A - to - Z Blogging Challenge (2015)
Less Than Two Weeks Until the Fun & Madness Begins
Are you participating this year? I love the sunflower image and it is a wonderful way to honor and remember Tina.
It's been a long time since I blogged consistently and there's no better time to re-commit myself to blogging than the annual A to Z Blogging Challenge.
My mom broke her hip in late December and I dropped everything and flew to Florida, to be with her. It's been a long and scary road, but she has turned the corner and will make a full recovery. After three operations in three different states, she is finally back in Louisiana, and learning to walk again. It was touch and go while she was critical. We traveled by air ambulance to three states, and she finally received her full hip replacement at Baylor, in Dallas, Texas. If not for the guru - state - of - the -art, hip builder, Dr. Molloboshy, she would have died. I can't post photos of her in the hospital. That wouldn't be kind, but I can give you a view of our air ambulance travel.
My mom is okay with this photo. It wasn't until the following day, 1/14/15, when they had to remove the rod because it was slicing into her pelvis and she developed an infection, that she started her rapid decline.
I learned a lot over the past few month. Things I already knew, but tragedy sends jolting reminders. I hate that it took a crisis for me to remember that we must always put family first. Never, ever take one day for granted. We don't know if we will be here tomorrow. If we are here, we don't know who will be here with us.
So, I didn't get much writing, revising, editing, blogging or much of anything else done, but I did learn to appreciate the smaller things in life. Now, I grab every precious, special moment of life and hold on to it with every bit of strength I have.
I'm looking forward to this year's A to Z challenge. I am eager to reconnect with so many of you and hope I make many new blogger/writer friends.
I'm still undecided on my exact theme, but it will most definitely fall into the the realm of Crime Fiction and/or legal/courtroom/police procedural resources for crime fiction authors. Hopefully, I can make it interesting enough that non writers or non crime fiction writers will stop by.
Once again, a great big thank you to Arlee Bird , the brainchild - creator of this amazing blog challenge. I also want to thank all of the fabulously cool, co-hosts of this year's event, beginning with the always helpful one -of -a - kind, Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.
The other co-hosts, who have graciously given their time so that we can participate in this unique and fulfilling challenge are:
Want more info: Twitter hashtag is #AtoZChallenge & Twitter id is @AprilA2Z
So, are you ready to roll? I skipped last year, which has only intensified my desire to participate this year. Last April, I felt like something was missing from my life ... duh!
I am working on my blog. I am going for a whole new design theme, upgrade etc. I will clean it up for the challenge, but have decided to hold off until May, for any major changes. I was about to add my domain name tonight, but luckily I caught myself before doing it. That would have been a nightmare.
I'm still on the fence about whether or not I should finally switch over to Wordpress. I know all of the benefits, but it all seems so foreign to me. Anyone out there care to share their story of changing from Blogspot to Wordpress? Are you so happy with your new and improved blog that you don't know what to do? Any horror stories or stories of losing all your content? What am I saying? That is a horror story.
If you haven't already signed up, don't miss out. Sign up now. A to Z Blogging Challenge Signup List 2015
See you (more) in April.