Friday, June 17, 2011

A-Z Follow-Up, and A Short Fiction Contest

It's great to see so many have signed up for the A-Z Visitors Blog Hop for this summer! Has anyone started making their visits yet? I confess, I have visited exactly ZERO new blogs from the A-Z Participants list. I am planning to rectify that soon though, as we are supposed to have a rainy weekend here and it looks like it will be a great time to curl up with my laptop and get back to work on my blogging and writing goals.

Also, I came across this Short Short Story Competition from Writer's Digest, and I thought I would pass it on in case others have not seen it yet. The deadline is not until November, so there's plenty of time to enter if you are interested.

I wrote a flash fiction piece for the Women On Writing contest back in the winter that made it through the first round of cuts, but no farther. I like the story though, so I think I am going to tweak it a bit, and enter it into this contest now. The WOW contest was limited to 750 words, which was difficult for me, so I'm hoping to expand the story since the limit for this contest is 1,500 words. Anyway, I never finished the story I had planned to enter in the Writer's Digest annual competition back in May, so I'm glad to have another opportunity with this new contest. I'm promising myself I will be more disciplined this time!

Finally, I'm having problems with Blogger again, and have once again lost all of the blogs I am following on my dashboard. I'm also having a terrible time getting pages to load. So I apologize if I am behind on keeping up with blogs, I hope to get caught up soon. This Blogger situation is frustrating to say the least!

Happy Weekend, All! :)


  1. Ohhh thanks I will look into this! Short stories are always a big challenge for me so I try to do them when I can! Keep me on my writing toes!!

  2. Thanks for the info on the contest. I haven't tried a short story in a long time, but I've been thinking I should. Maybe this will motivate me. :)

    Sometimes if I reload the page the dashboard will show the blogs I follow again. Sometimes not. It is a hassle.

  3. Thanks for the contest link, I did that same WOW fiction contest with the same result.

    And it is not just you, everyone is having problems. They are changing the entire dashboard interface. Be patient, pass experience says it will right itself.

    Have a great weekend!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. I've visited a few of the blogs so far - this is fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

    How exciting that you're going to enter your story! I can't wait to hear what happens with it! How is your article coming for the cat magazine?

    I want to thank you immensely for your wonderful, wonderful comments over on my blog! They mean so much to me! Thank you for your great kindness in doing that!

  5. TAG! YOU'RE IT! I wanted to let you know that I tagged you on my blog - come on over and see what it's all about!

  6. I visited a few right after the challenge ended and haven't been able to since then. I was worried I was the only one. Blogger does things like that to me too. Whenever my list disappears I just close the browser and then reopen and refresh that usually brings the list back immediately.

  7. I've had blogger issues, too. Hopefully they will fix themselves soon. I have been considering wordpress. We'll see. Good luck with the contest! I think the lady who won or was runner up or something for the women on writing is in my writers guild.

  8. I had such a difficult time attempting to visit everyone on the list for the A to Z challenge. It was an actual impossibility. Now I'm just trying to keep up with my blog and current followers, though will always follow back.

    Good luck with the short :)

  9. Thanks for the tip on the short story contest, and for sending over a new visitor via the A-Z Blog Hop! I look forward to catching up on some new blogs at a more relaxed pace. Hope your Blogger problem is resolved soon. Sorry it's such a headache. Julie

  10. I have been going back through all my comments to first make sure that I have visited everyone who left a comment on my blog. At one point in May I was at 2600 emails and have weeded that down to below 1400--keep in mind that I'm still receiving a few hundred every day. But by using this method I have visited many blogs that I had not yet visited. Once I get this email list down (I hope that happens) I will attempt to hit the original Linky List. This is the biggest part of the A to Z Challenge. Good for you all for keeping this alive.

    Tossing It Out

  11. @BREA, you're welcome! Good luck if you decide to enter the contest.

    @L.G. I hope it will motivate you, good luck if so! :) Yeah, I have had success with the refresh too, but it stopped working with this latest issue. I'm hoping things will be back to normal soon when the changes are done.

    @Jules, thanks for the info about the dashboard interface, I'm anxious to see what changes they are making. Thanks, I hope you've had a great weekend as well!

    @Brenda, oh, thanks for the tag, I will be there to check it out. I've never been tagged before LOL. Thanks for asking about the cat magazine article, I'm about done with it, thanks. And you're very welcome for the comments!

    @Dafeenah, that's about where I'm at, I visited a few right after the challenge was finished but that's as far as I got. I'm glad I'm not alone with the Blogger issues, hopefully the changes will be done soon.

    @M Pax, oh, that's interesting if the winner was in your guild, congrats to her. Thanks for the good luck wishes!

    @Rebecca, thank you!

    @Julie, oh, that's great you had a new visitor, that's what I love about these hops. I agree, the blogger issues are a headache, no doubt!

    @Arlee, oh my gosh, I can't imagine trying to weed through that many e-mails. It's great you've managed to visit so many though. I'm still amazed how many people signed up for the challenge, it was just great.

  12. Good luck to everyone joining the contest!

    Blogger is giving me problems too. I'm getting emails from blogging friends who say that they can't leave comments. I've changed my settings so I hope it works!

  13. @Samantha, yeah, I've heard the same about comments. I hope your change works! Fingers crossed all this will be resolved soon.

  14. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. Nice to meet you too. :)

  15. @Happyone, you're very welcome, thanks for coming by here as well! :)

  16. I haven't visited as many as I'd like yet, but there's still time! Good luck with the WD contest, and thanks for passing it on.

  17. @Shannon, you're welcome, thanks for the good luck wishes!


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