AtoZ Reflections #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z
This year, it was my third April A to Z Challenge. After writing on random subjects and long posts in the first year and a theme based 55 word stories in the second year, I was clear that I would go with a theme based 55 word stories this year again.
Fellow bloggers in our little blogging group were sharing their count of scheduled posts as early as March and I was totally cool with my zero score. I don’t know what gave an otherwise worrying cum panic attack queen me, such a carefree attitude and not getting worked up.
Towards the end of March, when I got to know my travel plans for April, my cool demeanour did a 180 degree turn. I was scheduled to be out of home for more than a fortnight in 4 different trips! Given the places I was traveling to and the super hectic schedules that I would be having then, my panic buttons were pushed to the maximum. While, I work well under pressure but this time the pressure got to me. I struggled to get the first few posts live on my blog. But then, I somehow managed to schedule the posts for the days I was traveling.
One day will be forever etched in my memory… It was April 23rd and I was leaving for Rishikesh later that night. That morning, in a span of six hours, I wrote six 55 fictions for alphabets U to Z. And it was an exhilarating moment when the story for letter X was written in flat ten minutes. I actually patted my back!
Flocking at fellow bloggers blogs and reading what they shared from A to Z is something that I liked the most. It was amazing to see such diverse themes and varied styles of writing. My reading plate was full of fun, interesting, insightful, inspiring and some beautiful writings. April A to Z challenge is a perfect time and place to explore some new blogs too. And I am glad that I came across some pretty wonderful blogs. I am hoping to read them regularly.
While writing, reading and commenting kept me busy from morn to night on non-travel days. The story is entirely different when I was out of home. The places that we travelled to this time had internet connectivity ranging from zero to poor. At some places, even the phone didn’t work. So, the first day at these godforsaken but very beautiful places, I fretted and fumed, silently. So desperate I was to read and comment on blogs of my friends through my phone, that at a camp site, I even climbed 40 steps to get on top of a water tank. Yes, you read it right… a water tank!! While two colleagues were coolly talking to their loved ones on their phones, the signals on my phone refused to oblige, even at that height. It was then I practiced my favourite mantra… Let Go. I used my smartphone as a clock and an alarm piece then on, and all was good. But once, I returned back to civilization, like a starved soul, I devoured reading, writing and commenting sometimes till as late as 3 am, much to the chagrin
amusement of my husband!.. Naah! He just gave up on me!! 😉
April A to Z Challenge is all my time favourite challenge. And the one this year has been extra special. It gave me a platform to connect and network with some really amazing bloggers from around the globe. AJ, Beloo, Cat Graham, Debbie, Eli, Elly, Eloquent Mind, Genevive, Inderpreet, Janaki, Jyotsna, Kadambari, Kathy, Keith, Lata Sunil, Lisa, Little Princess, LuAnn, Nisha, Parul, Prasanna, Rachna, Rajlakshmi, Roshni, Ruchi, Sanch Living Life, SG, Shailaja, Shalini, Shantala, Sheethal, Soumya, Sulekha, Sundari, Susan, Suzy, Swathi, Tulika, Ma’am Usha Menon, Vidya, Vinitha, Vinodini, Vishal, Vinay…
And also that I really pushed myself this April. There were so many obstacles, so many challenges and that I conquered them all and posted all my posts at 12.01 am for each alphabet every single week day, fills me with pride and satisfaction, even today! April A to Z Challenge 2015 has been a great therapy!
A BIG THANK YOU to all who were part my A to Z journey which was full of feelings and emotions this year. Your support and encouraging words has meant more to me than you will ever know and I’ll cherish that forever! ♥
May 7, 2015 11:47 pm|
I admire and applaud everyone who have taken part in this challenge. After reading your post I wish that I had participated too. But there is always next year :).
May 15, 2015 10:54 pm|
Oh yes, looking forward to your participation in this challenge, next year, Harini! 🙂
May 7, 2015 11:50 pm|
Oh my god!! The lengths we would go to in order to write and read!! U climbed a water tank??!! Trying to imagine you there…!
Your 55ers were fun and witty and I enjoyed every single post of yours Shilpa…thank you for being a part of my journey too!
May 15, 2015 10:57 pm|
See, kya kya karte hain hum for our blogs 😀 Thank you, S. Glad you enjoyed reading my 55ers last April and I must tell you again that your stories were simply AMAZING!! Very interesting and so impressive! ♥
May 8, 2015 12:14 am|
Another wonderful post. I am honored to be listed on your blog.I gave your blog name to Arlee to see about having it posted as a highlight of the #AtoZChallenge this year. I can’t say how much I liked your blog and look forward to next year. You have also given me food for thought on how I can change what I do on my blog. Again, I am honored, and am glad I signed up for your posts by email! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015 and #IWSG may, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com
May 15, 2015 10:59 pm|
Thank you so much, Lisa for your kind words and simply touched and honored that you suggested my blog name to Arlee. Thanks a ton and appreciate it a lot! ♥ I am glad that we connected through this challenge! Looking forward to read you regularly! 🙂
May 8, 2015 12:15 am|
Forgot! The image I had of you climbing that water tower…! LOL! We might be coming to India in January 2016…!
May 15, 2015 11:00 pm|
😛 That’s awesome, Lisa! Welcome to India and hope you have a great time exploring our land 🙂
May 8, 2015 10:27 am|
God bless! How you do it year after year is amazing. And that tank top tale was reminiscent of Sholay but for drastically different reasons. 😉
May 15, 2015 11:02 pm|
I guess, blogging challenges like this one is an addiction 🙂
LOL 😀 Sholay never crossed my mind! 😛
May 8, 2015 11:36 am|
Your stories are great! I had a wonderful time hopping over every single day and reading. Congrats on completing the challenge and i am in awe after reading that you write in flat 10 mins. wow!! super cool!
So glad we met Shilpa, see you around 🙂
May 15, 2015 11:04 pm|
Thanks Parul. It was wonderful to connect with you too and glad that you enjoyed the 55 word stories here! Oh that 10 minute story happened just once. Though I hope that I am able to make it a practice. Tall order, I know 😉
May 8, 2015 11:40 am|
Wow! what a tough schedule you had! Hope you enjoyed your trips. I will be taking my time reading the posts that were left out, I loved reading what ever I could. You write so well.
Thank you so much for the mention, 🙂
May 15, 2015 11:06 pm|
Aah! You had an equally tough schedule too. On second thoughts, much more tougher than mine! Glad that we finally did it! 🙂
Thanks Inderpreet 🙂
May 8, 2015 1:46 pm|
Haven’t gotten around to reading your 55s but I am positive they are a cracker like last year!!! Congrats on completing A-Z despite the road blocks!
May 15, 2015 11:05 pm|
Thanks Aditi! Missed you this April!
May 8, 2015 7:43 pm|
You actually climbed on a water tank!?
OMG! You’re crazy! 😀 😀 😀
Did anyone take a picture of you up there? 😛
May 15, 2015 11:59 pm|
Now you know it 😀
Nah, clicking pictures never crossed our minds 😛
May 8, 2015 11:57 pm|
Congratulations on completing the challenge. Had a great time reading your stories 🙂
May 16, 2015 12:00 am|
Thanks Jyotsna! Loved reading your He -She conversations too 🙂
May 9, 2015 7:54 am|
I personally enjoyed reading all 26 posts.
May 16, 2015 12:02 am|
Thanks SG for your support and encouraging words! It means a lot 🙂
May 9, 2015 1:14 pm|
Wow! Well, you did it despite the odds and some strange ones too like the water tank! 😉 How amusing! I wish someone had taken a photo of you on that…it would have been a good one to post! 😉 Thank you for the mention and that was my original idea to post alphabetically; however, I decided it was too much work and I still don’t know how to link (or my computer!) 😉 I enjoyed reading your posts during the challenge Shilpa: they were great! <3
May 16, 2015 12:09 am|
Yeah, got it all done, despite the challenges and it all is so worthwhile in the end 🙂
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Hope this helps. Do let me know, in case you need any other help!
Thanks a lot, Eli, glad you enjoyed the posts and thanks for your support too ♥
May 9, 2015 7:58 pm|
Shilpa , this is avery inspiring post. Inspite of so many hurdles, you managed to complete the challenge successfully. Your 55ers were really enjoyable. Thanks for the mention.
May 16, 2015 12:10 am|
Thank you Ma’am. Well, you are so inspiring too. Blogging despite health challenges is simply awe-inspiring. Glad you liked my 55ers. 🙂
May 10, 2015 9:15 am|
Six fictions in six hours. That’s incredible. Your posts are always endearing with lessons about life and inspiring. The best thing about writing daily is that
flexes the intellectual, writing and creative muscles. It’s been superb:)
May 16, 2015 12:14 am|
Oh yes, writing regularly makes you better at writing and it also forces you to come up with new ideas regularly!
May 11, 2015 9:18 pm|
Congratulations on completing the challenge, Shilpa, especially under such difficult circumstances. Writing so many posts all at once – amazing! I can relate to staying up half the night as well. Exhausting as this is, I think most of us will be back, next year. Thanks for the mention! 🙂
May 16, 2015 12:17 am|
Oh yes, I will not miss the April Challenge for the world. It is kind of addictive. Love the mad frenzy of reading, writing, commenting…
Thank you Debbie. It was a pleasure to read your fun and interesting posts last April! 🙂
May 13, 2015 8:07 pm|
Thank you for thoroughly entertaining me during April. Your posts where almost addictive. Thanks also for your kind words at the foot of my reflections. I’m just back from holiday and I’ve got straight into writing again! I’m looking forward to a whole lot more from you!
May 16, 2015 12:18 am|
I am glad that we connected through this challenge, Keith. Loved your stories from A to Z! Hope you had a great holiday and yes, see you around! Cheers 🙂
May 21, 2015 7:01 am|
Loving your theme 🙂 I think it’s really interesting seeing what everyone chose for their themes! This was my first year. I can’t wait till next year!
Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
May 25, 2015 3:18 am|
Congratulations on finishing the challenge. It can be a commitment and other chores and commitments feel like they are getting in the way. LOL
Visiting on the road trip.
~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author
May 26, 2015 3:27 am|
The image of you climbing up the tank is hilarious, especially because I tried something similar when I was traveling across some villages of Karnataka a week back. Did not help. Put me in a foul-er mood. Almost ruined the trip till I gave up and decided to focus on my trip and being in the moment. 🙂
May 28, 2015 2:09 pm|
What a great effort and in the midst of travelling you managed to post something each blogging day. Visiting as part of the A to Z Road Trip because April was hectic for me I’m enjoying visiting participants at a more leisurely pace. 🙂 Linda
June 7, 2015 7:48 am|
Hey Shilpa! I am just blitzing through for the A-to-Z Road Trip. I really enjoyed reading your posts for the challenge. Such interesting stories in such few words! I really enjoyed Impatience, Jealousy, Obsessive, Tantrumy, and Zen 🙂
I did the challenge over at Promptly Written. I wrote a science fiction story for the entire month. This blog, The Rattling Bones, is my new one.
I signed up for your email list and look forward to your posts.
See you next April! ~Lori~