This might take a few posts...in fact I'm pretty sure it will. Like I've heard some others say (tartlette and more) I started great and fizzled in the visiting department. I knew I would - I left on the 9th and was gone for ten days - a fair chunk of the month when you consider the getting ready to go and the collapsing when back. Also - I have a full caseload of clients right now - meaning I come home like a worn out dishrag and flop on the couch to watch Little Dorrit with the fella. I had already decided this was going to be likely and thought I would try and get around to people's complete oeuvres this month but that is already not happening for the same reason!
On the plus side - the discipline of having a post and a day and my inspiration to let my finger fall on a word in the dictionary was wonderful. I feel like I have 26 nuggets of ideas that I could take further AND I liked stretching my pure invention muscle. I've been revising for about a year and this just was plain fun. Between that and my friend Sue pointing out that I might not want to start another revision process so fast on the heels of True - all good.
The other thing I noted which was like the last year was that I got too frustrated with folks who weren't posting when I did go visiting. They'd still have their badge up and hadn't taken their linky down so why weren't they doing the challenge? And I, like others, maybe don't want to hang out with those who have such a different idea of what they want to get out of this. I'm mainly interested in other writers and while I have a great tolerance for crafts I have less so for sugar fanatics (too many happy faces and LOLs make me bilious) and the religious right. There. I said it. Now I feel kind of selfish. I guess I am selfish - I want something out of this - I put a fair bit of time into making interesting posts and I don't want to visit lots of people telling me that I should do what they do and give it all up for Jesus or Quilting or Being Nice.
I will continue to do this challenge (think it is the only one I do) and I think the gang who organizes it is fantastic. It is a huge venture and I'm incredibly appreciative of that. So hurrah for difference and exertion and discipline!