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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

May The Force Be With You! #atozchallenge

It's official.  Today marks Day 13 of 26 for the A-Z Challenge.  We are half-way, and I would venture to guess that if you're still reading this, then you haven't given up, and are in this thing for the duration.

KUDOS to you!  It's not easy.  There's a lot to balance, a lot of blogs to visit, and (we hope) a lot of comments to return because you've been out there spreading The Force of your amazing participation!

So here's my advice for the day.  Use The Force, Luke.  Clear your mind of all distractions.  Focus on your objective.  Let The Force guide you.

Not a Star Wars fan?  That's OK.  We can still be friends.  What I'm talking about is letting the collective energy generated by thousands of bloggers still at this give you energy, and purpose, and stamina, and drive to see it through.  Don't try to go it alone.

If you're feeling like quitting, contact a blogging buddy, a co-host, a minion (boy do we love our minions!) and reach out for help.  Some of you remember Leia's plea, "Help me Obi-Wan, you're my only hope!" Send a distress signal to a friend.

You CAN do it.  You've made it this far.  It's not J any more, but I'm also quite fond of the movie "Finding Nemo", so even though it doesn't fit alphabetically here, I will also say, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming."

One day at a time, one post at a time.  The Force, and this community, will be with you.

~Tina, fond of quoting movies, and ready to give you a pep talk if you need one.  See contact tab for my email.

45 comments:

  1. I find I really start to struggle about now on the A to Z, even if I do have all the post written, but it is a lovely sunny day so I will run about outside.

    And I am less than half way through the list of participants, I was rather hoping to get to every blog before Z, I dont think I am going to make it now.

    Rob Z Tobor

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  2. I soldier on:
    http://imagery77.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-masters-champion.html

    Hank

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  3. Fun post :) Still marching on over here!

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  4. mmmmmmmmm...snacks would help!

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  5. Thanks Tina for bubbly encouragement! Marching on!
    Garden of Eden Blog

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  6. As a recovering Catholic, every time I hear or see 'May the Force Be With You' I automatically want to say, 'And also with you'.....an old throwback to my Mass attending days.

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    1. Hah! Thanks for the laugh, JoJo.
      Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  7. This is my first year trying the A to Z, so we'll see what kind of soldier I am in another couple weeks. I am enjoying it, though, despite my red eyes and slumped shoulders. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  8. May the Schwartz be with you!
    Wait, that's Spaceballs...

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  9. I can't believe we are half way done! This has been so much fun!

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  10. Wow, can't believe half the journey is over.
    My post for today- http://sayantini-bhattacharya.blogspot.com/2014/04/mystery-novels.html

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  11. Love your encouragement--there are a lot of letters in this alphabet...but it's all good, and I've come across some great blogs and people. It's good to connect.

    (Stopping by from www.writeonsisters.com.)

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  12. Wow. Half way? The challenge is passing by in a flurry.

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

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  13. I am thrilled... it's been more difficult this year, but I do have an excuse and no it's lazy. :)
    Great post of encouragement.

    Thank you for being part of the "AtoZ Challenge", please stop on over to my site[s] and say "Hello"!
    Comment/Follow/Etc.

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2014]

    Old is the New Cool...
    [Being-Retro]

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  14. The Massive and Mean A to Z Machine Marches Merrily along on M-Day... it's the Mid-way Mark!
    YAY!!

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  15. Wow! How did we get here so fast!?! I am hope all of you are doing well and having a blast with this challenge!

    Mr.McLovin at Fuel For The Furnace

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  16. Yes, we are at the halfway point, the finish line is in view.

    May the force be with everyone! :)

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  17. Love a good Star Wars reference for motivation!!! Challenge A to Z, Excited, Am I! (Yoda for those who don't like breath Star Wars)

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  18. My first year, I really needed this ! Thank you :)

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  19. You get my high-five on Star Wars and Finding Nemo. On top of the mountain and ready to slide down the other side of April.
    Gail visiting for AtoZ

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  20. Would someone get this walking carpet out of my way!

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  21. Yay! Half way! Thanks for the reminder! I am new to this whole thing and enjoying the heck out of it! It has been great for me to "meet" other people and keep up with them as I read each day. Great experience! Thanks! http://www.conleericketts.com/blog.html

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  22. I'm enjoying the challenge but really appreciate these pep talks to push me forward. It would be a shame to quit as we're half way, so keeping nudging me." I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." Sigh! httt://www.writer-way.blogspot.com

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  23. Pandas are very persistent and it isn't even the day of "P" yet. Hip hip hooray from The Panda Chronicles!

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  24. I'm finding that the biggest challenge is finding people's blogs, especially with so many comments taking you to people's Google Plus profiles. I can't find people's blogs in all the ones they've commented! I'm getting better at it--but there are some I haven't been able to comment back because I couldn't find their blogs on Google Plus!

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    1. I'm having the same problem. I don't like it when my only choice is to use my g+ profile. I don't have the others. I like name/url when they offer it

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    2. Conlee, I've started putting my blog URL unless the blog I'm commenting on is on Blogger (where mine is). At least they can find me the first time! I also turned off the feature in Google Plus where my comments on other blogs posted on my feed, and every day I link that day's blog to make sure it's at the top. There are some blogs I've wanted to comment but I simply couldn't figure out where their blog was on their Google Plus profile! Such a shame!

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  25. I had no idea what to expect, as this is my first A to Z and it is quite a challenge to keep up! I have to admit that if I didn't have all my posts already written, it would be very tempting to drop out. But I won't! I will be so proud of myself for finishing, and so happy to have met so many new bloggers.
    Thanks for the pep talk. :)

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  26. Thanks. Halfway thru and the force is still working. Having fun, that's for sure. Thanks mucho

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  27. My posts were already up by April 1st, which allowed me to travel around. I am keeping track this time of #s I have read. Have come across some wonderful blogs!

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  28. Doing good so far! I have just a few more posts to get done. Woot! If only I could get to as many blogs to say hi as I was hoping!

    Happy A to Z-ing!
    ~Anna
    herding cats & burning soup.

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  29. love star wars! I got behind, but am up to date now. If you jump over to my blog you will see them all, plus my other blogs I do!!! http://ussminnow1964.blogspot.com/

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  30. Hi Tina .. it really is doing what we can isn't it and enjoying meeting new friends and see old ones along the way .. happy 2nd half - cheers Hilary

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  31. Thanks for the energy of the force! May we all persevere to the end!

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  32. It's a definitely a case of one step at a time and I hope I'm not asking for trouble when I say I can just about see the light at the end of the tunnel. (I'm writing this having just posted letter N). Also, and rather weirdly, I've even been thinking about what I might do for next year's challenge.

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    1. I was just thinking to myself how creative your theme this year is! I am trying to guess letters ahead, but my skills aren't the best :-) I will be visiting N after work!! Gotta go get ready and stop procrastinating here!

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  33. Thanks for the peptalk!
    I need to get my butt back into writing gear! :)

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  34. PERSONALLY I'm always keen to help someone on The Twitter. hit me up @Pamlovesbooks and i'll give you the pep talk!

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  35. The challenge has inspired me to work on my blog more, so I love this challenge.

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  36. Lovely post.Thank you for reminding my post #I can (http://uniqusatya.wordpress.com/?s=i+can)

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