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Coffee and Conversation: Blogging From A to Z – Big Reveal and an Announcement

Grab a cuppa and a comfy seat, and let’s chat a while.

It’s Monday again – time for Coffee and Conversation.

When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.

I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own…

Why hello there! How’s the weather where you are?

Here, in upstate New York, spring is coming in fits and starts. It was a deep winter, and the transition is much longed for this year. The softening of soil and warming of air, the return of birdsong to the mornings and evenings, awaken me, renew me.

As the first buds appear, and our lawn reveals its first touches of green, a surge of creative energy is sprouting within me. It’s a perfect time for me to take on new projects, and to wrap up existing ones.

This April, I am signed up for two challenges:

And there’s another in May:

I am also continuing with the revision process for Chameleon’s Dish.

It’s going to be a creative spring!

And, with that in mind, I’ll be on a blogging semi-hiatus for April. Coffee and Conversation will host some visiting posts from my unschooling blog, The Unfettered Life. I thought it would be fun to revisit some days and posts gone by, and share them with folks who might have missed them the first time around.

Next week, I’ll talk more about my plans for CampNaNo.

This week, though, I’ve got a Big Reveal that stretches from A to Z…

May I have a drum roll, please?! (add drum roll video here!)

The theme for my 2014 A to Z Challenge posts is: “Kifo Island Stories”.

Last year, I wrote about “The Last House”, a secluded hut on a tiny tropical island, where a couple had gone to make a very special final journey together.

The idea stayed with me, and I expanded the concept, and eventually the plot tribbles gave me the premise of a hospice in the form of a no-cost tropical island, where people could come with their loved ones to live as fully as possible, before they died.

I imagine a collection of stories based upon those who came to die, those who came with the dying, and those who worked on or inhabited the island.

As my Challenge entry, I will explore the stories of 26 men, women, and children who reside, permanently or temporarily, on Kifo Island. Sometimes separate, sometimes interconnected, they will live and die throughout the month. There will be sunshine and shadows, love and loss, and some quirks. There might even be a bit of autobiography, and a statement or two, for those who are into those things.

It will be a journey of the everyday, the extraordinary, and the magic of each.

A month of letters...and possibilities!
A month of letters…and possibilities!

Right now, I’m still plotting out the stories, so this month will be an adventure for me, too.


Look for my A to Z posts here, beginning on Tuesday, April 1, and every day except Sundays, all month. And why not up the adventure quotient and visit some of the other challenge participants, too?


I’m excited to be giving this long-simmering idea room to play. I plan to supplement with some local travel, hometending, growing things, and getting outdoors regularly.


What are your favorite spring pastimes? Do you enjoy a creative challenge, or just taking some time to breathe in the greening air? If it’s easing into fall, where you live, what do you love about that season?

 Pull up a seat ( I’ve provided outlets for our laptops), and I’ll pour you another cuppa!