D is for Debut #AtoZchallenge

Among my contibutions to online communities, I volunteer over at Operation Awesome. (A team of writers posting information pertaining to the various stages of book publication.) I run the Debut Author Spotlight.

Debut Author Spotlight from @JLenniDorner on @OpAwesome6

I’ve posted an A to Z about this before. If you are a debut author or know about a book coming out soon by a first time author, please let me know.

What’s your favorite book by a debut author? When did your blog debut?

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Technical Difficulties: Link Has Been Fixed

Hi, John here.

We apologize for any problems those of you who read the simulcast blog have had getting to the daily form to enter your URL. The problem over there has been resolved and we’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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C is for Challenge & Can Do ( #AtoZChallenge )

  Even if you really can’t do something, believing that you can’t is a sure way to hold you back from progress.  Accept your limitations and adapt to doing the best that you can do…

Yes You Can!

         Here we are at day three!   Hopefully most of you are still filled with enthusiasm and ready to persevere to the end of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  However, I know from the experience of past years a few of you might be wondering why in the world you decided to take on this crazy Challenge.  Each year I’ve seen bloggers stop way before they’ve even gotten to the middle of the alphabet.  The excuses are diverse, sometimes totally valid, but usually it’s a matter of the unwillingness to believe in oneself and just giving up.  Don’t do it!

         You can do this! 

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Are you ready to keep going until the end?   More importantly, are you willing?   What is your best motivator?  

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B is for Beginnings #AtoZChallenge

The Challenge has officially begun! Yesterday, we posted our first posts, kicking off a month of exciting things to share and discover. So today, it is time to Begin the other fun part of the challenge: The discovery! Go and visit others. Read their beginnings! Catch the new themes right at the start, so that you can bookmark them, follow them, collect them, and keep coming back for more each day.

For me, personally, the the second day is always the one that feels like the Beginning of the challenge. On Day 1, a flood of visitors comes to my blog to check out the very first post – so the second day is the first one when I visit back all the visitors from the day before (this is how I do it, anyway, feel free to steal the system). On the second day, with post already scheduled, I wander from blog to blog all day, and drink in all the excitement of new beginnings. Some blogs will last all month; some won’t. It doesn’t matter. The kickoff is full of energy, and it makes my day to be a part of it.

Here is to Beginnings! Go visit each other today!

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A is for Amazing Alphabet Team #AtoZchallenge

#AtoZchallenge 2018 A is for Amazing Alphabet Team

For our team A post, we present a brief interview with the 2018 Amazing Alphabet Team!

(The fine folks who volunteer their time, energy, and skills to make this challenge happen for you. There will be a seperate post to honor our Amazing graphics guy, Jeremey, later this month.)

1- What’s your passion in life?

Arlee–  One passion that consumes much of my thinking is road tripping.  I hate to think of a time when I wouldn’t be able to drive.

J– Writing is my passion. That’s how I relate to the world.

Csenge– Storytelling. It is both my passion and my profession, which makes me incredibly lucky.

John– Music. Roughly half of my posts outside the A to Z Challenge are about music, and a couple of years ago I had two themes (quite by accident) and one of them was music.

Jayden-Writing, of course. It’s therapeutic. But music is a close second. Singing is like sharing a story through song and I love that.

2- What are your goals during the A to Z Challenge 2018?

Arlee–  To keep a balance in my life between blogging and other stuff around me.  But I do want to get my posts done before April.

J– My goals are to make this year really fun for all participants, to complete the challenge, and to leave comments on 300 blogs. On my own blog, I have a short story told in parts, which my goal is to get people to think about life. (If you do too, check out the stories of A to Z post!)

Csenge– My goal is to write posts that people find both entertaining and informative. Also, to make some new blogging friends! I have found marvelous blogs through the challenge in the past, I am looking forward to more.

John– To have all the posts done by April 1 and do as much visiting of other blogs as I can during April.

Jayden– My goal for this year is to have all of my posts ready to go before April 1st so I can enjoy exploring new blogs! I have found some awesome writers I am excited to catch up with this year and I look forward to finding even more!

3- What was your biggest accomplishment in the last 12 months?

Arlee–  It’s become a yearly tradition–driving back east to see family, friends, and especially my grandkids including the newest girl child, Logan Lego.  This past year I made the trip twice.

J– Publishing my debut novel, Fractions of Existence, was my biggest accomplishement in the last 12 months. One of the coolest parts was being interviewed on the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome. (That’s what I usually do on Wednesdays, so it was fun to switch to the hotseat.)

Csenge– Finishing my PhD, and publishing Dancing on Blades, my new folktale collection!

John– Continuing my streak of consecutive days posting to the blog, now close to 1500.

Jayden-Publishing my first Choose Your Own Adventure Erotic Novel: Runaway. I couldn’t believe how much fun I had writing it for NaNoWriMo last year. I released one iteration of the novel in last year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. Publishing the whole novel April 30th was incredible!

4- What about a blog will catch your eye and turn you into a regular visitor?

Arlee–  Interesting material written in an accessible style–and preferably in black print on a white background.

J– A blog with a subject I enjoy written in captivating manner will always keep me coming back for more.

Csenge– I like blogs with interesting topics or themes. Bonus if they are related to folklore, mythology, or role-playing games.

John– Humor. I like to laugh.

Jayden-I love a well written story. I enjoy characters whose lives are compelling, particularly if it’s an ongoing story!

5- Besides your blog, how can you be reached online?

(social media links go here)

Arlee–  I’m not on social media very much, but I can be found on Twitter @ArleeBird

J– Twitter twitter.com/JLenniDorner is my favorite method of online communication. I’m also on facebook.com/WhatAreThey and most of the other major social media outlets.

Csenge– Twitter (https://twitter.com/TarkabarkaHolgy), and the Facebook page for my “Following folktales around the world” series.

John– I have presences on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/johltonehandtyping), Twitter (https://twitter.com/onehandtyping), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/onehandtyping/), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/onehandtyping_/). Probably the best way would be through Instagram, as I don’t check the others that frequently.

Jaydenhttp://twitter.com/jrvincente, https://www.facebook.com/jrvincentewww.goodreads.com/jrvincente

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A is for Amazing Alphabet Team #AtoZchallenge

#AtoZchallenge 2018 A is for Amazing Alphabet Team

For our team A post, we present a brief interview with the 2018 Amazing Alphabet Team!

(The fine folks who volunteer their time, energy, and skills to make this challenge happen for you. There will be a seperate post to honor our Amazing graphics guy, Jeremey, later this month.)

1- What’s your passion in life?

Arlee–  One passion that consumes much of my thinking is road tripping.  I hate to think of a time when I wouldn’t be able to drive.

J– Writing is my passion. That’s how I relate to the world.

Csenge– Storytelling. It is both my passion and my profession, which makes me incredibly lucky.

John– Music. Roughly half of my posts outside the A to Z Challenge are about music, and a couple of years ago I had two themes (quite by accident) and one of them was music.

Jayden-Writing, of course. It’s therapeutic. But music is a close second. Singing is like sharing a story through song and I love that.

2- What are your goals during the A to Z Challenge 2018?

Arlee–  To keep a balance in my life between blogging and other stuff around me.  But I do want to get my posts done before April.

J– My goals are to make this year really fun for all participants, to complete the challenge, and to leave comments on 300 blogs. On my own blog, I have a short story told in parts, which my goal is to get people to think about life. (If you do too, check out the stories of A to Z post!)

Csenge– My goal is to write posts that people find both entertaining and informative. Also, to make some new blogging friends! I have found marvelous blogs through the challenge in the past, I am looking forward to more.

John– To have all the posts done by April 1 and do as much visiting of other blogs as I can during April.

Jayden– My goal for this year is to have all of my posts ready to go before April 1st so I can enjoy exploring new blogs! I have found some awesome writers I am excited to catch up with this year and I look forward to finding even more!

3- What was your biggest accomplishment in the last 12 months?

Arlee–  It’s become a yearly tradition–driving back east to see family, friends, and especially my grandkids including the newest girl child, Logan Lego.  This past year I made the trip twice.

J– Publishing my debut novel, Fractions of Existence, was my biggest accomplishement in the last 12 months. One of the coolest parts was being interviewed on the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome. (That’s what I usually do on Wednesdays, so it was fun to switch to the hotseat.)

Csenge– Finishing my PhD, and publishing Dancing on Blades, my new folktale collection!

John– Continuing my streak of consecutive days posting to the blog, now close to 1500.

Jayden-Publishing my first Choose Your Own Adventure Erotic Novel: Runaway. I couldn’t believe how much fun I had writing it for NaNoWriMo last year. I released one iteration of the novel in last year’s A to Z Blog Challenge. Publishing the whole novel April 30th was incredible!

4- What about a blog will catch your eye and turn you into a regular visitor?

Arlee–  Interesting material written in an accessible style–and preferably in black print on a white background.

J– A blog with a subject I enjoy written in captivating manner will always keep me coming back for more.

Csenge– I like blogs with interesting topics or themes. Bonus if they are related to folklore, mythology, or role-playing games.

John– Humor. I like to laugh.

Jayden-I love a well written story. I enjoy characters whose lives are compelling, particularly if it’s an ongoing story!

5- Besides your blog, how can you be reached online?

(social media links go here)

Arlee–  I’m not on social media very much, but I can be found on Twitter @ArleeBird

J– Twitter twitter.com/JLenniDorner is my favorite method of online communication. I’m also on facebook.com/WhatAreThey and most of the other major social media outlets.

Csenge– Twitter (https://twitter.com/TarkabarkaHolgy), and the Facebook page for my “Following folktales around the world” series.

John– I have presences on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/johltonehandtyping), Twitter (https://twitter.com/onehandtyping), Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/onehandtyping/), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/onehandtyping_/). Probably the best way would be through Instagram, as I don’t check the others that frequently.

Jaydenhttp://twitter.com/jrvincente, https://www.facebook.com/jrvincentewww.goodreads.com/jrvincente

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Starting Motivation

Motivational Quote #atozchallenge

The start is what stops most people.

Don’t give up without trying!
Yes, the blogging A to Z challenge is a challenge.

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills 

I hope to see

YOU

and your blog on Letter A tomorrow!

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😊

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