Ups and Downs ( #AtoZChallenge )

You never can fully understand how up you can get if you haven’t experienced a few downs now and then.  If life were consistently going our way then it might get kind of boring.

       How’s your April been so far?  Has everything gone as you had expected?   Hopefully you haven’t had to deal with any computer problems or sickness this year.   I know that some of you as well as I have had to face those difficulties in the past.  In other years I’ve had travel scheduled during April making the Challenge an extra challenging ordeal.  A few of you could be traveling this year and if so I hope you’ve handled A to Z okay.

       But that’s life isn’t it.  Good days, bad days.  Smooth sailing, rough waters.  Sometimes you’re feeling fine, other times you want to scream out of frustration.  If life didn’t have its little problems then we might have to create them just to make things more interesting.

        Look no further!   The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is just the remedy you need to really mix things up.  You likely have run over a few bumps in the road, but you’ve kept going until you’ve reached this point.  We usually expect ups and downs in life, but life works best when we accept the ups and downs.  Since it lasts for a month, the A to Z Challenge is a sort of microcosmic metaphor for life:  Filled with ups and downs, but hopefully a darn good time for all.

          Utterly fun!   That’s how I see it.

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      Have you run into any major problems in this year’s Challenge?   What is your most dreaded blogging hassle?    Do you see your life as mostly ups, mostly downs, or a healthy balance of both? 

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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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Music and Memories ( #AtoZChallenge )

Many things can tap into our memories and often music can evoke our pasts more so than any other stimulus…

      On my own blog Tossing It Out I frequently discuss music and memories.  For a time I even had one blog Wrote By Rote that focused on memoir and often music was a topic there as well.  Most of us enjoy music to some extent and we enjoy sharing what we like with others who might also like our favorite music.  Some blogs focus entirely on the subject of music while other bloggers regularly participate in music-themed blog events just as I do.

       My favorite music blog hop is Stephen T. McCarthy’s Battle of the Bands in which participants post songs and ask readers to vote on their favorites.  Like most other participating bloggers, I post my Battles on the 1st and 15th of each month. That means another one will be coming tomorrow (Sunday April 15th).

       So, if you are a music fan, please drop by to vote on my Battle and take a look at the other Battles.  It’s fun and it is educational–I’ve made some great musical discoveries doing Battle of the Bands.   And can you believe that I’ve participated in BOTB since 2013–we’ve been doing this thing for going on 5 years now.  I guess we really are having a good time with it!   You can too.  Want to join us?   If so, visit my next BOTB post and find out more.

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     Do you ever blog about music?  Do you ever write memoir on your blog?    Are there any blog events that you’ve been participating in that you’d like to share with us?  

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Income Tax ( #AtoZChallenge )

  Imagination is a limitless resource, but it should be used wisely.   But the most important thing is to use it…

      Income tax might be on the minds of at least some of those in the United States.  Our taxes are due in a few days.  Fortunately I got mine done last month so now I can focus on the April Challenge.  If you are still scrambling to finish taxes as well as keep up with your A to Z posts then I’m sorry to hear that.  You’ve really got a big challenge on your hands.

        Other than the taxes being soon due, my mentioning of income tax is also a reminder about blogging ideas.  I’ve often read bloggers saying that they are running out of ideas for their regular blogging let alone coming up with an idea that is bloggably sustainable for an entire month.  If you want to be a blogger then you’re going to be a writer and as a writer you’ve got to have ideas and imagination.

          So let’s say next year you decide to write about “income tax.”  What can you write about?  History of the tax. pro and cons of taxation, how-to hints about tax preparation, or where tax dollars go are some suggestions.   You could write fictional stories related to income tax–a lot of intriguing ideas for that!

         Don’t get hung up on trying to come up with ideas.  Look around you.  There are stories within every field of your vision and the limitless expanse of your imagination.  Don’t think you’re going to throw in the towel for this year’s Challenge for any lack of ideas about what to write next.  That’s the point of the A to Z Challenge–to tax your mind.  No ideas is no excuse.

          Now start writing your next posts whether they be for tomorrow, next week, or next year.  It’s tax season.  Time to tax your brain!

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   Have you ever felt like you were out of ideas?   Where do you go to find new ideas to write about?  When your creativity wanes how do you recharge it?

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Income Tax ( #AtoZChallenge )

  Imagination is a limitless resource, but it should be used wisely.   But the most important thing is to use it…

      Income tax might be on the minds of at least some of those in the United States.  Our taxes are due in a few days.  Fortunately I got mine done last month so now I can focus on the April Challenge.  If you are still scrambling to finish taxes as well as keep up with your A to Z posts then I’m sorry to hear that.  You’ve really got a big challenge on your hands.

        Other than the taxes being soon due, my mentioning of income tax is also a reminder about blogging ideas.  I’ve often read bloggers saying that they are running out of ideas for their regular blogging let alone coming up with an idea that is bloggably sustainable for an entire month.  If you want to be a blogger then you’re going to be a writer and as a writer you’ve got to have ideas and imagination.

          So let’s say next year you decide to write about “income tax.”  What can you write about?  History of the tax. pro and cons of taxation, how-to hints about tax preparation, or where tax dollars go are some suggestions.   You could write fictional stories related to income tax–a lot of intriguing ideas for that!

         Don’t get hung up on trying to come up with ideas.  Look around you.  There are stories within every field of your vision and the limitless expanse of your imagination.  Don’t think you’re going to throw in the towel for this year’s Challenge for any lack of ideas about what to write next.  That’s the point of the A to Z Challenge–to tax your mind.  No ideas is no excuse.

          Now start writing your next posts whether they be for tomorrow, next week, or next year.  It’s tax season.  Time to tax your brain!

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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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