Now on to other things...
The other day, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne was kind enough to bestow upon me the Very Inspiring Blogger award.
1. The A to Z Challenge— Sign ups started this week, and there are about 400 participants already. I love to do this in April. I didn't participate last year, and I hadn't really planned on doing it this year. Life is in flux, and I didn't want to commit to something I might not be able to see all the way through. But even though I told myself this, I have spent a couple of afternoons this week making plans to take the leap. I have two themes all planned right now. Don't know which one I'll go with, but it certainly seems as though I'll be taking the plunge after all. I may even write posts ahead of time. And that's just unheard of.
2. These songs:
They're both the latest additions to the Second Nature playlist. In case you required more proof that I'm not writing a happy story.
3. Hearing from readers. I know Effigy's readership is small (I am a disaster at marketing), like, super small, but I have received messages from some of them. Recently, one reader told me she stayed up all night reading because she just could not put the book down. This was one of the best things ever because, as I said in a post almost one year ago, I want to write books that make people want to stay up all night to read. Hearing that I actually made someone do that is very inspirational, to say the least. Thank you, readers—I am so incredibly thankful for you all. I am not worthy.
Now comes the part where I am supposed to nominate others for this award. And this is the part I never do the way you're supposed to. And here's the thing...at the risk of being overly sappy or something, all of you inspire me. Really, you do. I know I haven't been the world's most consistent blogger, but I love visiting and/or hearing from all of you. So please, if you're reading this, please consider yourselves awarded.
And on that note, I'm headed out. Thank you (you know, because I haven't use those words enough today) for stopping by today. Hope to see you next time.