Ahh, eek! You know how you know something on the surface of your brain, but somehow it just doesn't register? Like; I've spent two months shopping for Mother's Rings for my daughter for Mother's day/her 28th birthday, but didn't call to wish her happy birthday yesterday. Yeah, yeah, FB did remind me to sign her card but, it still didn't sink in. I didn't find the perfect ring yet, so it can't be her combined day . . yet.
She's a beautiful child, my only daughter ya know; and she forgives me :) May have something to do with that JC Penny credit card she is an authorized user on . .
As some of you know - due to some missed promises and postponements - I've spent the last couple weeks dealing with my father's passing. Well, not so much his death as the aftermath: funeral arrangements, obituary, company for my Mom, condolences from everyone. I'd been expecting "the call" for months; but the actuality was still a bit jarring to my whole family. Like my daughter's birthday, you can know something, be expecting it, and still be surprised by the sudden dawning of ANY event.
And yes, I really am OK; and while I'm slow to rejoin the writing/blogging community, I think it is more the lethargy of my blogging break during A-Z Challenge than anything else. Again, I had so many aspirations for accomplishment during my month long break - planned it for several months before - and really didn't realize the month was nearly over until I looked at the calendar and realized it was time for the May IWSG post. Man, what happened to all my "free" time?
Speaking of A-Z, my thanks go to my Romantic Friday Writers partner L'Aussie Denise for blatantly reminding me with a couple posts that WE (RFW) are hosting the APPRECIATING THE ZEALOTRY prompt for this Friday, May 18's , fortnightly prompt posting.
Unlike the A-Z Reflections blogfest sponsored by Alex J. Cavanaugh which was endorsed by A-Z Challenge originator Arlee Bird and the other awesome 2012 co-hosts; RFWs Appreciating the Zealotry is not limited to A-Z participants (even though we stole a badge and modified it for our purposes) and NOT associated with or approved by the Challenge. (As in, WE at RFW got so Zealous in our own inspirations we forgot to ask for the endorsement.)
However; RFW's Appreciating the Zealotry is not about the A-Z Challenge. What WE (RFW) are looking for is what you did during April. Many of us participated in A-Z, or persevered in our daily routines, or disappeared in a month long "unplugged" opportunity. Yep, I disappeared; or tried to. I lurked in some blogs, wrote a few passages, researched some stuff, revised a few lines on dead projects; and reconnected with hobbies/people I've neglected over the last couple years.
My partner/co-host Denise participated in A-Z on both the RFW blog, and her own writing blog. What about you; what did you do during April?
- Did you participate in A-Z? Please, select a favorite post - or two - and add it to the linky.
- Did you adhere to your usual posting schedule during April? Cool; pick a favorite post - or two - and add it to the linky.
- Did you take a blogger break during April to write on/revise projects? Great; copy paste an excerpt and post it to the linky.
- Did you take a blogger break during April to do ANYTHING writing related? Research on characters, settings, or any other criteria for a project? Query agents/publishers? Format a novel/short story for e-publishing? Awesome; tell us about your experiences in a post and add it to the linky.
- Did you take a BREAK during April for any reason? Ooh, do tell us what you did in a post, and add it to the linky.
* * note: if you post on more than one Blog, feel free to add a link to one - or two - of your favorite April posts from each blog to the linky * *
As always; you do not have to be a member (or consistent contributor) to RFW to post to this prompt. WE at RFW would like to appreciate anything you did during April that you felt "Zealous" about.
Q: Does it have to have a romance element?
A: Nope, not for this prompt. Inquiring minds want to know what you were passionate about during April - at least for one or two posts.
Q: Does it have to meet the 400 word limit?
A: Nope, not for this prompt. Anything goes. Remember WE like pictures and poetry too :) If you liked what you did, WE like it too, and want to read about it.
Q: Will this link be judged for Featured Writer, Runner Up, or People's Choice?
A: Nope, not for this prompt. WE want to appreciate EVERYONE in the blogger community for their April endeavors. You are a winner just for posting a link.
Q: Do I have to be a follower or member of RFW to post my link?
A: Nope; this has never been a prompt criteria for RFW. Play along as often or as infrequent as you like, join or just link; but WE hope you post with us at least this once - or twice.
I may not post my link until Saturday, so that more bloggers might see this and decide to post a link to anything they wrote during April. Or that referenced April, in the case of the A-Z Challenge hosts who posted in May for the Reflections post :)
Lots of love to the blogger community . .