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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blogging Break / IWSG + Disaster Survey



This year I’m not doing the A to Z Challenge, which means I'm taking a blogging break for the month of April. BUT...I’m not completely out of the Challenge. As an administer for the IWSG I am contributing to our A to Z theme of Writing Resources.

My Days on the IWSG Site will be:
C
K
S

I’m also pitching in with the other blog I co-host (Unicorn Bell) that is also joining the Challenge this year. My theme for my 3 posts will be Unusual Words that you don’t often come across.

My Days on Unicorn Bell will be:
H
P
X


On a Good Note: I am feeling secure about the release for Seismic Crimes because of all the support I received. I think I have the release marketing plan down. I'll share the outcome for all of this later.


I hope everyone participating in A to Z has a blast!


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Timothy S. Brannan and his colleagues at Benedictine University are conducting a survey. Check it out:

Psychological Impact of Disasters Outbreaks and Terrorism Research Project

The purpose of this study is to examine the potential impact of natural disasters, terrorism events, and infectious disease outbreaks on communities. This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. Your contributions will potentially educate researchers and practitioners on the psychological impact of traumatic events.

This research project has been approved by the Institutional Research Board of Benedictine University. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the principal investigator on this project or the IRB chairperson at Benedictine University. Please take a moment to participate, but only complete the survey one time.

Click here for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X252KHP

We sincerely appreciate your time and efforts in participating. Thank you!



86 comments:

  1. Sometimes a blogging break is necessary. I'll look for your posts on the other sites!

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    1. This is my first break, so I'm looking forward to being able to just write.

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  2. Yes, it is good to have a break now and then. I will look out for you somewhere along the line.
    Yvonne.

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  3. It's good to take a break now and again. You are missed during this whole AtoZ challenge, to that you can be sure. Enjoy the month! Will see you around, soon enough. :)

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    1. Aw. Thanks, Jeffrey! I'll join the craziness next year. :)

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  4. We all know how life can interfere with blogging. LOL A vacay leaves us refreshed and ready to dive back in, so enjoy!
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I do need that refresh. I've been starting to dread blogging.

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  5. I'm taking a break too! Good luck with your new book. I'm sure it will all run smoothly:)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy your break too!

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  6. Take your blogging break and breath. We all need to do that at times. :)

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  7. Enjoy your break--trying to do the A-Z daily may lead me to take a break :)

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    1. You'll probably want you afterward. lol

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  8. Just a couple more weeks until its release!
    I post also at the IWSG site and the A to Z Blog, so I'm real thankful for A to Z Lite this year.

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  9. It's always good to have a blogging break once and a while. Should I make it through A to Z, I'll probably take one in May.

    Glad to hear you have your release marketing plan down!

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    1. Taking a break in May would be a good idea. If I do the Challenge next year, I think I'd do that.

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  10. Yeh for feeling secure! :)

    Have a good blogging break, Chrys!

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  11. Yes! I'm on break too...sort of. But hey, we take what we can get, eh? (Not that we aren't completely busy anyway.)

    Crystal Collier

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  12. I'll take that survey; sounds fascinating :) Enjoy the break; it is always a good thing to do!

    betty

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    1. Thanks! Timothy and his colleagues will appreciate your input. :)

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  13. I'm really glad I didn't do the A to Z this year. I wouldn't be sleeping.

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    1. Neither would I. I made the decision not to join after last year. I'm glad I stuck with that decision.

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  14. A good break is fine to take. Enjoy it, as you still post elsewhere.

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    1. I think its good that I'll still be posting elsewhere...I won't be forgotten. ;)

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  15. Oooh, you got the Unicorn Bell X... I'm so sorry.

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    1. LOL I know. The X was hard, but at least with my theme I was able to find something.

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  16. Enjoy your blogging break! Everyone could probably use such a break at least one, to recharge and refresh one's batteries.

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    1. This is pretty much my first real blogging break other than my first time during Christmas last year.

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  17. Chrys,

    Thanks so much for posting this. Please enjoy your break!!

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    1. You're welcome. Timothy! And thank you! :D

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  18. So looking forward to Seismic Crimes. Really pleased you are enjoying life at the moment :)

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  19. I know your release will be exciting and well-run!

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  20. I have a glimpse of how hard you work, so a blogging break is a good thing to do for you. Deep breath, because you work very hard at everything you do.

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    1. Thank you, Joylene. I appreciate that. It's almost like being a mom and wanting your kids to see how hard you work, isn't it? :P

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  21. I'm not participating in the A to Z this year either.

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    1. I think there should be a club for those not participating in the Challenge for a specific year. lol

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  22. I've definitely missed you this time around, and it's weird not to see you on the blogs, but it was a great month to take a break.

    I don't know if I'll do the A to Z again. There's lots that's good about it, but the three-four hours of extra work per night is getting to me.

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    1. Aw. It's nice to know I'm missed. :)

      Keeping up with the visiting and commenting is tough. That's the part that is draining. Next year I plan to participate because I have a theme already picked out, but after that I'm not sure. I may only do the Challenge every other year, and when I do it I'll take May off to regroup.

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  23. You always have a full plate. Wishing you lots of R&R on your break. Cheers! -A

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    1. Thank you, Adrienne! It's nice to not have to worry about my blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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  24. Hi, Chyrs,

    Wow, you are a busy lady... Thanks for all the work you do for the IWSG and keeping us informed on what you are doing...

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    1. I suppose I am a busy lady. lol Thanks, Michael. :)

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  25. Enjoy your break. Happy R&R and Happy Writing!

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  26. I'm not doing A to Z this year, either. I just don't have the time. Congrats on your new release, and thank you for all your work on the IWSG newsletter! Enjoy your break!

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    1. I don't have the time either. Last year I was a co-co-host and planning a two-book blog tour. This year I'm planning a tour for my first novel, so I knew I wouldn't be able to do both.

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  27. Man, so understandable to take a break... and in A to Z frenzy I totally forgot yesterday was IWSG... ACK! I suppose confessing I was failing at this spirit of the A to Z thing because of my day job was insecure, but I didn't link or anything... Ah well... Thanks for the survey link. I will check it out.

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    1. During the craziness of A to Z it can be easy to forget IWSG and other responsibilities.

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  28. Taking a break every once in a while can be good for recharging your writing juices. I might take part in the Challenge next year, but this year I'm focused on writing. Good luck with your writing over the break.

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    1. I'm focused on writing this year too. It feels great!

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  29. It's hard to escape the A to Z! I've seen a few people say they aren't doing it on their blog, but at another site they share with others. *whispers* one of us. one of us. ;)

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  30. It's good to take a break sometimes, and besides, you're still active and participating in other ways.

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    1. Yup, even when I want a complete break from blogging, it doesn't happen. lol

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  31. Breaks are good, and I'm looking forward to mine in May. I'll have to check out your other posts too. Interesting survey!

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    1. Next year when I do the A to Z Challenge I'll be taking a break in May. That's for sure!

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  32. Breaks are great. I'm looking forward to your posts, Chrys. Also, very happy for you about the upcoming release. Steady on, my friend!

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  33. Congratulations and much success with your book release! I'll have to check out the blog with unusual words. Build my vocabulary. Thanks for posting my link on the FB page. I'm hoping it will get straightened out soon. My laptop got a virus, but my techie guy got it cleaned up.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. You're so welcome! I wanted to help out and make it easy for members to get to your posts. I saw you got one link to work. I'll try to check in every day to make sure your links are going up.

      Thanks, Mary!

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  34. We all need a break. Best wishes to you!

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings.
    I is for interpretation of Dreams Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

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  35. Congratulations! And wishing you much success for the release of your book!

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  36. Hi Chrys. Glad you're happy with the release so far of Seismic Crimes. Many best wishes!!

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  37. A blogging break is sometimes good for the soul :) I hope you come back refreshed. Have a great weekend, my friend!

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    1. Thank you! I've enjoyed my break so far. :)

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  38. Hi Chrys!
    Visit my blog to see what you've won!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. I won something? Wow...I'm popping over now!

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  39. I hope you are enjoying your break! Sorry to get here so late, I've been lost in the alphabet :) I'm excited to share your book release this week!

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    1. It's been a pretty good break so far. :) Thank you!

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