#AtoZChallenge Wrap-Up and #MAYKingItWork

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Yes, this post should have gone up yesterday, but I was a little blogged out. Another A to Z Challenge done, and it was a fun one this year. I didn’t really mind the lack of the list once we got used to it, but I also was a terrible, terrible slacker when it came to my visits.

But I will find you all. Who says all visits must be only in the month of April?

This year’s challenge spawned a new idea: #MAYkingItWork. We pick an unfinished manuscript of any type and commit to it for the month of May. Are you in?

I’ve got two candidates at the moment, so I have to make a final decision. Let’s say we reflect, go through our potential choices, and decide by Friday? No pressure, really, just support and encouragement.

So thanks to everyone who came by and visited this month, it’s been so much fun sharing April with you, and I hope to see you around often.

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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#AtoZChallenge: Hiccup

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By Thomas O’Neil (http://www.thomasoneil.com/photo.php?f=416) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Whatever ails you, Aunty Ida probably has the cure, and  is only $0.99 for a limited time! Though watch it with her. She’s tricky.

So far with this year’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, on most evenings, a word pops into my head, an idea for a blog post follows, and there we are, easy peasy.

Didn’t happen with H.

Last night while I fell asleep, and fell asleep again, and fell asleep again (wasn’t the most restful night’s sleep I’ve ever had) I tried to think of H words, but they were all so bland. So bland that I couldn’t even tell you what they were, aside from “hungry,” which was on my mind this morning for pretty obvious reasons.

The blogging challenge is a month-long marathon,and there are bound to be hiccups along the way. I’ve seen some of you have had technical glitches (knock on virtual pages); others stuck for inspiration; and then there are problems out there so devious,so diabolical, they are like the collective nightmare fueled by writers’ worst fears (dead laptop).

But we persevere. We torture a metaphor in to the rough shape of a post, and onward we go!

Because what else are we going to do?

We’re writers, dammit. Writers use words and stuff.

Any time’s a time to blog?

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So I’m a little early for an appointment, and I figured now would be as good a time as any to get a blog post in. With the A to Z blogging challenge coming up, we may need to find little nooks and crannies of time to get our blog posts done. 

Why not?

April’s challenge isn’t just about getting words into our virtual spaces. It’s also about finding ways to do things even though they may be difficult. So here I am, sitting in my car, blogging away because now is the time I have.

That’s the way it goes sometimes, and doing things like this challenge allows us to find these little corners that we otherwise might think of as wasted space.

Do I have all the links in that I might want in this post? Not at the time of writing, but there’s always later. Heading into April, it’s good to remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.

It just has to get done.

Which I am, with time to spare.

A to Z Blogging Challenge coming up fast!

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I’m in! How could I not have been, really? For the last two years, the highlight of my blogging year has been the fun and crazy A to Z Blogging Challenge. Let’s go #3!

For anyone unfamiliar, for the month of April, you challenge yourself to blog the alphabet six days a week, Monday through Saturday. This year is a little different, because April has an extra Sunday (dare I call it a MONTH of Sundays? I daren’t? Whatever, hypothetical reader. Whatever), so there will be one exciting stretch including a Sunday.

On Saturday, April 1, we kick off with the letter A, and on we go from there. Some people choose a theme for the month; many plan their posts in advance.

It probably won’t surprise you that, the pantser that I am, I do neither. Though I do have a surprise planned for D, so there’s that.

In past years, there was a list, and you would then visit at least five of the blogs below you a day, which is where the fun comes in. Many of the people you’ll see around here are A to Z blogging buddies, you meet the most interesting, funny and talented people.

This year, to lessen the spam (and there was spam) and dead links we’ll be commenting on the post of the day with a link to our own posts. The fun of that is the list will be different every day, and there’s no set guideline for visits. You can visit all the blogs that catch your eye!

Anyway, I highly recommend it, and hope I’ll see you there.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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Writing and Setbacks

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Let’s talk about setbacks. We all have them at some point or another, and if you are among the fantastically blessed never to have experienced one, you must be a character in a mediocre novel or on a saccharine sitcom.

In which case, empathy is also a thing.

For me — and probably millions of other USAsians, as some of our friends abroad like to call us — ours came in the form of an orange menace in November, a plague of cruelty and fascism that, while plain to many of us at the time, is making itself plain to everyone else. Thoughts of the possible destruction from that plague were all-consuming.

Let’s be honest. They still are. Especially given talk of “diplomacy failures” with North Korea, by someone who’s been practicing diplomacy for all of two weeks.

But as usual, I digress.

I’d been consistent with my blogging until then, was making progress on new writing projects, and then that cosmic knee to the solar plexus. Yikes.

It took a while to catch my breath. I’d say I’m still gasping,

And that’s OK.

If you fall down, and then chastise yourself for falling down, you’re not really doing much about getting back up again, are you?

It’s OK to do it one knee at a time. It’s OK to do things differently after hitting the dirt. In fact, it’s probably better, because the dirt is full of lessons.

And creepy-crawly things and bacteria, but I think I’ve just reached that point in the blog where my metaphor gets away from me.

We’re all trying to figure out how to exist in this new reality. All of us.

And sometimes our new realities aren’t because of global phenomena. Sometimes our reality changes far closer to home, far more immediately. Sometimes we change.

But it doesn’t mean we have to quit. A pause is not an end.

It’s just a pause.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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Issues in Bloggery

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Freed up enough space for one picture!

With the gorgeous weather this weekend in Chicago, I got out with my camera, and I was going to post pictures, but just remembered that I am out of storage space. Old problem, forgotten with all the bigger problems of the world, still unsolved. So I’ll work on that, and maybe get some photos up this week.

Getting my mind back to this blog has been tough. When the entire world starts dissolving around you, fun irreverence isn’t the mood that immediately surfaces. Life is currently fraught with a kind of fear most of us here in the United States have never had to face; it’s the kind of fear people travel thousands of miles and leave loved ones behind to escape.

Usually by escaping to the U.S. So…

I’m still working on that balance I wrote about, and maybe, while things are as they are, breezy blog posts about TV shows and writer’s block will be far less frequent than they used to be. But even so, I’m still working on finding pockets of normalcy, on days where I can head out, trusty camera in hand, and see the world in a new way and an old way, all at once.

 

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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Oh Right. My Blog

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OK, so this blog. I know I’ve been absent, pretty much since the election. It’s tough to continue our lighthearted exchanges about life and writing and exercise and weird dreams and blah days.

Well, maybe the blah days are still easy.

Still, I’ve found I cannot prevent myself from writing about politics. This doesn’t see like the right place to do that, so I’ve started writing at Medium. You can even follow me there.

You can also click the links in the sidebar.

Everything I write there will be political, so be forewarned. Or intrigued. I prefer intrigued.

I’ll be trying to pop in here, and write the kinds of things this blog talks about, but the world has changed, and my focus seems to be changing with it.

I’ll keep you updated, though, on books and other such goodies, and I anticipate something in that regard in the not-too-distant future.

Hope everyone is doing well or handing in or coping. Onward we go.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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