Life in progress

#atozchallenge – Reflections times two


I learned a lot from both of my A to Z Challenges.

First, I wasn’t sure I had enough material to pull off the theme I chose for this blog, which was parenting a Deaf child as a hearing mother. I was afraid I’d repeat myself. I don’t think I did. In the process of writing it, I also learned that what I do without really thinking about it on a daily basis is extraordinary. Not to say that I believe myself to be special, but like anything we do until we are no longer conscious of the mechanics of it, whether it’s touch-typing, driving a car, playing a video game, or whatever it is we do well, if we take the time to break it down into steps, we can usually find ourselves awestruck that our brains can do so much at once. Putting it that way, I don’t think I’m any different than anyone. I just have a different set of circumstances.

At the same time, I hope by sharing my life and what it’s like to survive as a Deaf person, I’ve raised some awareness for those who may never know, but who might meet by chance, someone who cannot hear. They are everywhere. To find my challenge from the beginning, click here:

For my second challenge, I took on the task of showing rather than telling different characteristics of people in fiction. I learned that it’s not easy, when writing less than 200 words, and in some cases only 50, to pull a virtue or flaw out of a character and relay it sufficiently. I’m sure I failed a few times, but hey, it was an exercise to better my craft. We learn from our mistakes as well as our successes.ย  You can find the start of my fiction A to Z here:

As much fun as this year’s A to Z was, I admit I’m glad it’s over. As well as editing my epic paranormal romance novel, I’m also planning to self-publish my A to Z fiction (a romantic comedy novelette) from two years ago. I’ve promised myself the latter will be available for sale next month.ย  On a related note, as you may know, I plan to turn this year’s A to Z on parenting a Deaf child into a book. Therefore, I’ll be removing it from view on my blog at the end of this month. If you haven’t read it all yet, and want to before I compile it for publication, do it soon!

It’s been great meeting new bloggers through the challenge. I hope to participate again next year. It’s been a blast!

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

23 thoughts on “#atozchallenge – Reflections times two

  1. Running two themes at once is hard core! Well done on completing them ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I am so impressed and in awe of those, like yourself, who under took the a to z (and in your case x 2) and successfully and brilliantly finished the task.
    I learned an important thing for me. Once challenges were therapeutic and creativity producing for me. Now, they fuel, rather than stave off, relapses.
    Congrats on your projects coming together like that. Wonderful news!


  3. I liked your theme is what I meant ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I lied your theme and I did not get to read your other challenge at all. But this one should get into a book. I’m sure it will help many. Linda, I’ve been following you for quite sometime but these A to Z posts of yours made me think of you every time I read one. Hugs!


  5. So cool Linda. I wish you well in publishing. And your A to Z on raising a deaf child was the most interesting and informative and coherent of any A to Z I’ve ever read. I looked forward to each day’s post.Well done.


  6. I enjoyed reading your posts about Alex.
    It was an interesting challenge, that’s for sure. I see no reason why I wouldn’t do it again next year, I don’t have anything planned for April (not that I’ll plan anything IN April, but that’s just me)


  7. You didn’t repeat yourself and I found it really interesting and informative. And it made me wonder what happened to a deaf girl I met only once when I was a girl myself.


  8. I thought it was great- I learned a lot from your posts.


  9. I miss reading your a-z challenge everyday.


  10. I really learned a lot from yiur a to z about parenting a deaf child… kudos to you Linda ๐Ÿ˜Š


  11. I followed your personal A–Z


    • oops hit enter too soon. I learned so much about what it is like to live with a son who is deaf. I really enjoyed the funny moments you shared and was often sat thinking about how tough it is to live with a child who is deaf. Those moments of is he missing out came through. I think you are an inspirational Mother. You do so much. My favourite story of yours in the challenge was the hide and seek one. That still makes me smile ๐Ÿ™‚


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