“Dear Diary” – What Sandra Thinks @whatsandrathnks #reblog

Think back to your college days…Mine were definitely not as interesting as Sandra’s fictional diary during the A to Z Challenge! Be sure to check out this story! M xoxo

what sandra thinks

Below are the links to all of my 2018 A-to-Z challenge posts… Hope you enjoy the story.

Thanks for reading. 

a – arrival
b – beer pong
c – chemistry
d – dorm, donuts and dinner
e – ethan
f – fail
g – girls’ night
h – hannah
i – infirmary
j – jules
k – kiss
l – library
m – melting point
n – nightmare
o – obnoxious
p – party
q – quit
r – relationship
s – solo
t – toxic
u – understand
v – visitor
w – wait
x – xoxo
y – yes
z – zone

what sandra thinks• • •
‘Dear Diary’ is fiction based on actual events.
Any similarities to your college life is purely coincidental.
Any similarities to mine is entirely intentional.

©2018 what sandra thinks

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“Mothering While Black” – Tikeetha Thomas @mskeeinmd #reblog

Looking for a great read? Check out Tikeetha Thomas’ A to Z Challenge “Mothering While Black”.

A Thomas Point of View

It was my first year doing the challenge. It was hard. I learned a lot about me and my ability to come up with posts for thirty days. Thankfully, it is over. LOL. Here are my reflections:

  • I needed to pre-plan my posts and actually schedule them. I usually had a rough draft and concept done, but I didn’t plan them in advance. That probably would have saved me time when life got in the way and I didn’t post that day.
  • It was hard trying to think of words that matched the alphabet that weren’t always really simple. You know how hard it was coming up with X and Z? Whew!
  • I like the idea of a theme but would probably find a different one next time that was a little easier. I am proud of myself for jumping out there with a difficult theme, but I probably…

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A Promise Is A Debt…Here Is The Bonus For Email Subscribers! @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge #fiction

Hey Lovelies,

For those who enjoyed my A to Z Challenge and already signed up for my email list, the BONUS installment I promised is sitting in your inbox as you read this (or it’s in your junk folder)!

For those of you who sign up after this post for my email list but before my next newsletter, I will email you the password to access the “Just Desserts For Dex” link on the “Breaking the Mirror” Page. in the menu.

I hope that you find the ending satisfying. But I’m leaving it “open” to one additional installment, that is, if Cara feels like posting one more time.



M  xoxo

Reflections on the 2018 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge2018

As part of the 2018 A to Z Challenge, participants are asked to provide their “Reflections” on their experience.

This is my reflection.

My “A to Z” Theme

My “Power and Control” theme was dark but that’s what abusive relationships are, right? I was looking forward to shedding light on some of the red flags but though I started pre-writing back in March 2018, I got stuck deep in “H”.

And not just stuck…REALLY stuck because I wanted a balance between realistic, not being “too real”, not to depressing and with a little revenge in the end.

I think that I was successful with the realism…a few readers/commenters who joined in mid-story said they were “concerned” by what they were reading and were forced to go back to “A” because they thought it was “real”. Well, I’ll take that as compliment.

Just like last year, in order to keep up, I was writing nightly with only the idea that #Dexmustdie (as one reader said!) in the end. And because of that, I couldn’t keep up with your posts. But at least I’ll have great reading waiting for me – I will enjoy slowly catching up on all that I missed.

All in all, I’m generally happy with my story but I’m not sure that I would tackle something this serious again in 26 posts.

I was smiling from ear to ear at your reactions at the end of “Z”…

Don’t worry that bonus installment by email newsletter is in your email inbox right now! And I won’t make the same mistake I made last year – I will start editing this A to Z asap and convert it into a lost leader/freebie!

Technical Side of the A to Z Challenge

Kudos to the A to Z Challenge organizers on the improvements that were made this year. So many improvements since las year… a master list that could be filtered (it was easy for me to look for other fiction writers), the Daily List where we could drop our links if we were writing serial posts. And best of all, this lists will remain posted so that we can access them throughout the year!

Great thinking!

And though I’m tired right now, by the time December rolls around, I’ll be looking forward to April!


M xoxo

Thank God the “A to Z” Challenge is now OVER! @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

Thank God the “A to Z” Challenge is now OVER!

I don’t know about you but I was running on fumes since “V”! 🙂

Congratulations to all those who participated!

If you participated with 1, 10 or all 26 posts, you slayed it! 

And if you managed to participant AND spend time reading other participant post, I salute you!

I’ll be catching on my fellow A to Z Challenge participants over the next month or so while I take a break!

See you on May 7th for the A to Z Reflections post.


M  xoxo

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No Excuse For Abuse #ifmywoundswerevisible @aprila2z #atozchallenge

As you might have noticed, I fell a little behind with my “Y”. And I just cheated by backdating it as yesterday.


A few days ago, I stumbled across a song on YouTube that perfectly speaks to my “A to Z” theme.

Was it a coincidence?

I don’t think so.

You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video.

If this is the first time you are visiting my blog and want to read the first post of my A to Z challenge, you can start with “A” is for Afflicted.

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