If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I quit drinking coffee a few weeks ago, but I’d offer you a tasty Arabica from Ethiopia or chicory coffee. While grinding the beans and preparing the drip apparatus, I’d tell you April was a crazy month. The April A to Z Blogging Challenge took over my life, but I discovered several great blogs. I posted poetry for 26 days, while on Sundays I had done flash fiction. Overall, I’d written 37 poems (also for NaPoWriMo) and 9 short stories in April. This challenge made me realize that I want to focus on my poetry and prose, and that makes me excited.
I’d also tell you about how much fun I’d had over the month visiting other blogs. I’ve made some blogging friendships that I hope will continue for a long time into the future. I’d tell you to come back on Monday for my reflections and a roundup of bloggers I’d read and enjoyed.
A to Z led to some opportunities for me. Some I’ll write about in the future, but one I can definitely talk about is that I will be guest posting on Part Time Monster as part of the Monster Monday series. I enjoyed Diana’s theme for A to Z, which was female monsters. Her blog was one I made sure to visit each day in April. I’ll be writing about Slavic monsters, some of which may not be well known to most.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the end of April brought the end of my adventures in professional cooking. April 30th was my last day as a sous chef in a vegan restaurant. I had immensely enjoyed working there for a year and making the decision that it was time to go was one of the toughest I’d had to make. I had always known it was a temporary position, as cooking has never been part of my plan. It was one of the nicest detours I’d taken in life. I learned so much about myself. I treated all the challenges I faced in that position as paths of personal development. Most importantly, I’m a much better (and quicker) cook for having worked at such a job, even if it had been just a few days a week for a year.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the challenges are not over for me. Since I just finished one challenge, I can’t stop there. I’d ask you if you knew that May was International Short Story Month. This month, I’ll write (and finish) a story a day. I will not be posting a story each day, (Are you crazy?) but I will share some. Of course, you can look forward to the flash fiction I will write for the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge each week. I will be posting an additional short story or two each week, which will most likely be flash fiction. This means that this month I will attempt to write and finish 31 pieces of flash fiction. I can do it, right?
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