I'm a writer who captures the pulse of adolescent confusion in my Young Adult fiction, Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas. Of course, I often reveal a lot of my Old Adult confusion while doing that. I've just published my first Middle Grade fantasy titled Alligators Overhead. My blog posts come on Mondays & Thursdays unless there's something important, then they come as needed.
There are some highly imaginative bloggers out there that turn their creativity into captivating moments or highly instructive ones. Either type of blog is great to me and I've enjoyed visiting each of them. I wish I could have visited more, but time . . . well, you all know about Time.
YAY! Here's my badge for crossing the finish line.
Here are a few of my favorites. This is not a complete list by any means, but only a sampling.
I learned so much about the lore of British Cookery from Hilary and she taught me about Pond Pudding. More about that in the near future.
D.L. Hammons had a great contest during this AtoZ. He posted bits about himself all month, and then gave his visitors a chance to win a prize if they answered quiz questions based on those posts. I didn't get all the answers to his quiz, but I had fun trying.
Medeia Sharif featured a book each day by authors in alphabetical order. My book, Alligators Overhead, was very lucky to have a spot in one of her posts.
Mark Means updated me on all sorts of super-powered heroes. Some I'd never heard of before this Hop.
Bish Denham gave me a brief vacation to her beautiful island every day.
Laura Eno delighted me with her cat sayings and, of course, her Snarky Teas.
Al Diaz introduced me to his very special dragon cave with minions and dwarves and magic, so each day was special when I stopped in for a visit.
Samantha was a delight with her "What I've Learned" theme.
Carol Kilgore made me want to read her book by giving me glimpses of her characters. Very clever theme.
There are so many I could mention, but another time--after I get some R & R and my head isn't buzzing alphabetical.
Thanks again to Arlee Bird and Alex Cavanaugh and all who co-sponsored this year's hop. It takes a lot of work and you made it smooth and easy for all of us.
The big news is that I already have my theme for next year. I feel like this smug pup or his twin, the president.
Now I'm mounting up on my trusty steed and riding off into the month of May. I'll leave you with these Happy Trails lyrics, but you'll have to hum the melody.
Lyrics to "Happy Trails" by Dale Evans Rogers
Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.
Some trails are happy ones, Others are blue. It's the way you ride the trail that counts, Here's a happy one for you.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
As I was thinking about what small things I'd include in today's post, I realized that none of what I had in mind were small in the least. But I guess we call these small because they don't make a headline splash or they don't send us out to shout about them. They just bring a moment of joy, a chuckle, a sigh of satisfaction. So I'll say these are the small things I celebrate, but taken in total, they are amazingly large.
A Crecopia Moth's Brief Visit
He tucked himself under the handle of grocery bag for a nap. He stay all day, then flew off just as the sun set.
This year's crop of peas produced some beautiful pink and red flower, then gave us handfuls of the sweetest peas for dinner.
A first Iris all white and tinged with a royal purple. Loved his kingly arrival.
Off to celebrate more small things with others in this Hop. Hope you'll stop by and say hi to them.
Writers, consider this today, and then go write something good. I'm officially out of blogginess this first day of May, so this is short and to the point. It's not terribly creative, and I feel my insecurities popping out all over as I write it.
“Don't be afraid to write. I think a lot of writers of all ages have a fear that they aren't any good at writing. That fear is normal. I feel it. Most writers who care about what they are writing feel it. When you feel like you're not good enough, write anyway. It's just a pesky bug that's whispering lies. The best way to swat the bug is with your pen.” Anonymous
I'm back. Crisis somewhat contained on the MOM-Front. You must not fall is now my motto. I'll be around to say hi to all my favorite and new blogger friends and catch up on this Challenge. BTW did anyone notice this is Y day?
Yertle is too a word.
Here's some sentences to prove it:
Don't give me that Yertle jive!
That new leader is Yertling over much, methinks.
She's not just any tryant; she's a Yertle.
See? Adjective, Verb, Noun, ergo word.
Did you love this story?
Which Dr. Seuss story was a hit at your house?
Anyone hate Dr. Seuss?
X is not the greatest letter to work into a creative post for this challenge. However, I've managed to find one word that applies to my life as a writer. Ready?
Here's an example of xerotripsis. Can you guess what it means?
The day was very bright and sunny and I felt really good. Then Joe came by and we talked for ten minutes about the weather. He likes it when it's sunny, too. After that I went for a walk down the street to the store and said hello to my friend, Mary. She is the clerk at the store.
How can you have only one W word when these are so jam-packed with excitement? The fact that they mean nothing, but express so much makes them doubly interesting. Well, to me. Of course, our "doing it backward" AtoZ Auxilary Blogger covered W back on April 3. With his Wee Folks Wedding post. Miss it? Go see it NOW.
I'm determined to go to the end in this Hop, but I may not be around to all the bloggers I enjoy in the next couple of days. My mom isn't doing well, and I'm off to see what I can do to make things work. Here's to wrapping 2013 AtoZ Challenge up. It has been a great ride.