Thursday, April 7, 2011

F is for Fiddlesticks, Family and Friends!

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.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Oh, I hope your mom heals up quickly! And I think you've done a great job of following the rules of the A-Z challenge, even though you only have a few fleeting moments... ;-)

Jenny said...

Darn sneaky spiders. I hope your mom feels better soon.

I think you're doing a *fine* job keeping up with the challenge while on the *fly.* I'm having *fun* with it, as well.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I wrote all mine in advance but did not account for being so many entries.
Love your post, even while on the move.


Karen Walker said...

Sorry about your mom. Try to be gentle with yourself while traveling and doing this challenge, Patricia
I'm an old bloggy friend doing the challenge for the first time. The only way I could manage it was to write the posts in advance and schedule them.

GigglesandGuns said...

Fiddlesticks! How did you remember that one?
Best to your mom. Those bites are scary.


Laura Eno said...

I hope your mom recovers soon!
Like you, I didn't write anything in advance. Now I wish I had!

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Kerrie said...

Thanks for tuning me in to this challenge. It has been Fun Finding new Friends and I have enjoyed having many new people stop by The Writing Bug. Thanks for the mention in your blog.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Fantastic! From me to you...funny and fabulous! Thanks for the mention!

TheyCallMeVarmit said...

Hope your mom's bite gets better!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry about your mom!
And that's why I bugged Lee to do it again. Made so many awesome friends last year. And can I help it if I had all of my posts written by mid-March?

Michelle Mach said...

Thanks for the mention! I am having a *fabulous* time with the A-Z challenge. I'm enjoying the writing (and yes, I wrote a few posts ahead!), but also the reading. It's *fascinating* how many different takes there can be on a single letter!

Anne K. Albert said...

Give your mom my best. And yes, I love the challenge! (Like Alex, I wrote mine in advance.)

Empty Nest Insider said...

I just started blogging recently and am enjoying the A-Z Challenge. I hope your mom has a speedy recovery. Julie