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Monday, March 2, 2015

Dragon Soldiers

Hello A to Z challenge accepting people. My name is Susan Gourley and I'm thrilled to be part of the team here at A to Z. This is my first year as an administrator and my fourth year participating in the challenge. I served as a minion to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh last year so I'm confident I'll handle the responsibilities involved in my position this year.

I write romance as Susan Kelley and have 12 books published by a small press, two of them bestsellers. I'm also published in high fantasy though that's a story for another day. I'm a member of the Pennwriters Board and am busy helping plan the annual conference. I also am a long time member of RWA and one of the administrators of the IWSG blog. My personal blog is Susan Says where I post every MWF except in April. Enough about me.

One of the reasons I'm confident I will be successful as an A to Z show runner is the great squad of Dragon Soldiers who will be helping me.

Please check out these fellow bloggers and drool with envy at their really cool Dragon Badges. We could use one or more recruits if you'd like one of those badges to enhance your blog sidebar.

Laura Clipson found at My Baffling Brain, a blog I've followed for a while now.

L.Diane Wolfe a veteran of the challenge and also an IWSG blog administrator.

Sabina Leybold whose blog, Victim to Charm is full of variety.

Shanatala at Shanayatales who shares the most interesting book reviews.

Ann Bennett who is a new friend to me and so graciously enlisted into the Dragons.

With an all female team, maybe we should have been called Amazon Warriors instead of Dragon Soldiers. But we would welcome any gentlemen into our midst should one step up. One thing I love about our team is our  diversity. Writers, teachers, public speakers, photographers and all of us with a wide variety of interests.

And that brings me to today's piece of advice for the Challenge. It might be tempting to use the category tags to select blogs that are the same as your own. But one of the great ideas behind the challenge is to meet bloggers from all worlds of fun, entertainment and weirdness. Visit outside your category and you'll find some fun and interesting posts.

Have you met my soldiers yet? Care to help us out? Will you visit outside your category? See a glimpse of spring yet?

21 comments:

  1. Great name and badge! I'm serving with Tremp's Troops. I anticipate this being the best A to Z yet!
    As to spring, the pear tree is in full bloom. And the wild ducks are back on the pond. If we get through this week, spring should make it.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Stephen is a great guy. He's lucky to have you as one of his troops. Winter slapped us again yesterday. Not a bloom in sight.

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  2. Being successful in AtoZ is being prepaired and havingf it ready in advance. I have mine nearly finished in that respect. The last time I did it in 2013 was my fist time so in the deep end but I did notcice many fell to the side after a couple of posts. My feeling is why di dthey bother. Look forward to seeing the Dragon Soldiers

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    1. Hopefully some of those who fell by the side will try again and will have taken to heart some of the excellent advice like yours to be prepared.

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  3. Proud to be a Dragon Warrior.

    I've never used the tags. It invites a great diversity of visitors.

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    1. I'm so happy to have you as one of my band.

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  4. Will check out your blog and your Dragon helper blogs too :) Helping on Tremps' Troops myself :) We have had a very mild winter here except for past two days or so, so our trees actually have started to blossom, spring definitely was in the air here!

    I did list a category for my blog but will check out other ones too. I usually like to try to visit 5-10 new blogs a day during the challenge :) Should be a great one!

    betty


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    1. 5-10 is an excellent number. Lucky Stephen.

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  6. You have a great team! And you've already proven yourself an asset to the Challenge team.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I'm fishing for compliments this week after such a bad February.

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  7. Glad to be a Dragon Soldier :D
    This is my first time and am so looking forward to this. One part anxiety and Two parts excitement :D
    That was a very helpful tip Susan. Will keep that in mind. Thank you :)

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    1. However happy you are, multiple by 6 and you'll know how happy I am to have you. (the 6 is a wave to Megamind)

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  8. That is a neat badge! It's interesting to see all the different teams out there. :)

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  9. Thanks for all that you do both here and at the IWSG! Nice to "Meet" you Susan. Love your team name and that badge rocks!

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  10. The badge honors goes to Jeremy. He's quite the talent and so very generous.

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  11. Love the dragon badge, Susan! It rocks. Pleased to meet your team too and to know a bit more about you!

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  12. The dragon badge is gorgeous!! Very nice to meet you and your team. I'm very excited to be participating this year :D

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  13. Your badge is lovely.
    Great team too.
    Sounds like you're ready to go!

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