Monday, May 5, 2014

Reflections in Colors

So this year's A to Z run was both easier and more difficult than I expected. I don't usually schedule posts ahead of time, so the end of the semester devolved into a scramble for stories and colors.
It was delightful.
I am one of those strange people that work their best on a deadline, and I also masochistically enjoy research (as long as it is about stories). You can read the results of all of this if you scroll back down through April.
The first time I did A to Z in 2012, I did my reflection in the form of a list of my favorite story characters that did not make the cut. You can see the list here.
Last year, after successfully finishing my slightly crazy Weird Princess Tales run, I reflected in the form of a list of awesome ladies from the world of story that did not get a place on the princess list. You can find that list here.
This year, I have a much shorter list of amazing characters: They are called Team Damyanti. For the first time in my A to Z career, this year I was a minion! Which means it was actually my duty to visit blogs day in and day out. I have found many wonderful, wonderful things, and I am grateful to be one of the Seven Ladies of Team Damyanti. Kind of reminded me of the Seven Wise Princesses. I got dibs on Yellow. Just sayin'.
Thank you Damyanti, Guilie, Anna, Samantha, Vidya, Jemima, and Mary!

Shameless self-promotion: If you liked my collection of weird and rare folktales, check out my book, Tales of Superhuman Powers (out on Nook, Kindle, and Paper). It is a collection of 55 folktales that have superpowers in them. It was a crazy fun book to research and write. It features 60 different superpowers, everything from invisibility through sonic blast to eye beams (yeah, really), and at least one folktale, myth or legend for each. If you ever want to be super cool in front of a class of middle school students, this is the way to do it.

With this post, the everyday routine of the Multicolored Diary resumes. Stay tuned for posts about folktales, storytelling, and assorted adventures. Follow options to the left, or find me on Twitter as @TarkabarkaHolgy.


  1. I love: with this post the everyday life resumes (or something like that!) ... ha! I've enjoyed your posts this last month!

  2. What a great idea for a book! I'll have to check it out. Thanks for all your support during A to Z.

  3. Sounds like a fascinating book! I adore doing research, too!

    Congrats on finishing and thank you for being a minion!


  4. I've always done better on a deadline also, probably because I'm such a procrastinator that I need to force myself to finish. I'm going to take that same urgency that A to Z requires and try to complete a story over the summer.

    Congrats on completing the challenge. I enjoyed your posts and I hope to be back here more often.

  5. great. i need to learn a story by this sunday. i'll be cramming all your knowledge into my little pea brain.

  6. Have downloaded the book :)

    Thank you for being part of Team Damyanti and doing such an amazing job!

  7. I"m looking forward to reading back through your stories - just found you today through the A to Z challenge .... wow I think I'm going to be finding people for months to come through this :) What fun it's been.
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  8. well after the A to Z challenge I find your blog and am happy that i have. I enjoy research and don't find anything about it masochistic, I think it is sheer pleasure. I want my stories to sound like I know what I am talking about so research does this for me. I don't understand how to schedule a post in advance 'shrug' maybe I will learn for net time or not. Well done on completing the challenge and good luck with resuming normal programming. ;)

  9. Wonderful post on storytelling at A to Z!

  10. I love weird and rare tales! Thanks for sharing your work and for stopping by my blog during the A to Z challenge. I will be sure to check out your book. I didn't realize you were a minion. That must have made the whole thing exciting but also truly exhausting.

  11. Your theme was wonderful!
    I enjoyed every colourful tale!
    Writer In Transit

  12. Congratulations on completing the challenge. :-)

  13. Drops by a gazillion months later to say hi. :)

  14. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thanks for sharing. I'm just stopping by briefly as I drive around on the 2014 A-Z Road Trip…don't forget to wave when you see me go by! (lol)

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