Notes from a survivor

It's five days and my celebratory jig hasn't stopped. Yeah I survived.

Oh it has been exhausting (the jig as well as the Challenge) but what a journey it's been.

How I got caught

Blogging has, for years, been my happiness thing. I had always believed any kind of mandatory writing would take away that pleasure. However this year I discovered it needn't. Carried along on the wave of enthusiasm of some dear friends I put up my name for the April A to Z Challenge and it's been a blast.

..and I planned

On advice from veterans I wrote up almost 21 posts in March. Wasn't an easy thing to do since I'm such a last minute person. Besides, I'm rarely happy when I read what I've written, so I end up reworking and rewriting and editing and sometimes deleting it all and starting from scratch. However I had to be satisfied with simply tweaking the finished posts before publishing them this time. Okay I redid four or five and that was it. Those that I'd left for the last minute almost endangered my challenge but did get done before noon everytime.

Oh the thrill!

Each day I woke up with such a feeling of anticipation, my head buzzing with author facts. The comments would start coming in .. Warm and encouraging and I'd flit crazily between reading, answering, visiting and posting for the next day. It's truly the best feeling in the world. A bit like having month-long exams in your favourite subject, one you know you can handle. Oh I messed up too, scheduling a post for a Sunday then withdrawing it, like a typical amateur. Hee hee.

A bit of a regret

My only regret is I didn't visit enough blogs. This year I was more concerned with getting my posts out in time. Maybe next year I'll manage things better. Yes, I think I'm in for the next year. Whatever little I read I enjoyed thoroughly. What a reading feast it has been. Fellow bloggers - AditiShailaja, Shilpa, Vidya, Oven-goodies... all amazing reads.. most I'll continue to follow faithfully. 

The Acknowledgements

Before I end I do need to thank some family members.

First my SIL, S, an avid reader, who was even more excited than me at the choice of Amazing Authors as my theme.  She made me mail her my list of authors, added suggestions and mailed it right back. Then lobbied pretty fiercely for her favourites and is still a trifle miffed because I didn't do justice to her favourite Ha Jin.

My sister, who also lobbied, though more subtly, for her favourite Shashi Tharoor and when I couldn't find a place for him in the S or the T suggested I go in for an Amazing Authors Dvitiya, (Amazing Authors II).

My friend J, who put up with my endless chatter about the Challenge - during our late night walks, in the gym or even during our coffee outings.

Thank you guys - you're the bestest girl-friends I could ever ask for.

Finally a huge thank you to my co-participants. You're the only ones who can truly understand how I'm feeling. Thanks for reading and commenting so faithfully. Suzy, Sreeja, Nabanita, Sulekha, Beloo .. it was good to have you guys around. Thank you all for making it so much fun. I'll see you around in blogsphere.

Those then, are my Reflections on the April A to Z Challenge.

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