2019: A to Z… Reflection Post

A to Z: 2019… Reflection Post

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While it’s extremely hectic during the April A to Z as you hop around discovering new blogs, my reflection post will now give me time to go back and discover all I’ve missed. I managed to write all my A to Z posts before April 1st this year… as we travel during this month… which leaves me only to quickly edit each night. While this made it less hectic and stress free, but like always… on the last day I felt sad in having no more daily postings!

I’m sure I’ve probably missed logging a few blogs here that I visited… and I do apologize… it was such a hectic month of writing, reading and trying to keep up with blog sites I visited… sometimes the mind just loses track. Hopefully on the reflection posts, I’ll discover even more that I missed. Now my thoughts are already churning to what will I write in 2020. I’m running out of favorite ideas…. so I can’t even imagine coming up with another fun post… but we will see!

Please check some of my favorites!

2019: A to Z Reflections


The Joyous Living: The A to Z’s of Theater: I enjoyed checking out her site to discover classic movies to watch… such as Brigadoon with Gene Kelly.can’t wait to find Brigadoon now to watch.

Anne’s Family History: Visiting England, Scotland and Wales on the A to Z. As I’ll never probably visit there… I enjoyed following along on her blog.

HackyTips.com: An A to Z of Favorite Shows. I’m always looking for a new show to watch, especially on Netflix, so I’ll be checking this blog often. Love discovering new shows!

Keith’s Ramblings: I truly was entertained with Keith’s daily rambling of stories. A daily prompt had him turning them into cute stories!

LessBeatenPaths: I was glad to see him back this year… as I enjoy seeing what new signs he has discovered in his many hours on the road. I also enjoy discovering signs in my road travels, he’s found some really great ones.

 Words from Sonobe: Each post this month will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the themeFood Memories‘. I enjoyed checking out her food memories as I also wrote on food and memories this year.

Janet Smiles: Crafty fun always on her A to Z… and she even has an Etsy shop. I’ve enjoyed following Janet’s crafts along the way!

Doesn’t Speak Klingon: This A to Z begins with audience participation – I start with one story for A, but in the comments each day, I want YOU to offer a suggestion. It could be a word or a phrase, a hint of a character, a setting, an event, ANYTHING. It doesn’t specifically have to begin with the next day’s letter, either. Hopefully there will be enough comments that I can build a stockpile for days when no one offers anything that inspires words. I thought this a truly fun blog to follow… and very unusual… loved their blog name!

The Old Trunk in the Attic: A to Z on newspaper clippings… she’s found some awesome family mentions in the papers. How exciting to have found all those clippings!

Finding Eliza: This was my sixth year doing the A to Z Challenge. I took small social items from The Emancipator newspaper, published  between 1917 and 1920 in Montgomery, Alabama. The items were of marriage, death, travel and movement to other cities – Detroit, New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Most were family or friends of my grandparents, Merchell and Fannie (Turner) Graham. Amazing newspaper articles she found on her family… such finds!

Romance and Mystery Writing My Past: My A to Z Challenge is Micro fiction, using 300 words or less, inspired by selected words along with a photo for inspiration. The words were chosen in reverse order from this lesson plan page. This was an interesting idea and fun to read!

Travel Genee: Here I share extracts about the people and places in my family history. Sometimes I add the adventures I have had in life traveling, researching and thoughts about my life; The TravelGenee blog is a place to record these for future generations. Quite the interesting mix of learning on another’s family.

Black and White Words and Pictures:   My theme for this year’s April A-Z Blog Challenge is fantastical creatures, celebrating my upcoming book, “On the Virtues of Beasts of the Realms of Imagination.” I learned about many new creatures I’d never read or saw before… and I loved the black and white photos.

Tell Me Another: My chosen theme is Migrants, Refugees, and Exiles, a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot recently and which, of course, is an urgent issue—perhaps the urgent issue—worldwide. A very interesting read!

My name is Marion Ann: The best of both worlds – hotel life and food/cooking. An interesting behind the scenes adventure.

Stories Served Around The Table: Welcome to my 2019 Blogging A-Z Challenge. Each day in the the month of April (except Sundays), I will bring you a memory of games and a jump rope song. It is similar to the classic A My Name Is…  Do you recognize the chant? A world of children will greet their friends and skip… This was a fun and cute read!

QP and Eye:  Architecture around Australia… I’d so love to visit there one day!

Ruth Blogs Here: For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z I’ve decided to share my love of colouring in by posting one image each day following the alphabet. I keep saying I’m going to color… but then get sidetracked!

In case you’d like to peruse through my older A to Z’s… I’ve listed them below!

  •  2016: Southern Foods and Memories. They say write what you know… and being a girl born in the South… well this was what I knew!
  • 2017: Conversations with Mama was a somewhat easy one for me as I’d journaled our conversations for years so I researched some of my favorite topics to write on.
  • 2018: All About Nancy Drew has been my favorite topic so far, and I don’t know if I’ll ever come up with another to equal it. It literally had me researching every day for over six months… researching, reading and perfecting every post. I was totally consumed with Nancy Drew for months… and still am!
  • 2019: Italian family foods and memories. I didn’t want to “not” participate this year, but I was drawing a blank. Finally, mid February, I came up with writing on my husbands Italian foods as I did my Southern foods in 2016.

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If you discovered the A to Z too late to join this year, hope you visited blogs to discover what it’s all about… and plan on joining us in 2020. If I might offer you one piece of advice… Plan! While I see many writing their posts on the daily cusp, I find it too stressful. Usually my A to Z is something I’m very passionate on, so it takes planning and writing way ahead of schedule.

Hope to see you writing in 2020!


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11 Responses to 2019: A to Z… Reflection Post

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    Thanks so much for the mention, Jeanne. I’m glad you liked my series this year. I really enjoyed yours too as even though I come from an Italian background, some of your family’s dishes were new to me. Great recap on some of the other bloggers you found as well. I’m going to check them out too! Good thing we have a while to figure out what to do for next year!

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    • Like usual I’m already thinking. I’d love to do something again with Nancy Drew but thinking also of doing something with a 50,000 word story I wrote on a Nov Writing challenge. Hey if you ever do any Nancy Drew projects let me know. I can also let my Drew friends know! Happy Crafting! I’m working on knitting socks today!

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  2. Thanks so much for the mention….I found several new blogs and some are on your list. I was a bit worn out and didn’t take time to list them in my reflections post. Bad me…LOL!

    DB McNicol, author
    A to Z Reflections
    My Author Page
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  3. Anne Young says:

    Thanks for following along. I really enjoyed your recipes and the family stories that went with them. I look forward to trying some when I get back home.

    Best wishes

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  4. mjothi says:

    Haven’t visited this blog during the A2Z… Realized I missed something. Will be following these in upcoming days. Great!

    Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip! Looks amazing to see in person.

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