From A to Z Blogging: Z is for Zero Sum Game

Blogging from A to Z April 2017 Challenge

For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic  starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.


Z bloggingZ is for Zero Sum Game

Zero-Sum Game: A game in which the winnings of some players must equal the losses of the others. Zero-sum games are mentioned in a political context when it is believed that resources are limited, and every decision will produce both winners and losers. In such situations, political decisions will be made on the basis of trade-offs between competing interests.

In Rightfully Ours, the messy resolution to discovered treasure could be called a zero sum game. No party is completely satisfied with the end result. Compromises are made, deals struck. But in the end, it’s mostly favorable to all.

Sometimes in life, we comes across the proverbial “win-win,” but more often, there are trade-offs that we must accept. As I sit typing, I look out the window at our beautiful yard located close to highways, activities, and amenities. The trade-off? Traffic noise. Dirt. Proximity to neighbors. (I guess that can be a plus or a minus, depending on your neighbors.)

I’d call the Blogging from A to Z Challenge closer to a win-win than a zero sum game. For me, having experienced it for the first time, it did require a daily commitment to posting and sharing. Therefore, it ate up some of my time. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

  • It helped remind the that I can make time for writing each day.
  • It helped me to re-discover writing that just flows from my fingertips without being overthought, over-planned, or over-edited.
  • It also introduced me to other bloggers and their posts and comments, which both enriched me and brightened my day.

I will definitely consider the A to Z Challenge again!

What’s your take on the A to Z Challenge? What did you like about it? What didn’t you like?

zero-sum game. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/zero-sum-game (accessed: April 28, 2017).

A is for Algebra.

B is for Baking.

C is for Chastity.

D is for Doodling.

E is for Ectopic Pregnancy.

F is for Fracking.

G is for Gold.

H is for Hot Chocolate.

I is for iPodPlaylist.

J is for Jekyll and Hyde.

K is for Karst.

L is for Lentils.

M is for Medals.

N is for NaNoWriMo.

O is for Orchard.

P is for Pirates.

Q is for Quarrel.

R is for Resurrection Choir.

S is for Siblings in Stories.

T is for Treasure.

U is for Underground.

V is for Virtue.

W is for Williamsport.

X is for Xmas.

Y is for Young Adult.


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10 thoughts on “From A to Z Blogging: Z is for Zero Sum Game

  1. A to Z Challenge is a great way to prove to yourself that you can and will make time for fun stuff. I enjoyed your posts. Find me here. LINK

  2. I’ve enjoyed the AtoZChallenge. It’s proven I can blog every day. But using your zero-sum analogy, my book writing does not get done. I must find a better balance.
    Congratulations on making it to Z!

  3. Congratulations on finishing your first A to Z Challenge. We already post daily at my blog, so the A to Z Challenge is more about thinking creatively about what we write about each day. Girl Who Reads

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