Monday, April 4, 2011

A to Z Challenge - C

For the A to Z Challenge, I am featuring some awesome bloggers, many of whom are participating in the Challenge. These individuals have offered so much support of my book, CassaStar, and me on my blogger journey. Of course, I’ll be keeping up with the world of movies, music, and pop culture stuff as well! Ninjas are just talented that way...

Coffee Rings Everywhere
Rayna lives in India and posts in 100 word drabbles. The wisdom of this woman amazes me! She’s a mother, a working professional, a marathon runner, and a keen observer of life. Follow her drabbles and you just might learn something about the world.

CineMarvellous!
Nebular runs an awesome movie site. He has great taste in films (my biased but accurate opinion) and his reviews are informative and to the point. His interests go beyond movies though, so a conversation with Nebular might surprise you. For the widest selection of movie reviews, visit his award-winning site!

And for my faithful Ninja Army...

The crappy thing about this Challenge? Yes, there is a downside!

I don't have time to visit all of my regular buddies every day!!

My friends, stick with me. It's like NaNoWriMo. I've had to scale back. As a Challenge host, I'm trying to visit as many participating blogs as possible. Miss you guys - I'll be back full force in May. Besides, I need to gear up for another awesome blogfest in June...

86 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Good post Alex this challenge is bigger than thought possible.

Yvonne.

Nebular said...

Thanks for the mentioning and for all the kind words, Alex. I really appreciate it! :) It seem I'm already a part of this massive challenge, even if indirectly :)

I'm so looking forward to you blogfest in June. I just can't predict what you have in mind this time :)

mooderino said...

Come on Alex, there's only 1200 members, should be done by lunch (April 4th 2012).
mood
Moody Writing

salarsenッ said...

I can to that same conclusion on Friday. Visiting my regular cyber buds took a backseat. I tried to see as many as I could.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'm looking forward to discovering new blogs to read--thanks for focusing giving us some links. And don't worry...you can only do so much visiting!

li said...

It's a big help for you to visit these new blogs and point us in their direction. (I've visited a ton of blogs over the weekend and I usually see that you've gotten there ahead of me! :)

Liz P said...

I'm discovering a lot of new bloggers which is cool, some with similar interests that I probably wouldn't have found if it wasn't for the challenge.

Keeping up with the blogs daily is tough though, especially during the week while I'm at work full-time. But I'm trying my best!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yvonne, yes it is!

Nebular, you're welcome. And I've something cool planned.

Mood, I'll stop slacking then!

Elizabeth, I'm really trying though.

li, that's the Ninja skills kicking in!

Liz, glad you're making friends!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Clever entry for 'C'! And I hear you, Alex, I'm feeling the same angst about not visiting my regular blogger peeps. I'm just going to embrace the crazy schedule and get back to a routine in May. Have a blast!

ediFanoB said...

Thanks for visiting my blog during this busy challenge.

Tundiel said...

I've known Rayna for years (albeit only online), so I already follow her awesome blog. I'll check out your other recommendation though!

The list of blogs I am following is becoming huge because of this crazy challenge! Definitely not complaining though, as I've found some real gems. :)

damyantiwrites said...

April will be out of whack for all A-Z bloggers, and I can't imagine what it would be like for a host! Thanks again for organizing this, I have never had as much fun blogsurfing before!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for Cassastar, Cofferings and Cinemarvellous!!!

Y'all rock with a big CAPITAL C!!!
:-)

Take care
x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. I think it's a great way to be a host - highlight a couple of new friends .. thanks - I'll pay a visit to India!! Cheers - no worries I'll catch you anon .. Hilary

Bz said...

Thank you for the links, it's wonderful to see so many great blogs out there! This challenge is proving to be so amazing, and it's only C... imagine the feelings by Z... I'd like to see everyone finish the challenge :)

Ellie said...

C for CassaStar! Bless you for worrying about your regular followers - I know they will understand.

Ellie Garratt

Sangu said...

Thanks for the links, Alex! And good luck getting through as many participating challenge blogs as possible!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicole, glad it's not just me.

Edi, you know I wouldn't miss your weekend wrap-up.

Tundiel, and that's the bonus - finding new buddies.

Damy, glad you're having a blast.

Thanks, Kitty!

Hilary, thanks, and I'll visit soon...

Bz, I hope everyone does!

Ellie, thank you. I couldn't select my own book though.

Sangu, I intend to visit all of them!

Ruth @Welcome to me said...

It's hard getting to all of the blogs. But its fun too.

Nate Wilson said...

What do you mean you don't have time to visit your regulars everyday? A Challenge like this demands sacrifice! I suggest not sleeping until May. (Sure, that might turn you into a wreck, but on the plus side, I bet your comments would become completely nonsensical and hilarious.) Thanks again for another pair of recommendations.

Sommer Leigh said...

I spent sunday catching up on regular blogs I visit that I didn't visit friday or saturday. I think that will have to continue since I'm reading so many new blogs. (Although there are a couple of "MUST" reads that I check every day compulsively with my coffee. I can't even start my day unless I check them.)

Talli Roland said...

I love Rayna and her drabbles! Yay!

Angela Felsted said...

You must be amazingly busy visiting so many blogs.

iZombie said...

coffee with too much milk should not be coffee...
jeremy [iZombie]

explanation:
http://izombielover.blogspot.com/2011/04/c-is-for-comments-and-crazy-charlie.html

Rayna Natasha Iyer said...

Thank you so much, Alex, for featuring me, and for the marvellous things you said. Was the word you used really Wisdom? I am going to savour that one word for the rest of the month.

And thank you for being such a regular visitor to my blog- I have been really bad recently, but like someone else told me today, if I do not visit here, I am probably not going anywhere else.

I will be back!!! Soon!

Monti said...

You really know how to get things going, Alex! Yea for your three "Cs"!

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

Kelly said...

You are the king of blogfests, Alex!!

Dafeenah said...

Visiting is the most challenging part for me. I would love to get to everyone but there's just so many and it keeps growing lol.

~Sia McKye~ said...

There are some wonderful blogs out there. More than I have time to visit on a regular basis.

I'm enjoying some of the A-Z challenge. I'm not participating fully--my blog doesn't lend itself to that easily since I feature authors and books. But Mondays I can.

I have seen and read some of CineMarvellous but haven't seen Coffee Rings Everywhere.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nate, you might have a point there!

Sommer, that's what I did as well.

Angela, you have no idea...

Rayna, you are welcome, and yes, you are very wise!

kelly, it's good to be the king!

Dafeenah, think it will be cut off soon...

Ella said...

Hi Alex,
Well done and I feel the same way, though I don't wear the Captain or Challenge host hat. I miss my regulars...
Rayna is great; Off to CineMarvellous.
My daughter want and saw "HOP"...not impressed.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i'm not even participating and i'm in the same boat as you. I'm trying to read everyone's blogs, but i don't know if i'll be able to comment as much as i usually do

Karen Walker said...

I'm finding it incredibly difficult to visit the folks I've been visiting for a long time plus the new ones. THere's no way I'll get to all the participants during the challenge. Oy.
Karen

Callie Leuck said...

Ooh, June? What's in June? Not that I need to commit myself to another yet, but I'm just having so much fun with the A-Z challenge...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ella, sorry the movie was disappointing.

Sarah, I can imagine!

Karen, I'm going to at least once.

Callie, everyone's been clamouring for another one of my blogfests and I have something cool planned.

SharleneT said...

This is really going to be quite an April, isn't it? Do what you can and we'll all be waiting for you. I know it's a lot of hard work, so definitely pace yourself.

Hello, fellow A-Z Challenger! Isn't this fun? Come visit, either of my blogs when you can and leave some comment love:

http://rockinchairreflections.blogspot.com (A-Z)
http://www.mainstreamsolarcooking.com

M.J. Fifield said...

It's amazing how many people have signed up for this event. I'm struggling too to get to all my usual blogs and still find time to hit some new ones. But I'm having a blast trying.

Martha (MM) said...

Thanks for stopping by Alex. Don't worry our "regulars" will be there. It's just like our good friends in real life. Heading over to visit those you mentioned :-)

shah wharton said...

Hi - great post - here from the A2Z Challenge stopping by and I think I'm gonna follow!. http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/04/z-blogging-challenge-april-2011-c.html Shah. X

Nicki Elson said...

Ooh, these two both sound like good blogs to visit. Thanks for the tips.

And *ding* *ding* *ding* you got my trivia answer correct! It was indeed Cliffie who was a last minute-addition to the cast of characters at Cheers. :)

Clarissa Draper said...

What about Clarissa Draper! Wow, I'm so insulted, I'm crying tears over my keyboard. *sigh*

Well, I guess I will forgive you this once! ;)

Ninja Army!

Joe Richardson said...

Alex, I think that's typical of any event organizer. You sacrifice time with friends and colleagues--and your own participation, to some degree--to ensure others have a good experience.

I was a bit skeptical of the time and effort ROI when I signed on. I'm not now. So many awesome people, so little time.

Thank you for hosting this.

Best,
Joe
Dead Reckoning

Grandpa said...

You have been to my blog - that's a great achievement for me! Thanks Alex.

Grandpa
Life on The Farm

Gregg said...

Very nice touch and great tribute to use your C letter or really any letter to remember some good blogs and blogging buddies. Great idea!


Gregg Metcalf
Colossians 1:28-29

Gospel-driven Disciples

Matthew MacNish said...

Aren't there more than 1200 bloggers involved now? That's freaking incredible.

Stephen Tremp said...

I got through a couple hundred on the list but to get through them all is going to be, well, a challenge (no pun intended). I still have to visit the regular visitors too. Don't want to neglect my bread and butter. My meat and potatoes. My ... well, you get the idea.

Donna Weaver said...

Tough, isn't it? I'm trying to keep up with it while on vacation in Ireland. Ugh.

Candyland said...

Great links to check out:) and I'm sure your followers won't mind sharing you until the month is over!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sharlene, at some point, I promise to visit!

MJ, that's all you can do.

Thanks, Shah!

Nicki - all right!!!!!!

Joe, glad you're enjoying it.

Grandpa, I intend to visit everyone at least once, twice if possible!

Matthew - yes. Freaking is a good word.

Stephen, just trying to balance the two.

Oh Donna, heck with it - enjoy Ireland!

Candy, I hope not.

Jerri Schlenker said...

Thanks, will check out your recommendations.

Lydia K said...

I have no idea how you guys handle the A-z challenge! In any case, good luck and thank you for taking a bit of your shrinking time to visit my blog.
:)

Tina said...

Hey Alex, thanks for hosting! I'm looking forward to reading Cassastar, but bought Talli Roland's The Hating Game a few minutes before yours, so reading that one first. Yes, I'm that anal ;-)
Thanks for the good tips on getting the most out of this challenge. I'll admit I'm a bit overwhelmed with over 1200 blogs to visit...but I'll give it a stab!
Tina @ Life is Good

Mary Aalgaard said...

Writing a post a day is fun and I rise to the challenge. Reading all these posts is giving me anxiety. I might have to do make-up sessions into the summer.
My boy finished your book this weekend. He said he liked it.

Tracy said...

Hah, I agree with you about the downside...I miss my regular bloggers but I also like finding new ones I like...everything is a double edge sword!

Tiger85 said...

Great post, to all of you in this blogfest you are amazing. I last saw it's up to 1200 bloggers. Happy blogging. =)

http://tigeronmybookshelf.blogspot.com/

KC Kendricks said...

This is my first year doing the Challenge and I love it! So many new blogs to check out - including this one :) So many new people to meet, too. What fun!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I like so understand Alex.

I am trying desperately to visit my pals and at least twenty new blogs a day. Not easy.

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Cinemarvellous is awesome :D Don't worry about scaling back; we're still here and we still got your back :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lydia, I'm trying!

Tina, thank you so much! And I know you'll really enjoy Talli's book.

Mary, that's wonderful!

KC, and that's the whole point - fun!

Michael, it's not. Trying to hit 40+ new ones and at least half of my buddies every day.

Lindsay said...

Ooh, I'll have to check those links out.

And don't worry about scaling back. You are doing an awesome job :)

Spacerguy said...

I'm really enjoying the A to Z blogging challenge.

E.J. Wesley said...

I feel your pain when it comes to forsaking my usual blog rounds. A-Z has me living by the seat of my pants!

EJ

Nicole said...

It's definitely a challenge trying to visit everyone's blogs but it's also uplifting, as I get to find out about other bloggers and learn new things.

I like The Coffee Rings decision to write 100 word posts, so I'll pay her a visit since it's easy to digest and will make sure to stop on over to CineMarvellous because, well....with a blog name like that, who wouldn't!

The Madlab Post

Tomara Armstrong said...

There is no way to read them all, so I pick some interesting titles and try to visit everyone who's taken the time to visit me too.

STILL... that's a lot of blogs.

*whew*
~2

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lindsay, I'm trying!

EJ, that can be fun as well...

Nicole, they will both appreciate it!

Tomara, yeah - whew!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Don't worry, dude. You've earned my friendship, and that's very hard to lose once attained.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

Alex, you are doing a great job - thanks for making it to my blog. But hey people, come on - there are 66 comments on Alex's post today, 110 yesterday, and I've been visiting people in the 1000+ group who have NONE. Ive decided to focus on leaving comments on blogs in the upper numbers, as I think those people must feel lonely (me included!!) So, maybe some of your visitors could get around to others - especially if there are already a ton of comments - spread it around people!!

Chuck said...

Thanks for 2 more blogs to check out! I'm with you about not being able to visit some of my regular blogs, but there's a couple that I hit every time anyway.

Hannah Kincade said...

You're so right! I don't have time!!! Argh!! And this is my last month to work on revising and writing as I'm going on hiatus during the summer due to moving and whatnot.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeffrey, thanks!

Melissa, I started in the middle of the list, so I'm working my way towards you!

Hannah, no! Don't move. Well, only if you promise to return.

Milo James Fowler said...

Cool drabble site; thanks for directing me that way.

Margo Kelly said...

Great referrals. :)

erica and christy said...

it's fun to meet new bloggers! (i'd never forget my established friends, though!) the daugher of a colleague of mine created wall art with coffee rings. i loved it, so i'll have to visit your friend's blog! christy

ali said...

Dude, you are awesome. That is all.

Cheeseboy said...

It's always good to make new blog friends. I'll stick by you. You are too good a guy not to. But where is your C? Ah, I see I need to scroll down.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Milo, glad you found Rayna's site.

Christy, glad you're having fun.

Ali, thanks - you rock!

Teah, Cheeseboy, it's there somewhere...

The Words Crafter said...

It's really hard to not go down the blogroll and visit all my normal friends. Sigh....

But the point of this is, partly, to meet new people. And hopefully, that's what everyone is doing. If people that normally show up don't, I'm not worried. I'm just assuming they're out and about making new friends! Don't stress it!

Oh yeah. You recommend some really great bloggers!

Jai Joshi said...

We'll be sticking with you, Alex. Thanks for these cool links.

Jai

Lynda R Young said...

I got the same problem regarding visiting my regular buds. I hope everyone understands... (eek)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hey, that's okay, we still love ya!

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Jo Schaffer said...

Too popular for your own good. (=

B. Miller said...

I love Rayna's blog - I'm a regular reader!

Keep up the great work, Alex!

Nebular said...

Alex, thank you so much about this post. I've made so many new friends!!! :) And thanks everyone for the kind words, I really appreciate it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Words! That is the point after all.

Jo, never thought that would happen!

Nebular, glad you have some new fans!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex -- your faithful followers will never abandon you. :)

Dempsey Sanders said...

Its so nice to see George and cinemarvelous mentioned here, I'm a great fan of his work, and will certainly check out the other blog, great post Alex