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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Z: Zest and Zero

"Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating, by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer's make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road he wants to go. I would only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto."
Ray Bradbury

How's your zest and gusto?
Did it wain for this month-long blogfest challenge? I had a gas! I loved finding suitable themes for each letter of the alphabet that fitted with my blog/writing. I loved gaining new followers and hearing everyone's comments and I followed and commented along with them as much as life and health allowed.

Zero = No more A-Z blog posts this month. Time for a rest  for a month perhaps?

And finally if you don't want to experience the trauma of zero-ing your entire blog, as Talli Roland almost had done to her. BACK IT UP


  1. I hope to be more focuse don my writing now that the challenge is over. Not sure how my gusto is at the moment.

    Thanks for the tip, have backed up my blog (surprisingly small file).

    Moody Writing

  2. Thanks for the tip, will backup the blog.

    Z is for Zeal and Zest. Loved your posts for the challenge.

  3. Congrats on completing the Challenge! Hope we can keep in contact via our blogs - though I'll probably go back to blogging once a week (or maybe twice) from now on.

  4. Zest: Necessary to pursue a writing career :)

    I'm at http://dawnkurtagich.blogspot.com


  5. Hi Madeleine .. great tip re the backing up and thanks for the link .. very useful ..

    Congratulations on completing the ABCs - and now Z for Zest and Zero .. love Ray Bradbury's advice .. so true fill our lives full of zestful living ..

    So I gusto on to the next blog .. cheers Hilary

  6. Great job this month! I'm so glad we made it to the end.

    Post-wise, I am so glad I scheduled everything in March, else I would've never made it! Visiting-wise, I started off strong, but this past week I had a hard time making it around to everyone.

    It was a blast but I have to say, I'm glad we can go back to normal tomorrow. I'm looking forward to reading the "normal" posts of all my new blogging friends!

  7. Great blog. I started out with zest, now I'm ready for a rest!

  8. Well done you for finishing the challenge with such zest!!! Yay!!!!!

    Roll on May!! Yay!!!

    Take care

  9. LOL! I vote for rest after zest too!

    I have been so impressed with the way some people have organised their posts and not even cheated on the difficult letters.

    I tried to visit everyone who visited me and some new ones every day :O)

  10. Love that quote from Mr. Bradbury. What I learned from A to Z is that daily blogging is quite a bit of work; so I think I'll be fine going back to my once a week posts!

  11. My gusto is waning at the moment. Ha. But I'm sure a day of rest will rejuvenate me.

    Thank you for stopping by My Blog. I'm happy to have found yours!

  12. ... and CONGRATS on reaching your Write1Sub1 goals this month, on top of everything else!

  13. This has been fun to get to know so many bloggers. Congrats on making it.

  14. What a lovely blog you have. Thanks for the congrats on my post and best of luck with your journey to getting published.

  15. Madeleine, we did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

  16. Thanks so much for sharing the BACK IT UP link. I was wondering since Talli's nightmare how to actually do that...
    Congrats on getting to the end!

  17. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. We met late, but I look forward to reading more from you.

  18. HOORAY for finishing the challenge!

    Like you my posts were geared toward each letter. Choosing flash fiction was trying at times, but I managed to plow through ti.

    Now I finally have the time get back to editing and catching up with my blogging buddies.

    What a month...

  19. Poor Talli. I need to back my blog up!

  20. All embarrassed now Milo, cos actually I only submitted 2/4 this month, which is better than the last 2 months admittedly. Sorry for the confusion :O)

  21. I did enjoy the A to Z Challenge. Lots of fun. I hope you have a good rest!


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