Monday 1 April 2013

The #AprilA2Z 2013 Challenge, Aussie musician Stephen Carmichael, and National Poetry Month.

It's this time of year again. I will never forget what a blessing it was in 2010 when I did this for the first time. I met so many wonderful bloggers and made heaps of great friends. But, this year, I just cannot manage it. It would have been my fourth year participating, but I just had to be kind to myself this time.

If you are not signed up to the A-Z challenge this year, and you'd like to, click this link to join the other 1500 participants!

Stephen Carmichael
I won't be blogging this month. Well, not as me. I will still be posting my scheduled The Artist Unleashed posts every Wednesday. And maybe link you to other events around the web during the month. I do hope you drop by to offer my guests your support!

This Wednesday I have musician Stephen Carmichael, from Brisbane, Australia. Stephen draws his influences from growing up listening to Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and David Bowie … and more recently artists such as Lady Gaga, Empire of the Sun, and MGMT. In March, 2011, Stephen was featured on Britney Spears’ website for his cover of her song ‘Till The World Ends’! Pretty awesome, hey?

Also, as many of you surely know, April is National Poetry Month. And the fabulous Caroline Starr Rose has a really amazing line-up of poets guesting on her blog every day during April, including myself (15th), Laurel Garver (18th), and Theresa Milstein (26th). 

Have fun! And I'll be back at the end of the month :-) In the meantime, you can always find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads!

Have a great April!


  1. I'm going to have to check out Caroline's poetry list for the month. I haven't visited her in a while. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Happy April!

  3. It sounds like you'll have plenty going on without the A to Z!

  4. Happy National Poetry Month, Jessica! In addition to this blogging challenge, I always like participating in Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-A-Day Challenge in his blog Poetic Asides. It's fun way to stretch my creativity and challenge myself! Here's the link:

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  5. Enjoy the time off, Jessica!

  6. Happy National Poetry month. Not blogging as you? That sounds so creative.

  7. I totally understand the need to step back. I'm just hoping I can make it through April's challenge this years. So much going on!


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