Theme Reveal: Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2018) | #AtoZChallenge

It’s Theme Reveal time for the Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge (April 2018). This is my second year participating.

Last year (2017), my theme was Components of Literature.

This year, my theme is Haiku Poetry about Life and Nature.

Posts start on April 1. I have listed my A-to-Z titles below.


Haiku poems were originally developed by Japanese poets and consist of 3 lines, with syllable counts of 5, 7, 5, respectively. They are based on imagery and often reflect nature or a poignant moment.

Here are some examples and Guidelines for Writing Haiku in English by William J. Higginson (

Stamps for 2018

This is the 9th year running! Arlee Bird is the founder.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2018)
Titles and Links

Theme: Haiku Poetry about Life and Nature

A — Antidote
B — Borrowed Time
C — Child Spirits
D — Demons
E — Expanse
F — Flatline
G —
H — Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve)
I —
J —
K —
L —
M — Mirror
N — New Life
O —
P —
Q —
R — Ripple
S — Slain
T —
U —
V —
W — Wet Commute
X —
Y —
Z — Zamboni / Zebra Zone

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Rare Lunar Trifecta of 2018 #SuperBlueBloodMoon

A rare event occurred on January 31, 2018 that had not been seen in 150 years: the Super Blue Blood Moon.

A brief overview of the Super Blue Blood Moon event by The Weather Network

New Year’s Day began with a full moon this year. Since lunar cycles are less than 31 days in length, a second full moon, called a blue moon, shone on January 31. This full moon coincided with a supermoon and a lunar eclipse, creating a rare conjunction of three events happening at the same time: a lunar trifecta. The last one occurred 150 years ago.

The big uncertainty was would there be cloud cover.

What does a Super Blue Blood Moon event look like?

This video from The Telegraph‘s Science section tells what happens during a lunar trilogy (trifecta) and explains a blue moon, supermoon, and blood moon (lunar eclipse) in under two minutes (1:43).

Time-lapse video of the rare celestial event posted by StreetArtGlobe

Everyone in Edmonton is talking about the super blue blood moon this morning (Edmonton Journal and NASA)

NASA Scientist’s Tips to See the Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse (with pictures and videos)

What is a Supermoon? (

  • Interesting supermoon facts, including this one: In late 2016, three supermoons occurred in a row. “The supermoon of November 2016 was also the closest supermoon in 69 years, although a closer supermoon will rise in the 2030s.”

New Year’s Day Full Moon: Are ‘Supermoons’ Really That Super? (

My own lunar trifecta photos

The cloud-cover forecast kept changing, but in the end, I am thrilled that I was fortunate enough to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.

I regret that I did not attempt to take a photo of the supermoon around 10:25 p.m. on January 30 when I was leaving work. I waited for a few minutes in bitter cold as a small cloud drifted away. The moon was high in the sky–full, big, bluish white, and incredibly bright. A few minutes later, more clouds drifted over the moon.

I drove home feeling elated. If there was cloud in the morning, two out of three ain’t bad. I saw the supermoon and the blue moon parts of the trifecta.

According to the Telus World of Science, the events of the eclipse in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada were as follows:

  • Partial eclipse begins at 4:48 a.m. MST
  • Total lunar eclipse begins at 5:51 a.m. MST
  • Mid-eclipse at 6:29 a.m. MST
  • Total lunar eclipse ends at 7:07 a.m. MST
  • Partial eclipse ends at 8:11 a.m. MST
  • Moonset from Edmonton at 8:26 a.m.

(© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.)

On the morning of January 31, 2018 in Edmonton, the temperature was -24°C (-11.2°F) with wind chill -34°C (-29.2°F). To my surprise and delight, the sky was clear.

But when I first glimpsed the moon, though I knew what it should look like, it was absolutely shocking to see how dark it was compared to its intense brightness the night before. It was one of those incredible “Wow!” moments. I watched the lunar eclipse from about 6:08 to 6:31 a.m. Mid-eclipse occurred at 6:29 a.m.

Frozen, I went indoors for a few minutes to warm up but ventured back out to check on the eclipse’s progress at 6:43. High cloud had already moved in–no longer a crisp image of the moon. What are the chances of that? Mid-eclipse squeaked through clear skies by less than 15 minutes.

6:08 a.m., January 31, 2018 at Edmonton, Alberta

Lunar Trifecta, Eclipse at 6:08 AM, January 31, 2018

Lunar Trifecta, Eclipse at 6:08 AM, January 31, 2018

Mid-eclipse (blood moon): 6:29 a.m., January 31, 2018 at Edmonton, Alberta

Lunar Trifecta, Mid-Eclipse, January 31, 2018


By 10:05 a.m. on January 31 (sunrise was 8:21), some sun leaked through high cloud, and there were sun dogs as the low sun shone through frigid air.

I feel so amazingly fortunate to have seen the full supermoon at 10:25 p.m. on January 30 through a brief break in the clouds, and then the eclipse (trifecta) on the morning of January 31, when the sky stayed clear just long enough! Apparently, it had clouded over and snowed during the night, so the timing was truly incredible. It had been a tense couple of weeks of anticipation.

Eclipse photos by the pros

Manitoba, Canada

Alberta, Canada

In Edmonton, Alberta, from the Muttart Conservatory

‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ Will Force NASA to Shut Down Lunar Spacecraft Instruments (

  • Find out why
  • Contains photos and videos
  • Includes lunar eclipse diagram for January 31, 2018

Once in a blue moon

You may have heard the phrase, “Once in a blue moon.” That means it doesn’t happen very often. However, in 2018, we experience a blue moon in January and in March (although there is no full moon in February). Not so rare this year!

The first full moon, on March 1, is the Worm Moon. The second full moon, on March 31, is the Sap Moon, which is a blue moon. The last time we had no full moon in February was in 1999.

March Full Moons 2018: When to See the ‘Worm Moon’ and a (Blue) ‘Sap Moon’

Double Full Moons for March (NASA)

Complete list of every full moon in 2018, including March’s blue moon (The Telegraph| Science)

Moon over the Earth from the ISS (cbastronomy)


Mooning the Earth: Moon Names and Facts

Solar Eclipse 2017

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A Short-Short Sci-Fi Play for Family Day Weekend

The sun has only five billion years of hydrogen fuel left. What will happen to life after that? This life is not where you think.

Hearts On Fire

by Eva Blaskovic

Happy Family Day weekend!

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February Photo Pick: Did the World Really Have This Much Colour?

At this time of year, I’m always shocked by photographs taken in seasons other than winter. Did the world really have this much colour?

A vibrant photo to beat the February Blahs, taken on October 9, 2017:

Playground, Oct. 9, 2017

By contrast, four months later, on February 10, 2018, we have this monochrome spectacle. This photo was taken in colour.

February 10, 2018

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Northern Lights and Other Alberta Photo Picks

It may not quite be the Arctic, but Aurora Borealis sometimes use the skies over Edmonton, Alberta, latitude 53.5°, as their stage.

📷 @jessemartineau // #edmontonviews

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Edmonton is conveniently placed to access the best of many worlds. We get this:

📷 @terrylawson // #edmontonviews

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📷 @paranoidandrooid // #edmontonviews

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Nearby, we also get this:

📷 @calsnape // #albertaviews

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📷 @everchanginghorizon // #albertaviews

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📷 @tvardi // #albertaviews

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Edmonton and Calgary both have symphony orchestras as well as many arts & culture festivals year round. Edmonton has the Citadel Theatre, hosts the International Fringe Theatre Festival every August, and now has a new downtown arena (Roger’s Place).

Edmonton is North America’s northernmost city with a metropolitan population over one million (Wikipedia)

Dreamy nights 😴 (📷: @christopherhonch) #edmontonliving

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Winter nights 🌃 (📷: @leemarvin86) #edmontonliving

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Genres of Literature – Science Fiction

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scifi-genreScience Fiction is a story based on the impact of potential science, either actual or imagined. It is one of the genres of literature that is set in the future or on other planets. The title is often shortened to SF or sci-fi. This genre typically deals with imaginative concepts, such as futuristic science and technology, space and time travel, even faster than light travel but also parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. The narrative can explore the potential consequences of scientific and innovation ideas developed to extremes.

Science fiction elements can include:

  • A temporal setting in the future with alternative timelines or in a historical past that contradicts the known facts of actual history
  • A spatial setting or scenes in outer space, on other worlds or even subterranean earth.
  • Characters do included aliens, mutants, robots and other imagined or predicted beings.
  • Technology can be futuristic or plausible. Examples being teleportation, mind…

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Genres of Literature – Fables

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Fable is a story about supernatural or extraordinary people usually in the form of narration that demonstrates a useful truth. In Fables, animals often speak as humans that are legendary and supernatural tales. A literary genre: a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, legendary creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature that are  anthropomorphized (given human qualities, such as the ability to speak human language and that illustrates or leads to a particular moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be added explicitly as a pithy maxim.

A person who writes fables is a fabulist.

The most famous fables are those of Aesop. Many of us were read these tales as children and they are still read to children today, in fact the moral’s within the stories are timeless.

Other cultures have there own fables, such as Africa’s oral culture with it’s rich…

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A Day in the Life of a City Hare

This hare was in front of my van again today when I headed out to work before noon. (Note how low the sun is in Edmonton in winter.)

I managed to not scare him off too far as I got into my vehicle and started it up. He scooted along the fence to the end by the alley, then turned the corner and doubled back, but hovered at the far end of the small field you see behind him.

He watched me closely and soon returned when he sensed no danger. In the corner by the building, he found some plants and started to eat–right there in my presence.


I continued to back out of the parking stall, turning the van to face the alley I would use to drive out to the road. The hare watched, and once the van was at a safe distance, he came back to his spot in the sun–and dozed off.

Hare Jan. 5, 2018

When I returned from work during the blue hour after sunset (4:53 p.m.–short day–I’m technically on holidays), the hare was still there! I saw him from the alley.

Hare Jan. 5, 2018

You can see the path of people tracks in the front of the photo, running horizontally, and the hare tracks running perpendicular into the distance, with said track maker at the far end of them.

I pulled around the corner and toward my parking spot slowly. My spot is behind the red car (looks dark in the picture). The hare is sitting almost directly in front of my stall.

I turned the van into the stall and crept forward. The hare scooted over a few steps to a safer distance but didn’t run off.

I think we have an understanding. The van goes in and out, but no one bothers the bunny.


For the Instagram insert below, hover cursor over left or right sides of the photo to scroll through the set.

Slide show: Cuteness Overload

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White-tailed Jackrabbit — Alberta Environment and Parks

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Edmonton Aurora and Sunset

Aurora Borealis over downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Sunset over Edmonton (in summer)

Hover cursor over centre of picture and click the arrow to start the video.

@leemarvin86 – Sunset with a twist

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Genres of Literature – Comedy

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humor-comic novel is a novel-length work of humorous fiction. Many well-known authors have written comic novels, including P.G. Wodehouse, Henry Fielding, Mark Twain and John Kennedy Toole.

Writing comedy is not an easy task for most of us. You can not rely on the comedian’s use of pause and facial expressions with the written word. It is however a skill to portray a person or situation within a narrative in such a way to make your reader laugh.

Personally I have not tried to write a comedy novel, it is a skill I do not possess unfortunately. This list may help you decide if writing in this genre is for you. (Original link –

1. Know your genre well enough to play with it.

The genre of your story can be a rich source of humor writing. Knowing your category will give you endless material to parody and poke fun…

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