Friday's Top Ten

My top ten reflections on the A to Z Blog Challenge:

10. I posted every letter on schedule

  9. I visited and commented on a LOT of blogs every day

  8. I loved learning about new people, places, and things

  7. I loved playing games with words

  6. I didn't get an A, but I learned I'm a better code solver than I thought

  5. I still love Stormy

  4. I made many new friends

  3. I had a boatload of fun

  2. I did the first two weeks while also doing a blog tour for SOLOMON'S COMPASS

And my #1 top reflection on the A to Z Blog Challenge:

  1. I am no longer an A to Z virgin in any way, shape, or form

Thank you, Arlee Bird, for your awesome creative vision
that has become
the best blog challenge ever!

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to collapse.

I'll be around today and over the weekend, but then I'm taking next week off.

I'll be back here on Monday, May 13.

See you then!


Sounds like your first Challenge was a success!
Stormy just rocks.
My May is rather full, but I'll be taking time off near the end of it.
Em-Musing said…
Phew! What a schedule. You deserve some time off. See you mid May. And have lots of fun too.
Sounds like 'you deserve a break today' lol.
Enjoyed reading your post in the challenge, well done in completing.

Misha Gericke said…
Well done! You deserve a bit of a rest.
Nick Wilford said…
Glad you had fun. I enjoyed meeting your characters. Have a good break!
Clarissa Draper said…
I think you're amazing. I don't think I could have combined a book tour and the A-Z challenge.
Summer Ross said…
LOL- great top ten. Love number one. I found lots of new friends too.
Carol Kilgore said…
Alex - And I'll be seeing you on May 20.

Em-Musing - I intend to do just that :)

Delores - I think I technically started on my break already. I haven't done much since Wednesday LOL!

Yvonne - Great! And thank you.

Misha - I think all A-Zers need a break!

Nick - I'm glad. I had fun thinking up your A-Z words. Your story was awesome.

Clarissa - I'm always amazed by what people can do, especially when they believe they can't.

Summer - Thanks. New friends are always good. Sometimes they become old friends, too ... and those are the best!

Inger said…
It was so great to meet you. I can't comment on your other blog, so I will visit here. I'm sorry but I will not sign up for Google+, why the heck they think they need my birth date for I don't know. It's just too much. But I now have this blog in my side bar so I can keep up with you.
LR said…
Wow, no. 2 is especially impressive. You deserve a nice relaxing weekend under the tiki hut ;)
Julie Luek said…
Your posts were among my favorite in the A-Z challenge, Carol . I thought they were so interesting and a wonderful way to highlight your book!
Rachna Chhabria said…
Congrats Carol on your first and successful A-Z Challenge.
Laura Eno said…
Congrats on completing the A to Z! You did it with style, too, AND kept your Friday Top 10 in there as well. :)
Sally said…
Well done on completing the A - Z. I didn't find you until nearer the end but am so glad I did. Enjoy your break.
Mama J said…
Great list. I popped my A-Z cherry this year too. Excuse me while I also collapse.
EEJ Ed Notes said…
Congratulations! You're a brave, brave woman.
JoLynne Lyon said…
Um, that last comment should have been under my identity. I got confused cuz it's been a long week.
Julie Flanders said…
I really enjoyed your posts and loved learning more about your book. AJ and the other characters did a great job telling us all about the world of Solomon's Compass! :)

Enjoy your break, Carol!
That's an awesome list! Sounds like you had a great A to Z Challenge experience. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Inger - This is the only blog I have, and I'm always happy to see you here!

LR - I'm going to enjoy a nice relaxing WEEK Under the Tiki Hut :)

Julie L - Thank you! I'm happy the posts served their purpose.

Rachna - Feels good!

Laura - Gotta keep the Top Ten :)

Sally - I'm glad, too :) And I'll definitely enjoy my break.

Mama J - Yay!

JoLynne - No's been a long month!

Julie F - Great! Your Awesome Alaska posts were fantastic!
Tami Von Zalez said…
Ah, I see you have atozfatigue too, seems to be going around.

Cheers from one AtoZer to another!
LD Masterson said…
Kudos for completing the challenge. See you in a week.
Linda Kage said…
Wow, you did get an A, I think. And deserve a one--or three-week break, plus a hearty congratulations! Woot, woot, Carol!
VR Barkowski said…
Congratulations on a brilliant A to Z! Still can't believe you managed a simultaneous blog tour. You definitely deserve some down-time. Deep breaths and enjoy!

See you back here at the Tiki Hut on 4/13. :)

VR Barkowski
Liza said…
Congrats! I enjoyed learning more about Solomon's Compass.
Carol Kilgore said…
Tami - You nailed it!

LD - Okey-Dokey :)

Linda K - Awww. I would love a three-week break, but I have commitments. Sigh.

VR - Thanks! Your A to Z was cool, too.

Liza - I'm glad :)
J.L. Campbell said…
Amazing that you also did a tour during the A-Z. My brain would be mush by now. A break is definitely in order.
CATachresis said…
I didn't participate, mainly as I could never manage to blog every day!! So well done to you! I don't blame you taking the week off! x
M Pax said…
I need an umbrella drink on your beach, Carol!
Jeff Hargett said…
Enjoy your time off. You've earned it.
Carol Kilgore said…
J.L. - I finally found my brain this morning. It's still a little mushy.

CATachresis - I'm going to pretend to be a cat and nap in the sunshine :)

M Pax - Me, too!

Jeff - Thanks. I intend to.
Robin said…
You know the theme song from the show FRIENDS? There is a lyric in there about being stuck in second gear. That is how I have felt since about letter "T." I was writing my posts by the day at that point. Now, I am just one frazzled nerve. I cannot post *anything,* am behind on everything in my actual life, and feel completely strung out. I don't blame you at all for taking a week off for yourself. Cheers.

Congratulations on a successful A to Z:) It was lovely meeting you!!!
Shelley Munro said…
Congrats on a successful challenge. Mission completed :)
You deserve your rest.
DWei said…
I'd love to be able to do this challenge one day. Except that it always takes place during finals month.
Rinelle Grey said…
Congratulations on completing the A to Z challenge. And doing it while also doing a blog tour! Wow. Hope you have a nice relaxing week off. You deserve it!

Rinelle Grey
It was fun getting to know your characters! Enjoy your much needed break!

Congrats on completion of the A - Z Carol!! I don't see how you do it. Next year I think I will try it :)
Teresa Coltrin said…
You did a great job. I loved your posts. Learned more about your characters too.

I'm with you, collapsing sounds like the thing to do.
Congratulations on the successful finish! I might have to dive in next year, but I'm still recovering from 2011's AtoZ.
michelle said…
You were one of 4 bloggers who commented on all 26 of my A to Z posts! YOU ROCK!
Enjoy your break.
Carol Kilgore said…
Robin - I pre-wrote all posts, but changed a couple along the way. I did no fiction writing at all, and I'm way behind on life. Loved meeting you, too!

Shelley - Yes! Check that one off the list :)

DWei - Do not attempt during finals month!

Rinelle - I can hardly wait!

Julie - Thanks. I think all AtoZers need a break.

OE - If you do it, write all posts ahead and preschedule them. Keep a backup copy in case Blogger has a hiccup.

Teresa - I loved your posts, too. And learned more about you!

Milo - I can relate to that feeling :)

Michelle - Yours was so fun! You rock, too!

Medeia Sharif said…
Your posts were great and I enjoyed reading more about your books and its characters.
Old Kitty said…
Yay for breaking your A-Z cherry! LOL!! Well done you!! It was totally manic and I so enjoyed everyone's chosen theme - very creative! Take care
Carol Kilgore said…
Medeia - And I loved all the reviews on your blog! You made my Amazon list grow :)

Old Kitty - It was manic! Have a purrfect week with Charlie and Gumtree.
Nas said…
Wow! You did great! And I loved meeting all the characters from Solomons Compass here!

All the best!
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks, Nas. Glad you enjoyed the posts!
C. Lee McKenzie said…
Applauding for you, Carol. It was great to visit your blog during the AtoZ!
Lynda R Young said…
I don't know how you managed to do the blog tour AND the A-Z. Impressive!
Congratulations on finishing the A-Z Challenge, Carol. I'm new to your site, but really enjoyed reading some of your work.
Carol, I nominated you for an award. Please go to: to find out more.
nutschell said…
I enjoyed learning more about your book and yourself. and yes stormy is just cool.
Helena said…
I am SO impressed with how friendly and busy you are. Here I am only now commenting on your FRIDAY blog. I am so out of it.

And again, Carol, thank you in all your touring and blogging (I could never keep up like you) to help me so much with my blurb. I'll email you my latest in a couple days, if that's okay with you.
I can understand why you're ready to collapse. You've been busy! Enjoy your well deserved break.
You did very well. Good for you,

Michelle said…
Congrats! Well done. Such an achievement, xx
Talli Roland said…
You did well! A very well-deserved break.
Congrats on finishing! Sounds like you did better than I did! I finished, but am still catching up on comments. Oy.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I had a fantastic break!
Arlee Bird said…
Thank you for participating. See! Wasn't that fun!

Tossing It Out