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#AtoZChallenge 2016 – Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

I am proud and happy to say that I survived the #AtoZChallenge for 2016. Not everyone made it to the end – I think the last time I checked, about 2,000 blogs had signed up for the challenge, and on the current list are 1,344 blogs. (And if anyone would like to gift me with the #AtoZChallenge Survivor Mug for 2016, I would be forever grateful. This was my hardest year yet, and it’s a cool design by Jeremy over at Being Retro, who provides all the artwork for the challenges. For Free.) This is my third year participating in the challenge, and my first year with a theme: #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – Z is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … zee end Yeah, so I’m cheating with the topic for this letter, and it appears that I used these very same words for the very last post for the 2015 #AtoZChallenge, but, by golly by gum, I’m tired. I’m all talked written out. And you’re probably all read out, too. I feel bad I fell so far behind on reading other people’s blogs, especially my challenge partners. My personal high point in visits was F is for…, and traffic and comments went down after that. But again, I blame no one. This is a challenge, a race, a marathon; … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – Y is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. One letter to go… … yawn Seriously, peoples. I am exhausted. And I could NOT for the LIFE of me think of a topic for “Y”. Even The Mighty, the site I have spoken of before that features articles on a whole host of #InvisibleIllnesses, doesn’t even have a disease that starts with “Y”. (Their list of All Conditions A-Z ends with “W”.) I told one of my writing/editing buddies that fact, and he (Chris Votey) suggested yawn. And I’m totally using it. (Clearly.) Did y’all know that a yawn does not actually indicate boredom? That it means that you … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – X is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. Down to our last letters! Whew! … X-tras So, yeah. I’m kinda cheating on today’s letter, but that’s my prerogative as a writer. And blogger. So today is for “x-tras” that didn’t make it into other posts, for whatever reason. (Either I thought of it later, or I was tired that day, or whatever. Or it’s appropriate for today.) A lot of topics fit within my theme, but I didn’t get around to writing about them. I gotta be honest. This writing every day like this and answering comments is tiring. And I stopped visiting other blogs and tweeting them … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – W is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. And only three letters left… … wisdom teeth So. I have all of my wisdom teeth, which is odd, for a woman of 45 years. Most people have their wisdom teeth taken out when they are young, generally because there isn’t room in their mouth for them. Not me. I have plenty of room. My former hygienist just loved saying how I “have a big mouth”. Seriously. She thought it was the funniest thing ever. But now, I need to have my wisdom teeth out, and of course, it’s not the easy thing it is for most people. Heck, my … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – V is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … vision, pt 1 So, I just read this really interesting article/post/Facebook note by a dude who is a software engineer. This guy, Blake Ross (that link is to his very own Wikipedia page), has just learned that most people can visualize things in their mind. He can’t. He has a condition known as aphantasia, or “a life without imagery.” Or, as he put it, a “blind mind’s eye”. The condition only just this past year received its official medical name. Because, who goes around thinking that something you experience every day isn’t something everyone experiences every day? (For me, … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – U is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … United States Virgin Islands Today, we are defecting to the United States Virgin Islands. (And sorry. I don’t have a fun giveaway to go with this one.) Some of you may know that I lived on St. Thomas, the most populated of the U.S. Virgin Islands, as a child, from when I was 9.5 til I was 12*. Most of the thoughts here are from my memories of the place, and I’ve filled in a bit from google as needed. The island is very small – only 13 miles long and 3 miles wide, a rumpled bit of land. … Continue reading

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