The A-Z Challenge is over and everything is back to normal. Right? Thanks to all the hosts and hosts of hosts that helped out, as well as, participating in the A-Z.
Once again, I wrote like a mad-woman for my posts, only this time, for The Ruralhood. I wrote 26 memories of one summer, The Waiting Summer. I mostly enjoyed it, well… now that it’s over.
Last year, my theme was Grim Tales from the Ruralhood where I used a Brothers' Grimm title and created my own short story for each day of the alphabet. I wanted to do something similar this year. However, my theme was tamer and more personal writing. BTW, my Grim Tales book is being looked over and should be back to me by the end of May. Then I’ll get with someone to help me prepare it to upload as an eBook. We’ll see if I can get it done by the end of summer.
This year for the A-Z, I fantasized about hitting all of the links, but once again my day job got in the way. J I loved meeting the new bloggers that came to my blog and those who returned to see what I’d written. Very flattering. I also appreciated my regular blogging friends who supported me.
If there is a negative, it’s that I visited over 700 blogs to get 55 new followers. But, thankfully, I would rather have readers comment than follow anyway, but, I like followers too. I ran into a couple of advertisement blogs (spam?), those who (I guess) decided not to participate after all and those who started, but didn’t finish. I say kudos to you all for starting it. I tried to comment on those. blogs to be supportive.
I considered stopping the whole thing myself on week three. I even prayed once for God to please end the A-Z or April soon -- before, I lost my mind. What a waste of a prayer – huh? All in all, the A-Z went well at TheRuralhood.
However, I now have a fear of people named April.
One last thing about my posts at The Ruralhood. I’ve put a tab on the blog where I’m listing all twenty-six stories so it will be easy to access them. There won't be much editing at this point. And they're not all there, yet. Just saying.
Along time ago, my daughter started a blog and posted on how she lived frugally during her intern year and a couple of years past that. She was quite the coupon-er and sales hound. She was featured on a news station in Springfield, MO once for that very thing. And she used to speak to groups on how to get the best deals.
Even though she doesn’t have to be frugal any longer, she loves a good deal and is back to blogging here and there about it. The reason I’m talking about her blog is that this week (I think) she’s posting her interview with the daughters of Amy Dacyczyn’s. Who is that, you ask? In the1990s, Amy Dacyczyn’s produced a newsletter called The Tightwad Gazette. She lived frugally and wrote about it. Then she put her ideas in book form -- later on. Anyhoo, my daughter thought it would be fun to see how her children turned out. The daughters agreed to be interviewed by my daughter. To give you some background, The Frugal Shrink has written an intro here. After that, you can click on Newer Post or here for the next post, if you’re interested.
So are you still among the living after the A-Z? What did YOU get out of it? Do you remember the Tightwad Gazette? Do you like good deals?