Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzzz


Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzzz


We made it!  High fives, back slaps, butt slaps, handshakes, hugs -- take whichever feels the most appropriate to you.  It was an amazing April, which will honestly stay with me for quite some time!  But it has taken its toll.

I've fallen severely behind with my critiquing duties (sorry girls), I've neglected a good portion of my regular followers as I've tried to be a responsible co-host and get to as many A - Z blogs as possible, I've not prepared for the writers conference (DFW) I'm attending in 3 weeks where I have a pitch to give, and last but certainly not least, I've not written anything but blog posts and comments for a month.  Looking back,  I wouldn't change a thing, but it does explain why I need to go into hibernation for a bit.

I will poke my head out of my cave a couple times.  There's the A to Z Reflection post on May 7th I intend to take part in, and a few of my blogging buddies (Emily White, Clarissa Draper, Glynis Smy) have book launches I'll be helping to promote this month, but past that I'll be devoting my time to catching up and recharging my batteries.  I'm even by-passing this month's ISWG post and Alex Cavanaugh's First Loves Blogfest, that's how drained I am.

I know this isn't a very smart move, going dark right after attracting some very interesting new followers, but sometimes self-preservation dictates you gotta do what you gotta do.  I'm hoping a couple - three weeks will do the trick, in any case I'll be back as soon as I can.

It was a wonderful ride!

39 comments

  1. You've got to do what is necessary!See you later when you stick your head out. :)

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  2. I'm on deadline so I totally get it. Good luck with catching up.

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  3. Hope you feel refreshed and caught up in no time at all! Good luck :)

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  4. Deadlines are no fun, but the sleep after them is.

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  5. Congrats on surviving the whole challenge, DL!

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  6. Good luck on all the catching up you need to do. We'll be here when you get back.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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  7. No need to explain, my friend -- I totally, 100% hear ya, D-bone!

    I made it through the challenge, had a good time, proved that I could stick with something until the finish, and met a TON of awesome fellow writers and bloggers.

    But I wrote almost NOTHING besides blog posts and comments on other blogs!

    So I'm also pulling back a bit in May, getting regrouped, reacquainting myself with my WIP, and actually writing.

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  8. It's funny, because I have to keep trying to convince myself not to continue blogging on a regular basis, now that I'm used to it...

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  9. congrats! we did it. you did it, i did it :D i feel good :P

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  10. Woot! Congratulations! Now take a much needed and deserved break :)

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  11. Aw, everyone needs a break now and again. Have a good one!

    ~JD

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  12. Great job DL! Yep, it is time to recharge. Enjoy your few weeks and getting caught up! :-)

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  13. I'm sure I'd be drained too. Enjoy the break, and best wishes at the conferences. Hope your pitching goes well. :)

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  14. DL, I think most of us are feeling exactly the same way. You just take care of yourself and don't worry - we'll be here when you recharge.
    Karen

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  15. Congrats on finishing the challenge!

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  16. We did it!
    I'm easing back once we're past my blogfest. I didn't visit as many new blogs as I should've as I did focus on my blogger buddies. So I need to say hello to all of my new followers.
    And no one is slapping my butt except my wife!

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  17. I don't think you'll be the only one scaling back.

    Congrats on making it all the way through!

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  18. Just stopping by to thank you for hosting the A to Z Challenge. It has been a wonderful experience for me, thank you.

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  19. You stole my post! LOL! I'm so tired I think I'll be doing nothing but sleeping in May. Wouldn't that be nice? :)

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  20. Thanks so much for visiting my blog during the challenge. Although it got really hectic, I enjoyed the whole experience. I may not want to see any alliterative sentences for a long while. Now it's time for us to get back to our real blog life. Thanks for hosting.

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  21. I was so impressed with your posts, DL. They were all thoughtful, well prepared, and fun. You did such a great job! Now GO SLEEP! :D

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  22. Hi, DL! Congrats to you and the entire hosting team!!! You all did an awesome job. It's been another super fun Blogging Challenge!

    Have a wonderful week and happy A to Z!!

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  23. Congrats on reaching the end! I'd say a little hibernation is well deserved.

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  24. Thanks for your great work hosting the Challenge! You guys did an amazing job and this was such a fun time. Enjoy your break!

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  25. Thanks for co-hosting, it's been a great month.

    I'm going slightly the other way - I'm going to carry on blogging etc during May, but take a break in June (I have exciting bridesmaid duties which will take precedence). I'm looking forward to getting back to proper writing.

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  26. High five! OK, no energy left in the arms, so low five will have to suffice. Thanks for the mention about the up and coming launch.

    A-z was fun, but tiring while preparing for said launch.

    Enjoy your zzzzzzz time!

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  27. Congrats on completing the challenge!
    -MJ http://creativelyspiltink.blogspot.com/

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  28. YEAH, we did it! I am planning to take a little break myself. I need to live a little so that I have something interesting to write about :)

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  29. You've gotta do what you've gotta do. Looking forward to all your excess energy in June. And best of luck with all your May adventures - especially the big pitch!

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  30. Get refreshed and take care of bizness! I didn't even participate and I'm worn out!

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  31. DL, you have to sharpen the saw as Franklin Covey says. We'll be here when you get back. Great job on A-Z.

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  32. I've a feeling May is going to be a slow blogging month for a lot of people. I didn't participate in A-Z, but I'm still ready for another month of slow blogging :)

    ........dhole

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  33. High five! You did a fantastic job. I need to catch up on my regular blogs and posts too. Loved the Challenge, but it was tiring.

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  34. We did it! It was a blast - congratulations!!!

    Motivated by the post "Let's Spike the Blog Numbers!" I am your new follower (and, really, I like your blog too)

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  35. I feel your pain and I did NOT do one-tenth of what you gave. See ya around!

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  36. Congrats on finishing the challenge! Take all the time that you need to prep for your conference! Can't wait to hear how it goes!! *crosses fingers for you*

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  37. Congratulations on finishing A-Z. It's a lot of work...

    Take some time to prepare for your conference...after all you blog because you write, not the other way around. :) Have fun!

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  38. Eek! You're attending the same conference as Kait Nolan? You guys are so lucky. No one - except Michael di Gesu! - ever comes to Montreal...

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