2016 A to Z Challenge Reflection

I’m back from my extended vacation after blogging from A to Z! I know you’ve been missing my stories. As soon as April ended, I fell into deep writer’s block. I committed myself to so many projects in April, not just the A to Z Challenge, and it completely drained me of inspiration — and motivation — to write. Hopefully, now that the hustle and bustle of April is complete, I can get back to my regularly scheduled blogging, coffee in hand.

So what can I say about the A to Z Challenge? This is only my second year participating, but I feel like a seasoned A to Z pro! I think I had more fun writing about Grandma’s 26 dead husbands than I did last year’s melodramatic novella, though, both stories ended up being quite popular, for which I am eternally grateful. It’s nice to know that I’m not talking to myself when I publish new blog posts. 😉

I wasn’t able to finish on time this round, and likewise, my reflection post is also late. The Schedule Post feature is the Holy Grail for bloggers who have lives outside of blogging, and my goal for next year is to actually USE IT! I tried to schedule ahead for this year’s challenge, but alas, my brain only functions when I’m procrastinating, apparently. I’ll work on that. I’ll work on it while I spend the rest of the year thinking of unique themes to use  next April.

Of course, I met a few new blogging friends along the way, whose stories I wish never ended. I like that the A to Z Challenge has become just as much a community as it is a writing challenge. While I wasn’t able to reply to everyone’s comment, I did read them all. So thank you to everyone who stuck around to the final letter, and to you who liked 26 Husbands — 26 Unusual Deaths so much you decided to follow me, I won’t let it be for nothing; new stories and poems are on the way!

A few of my blogging buddies suggested that I publish 26 Husbands — 26 Unusual Deaths as an e-book. Self-publishing has often crossed my mind, but I’ve always put it on the back burner, convincing myself that I have to actually write something first before I can publish it. Silly me for forgetting that I already have a ton of material right here on my blog! 26 Husbands — 26 Unusual Deaths, wouldn’t be the only story I’d publish, though. Last year’s A to Z story could possibly become an e-book, as well as a series I completed earlier in March, Buried. I don’t want to overcommit myself again, so I’d have to remember to pace myself — one at a time. We’ll see what happens. Who knows, one of these stories might be in a Kindle store near you this Christmas . . .

Well, that’s it for my 2016 A to Z Challenge reflection! Thanks for reading, as always. I’ll see you next year for another fun-filled April A to Z!


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