Saturday, May 10, 2014

Reflections on 'Shades of Life'

I love variety. Even as a person, at a point in time, you'll find me juggling with if not three at least two things at a time. Variety is the spice of life and that's what A-Z gave me - Beautiful, Unique and Diverse connections from all over the world which I intend to nurture and carry forward in my blogging world. A few terrific blogs that I discovered along this challenge - PatriciaDebiCarol (each and every dog story was fabulous), The Multicolored ladyJemima (won a giveaway too on her space), YvonneMissADebbieKristin, MorganAmrit...and many more ;)

This was my first monthly challenge ever and one very important take away for me has been "the importance of community", a family where along with the friendly banter there is a huge pool, cool and blue, where you can dive into when feeling low and let the encouraging and motivating words float you up! Thanks Corinne for the A to Z 2014 Facebook Group! *Group Hugs Everyone*!! Special mention and kisses to ShailajaRichaMeenaTulikaEliBelooSuzyShilpaSulekhaSreeja and Kathy

I am grateful to my family for sharing my enthusiasm even if they don't know head or tail about blogging. My Mom commented on almost all my stories and made sure my Dad read them too. Even if I was a day late she would message me and ask where was the day's alphabet! My sister joined in this madness from another and answered frantic calls any time of the day and heard me about sobbing how my muse has left me stranded! And my husband did what he knows best, bought me chocolates and wine and gently nudged me to keep going!

A very special mention to my friend Deepanshu who waited patiently for the A-Z to end so that we could embark on our new project! Can't contain my bubbly heart anymore...Friends show some love to our new blog that we have started - The Dance Bible, a space meant for the dancer in you, the one who tap their feet even if offbeat on any kind of music!

This has been an awesome experience, and although I couldn't schedule by posts as suggested by the A-Z veterans, the rush of daily writing - creating stories, thinking aloud and in your dreams, on way to work, on your desk, eating....you get the gist, well that adrenaline rush has helped me discover a whole new side of me!

Thank you truly, deeply to all those who made A-Z possible and will I participate next year? Is there even a doubt?

P.S. You can catch my entire 'Shades of Life' - a series of short fictions each based on a colour prompt here.

32 comments:

  1. That is so sweet that your mom would call looking for the letter of the day. What great motivation for you. Thank you for mentioning my dog stories -- they were fun. BTW, a new one posted about Little Louie Vuiton today! :)

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    1. Haha...ya got a lot of motivation from my family! Thanks for being there throughout A-Z Carol! Lv

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  2. Awee :) So sweet of your mom, and the whole family has been supporting you beautifully :) See, that's the magic of the 'Shades of Life' :) Hugsss and kisses to you too, dear :) And yes, we're looking forward to 'the Dance Bible' :)

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    1. Thanks Sreeja! Such a fun month no?

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  3. It's so nice to hear that your entire family is involved!! My Mom acts like she understands when I talk about my blog, although I know it's all going over her head :)

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    1. Haha...totally know what u mean! ;)

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  4. It is absolutely wonderful to have your family encourage you like that! I remember taking ideas from my husband and kids when I was doing month long photo challenges. It is so much fun. I am sad I missed A to Z this year. Hopefully, next year. Like they say here, "Inshallah". :)

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    1. Oh absolutely Jyothi...there's always a next time and I hope you are doing your A-Z on emotions this month!

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  5. Thanks so much for the mention Aditi. I enjoyed and marvelled at your ability to weave awesome stories on each colour. Congrats for finishing the A to Z.

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    1. Thank u so much Suzy! :) Appreciate your support throughout!

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  6. What a lovely reflection post, Aditi. So sweet that your family was so involved in this blogfest :) Your stories were really very powerful and provocative, you should be very proud of all the great work you did last month. Looking forward to more colorful posts here this month and beyond....
    thanks for the kind mention. Hugs and kisses, dear!

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    1. Yay thanks Beloo....You were always there for me! Thanks so much....lotsa love :-*

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  7. Very lovely post. Congrats for the completion of Ato Z .

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  8. Congratulations on surviving the challenge!!

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  9. I just loved your every single post Aditi.. Congrats once again dear.

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  10. Congrats on fulfilling the challenge.. it was tough one , I for one wud not have been able to do it.. I have read a few of your articles , Sorry i did not comment on the older ones .. I enjoyed reading ..

    Bikram

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    1. Thanks a lot Bikram! Well next time just take a dive without thinking... Trust me initially I thought I could not to this but managed somehow and the feeling of accomplishment is great!

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  11. That was a beautiful sum-up. Even my dad commented on every post. Iread your stories but there is still catching up do.. will do it soon!

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  12. And every single of those stories brought a smile a tear and an expression of awe from us :-)

    Richa

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  13. Aditi I have not read all of them but indeed many of them and frankly they were beautiful, written finely, emotions in them were captured so beautifully! I enjoyed reading them. As a reader, I enjoyed your write ups- your words and descriptions there in! Congratulations :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Shesha for your kind words!

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  14. The A - Z Challenge has been an overwhelming experience for me Aditi much the same as it has been an enriching one for you! Each day i marvelled not only at your talent and potential as a writer but also at the fact that how in spite of your busy work schedule and dance sessions you managed to complete the challenge in such an impressive manner. Kudos to you dear! Yet when I see this 3:40am post of yours i can't help but be concerned for u as a mom. Love u loads & i am sure 'The Dance Bible' will rock!

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    1. Mommy lv u :-* n ya ya I hear you!! ;)

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  15. you had such a fabulous theme. enjoyed reading your posts.. :) and that new venture is really awesome.. will be checking it out ...

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  16. How wonderful to have the support of your family thoughout the challenge. I enjoyed your AtoZ entries and also appreciate the mention.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! It was great interacting with you throughout the challenge. Hope to stay in touch! :)

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