In a word - wrong. Things started out all right. I made a list of general topics from A – Z. Even managed to get a few pieces started. Then I stumbled across the Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russell Van Alstyne series by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Seven novels in nine days. They were captivating and before I knew it a little over a week was gone. A few novels on the side and another couple of days were gone. Then we had the most incredible week of unseasonably warm weather here in Grand Island ~ how could one resist the pull of being outside after a long winter? How to resist taking walks, clearing the yard of a season of fallen branches and discarded pine cones from neighbors trees? Can you say PROCRASTINATION?
Did I mention there was my 29th wedding anniversary to celebrate, a few “chat” dates with my two best girls, a dinner date in Geneseo with my son and a few social obligations? Add to that a full time job, a little work at a small second job and here I sit on March 29th with nary one full blog post written and a big lump of fear in my throat.
Now really, I could just as easily not do it and who would be the wiser? Well, Elaine Kehoe, (writer of Tea Leaves) for one. Many years ago I met Elaine in an online writing course. We’ve kept in touch over the years, met up once for an awesome dinner in New York City with our families and unbeknownst to each other, each started a blog this past New Year’s Day. She mentioned the A-Z blog to me and at first, I rejected the idea, but after mulling it over and deciding to sign up, she was the first person I told. Then there are the few people closest to me – husband Steve, son Abram, sister Darcey and friend Ellen. That makes it five - a whole handful of people who support me and my writing who would see me make an about face on the commitment of doing this challenge. That would be tough.