The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal is March 23!

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The Great and Powerful Theme Reveal A to Z Blogfest will be March 23. This is a linkup of epic proportions. The signup list is open, and it pains me to say, it has been open for a week and I have not mentioned it on the blogs. But at least I have a good excuse.

Projects, projects everywhere is my excuse. There are Blog Blitzes going on and the Feminist Friday crew is working on a secret project which we hope to announce soon.  Then there’s #1000Speak, which has turned into a Facebook group with almost 1500 members in a little over a month and had the linkup to end all linkups over the weekend.

I have also guest-hosted both #SundayBlogShare and #WeekendCoffeeShare this month and spent two other weekends working Twitter hard to get my bloggy friends seen. I have been busy. All this is why I have not been on Facebook and Twitter as much as usual lately and have been a bit more lax than normal about answering my threads.

I’m clearing projects left and right to make way for some A to Z fun. I want to join in an A to Z Twitter chat or two, which you can do on Thursdays at 1 pm or 8 pm ET using the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #AZChat. And to visit more of the co-hosts before we get too deep into March.

Anyway, you want to sign up for the theme reveal and have a post for March 23. And check out some those other opportunities to meet bloggers I linked to. The Feminist Friday discussion is at Things Matter this week, and I will have a proper announcement tomorrow or Wednesday.

Taking a Breather, and Happy Six-Month Blogiversary to The Monster

Thank you, again, to everyone who stopped by during A to Z and read my posts. Thanks, especially, for the comments. Comments are my favorite form of feedback, but I am also a big fan of likes, follows, and votes 🙂 I almost withdrew from the challenge the week before it started because I didn’t have enough content ready to go. I’m so glad I didn’t do that.

I said 30 days ago that April would be a transitional month. It has been, and we’re through it. It’s been hectic, and I’ve had to let a lot of administrative things go to keep up. I must shave off some time to take care of those things in May. Administration, even of a small social media network, is a problem. Administration requires you to be absent from public social media, but it has to be done to keep things organized and running.

I’m rethinking my quality v. consistency plan for The Writing Catalog. The A to Z Challenge has proven to me that a blog about writing is a good idea, but I have so many other responsibilities, I can’t really do the writing justice more than a couple of times of week, at best.

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A to Z Day 26: Zeugma

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Zeugma is a fun word to say, and a fairly simple concept, but the explanation is a bit complicated, so I’m borrowing one more definition from Dr. L. Kip Wheeler of Carson-Newman University.

ZEUGMA (Greek “yoking” or “bonding”): Artfully using a single verb to refer to two different objects in an ungrammatical but striking way, or artfully using an adjective to refer to two separate nouns, even though the adjective would logically only be appropriate for one of the two. For instance, in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Fluellen cries, “Kill the boys and the luggage.” (The verb kill normally wouldn’t be applied to luggage, so it counts a zeugma.) If the resulting grammatical construction changes the verb’s initial meaning but is still grammatically correct, the zeugma is sometimes called syllepsis–though in actual practice, most critics use the general term zeugma to include both the grammatical and ungrammatical types interchangeably. Examples of these syllepses and zeugmas abound–particulary in seventeenth-century literature:

“If we don’t hang together, we shall hang separately!” (Ben Franklin).
“The queen of England sometimes takes advice in that chamber, and sometimes tea.”
“. . . losing her heart or her necklace at the ball.” (Alexander Pope).

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