winds of winter. A wiser world-wanderer than Wally would have worked to whisk, without wavering, on well-timed wings from this wide wasteland of wilderness to western Washington’s warmer weather instead of walking willy-nilly under the white watcher – the waxing and waning will-o-the-wisp whispering over winking waves.

Though warned by a whale, he’d whiled away his welcome and without woolens to wear, was well-wedged wallowing in warped wincing woe. Wally wound around weaving through wily warring wolves who witnessed the wages of waiving his wit.

“This is whack! Why was I so wayward?” he wailed. Worn out, Wally wilted, weeping weakly.

A wonky weirdly-wired whippoorwill woke.

“I’m worthless,” Wally whined woodenly.

“You’re not a wicked wanker. I’ve wiped-out worry for worse,” the winsome whippoorwill wooed. “Wish.”

Wally wiggled, willing for whatever was warranted.

The wacky whippoorwill waved a wispy willow-wand, whenceforth Wally was wafted onto a wall in Wallingford, Washington.

“Whoo hoo!”

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

Valentine’s Villainy #AtoZChallenge

Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. I’ve also posted a few Alliterative stories or sensible poems by other authors from a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST to read the challenge authors’ pieces and vote in comments for your favorites in the next 3 days! Winner announced on April 30th, so hurry and vote NOW.

Voluptuous Victoria vested herself with Vaseline and venomous vintage vamp vividness vying to veil her Virginian virtue with veritable vixen-like visage. When she visited the voluminous vestibule of the Vermont VRBO, VIP Vincent Valentine’s venue, her vascular volume vexed her viscus valves viciously and she vacillated on the verge  – vibe or vamoose? She voted for viable versatility by vigilantly vaulting into the vortex, venturing vertically with violent vertigo at the velocity of the vanishing valley vista.

“Vegas Voodoo?” a voice vibrated in the void, a variant of the vox on Victoria’s voicemail.

Victoria vanquished her vulnerability and vivified her vapid vulgar viper. “Vincent Valentine?”

“Virus Vaccination Velum?”

She verified.

A violin and viola – vivace – volted the vast view of a vacuous Vargas-like velvety Venice with vile vibrato. Vincent, in a very violet visor, vinyl Vans, and Versace vest, voraciously victimized a varmint with vegetables, vermicelli and a vat of vino like a vagrant vampire vulture. “Victuals?”

Victoria veered from her verve.

“Vittles?” he vocalized vehemently.

“I’m v-vegan.”

The vermin’s vane volleyed verbosely. “Your Venmo validated this video voucher. Voila! Verily, you’ll be my vessel of Venus and I your Virgo Vega. Visualize us victoriously viral. Virtually venerated.”

Victoria’s vanity vaporized and vacated in vicissitude with her verdict. She hadn’t volunteered to be violated by this villainous vole.

He volcanically vomited his variegated vanilla-like vinegary vice into a valuable varnished Vishnu vase.

Valiantly, Victoria voyaged by van from the viny villa to the verdant varsity village, her vital virginal verity vindicated.

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All rights reserved

Uppity Ursula #AtoZChallenge

Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. I’ve also posted a few Alliterative stories or sensible poems by other authors from a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST to read the challenge authors’ pieces and vote in comments for your favorites in the next 4 days! Winner announced on April 30th, so hurry and vote NOW.

Uppity Ursula came unglued and undulated with ugly upset when underdog Ulrich, her understudy, upstaged her by unpacking The Urchin’s ultimate utterance with uncommon understanding of urgent unhappiness. When her uncle ushered Ulrich up to the undertaking’s underpinners under his ultra-umber umbrella and unleashed, “Unbelievable” with utter unction, Ursula was undone, her untoward uncouthness uncovered.

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

Tubby’s Turbulent Talent Trek #AtoZChallenge

Each day this month I’ll be posting an Alliterative Story with the A to Z Challenge letter of the day. I’ve also posted a few Alliterative stories or sensible poems by other authors from a separate free challenge I hosted. You can join in the fun by going to THIS POST to read the challenge authors’ pieces and vote in comments for your favorites in the next 6 days! Winner announced on April 30th, so hurry and vote NOW.

Tubby the tightrope trainer tiptoed through Tinseltown trying to turn up the terse tiger tamer Tula Turner to take over under the tent after Tubby’s turbulent tribulations with the terrible topsy-turvy Two-foot Tina.

Teaching Tina, though titillating, was tough. Her timorous trim torso tipped terrifically, taking ten tons of trials with the tangible tether. Then she tore tarps with terrifying tumbles, tended toward tragic torpors, and tangled tremendously when toeing the track. The timid tiny Tina teetered like a top-heavy tubular turnip on titanic tree trunks even after Tubby’s tried-and-true twenty-two tweaks.

Tearing his tam, and tempering his tongue, Tubby tossed out tricks to tamper with the travesty. He tested tips on a tablet to transmit with telemetry for Tina’s transcription, but tilting, her tush tasted tarmac. He tinkered with telepathy and, though her temple tingled with tertiary tools, she tanked on traversing the trying trail.

Tina tromped, trading trepidation for tenaciousness with twisty tremors, but when the tortured trooper toppled the two-thousandth time, traumatized, she ticked tumultuously and tearily told her teacher, “Tubby, this is too taxing. I was tantalized by trending on and Tic-Tok and Twitter, but this tedious torrid torment’s taken a toll on my toleration and tractability. My tummy is toast. I’m travelling.”

“Tisk-tisk,” Tubby tattled to Tina’s transitory target, tabulating his triumph vs. termination and transferring tawdry truck to Tina.

He took a tardy timeout for a toke and treated himself to tilapia tacos, tuna tortellini, tiramisu and Tanqueray-and-Tonic till tipsy. Trodden down, his tottering temperament trifled with a Tardis to transport him to a tip-top title, but Tubby tapped his teak, travertine and tusk Tasmanian talisman, and trusted that his troubles with Tina were trivial not toxic.

Tuckered out he turned to his team. His toadies, even Tom, twigged Tubby was teed off, and they tunneled, tripping to their Teslas when he trounced their trousers like a trilling tambourine, “I’m talking turkey: Tout tickets!”

Tubby triggered his telephone to trump up talent for a task-oriented tryst. He tussled with traditional types while tugging on Tijuanas. He tucked his tunic under the table, tamped out his tobacco, and twinkled with tranquil truth. “Tula Turner could tantalize treasure.”

The temperature trashed Tubby on his trudging trek around town and he temporarily traipsed to a topiary by a tourist trap. “Tula!” He tailed the tall tulip and tackled her with a tango of trinkets. “Triscuits, Tonkas, Tupperware, Tevas, Teddy-bears, Tiffany, Teletubbies? What translates to tally transcendence in the tarpaulin tabernacle together?”

“Televise,” Tula twanged without a twitch.

Tubby tapped-out, totally totaled.

by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved

Vote for the Winner! – Alliterative Literature Plotted Prose and Poetry Challenge

Due to my love of alliteration, I decided to host a writing challenge, (#AllitLitPloProPoe) and all entries are in… Here are the TOP THREE SUBMISSIONS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. Challenge Rules are at the bottom of this post.

UPDATE: HERE’S A LINK TO THE AWARD POST FOR THE WINNERS!!

PLEASE VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE… Benevolent Bedlam – Frank’s Fiasco – Susan’s Silly Story… IN THE COMMENTS BELOW BY APRIL 29TH ~ WINNER ANNOUNCED APRIL 30TH 2022!!

Benevolent Bedlam

Bronco buster, Bret Butler and his beautiful brunette bride, bonnie Bamby Buttercup, bebopped into the Bohica Brothers Barrelhouse and Brewpub brandishing boo-coo bucks to buy beer, bratwurst, and beans.

They bantered with the blond bimbo barmaid Brenda Bobbitt before her bashful barback boyfriend, Buck Bukowski (brilliant but a bit of a boor), butted-in with bragging babble about Bret’s bright blondish brew. Bebop blared on the boom box.

Bamby bought brandy but Bret brabbled and briskly begged Brenda to bring boosted bitters of basic brown or beclouded brews for his blooming belly, blessedly beseeching her to bear with him and bide his bleak befuddlement. Bret could be a bit of a bullheaded brute.

Brenda beamed back at Bret’s bargaining blast and brought him bottles of black booze. Bret belted back the boss beer. Buck begot barley-broo from behind the billet. Before bada-bing bested bada-boom, the blasted boys were buzzed and boasting bushels of blarney.

Bamby briskly beseeched her bae to bring back a brindled bundle from the boot of the Buick. Bret brought her brand-new babushka, beholding his brazen brilliance. Then all blazes broke out blunting the barroom bliss.

Buck boasted about Bamby’s bodacious breasts baffling a befuddled Bret and betraying Brenda. Briefly, Bret was bar borne and bounced bedeviled upon Buck and began bashing and beating his brains while bumping Brenda’s bodice. Beaten Buck became befogged by Bret’s bustling brawl and bummer blowout. Bret and Buck bled. Before long, the blotto bestial barbarians were befouled and besmeared with blood.

Bret brooded about Bamby’s besmirched beauty and his babe’s big as buckets bosoms. Buck brandished a borrowed Baretta, but Bret bullied him badly by bashing his bean with a board. By and by, Bret’s biscuit was buttered, and Buck’s bacon was baked and boiled. Both bemoaned the bustle as the Beatles blasted Bad Boy in the background.

The boxing bickering buddies became Bamby and Brenda’s bane. Bedimmed and befogged, Brenda bitched and barked barbs about the bamboozled buffoons so their breathless ballyhoo could be belayed. Bamby bargained with the boneheaded, broken, badass boys.

The beginning bourne bombed because the bloke and beau butthead’s blatant boisterousness brought bandy bromides, blank bywords, and behests before breaking off the boxing bout. Bewitched, bombastic, and bedaubed, Bret and Buck broke bottles on bones before breaking up the brouhaha. The brainless bumpkins backed their bodies off, bearing beaming blue blisters.

Now buffoon Bret bowed to benighted Buck. Brandy berated Bret to begone. Betrayed, they booked as Buck breathed, being borderline bitterly batshit and buggered. Brenda beheld Buck as a binger of a bacchanalia. By and by, byes were blabbed and broadcast by all. Brandy and Bret bolted for their bus. Blowsy and bursting, Buck blubbered, babbled, and bawled as Brenda bickered, bayed, and bellowed.

by Bill Reynolds, All Rights Reserved
MORE FROM BILL: https://pluviolover.com/

Frank’s Fiasco

Foolish Frank felt frustrated finding farfetched frontiers to fulfill, featuring fairminded formats which fervently focussed on finesse. Frank’s friend Felix, fortunately, faced few failures and found Frank a festival focussing on physiological feats of flamboyance. Frank formed a fresh physical philosophy with fixed formulas, flouting his fine physique favoring a fluorescent facial fashion.

Frank’s father, Fred, feeling fury from Frank’s fanaticism and flouting of far-fetched fodder fumed fiercely, faced Frank’s fabrication and forbade his frivolous fantasy. Fred’s finicky feud fostered fuel for Frank to fortify his front.

Frank phoned Felix and faked Fred’s formal forgiveness and followed on forward feeling fanciful.

Felix featured Frank first, facing a fresh field of famous fellows. But Frank’s façade faltered, floundered, and faded. Fertile fissure function’s flapped. Fragrant fumes following fruitful flatulence forcefully floated free. Fluke fires flared from fiery fabric friction to find Frank’s fatal fart.

Far from funny, Frank’s flimsy faith froze. Forlorn and frightened, Frank’s foremost fear finally fell forth. Frank’s fortune failed. Fatigue filled and falling to a futile fate, fragile Frank forfeited and formally finished faking forever.

by Harvey Heilbrun, All Rights Reserved
MORE FROM HARVEY: http://www.hdhstory.net/hdhstory/Home.html

Susan’s Silly Story

Silly Susan, sledging, slowly, 
Spied a scary snallygaster
Speeding, swiftly slippy-sliding, 
Skidded, stopped; a snollygoster

Saw Susan and strangely stalked 
Her, saying, Sue you sexy spinster, 
Such slow scallywaggery 
Seems soppy, stupid, somehow sinister 

Surely I’m a superhero, 
Six feet six of solid sinew. 
Sue suspects some sly seduction 
Seeing such a solid surtout 

So, says she, still smiling sweetly, 
Sir, such stranger-serenading, 
Seems I somehow should’ve 
Serendipitously stayed in 

Sewing silken socks so my 
Seven sisters, sadly sick 
Stay safe, sound, secure 
From such a snidy shaggledick. 

Secretly signalling SOS; 
Stop, cease your sordid stare, 
My sparkling specs spy only 
Someone surely not snoutfair.

Suddenly, Susie’s so-called stalker, 
Squashing, sadly, Sammy Squirrel 
Stomped off sulking, spitting, 
Swearing, such a silly old sod, Cyril.

snallygaster     (mythical creature)
snollygoster     (scheming politician) 
scallywaggery          (political opportunism)
surtout          (overcoat) 
shaggledick.     (a person whose name you can’t remember)
snoutfair.     (old term for fair of face)

by Hobbo, All Rights Reserved
MORE FROM HOBBO: https://hobbospoems.com/

CONDENSED RULES:

  1. Must have a plot or emote with some development from beginning to end. Think storytelling.
  2. All but simple connector words must be alliteration in keeping with the single chosen consonant sound.
  3. Alliteration is repetition in two or more nearby words of initial consonant sounds. Does not HAVE to be the same initial letter. For example, the phrase “kids’ coats” is alliterative, but the phrase “phony people” is not alliterative.
  4. Bonus points if all of your alliterative words begin literally with the same letter.
  5. All alliterative words – except for character names – should be used only once within the piece – so also a vocabulary challenge.
  6. Use as many different words as possible while assuring the story makes (ok if somewhat nonsensical) sense.
  7. A winner will be chosen on consideration of number of different alliterative words used, plot/sense continuity, overall enjoyment by the challenger, and comment responses from readers on this blog. The winner will receive the Prestige of Plentiful Praise of their Prowess by their Peers!