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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.

The air ambulance didn't have much room, so I got to be the co-pilot, which wasn't too bad after I got over my terror.
Our pilot was only 22. He was great, but his age scared me at first.

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.


Melissa Sugar said...

Hi Melissa - welcome back .. and I'm so glad your mother has turned that corner to full recovery and learning to walk again. It must have been a very traumatic time for you all ... and yes I agree, during these times, we do learn so much and rethink our lives.

Good luck to your mother and I'm in the A-Z .. so will see you there - and these past months will offer many perspectives for your writings ... cheers Hilary

Melissa Sugar said...

Hey Melissa! Good to hear from you. Sorry you had such a scary time with your mother. Glad she's on the road to recovery. You do look good in the co-pilot's seat.
Glad you're jumping back into the Challenge. That will be the boost you need.

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi there!

I'm stopping by as many blogs as I can while getting ready for the A to Z Challenge next month. Good luck with the challenge and if you get a chance, why not stop by my blog at I write children's books, middle grade and young adult...

Take care,

Donna L Martin

Melissa Sugar said...

Thanks for stopping by, Donna. Smart move, visiting as many blogs as you can before the whrlwind month begins. I will be sure to visit your blog often during the challenge .

Melissa Sugar said...

It's always nice to hear from you, Alex. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Thank you for the kind words about my mom.

Melissa Sugar said...

Yes, Hilary, it was traumatic, but it is so wonderful that she is beginning to walk with assistance. It was frightening. She is not really that old. Well, 70, but a very young and active 70 year old. Thank you for your kind words and I look forward to reading your post next month.

Melissa Sugar said...

Oh, gosh, so sorry about your mom. That sounds like such a terrible thing to go through, but it's good to hear she's finally recovering. Best of luck with the A-to-Z challenge! Hope it ends up being more fun than overwhelming for you!

Melissa Sugar said...

Three states, what an ordeal for your mom. It is tough enough to break your hip. My mom broke her hip when she was 74 and it is eleven years later. I am glad to still have her in my life. I know that was painful for you too.
I look forward to reading your blog.

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi Melissa .. not old at all - a little older than me!! Very young in thought and heart .. good luck to all the family and especially to your Mother - cheers HIlary

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