The A-Z in April hosts have asked participants to share reflections on this year's challenge, and there is a linky list here if you are interested in signing up and sharing your thoughts. When I was thinking back on last month, I realized I don't have much to say, except that I really enjoyed the challenge once again and had a great time participating. I'm very glad I signed up for the challenge for a second year.
The biggest difference between this year and last for me was that I had a terrible time keeping up with visiting and commenting on other blogs. At first I felt frustrated by that, but then I realized the main reason for my trouble was that I had a core of blogger friends I wanted to be sure to visit and read regularly. Last year, I had barely met any bloggers when I did the April challenge, so I was able to hop through the list and keep up without much difficulty.
It was a wonderful feeling to realize I now had great blogger buddies that I wanted to be sure I kept tabs on during this year's challenge. And, it was a lot of fun to go through the April craziness again with bloggers I met last year. While I would have loved to have been able to visit more blogs, it felt great to know I'd managed to maintain relationships with friends I met last April, and those I've met since.
So thanks again to A-Z founder Arlee Bird for coming up with this fantastic idea, and thanks as well to all the wonderful A-Z Challenge hosts. It was another great time! :)
I'm also really excited to be participating in the launch party for The Backworlds, by my friend M.Pax. Congratulations to Mary!!
Here is the scoop on this exciting new story:
The Backworlds is here!
The first story in the Backworlds series by M. Pax. A vision of how humanity might colonize the galaxy some day in the distant future.
After the war with Earth, bioengineered humans scatter across the Backworlds. Competition is fierce and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to hoard his fortune by destroying his son. Cut off from family and friends, with little money, and even less knowledge of the worlds beyond his own, Craze heads into an uncertain future. Boarding the transport to Elstwhere, he vows to make his father regret this day.
The Backworlds is an ebook and a free read. All formats can be found at Smashwords and Feedbooks.
I read Mary's Semper Audacia last year, as well as some of her short stories, and thought all of her work was excellent. I've no doubt The Backworlds will be just as fantastic, as Mary has an amazing imagination, and the worlds she takes her readers to are always something special.
So this is a busy day here in the blogosphere, and it's fun to jump back in with both feet after resting up a bit after the challenge. Today's post is my 200th since I started this blog, something that is most likely only exciting to me! But when I started this I wasn't sure if I'd make it to my second post, so it brought a big smile to my face to realize that this was going to be number 200. :)
Thanks again to the A-Z Challenge hosts and to all my fabulous blogger buddies who made the challenge so much fun, and huge kudos to Mary on the launch of her new book!