“Reflection is the beginning of reform.”     Mark Twain


 The fact that I completed and survived the 2014 A to Z Bloggers’ Challenge absolutely stuns me.  Under normal circumstances I probably would not have attempted the challenge; after all WHAT in God’s name do I have to write about… right?  But due to the support and encouragement of some of my writer friends I stepped up to the plate.  Hey, I even licked it clean.

Attacking this challenge has been very good for me as it forced me to write.  Reading other’s blogs also made me think and contemplate.  For me, it is like plugging in an old percolating coffee pot as it takes a while for the process to work through my system and kick in.

The major issue for me is that I have perfectionistic tendencies and compare my works to every other excellent writer out there.  Since I’m a beginner, I nearly threw the towel in as I could not imagine anyone reading my writing let alone liking it.  However, amazingly, along the way I managed to make a few new friends, who actually chuckled with me.  I wish these people were much closer to me in location as I would LOVE to hug them and thank them for believing in me.

I am totally exhausted and celebrating the break from writing every day.  I suspect I’m not the only writer who feels this way… please tell me, I’m not alone here!  My venture into this challenge started early as I prepared writing stories for the challenge.  The problem I ran into is that I couldn’t decide which word to write about and sometimes I actually wrote three different stories before I decided which one to actually use.  Then, each day that I published a story I had to edit.  Sometimes I caught my mistakes or decided I needed to clarify or add to the story so I did.  By “Z” I actually wrote that story, “Zany,” the night before I published it on my blog as I had run out of steam.

Looking back, I’m so glad that I took on this Challenge.  Hopefully, it will help make me a better writer, but most importantly… I discovered me.  Thank you for your support!

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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12 Responses to Reflections…

  1. Welcome to the world of being a real writer, Gwynn. Writing IS an alone business. it requires diligence and patience. Use the best authors as examples, but never compare yourself to them. You have your own voice. It’s your unique voice that’s fresh and makes others want to read your work.

    Isn’t it wonderful that you couldn’t decide among stories and words. What a treasure; now you’ve written three stories to publish, two on subsequent occasions. Soon you will have a trove of writer’s files to mine when you’re seeking a story to write.

    Congratulations. You’ve reached this level, that of an accomplished writer. Keep going.

    I like the old coffee percolator analogy.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      The saying, “Slow but sure” definitely fits for me… like that old percolator as it takes time for the water to drip through all of those coffee grounds in order to make a rich cup of coffee.

      I have found one blogger from Ireland and another from Southern California who I thoroughly enjoy. One is so descriptive in her writing that I can visualize her pictures before I see them. The other gal is descriptive but more down to earth. She is easy to relate to and excellent at educating people about various subjects.

      The A to Z Challenge was good for me just in introducing me to other writers whose style and subject I enjoyed. I still have growing to do.

      Thanks for your kind comments Samantha, as you are an excellent example for me to learn from also.

  2. Susan Scott says:

    Gwynn, that is such a lovely refections posts! You’re not alone in grinding down … not that you put it that way! I’m still feeling the effects of it! There’s always room for growth as I too am learning. Thank heavens for that … imagine being ‘stuck’ in the same old same old ..
    Your posts were always excellent and combined with humour made me smile – and piqued my imagination. Well done on completing it!
    I’m off to Cape Town tomorrow – a few days later will be walking it all off when I do the Wellington Wine Walk – about an hour from Cape Town. I’ll be thinking back – and looking forward ..

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Susan, now I’m chuckling. When you are looking backwards, make sure you don’t want into something. Also, don’t forget to look BOTH directions when you cross that street. 😉 I’m sure you will have fun with the Wine Walk… do you get to drink wine while you walk???? 😉

      Yes, reflecting is looking backwards and forwards. Plus I learn so much from your posts too. Since you were writing on an academic level, I’m sure your posts must have been very tiring to write… but Thank You, I’m glad you wrote such interesting posts.

      Have fun relaxing. Next week I’m headed across the state to visit my daughter and family in their new home on ten acres. Hopefully, the experience will provide more fodder for my writing.

      Now, go enjoy yourself, you deserve the time off! 😉

  3. I really enjoyed this post. I think we are all old percolators at times. Also, thank you so much for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award. I certainly accept, and I appreciate your thinking of me.
    Talk to you soon.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Deb for taking the time to comment. Are you POOPED after the A to Z Challenge too? I’m breathing a HUGE sigh of relief! Have fun with the Liebster Award. You send it out to others who have less than 300 followers. This helps you network and get known by other bloggers. Again, thanks for your comments as I DO appreciate them.

  4. patgarcia says:


    I truly enjoyed reading your stories. There were some where I bowled over in laughter. Congratulations on a job well done. You not only made it, but you gained experience that will help you overcome and continue to write.
    Great job.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Patricia, I do so appreciate your friendship and comments. I’m trying to expand my writing skills and figure out WHAT I will write about. I may have to rename my blog “Walkabout Poulsbo” as a worst case scenario.

      I do have fun learning from you and all the ladies in the group. You are excellent examples. Thanks for being out there cheering.

  5. I’m so glad you took on this challenge, too, Gwyn. And you have a lot to write about — we all do — I can tell by reading your posts, which I enjoyed through and through. Writing can be very therapeutically, or just simply fun.

    I know what you mean about the the amount of energy this took. Good God!!! How did we do it? This one was my second, and I still can’t believe it. I was about as exhausted as one can be, had to take a few days off from blogging just to clear my head, get some sleep. Glad to be back, though.

    Congrats on finishing, and I am thrilled to having found your blog.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, you truly are a wonderful friend. Plus, I’m glad I found your blog too. However, after my long comment on your blog today, you may throw your hands up in the air with me.

      My completing the A to Z Challenge was a shock because my posts were becoming fewer and fewer. I assume people want to read something intelligent, but my “intelligent” writing days are long past, I think. However, to be honest I do prefer humor. I’m working on a piece for my blog now, and I really could use with some feedback about it. Would you be interested in making comments or suggestions on my humorous (I hope) piece?

      I do sooooo appreciate you. It is too bad you are way down in California as I would LOVE to hug you and to say “thank you!” Plus, I look forward to reading more from you.

      Again… THANKS for being out there!


  6. Jean Sneed says:

    I do so enjoy your blog! I’m glad you explained that we need to comment for you to know we’re following you! I’m going to send this to my niece Bronwen. She’s a prolific Facebook writer and we’re trying to convince her to try blogging.

    It is rather horrifying to realize that I’m older now so I avoid mirrors at all costs!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I’m truly HOPING that my blog will do as it is supposed to do as I’m NOT technically oriented!! I hope you receive my response! Thanks for commenting Jean! I’m trying to keep my stories in a humorous vein… we’ll see how I do!

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