An Apology to the #AtoZChallenge

Apologies, because certain delivery expectations failed. Grand hopes, ill-fated. Just know, life means numerous options. People quit regularly.

Strike this unfortunate venue with X.

Yours zealously,

Loni Townsend

In case you couldn’t understand my horribly constructed sentences—sheesh, I could barely figure them out—I withdraw from the A-to-Z Challenge. Too many doctors appointments are messing with my work schedule. I’ll be back next Wednesday month (edit made: 4/8/2015—yay, more appointments scheduled!). Maybe better luck next year.

My arrogance that I could do it all made me think that’d be a good topic for IWSG. Sometimes, we need to step back. It’s okay if you can’t do everything. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

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Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge? Do you ever try to do it all and fail?

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

41 thoughts on “An Apology to the #AtoZChallenge

  1. Sorry you can’t take place in the Challenge! But that post was good for a laugh πŸ™‚

  2. Sorry you’re not able to take part in the challenge yesterday. But A+ for effort on your apology post. πŸ™‚

  3. Sorry you won’t be participating but it’s smart that you realized it was too much.

  4. I love’d your A-Z sentence. It makes sense!

  5. Okay, you’re making me feel better now! I didn’t sign up for A to Z because I just knew I couldn’t handle it this year, even though I know it will be a blast. We can be non-A to Zers together! πŸ™‚

  6. Yeah, I thought about doing the challenge, then pictured myself ten days in and realized I want to hold onto what little sanity I do have. It’s a cool event though, and maybe if I didn’t have *several* projects I’m currently working on, I might’ve dove right in. Glad to know I’m not the only A-Z Defector.

  7. Life does happen sometimes!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  8. Aw, life happens, Loni. Good luck, and see you in the IWSG next month.

  9. Yes, I bowed out year before last and didn’t even try last year.

  10. Well, at least you got all your letters done in one fell swoop! Points for being clever.

    Sorry you’re not doing the hop. Maybe we’ll see you next year?

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

  11. I toyed with the idea of competing… for about three seconds. I’d knew I’d never finish. I just don’t have the time. And you’re probably too busy writing books, anyway. Best to drop out now and put your time to better uses.

  12. Totally understand. Things happen. πŸ™‚

  13. Health takes priority. Life happens. I let some stuff go. I don’t think you should feel bad about realizing something had to give.

  14. Emma Adams

    I’m impressed with that sentence! I definitely don’t have time to take part in the challenge, but I admire people who do!

  15. It’s definitely okay. In fact, it’s a sign of a strong will that you know what’s best for you and your time commitments. πŸ™‚

  16. I participated in the A-Z challenge my first year, but it’s a lot of work. I keep telling myself to do an A-Z poetry themed challenge, but here it is April 1st and not gonna happen πŸ˜‰

  17. I’m not participating in A-Z. Unfortunately. Sometimes the day just have enough hours, and other things need to be done. Have a great month!

  18. I’m not participating in A-Z. Unfortunately. Sometimes the day just have enough hours, and other things need to be done. Have a great month!

  19. Loni, sorry to hear you won’t be able to participate. But good for you knowing your limits! It’s my first year, so we’ll see how it goes for me. Stay well!

  20. Sorry things didn’t work out as you expected but don’t feel bad about it. One makes plans and then we have to change them on the way to our objectives. Dragon Hugs!

  21. When you have a lot on your plate it is better not to overwhelm yourself, because then everything suffers. I’m sorry you did not make A-Z this year, but there is always next year, since life goes on, thank God for that! Wishing You The Best
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  22. I understood your sentences! And laughed. And totally understand. No worries. I just hope everything is OK with you and your family. Feel better SOON!

  23. I run for cover every year. At least you tried. πŸ˜‰

  24. Oh, no! I’m so sorry about all the doctors’ appointments! I hope they go okay.

    And I think it’s great that you had the perspective to know when to bow out. Better than doing a half-baked job of it, or trying to make it perfect and then stressing over something no one is actually requiring you to do.

    Better luck next year! In the meantime, happy April!

  25. It is okay that you can’t do everything – no one can. And I think the person who actually could do everything would be pretty insufferable. πŸ˜›

  26. Totally understand, Loni. As others have noted, your A-Z sentence is brilliant and is a completed challenge in itself. I know that I struggle with the Challenge because of health issues, and the sensible decision would be yours – so I admire your decision.

  27. Clever way to excuse yourself from the challenge; sorry you had to leave it; hope your health issues resolve themselves.


  28. Like does get in the way sometimes, Loni. Take care of the important stuff at home, and will see soon.

  29. meant to say “Life,” of course. πŸ™‚

  30. I’m going to get this tattoo: “It’s okay if you can’t do everything.” Or maybe I’ll just write on a post it and stick it to my bathroom mirror. That might be good, too. Hey, I’m not doing the AtoZ either but you can cheer with me on the sidelines. I have cookies for the bloggers (and wine for us).

    P.S. You are wicked awesomely talented pulling that A to Z sentence together. πŸ˜€

  31. Love your A to Z apology! Very clever! πŸ™‚

  32. It’s def okay to step back and prioritize! I’m learning this too! hope those doctors appts get less and less and you have more time to do what you love πŸ™‚

  33. Very creative sentence! Sorry to hear about the health issues and doctor appointments. I probably should have bowed out myself, since I wasn’t really prepared. We’ll see if I keep up until the end. Hope things smooth out for you soon!

  34. An awesome farewell letter! I did the challenge once. Once. It about did me in.

  35. It’s a wise person who admits they need to change their tactics. Take care. Get well.

  36. I know the feeling! I can only manage to participate in the Challenge because I’m doing it as a group and thus I only have to write 2 posts. April is a busy month. And summer break is not too far away either. Yikes! Hope you’re doing well. πŸ™‚

  37. I backed out for the same reason, health. (Although I think my reason is a bit more joyous than what’s going on in your corner of the world. Sending positive vibes and virtual cheese!)

  38. This article kindles my inner darkness. Thanks a lot.

  39. I’m sorry you missed the challenge! I also failed miserably at it this year, but hey, at least the bit I did do brought a bit of life back to my blog again. πŸ™‚

  40. By the end of April, all my sentences read like yours. I understood it perfectly. Life often sends us on a different route than we plan. It happens. Don’t beat yourself up.

  41. That is an epic A to Z post. I stand in awe.

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