Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Unknown #AtoZChallenge

I can't see into the future.  That is part of the reason for this blog.

It's not easy embarking on an Unknown Journey, and on the Blogging from A to ZChallenge.

I didn't fail in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge - I'm still here.  But I have failed in my immediate goal.

I had hoped to blog a book about life with my autistic brother in law, Bil. I hoped such a book could help others in similar situations.  My brother in law is in his late 50's.  Many autistic children, meanwhile, are entering adulthood.

Failure is a good teacher.  It tells you that you have gone in the wrong direction.

Although I am an experienced blogger, the "Blogging a Book" thought was not a successful attempt.  I need to go back and reassess.

That's not a bad thing, though. I know one thing I did seriously wrong - I decided to be a "pantser" (a term in writing) which is what I am, and not plan the book out first.  I was too obsessed with just surviving the A to Z Challenge.

Now, I have to make a choice.  I've helped make so many other choices in the past months and years, on this Unknown Journey I embarked on years ago when the relationship with my husband of over 40 years became serious.

Because I had a disabled father, I was not scared off by having an autistic brother in law (in those days, it wasn't quite like what it is like today, I hasten to add.)  So, I won't be scared off by this failure, either.

For now, I am so close to the end of the challenge, I may as well finish it.  Then, I plan to go back to my normal blogging schedule.

I will reassess blogging a book, while I continue on my Unknown Journey.
I want to humbly thank everyone who has accompanied me on this journey through the month of April.   I hope you will continue to stop by every Friday as I resume my normal schedule after April ends.


  1. Hi - setting out on the A-Z challenge is a learning curve - no other way to describe it ... but I'm sure you're on the right track with your thoughts of a book - just re-arranging and re thinking ... but so many will be helped by Bil's journey with you .. Good luck with your decisions and there's lots of bloggers with blogs where advice can be found ... cheers Hilary


    1. Thank you, Hilary. If I don't have time to think, I will certainly continue to write about what is going on. I haven't yet scratched the surface.

  2. You are an amazing person. It was a beautiful attempt to write a book about Autism, to make the world aware.
    I am going to read your posts even after this challenge.
    *Hugs flying right across the globe*

    A Peice Of My Life

    1. Thank you so much, DeeDee. Your encouragement means a lot.

  3. I've enjoyed your take and it helps for some of us who have children or family members.

  4. I hope you don't give up your blog a book dream. I did one on ghost novel reviews since that's my passion. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be, but I am so glad I finished. I've enjoyed reading your posts.

    1. Thank you, Deb. I have a good beginning here. I'll see what happens in the immediate future.


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