Monday, May 7, 2012

A to Z: Reflections

This is a post I've been looking forward to doing, because while the A to Z challenge definitely (for me) took a lot more effort and planning than I'm used to putting into my blogging, I learned so much about myself in the process.

A few QUICK highlights:
     *Being a consistent and daily blogger takes more time, work and planning than I have on a weekly basis.
     *Scheduling several blog entries at a time is like blogging gold. It saves time, allowing you to visit and comment on other blogs, which is something I thorougly enjoy doing.
     *Meeting new people and reading their posts was a huge HIGHLIGHT of this challenge (to me). Made so many new friends that I hope to keep in touch with.
     *I refuse to give up. I kind of already knew this about myself but it was nice to be reminded. When I was worn out and we were only half way through the challenge, I'm not going to lie: I was a little worried and the last thing I wanted to do was let anyone (including myself) down.
     *While posting every day isn't something I can manage with my current workload, I think I can certainly do a better job of being consistent, and once this MS I'm working on is shiny enough, I plan on doing just that.
     *Doing any kind of challenge that requires effort while your full time job is busy-busy-busy AND you have a manuscript you're polishing for a conference on your off time (which you don't have a lot of already)...yeah, kind of NOT A GOOD IDEA.

So, all in all, the A to Z challenge was a total success and a great concept. I, on the other hand, might be a bit of a failure in the taking-on-too-much arena.

With that thought in mind and some stress and panic that no matter how hard I try recently, I can't seem to quell, I might be silent for a few weeks, hiding in my writerly hole of revisions.

I'll probably post from time to time, though I suspect (read: know) that it will be sporadic at best.

I promise once the insanity of these last revisions is over, to do better. Will you hold me to it? Keep me accountable? :)


  1. It certainly feels like too much at the time, doesn't it? Congrats for finishing!

  2. It sounds like you'll keep yourself accountable. Good luck on the revisions, and congrats on completing the challenge.