The fiddlesticks part: Who knew it was going to be this hard to write blog posts on the fly? I sure wish I'd followed Alex J. Cavanaugh's good example and written at least this first week of posts in advance. I won't give up, even though I'm out of town visiting family...
The family part: I'm visiting my 91 year old mom who ordinarily gets along just fine but this week apparently got bit on the face by a spider or other unfriendly creature. The face isn't a good place to get bit. She's now on an antibiotic and we're hoping it clears up in a hurry. If not, I may extend my trip a couple more days. Thanks to the patience of all my old and new blogging friends...
The friends part: One of the neatest things about the A to Z April Blog Challenge is the connection we make with bloggers who become virtual friends. I joined the first challenge in 2010 and met so many nice people from around the world (including that Alex J. Cavanaugh guy who plans ahead). This year, with more than 1200 participants, our opportunities to connect have grown. I'm plugging along at a snail's pace, making as many return visits as I can until I get back home to a faster internet connection.
What I'd like to do today is give a nod to some of my old friends who are participating in A to Z for the first time this year. :
1. Cricket McRae, mystery author and member of Northern Colorado Writers who blogs at Hearth Cricket
2. The Northern Colorado Writers team and guest contributors at The Writing Bug
3. NCW member Michelle Mach who blogs at Beads and Books
4. NCW member Luana Krause who blogs as a fictional character at Fixing Madison
If you're also a first time challenger (or even a veteran), I invite you to leave a link to your blog in a comment. I'll be visiting every single blogger who leaves a comment here. Even if it takes forever.