S is for Saturday #AtoZChallenge

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My favorite thing to do on a Saturday is to sleep in. In a perfect world, I would sleep until my body naturally woke me up, and then I would write. I can just pictures myself type type typing away in my cool quiet bedroom with no distractions. Unfortunately, that is hardly ever possible. So instead, I fit writing in wherever I can. Ten minutes before work. Five minutes before the kids come home. Late at night after everyone else is asleep. 
That’s how I know that writing is my passion. It’s the first thing I think of when I wake up, and the last thing I think of before I sleep. Most of the time, anyway. 

What is your passion? How do you know?

~Jayden R. Vincente 
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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

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R is for Ripples #AtoZChallenge


Today’s guest post is by Jamie Dorner of the blog uniquelymaladjustedbutfun.blogspot.com. She’s a four time participant in the challenge, cousin-in-law to A to Z captain J Lenni Dorner, and one of the biggest fans of my adult choose-your-adventure book, “Runaway.” Welcome, Jamie!






Thanks, Jayden!





I’m writing this guest post because of two posts I saw on the Facebook wall of my nephew.


I’m not the person my parents raised me to be.

You have your whole life to be the best person you can be. Each day is a present, an opportunity to do one nice thing for someone else. It adds up. Or a chance to do the wrong thing. That adds up, too. Setting goals and planning for “someday” is great, but don’t forget to make this day count. The tiniest thing can make a huge difference.
You can be who your parents raised you to be. You can be whatever sort of person you want to be. It isn’t usually about the big choices in life, but the small onesβ€”they’re what makes ripples in a pond.
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Even the most famous, richest, smartest, and prettiest people can still feel there is someone better than them, that they are replaceable. Self-confidence is a lifelong journey, not a destination. It’s not about being better than someone ELSE; it’s about always working toward being the best version of yourself. That’s hard. That’s the challenge that everyone faces every day with nearly every choice. The path to becoming whoever you want to be one day starts with those choices.
My blog is easily replaceable. Look at how many people are in the A to Z Challenge! We all have ideas and opinions to share. Maybe I’ve never thought a thought that’s never been thought before. And if that’s so, then maybe my blog and I aren’t special.
On the other hand, maybe I’ll offer something of value to my readers. Maybe I’ll give someone a new idea, spark some inspiration, or start a conversation that will have a ripple effect beyond what I can see. Perhaps I’ll inadvertently improve the world. It’s possible someone will stumble on my blog and discover that we’ve thought the same thought, and that will give the person comfort because they’ll feel a little less alone in the world.
And you know what one nice thing I could do today is? One small choice that could make a difference? I can hop over to another blog in this challenge and leave a compliment in the comments. I can choose to try to make a stranger smile. Acts of random kindness like that do make a difference, and that’s a pretty special choice to make.
Have a happy A to Z challenge!

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Our life ripples out, and it has influence. That’s why it’s important that we’re at our best and that we’re influencing others for the good. – Victoria Osteen

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Q is for (Don’t) Quit #atozchallenge

We all know, life has this habit of getting in the way when you make other plans. That project you’ve been dreading at work gets pushed up into April and it’s now due on May 1, come hell or high water. That child or grandchild you thought would arrive in mid-May decides he or she has had enough of life in the womb and decides it’s time to be born, or, on a more somber note, someone you love dies suddenly or after a long illness. Or, maybe you or someone you love gets sick or injured and you have to walk away from the blog world to deal with that. There’s nothing you can do about those things. We’ve all been there, and the last thing that any of us would ask you to do would be to soldier on and finish the A to Z Challenge.

But let’s say that the posts you’ve worked so hard to write are falling on deaf ears, that nobody’s coming to visit you even though you’re sure you’ve done everything right. You’ve put the graphic for the challenge (below) on your blog and the one for the letter of the day (above) in your post. You’ve added the direct link to your blog post to the daily spreadsheet. You’re returning comments you receive and reciprocating by visiting you commenter’s blog and leaving a comment. You might be doing other things to promote your blog, like posting the link to Twitter and Facebook. You’re visiting other blogs that you find on the daily spreadsheet or the main sign-up list and visiting the blogs of people who are visiting the blogs you read. And you still aren’t getting as much traffic as you’d like.

It’s discouraging, isn’t it? Well, I’m here to help.

Before you even think about giving up and going home, leave a comment on this post with the name of your blog as it appears on the main sign-up list or the daily link lists. Then, go visit the blogs of the other people who have commented. Come back a couple of times to see if anyone else has commented since then and visit them.

And to those who aren’t hurting for visitors, read the comments and visit the blogs of the people who left them and encourage your readers to do likewise. Let’s pick each other up!

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Only ( #AtoZChallenge )

     Only less than a couple weeks to go!   You can coast to the end if you’ve gotten this far.  It’s all downhill from here…

ONLY

      “Only…”

        My kids used to pull that bit of persuasion on me when they were young.  “But Dad, it’s only twenty dollars!”   To which I’d reply in mock horror, “Only!”

          “Only!” is how some of you might respond were I to remind you that there are only less than two weeks left in this Challenge.  We all have confidence that you can finish this thing if you’ve managed to make it this far in A to Z.  You’ve been doing great!  You will win this Challenge.

           After the letter “Z” you only have one more post to do:  The Reflections Post.   I won’t get into that yet, but the A to Z veterans will likely remember the recap posts we all do in early May.  We’ll have a post soon telling you about The A to Z Reflections post and when it’s all happening.

         But don’t fret on that for the time being.  Now you’ve only got to finish this Challenge.  You can do it!

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       Do you tend to wear down or put in the extra energy as you reach the end of a project?  Have you been managing to post on time every day so far?   Are you a long range seer or a for the moment doer?  

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N is for Netiquette #AtoZChallenge

Netiquette is one of my favorite words. It is a combination of “net” and “etiquette”, and it sounds rather dainty; it refers to the rules and guidelines of acceptable online behavior. Sometimes it is nebulous, and sometimes it feels like such a thing does not exist at all. Blame that last one on trolls.

In the spirit of generally being courteous to each other in online spaces, and especially while visiting each other during A to Z, here are some nice things you can do for your fellow challenge participants!

1. Write comments with substance. I know we talk about this a lot, but it bears repeating. Instead of saying “nice post!” and running away, pick something in their post that you particularly liked, and highlight it. It shows that you actually read the post, and the compliment is a great ego booster!

2. Follow your favorites. Visits during April are all nice and great, but it shows even more support if you sign up to follow the blogs you really like. Click follow, sign up for updates or newsletters, or pick any other option the blog offers. This way, you can keep up with them after A to Z!

3. Share on social media. If you find a post you loved, or a blog you enjoy, share their social media posts (tweets, Facebook posts, etc.). If they don’t have them, copy and past the link and make some noise for them! πŸ™‚

4. Support your artists. If you love the flash fiction they write, the poems they post, or the things they paint, draw, crochet, design, etc., consider supporting your favorite creative people! Buy the ebook, buy the print, order a T-shirt, or whatever you have the mood and budget for. Or if you can’t spend right now, put them on your Wish List. See if someone surprises you πŸ™‚

5. Leave a link! Please leave a link. I know this is also something we keep repeating, but I’m saying it again, because it breaks my heart every time when someone comments on my blog, and I can’t find where they came from to visit them back. Please leave a link! Here is how you do it nicely.

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N is for Netiquette #AtoZChallenge

Netiquette is one of my favorite words. It is a combination of “net” and “etiquette”, and it sounds rather dainty; it refers to the rules and guidelines of acceptable online behavior. Sometimes it is nebulous, and sometimes it feels like such a thing does not exist at all. Blame that last one on trolls.

In the spirit of generally being courteous to each other in online spaces, and especially while visiting each other during A to Z, here are some nice things you can do for your fellow challenge participants!

1. Write comments with substance. I know we talk about this a lot, but it bears repeating. Instead of saying “nice post!” and running away, pick something in their post that you particularly liked, and highlight it. It shows that you actually read the post, and the compliment is a great ego booster!

2. Follow your favorites. Visits during April are all nice and great, but it shows even more support if you sign up to follow the blogs you really like. Click follow, sign up for updates or newsletters, or pick any other option the blog offers. This way, you can keep up with them after A to Z!

3. Share on social media. If you find a post you loved, or a blog you enjoy, share their social media posts (tweets, Facebook posts, etc.). If they don’t have them, copy and past the link and make some noise for them! πŸ™‚

4. Support your artists. If you love the flash fiction they write, the poems they post, or the things they paint, draw, crochet, design, etc., consider supporting your favorite creative people! Buy the ebook, buy the print, order a T-shirt, or whatever you have the mood and budget for. Or if you can’t spend right now, put them on your Wish List. See if someone surprises you πŸ™‚

5. Leave a link! Please leave a link. I know this is also something we keep repeating, but I’m saying it again, because it breaks my heart every time when someone comments on my blog, and I can’t find where they came from to visit them back. Please leave a link! Here is how you do it nicely.

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KEEP GOING!

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Keep making those blog posts and keep leaving comments for your fellow particpants. This is your community and here, you matter.

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