Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A-Z in a WRAP

...though I'm not sure if it's gift wrap or involves a beat and vocal percussion. If I still had my recording studio, I might treat you to both. *wicked grin*


Yes, I am, and proud of surviving. I've been watching the challenge for the last three years and thinking about joining. Alas, life is insane-i-mous--which is why it's taken me this long to work up the courage. I spent all of March getting ready for it, and probably 4 hours or more a day during April reading and commenting. BUT, it was ALL worth it.

So, things I loved:

1. Meeting all the new peoples. (Hello, peoples!)
2. Hanging out with all my regular AWESOME blog buddies. (Hello, peoples!)
3. Reading a few serial stories.
4. Learning so many amazing (and bizarre) bits of information.
5. Handing out cyber cheese. (Eek! Don't call the authorities!)
6. Getting into a daily habit of blogging.
7. Laughing my head off with some of you. (No worries, the scientists locked in my basement have firmly reattached it and assured me there will be no strange side affects except a slight squeak when I look to the right.)

Things to do next year: (*gulp* Yeah, I'm sold.)

1. Signature, signature, signature.
2. Only comment on blogs that are still carrying out the challenge. (Here's a pat on the back for those who started with good intentions, but no cheese this time.)
3. Find more opportunities to give back and support other FAN-TAB-U-LOUS writers. (You know who you are.)

Friendlies, this one goes out to all of us:



SO, which was your favorite blog/blog post during the A-Z challenge? (Or recent favorite blog post period.)

30 comments:

  1. You were creative with the giving out of the cheese...no one did anything like that...or not that I came across anyway.

    I'll be dining out tonight, having a martini probably before going, so perhaps I could have something salty tonight instead of the cheese. I like salty crunch with a martini, but love the cheese with my wine. lol, We headed out to hear/see The Tenors tonight...gotta bump it up a notch.
    Oozing Out My Ears

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    1. Sweet! Sounds like a fun evening. Hey, steer for those Spanish cheeses, and you'll get plenty of salt. ;)

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  2. Congrats on finishing the challenge! We're both freshmen here, looking forward to being classmates again in sophomore year.

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    1. Yay! (It's been a long time since I thought in those terms.) :D

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  3. Glad you joined this year! You did a fantastic job!

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  4. I enjoyed "meeting" you this year! I really need to come up with a theme earlier than I did this time around. I should start thinking about it...now. :)

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    1. I know, right? We should totally have a brain storming session. ;)

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  5. There are so many reasons I enjoy participating in the challenge. It takes me out of my comfort zone, forces me to meet new peeps and learn new things.

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  6. It did take a lot of work and prep to get through it, I agree. Congratulations on making it through!

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    1. You too, Wendy! We are champions--and here's your cheese badge. =)

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  7. I probably stopped by your blog more than anyone else's, which isn't saying all that much, but I enjoyed all of your posts. Well done!! :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! You had a pretty crazy month, so we'll let is slide this time. ;) I enjoyed your posts too, immensely.

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  8. Congrats on making it through. The A to Z challenge definitely stretches the your blogging muscles. I'm glad you had a good time.

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    1. You can say that again. ;) It was definitely a good "exercise".

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  9. Congrats on making it through. I did too and I loved it! I can't pick a favorite I liked so many of them! There were lots of fantastic writers.

    http://agutandabutt.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know what you mean. I wanted to list a few blogs that I really loved visiting, but out of the 400+ new ones I visited, I didn't want to leave anyone out.

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  10. i enjoyed reading new people like you :)

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    1. Lynn, every interaction's been a joy. =)

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    1. Would have been funner with an actual Rap, right? =)

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  12. You're already planning for next year? I may faint... LOL

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  13. I enjoyed the challenge, too. I think my favorite blog was Michelle's at Writer in Transit. She came up with some fictitious words and we had to come up with a definition. She awarded prizes for the best ones.

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    1. I did make it to her blog a couple times, and yeah, that one was great! I didn't make it back for the awards though. Darn.

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  14. I have to admit, I was impressed that you blogged every day (right?). I have been struggling to blog regularly, so my hat is off to you. Congratulations!

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    1. Every day minus Sundays. It's definitely gotten me in the habit--because I know what you mean. I've been blogging since 2008, and have only now caught my stride.

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  15. This was my first year with the A to Z Challenge and I was totally unprepared. I flew by the seat of my pants. I agree with all your statements, and the best part was meeting all the fan-tab-u-lous people!!!

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    1. Awesome. I hope to see you back next year. =)

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Hit me with your cheese!