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Sunday, 5 May 2013

A - Z Reflections

First and foremost - a huge thank you to the A-Z Challenge Team for a fabulous event:
Arlee arleebird@gmail.com; Tina tndowney@gmail.com; Shannon thewarriormuse@gmail.com; Stephen  stephen.tremp@yahoo.com; Konstanz nothought2small@gmail.com; Alex alexjcavanaugh@earthlink.net; Damyanti atozstories@gmail.com; Matt mattmrush@gmail.com; Jeremy jeremy@jmhdigital.com; Nicole Contact Page; Livia lpmoviegoer@gmail.com; and Diane wolferock@earthlink.net

Without you, what a boring April we might have had... :)

To you all, a bouquet of cosmos
The beautiful, appropriately variegated flower which graces our South African fields and roadsides over the Easter period to herald in autumn days

This was my first A-Z Challenge.  What a well organised and delightful event it's been, although not without personal challenges of its own.  Ten days into the Challenge, I changed to Blogger and had inordinate difficulties trying to export everything from my previous blog.  In the end, I simply copied everything into Word (a mammoth task as I had a lot to copy) and put up my first 10 A-Z posts in order.  From there, I wrote a post each day.  I did consider writing a whole bunch and scheduling them so that I would have more time to visit other people but I was happy with how things worked out in the end.  As I didn't want to disrupt my Challenge, all my other work is still waiting to be moved over.

Apart from the delight of rising to the Challenge, I have discovered a whole new world of writers and have linked to many, although not nearly all, of those I wish to follow.  It's very difficult to single out special people because everyone's help and support is so appreciated but, having said that, there are a few people who need a mention.  For all your assistance, comments and advice, my special mentions and thanks must go to:

Julia, of Just Jules  http://adoseofjules.blogspot.com/ 
Nick, of Scattergun Scribblings http://nickwilford.blogspot.com/

My theme focused on excerpts from the fantasy I'm writing and I hope everyone enjoyed the glimpses...

Best wishes for the year ahead.



  1. Congratulations on the completion of the Challenge and the great Reflection Post.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne

      It was encouragement from you and others which made the Challenge easy for me.

  2. Thanks for the mention! I'm glad I could help, but didn't even realise I'd done so. :) I really enjoyed the excerpts you posted and sorry I didn't get to more. It seems like an awesome world you've created and I look forward to finding out more about it.

    1. Thanks, Nick

      Isn't it so true that we often do not realise what a word here and there may mean to someone else? Yours meant a lot - :) as you can see...

      As much as I tried to visit new blogs every day, yours was always one I visited. I may not have left a comment or a word or two but I checked on the story each day. What a delightfully clever theme and what an ending.

      I'm taking a three to four week sabbatical to finish my story. There are only a few chapters to complete but these include two major battles - one a full-on war scenario and the other more on an individual basis - which may be a bit of a challenge. I'm not averse to writing them, I just need to do a whole lot of research first. :p

      Anyway, thanks again and I'll chat to you again once that's all out of the way...

  3. So glad you completed the challenge! Since I just found you, I will have to go back and read your April posts:)

    1. Thanks, Kath

      I visited your site and am now following you. Yours in a craft I'd love to do but I just don't have the patience...

      Best regards

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    1. Thank you, Evalina

      I visited your blog and was blown away at your stitching projects. I huge 'hats off'.

  5. Like you, I was surprised at this vast world of bloggers. Good luck on the transfer over to Blogger, and the Book. That couldn't have been easy switching over 10 days into the challenge.

    1. Hello, Sharon

      I love your Blog and thank you for visiting mine.

      The Challenge has reenergised me to get the final chapters of my novel completed. I know that's the 'easy' part (good grief). I've met a few people through the Challenge who read and write fantasy and whom I'm going to ask to read it for me. I so enjoy my characters' journey that I'm way too close to it to see the flaws.

      Some people have asked me how, as a Christian, I can write fantasy and some of the really horrific scenes which are in the story. I am fully convicted that The Lord has allowed me to share my life-philosophies with others in a non-threatening environment.

      It's been great meeting and following you.