Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I've missed it.

It's interesting how the energy to write -- or not to write -- ebbs and flows. It definitely ebbed in relation to this blog in November, and a couple of weeks ago it started to flow again. I felt strongly drawn back here, like an inevitable calling. And then voila: I find that it's time for the A to Z Challenge again. 

One reason I love blogging is that it so accurately reflects life. As a blogger, I get to share everything I feel comfortable with about my own journey -- from the joys to the messiness along the way. Readers get to see it all. In some ways, it feels more intriguing than fiction. When there's a willingness on both sides to genuinely engage, it seems to me that the shorter, more personal and very real nature of a blog allows for a rather unique kind of connection. 

Not that there are always readers. I find myself talking to you, the reader, but not being attached to whether there's anyone there to receive the words. That, I suppose, is what writing for the love of it feels like.

Speaking of messiness, I was proud of myself for writing 26 blog posts last year in the spirit of the A to Z Challenge. Granted, it took seven months, but it got done. I didn't make it through NaNoWriMo as I had hoped, either. I did write more for a book than I ever have, making it to about 15,000 words. The goal was 50,000. Perhaps the successful effort in this year's April blogging challenge will carry over and provide a boost for November to finish the novel-writing challenge.

That's my intention. We'll see how it actually plays out in this trippy adventure we're all on.


  1. Sometimes it's just about the ride, am I right? Looking forward to your letter C!

    1. Absolutely! And thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. I recently started writing more again after a very long dry spell in which, very sadly, my marriage ended, I moved, started 2 new jobs, and my daughter started college out of state. :-) It is such a JOY to write again! At first I could only get a couple of paragraphs...but every time you write you're learning more about the process--so don't be hard on yourself about last year's A to Z Challenge or NaNoWriMo. Looking forward to reading more!

    Shelly Burke, checking in with the A to Z Challenge from and (also less than 100 followers!)

  3. Shelly, I'm so glad to hear about the joy you're finding in writing again. It is wonderful to come back to it indeed. Best of luck with your blogs during the challenge!