AtoZ Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal


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AtoZ Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

Starting Monday, April 1, 2019, the AtoZ Blog Challenge begins again.

This will be my sixth time that I am throwing my creative hat into the challenge. I have mainly produced serialized stories that work as short chapters. They have been of various successes, judging by the commentary and friendships I have developed through the challenge.

I am working on taking last year’s story line (The Abysmal Dollhouse) and re-working it into a novel. I’ve been working on it since May/June of last year. That’s why there haven’t been any TAD stories here since the end of April.

So, surprise.

I still love The Case Files of Inspector Khazarian Rovas (April 2016) and The Apartment Building: Swan Rise series (April 2012). I hope to return to both of those one day and take themย  to the next step, as well as The Kitsune-Mochi Saga (not an AtoZ story).



1959. An abandoned car is found in the woods, not near any road, surrounded by trees that left little room for a car to wind up where this one did.

It was discovered by hunters Todd Wilson and Barry Carter. They were following an 8 point Buck for a long winding chase. The Buck kept his life that day. Todd and Barry stopped in their tracks when the sun, which could barely peek through the dense foliage, glinted off something shiny where nothing shiny should have been.

The car they found was in near pristine condition. A cherry red Thunderbird convertible with a 430ci Lincoln Interceptor J-code engine, power steering, power brakes, power windows, a power seat and a new power top.

Nothing was found to identify the owner or even how it got there. Retracing their tracks, they made it back to their truck, eventually, as they got lost once or twice,ย  and high tailed it to the sheriff’s office.

Inquiries were made. Nothing came of it. It was a puzzle to Sheriff John Miner for the rest of his life, which wasn’t as long lived as he had hoped it would be.

Todd and Barry, meanwhile, made their find profitable, earning free drinks at the Barn House Bar from folks who wanted to know all the details.ย  As the tellings went on, the story…grew. And it spread to nearby towns, especially one where Todd and Barry went drinking.

People searched for the car. They traveled the forest, thought they saw it, but didn’t. It was the talk of the county. The searching went on for a short while.

Until a group of four High School students did not come home. Neither did a couple of people from the first search party. Then a few more in the second group, looking for both the kids and the two adults who were nowhere to be found.

Then, the stories began.

I hope you return for the 26 parts of A Car In The Woods. Comments are always welcome.

If you are interested in joining the AtoZ Blog Challenge, you still have time to sign up. Just click HERE and you will be directed to their home page with all the info you will need. Good luck if you do. It’s a lot of fun. Either way, I hope you come back and see where the Car takes us, as well as visiting other blogs that have joined in the fun.

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    • Glad you’ve liked my work so far. This one keeps shaping itself in different ways the more I think about it and the amount of research I’m putting in. Looking forward to hearing from you. PS: I love your passion for mythology.


    • Dola, welcome. There will be a mystery/thriller, but also a couple of other…things…to, hopefully, keep the story interesting to the very, very end. Thanks.


    • Well, I hope you still like my tales by the time Z rolls around. Maybe read them first thing in the morning instead of late at night. : ) Thanks, Alice. I will check yours out.


  1. This one sounds absolutely fantastic, Stu. I’ll be sure to read the story fresh off the ‘word’press!

    PS: Finally managed to finish reading ‘The Abysmal Dollhouse’ sometime last month. Brilliant stuff.

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    • I do that with a number of stories. I’ll find things irl (like houses for The Abysmal Dollhouse), and “alter” what I need as the story comes to mind. This research is helping me to lay the groundwork for what I have planned. Glad you’re aboard. Buckle up.


  2. Stu, brilliant to hear that you’re doing A-Z again this year. But even better to hear that you’ve continued to make progress with The Abysmal Dollhouse, for you know how very much I loved it. Neither David nor I are going to be participating. We’ve each had our hands full with Life and are struggling to keep our heads – let alone our writing irons – above water. But we keep on keeping on. I’m going to enjoy following your story this year even more without having the worry of my own contribution and am soooo looking forward to it.


    • Thanks, Debs. I will miss reading daily what the two of you post, but I will hold myself in check until I can get the full thing in my hands. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy what’s to come.


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