Saturday, April 27, 2013

A to Z Challenge - Xtra Mile

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers, along with a daily photo. (All photos taken by me.)


(Yes, extra begins with an E - just go with me on this one!)

What is the xtra mile?

It’s doing more than what’s required.

It’s going out of your way.

It’s taking the initiative.

It’s stepping past the masses.

It’s being your best toward others.

It’s doing what others are not willing to do to succeed!

Are you going the xtra mile to fulfill your writing dreams?

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And your daily photo: "Xtremely Creepy"



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40 comments:

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah... that photo freaks me out.

Rhonda said...

I love the motivation behind this post. Go the extra mile! Here in NZ the phone companies internet service is xtra, so it doesn't even look funny to me spelt this way.

Rhonda @Laugh Quotes

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Pro activeness!

Love the photo. What is that???

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Good post the X is always a problem.
That photo was rather scary.

Enjoy your week-end.
Yvonne.

shelly said...

I couldn't tell what it was at first, which was creepy. When I figured it out, I'm like yeah...creepy all right.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

M.J. Fifield said...

Yep, that photo is definitely creepy. I'm so glad I'm looking at it in the morning and not just before I go to bed.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Agree with Misha. Going the X-tra mile is the difference between really good and greatness. Then beyond that is the Epic read. *Eyes Widen*

Betty Taylor said...

I agree xtra creepy.

Nick Wilford said...

Cool, how did you get such a pic?

We have to do everything we can to succeed because it is a tough business. If others are going the extra mile we need to go another ten miles!

David List said...

Good advice on all counts.

I love those crunchy little buggers you photographed. When they come out en masse, my dog eats them by the truck load!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Lass, that is an empty Cicada shell.

Nick, it's tough to stay ahead of the pack. And I took that shot with my old Nikon point-and-shot, held about four inches from the dead critter.

Jo said...

I was going to say it was a cicada shell, obviously living in NC I saw many of them. Heck of a picture though Diane.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm trying!
I've seen those shells before. Such a freaky creature.

Michael Di Gesu said...

YUK...

That is GROSS and CREEPY!

And you are so correct, L. Diane, a writer must go the X-TRA mile or ten to succeed. It's not just about the talent. It is the driving force behind it.

Medeia Sharif said...

It's frightening seeing insects enlarged.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Bugs for extremely creepy to me. They are the one creature I'm very, very uncomfortable being around.
I'm trying to do the extra.

Sherry Ellis said...

It's important to go the "x-tra" mile. It makes all the difference in your chance for success.

Ida Chiavaro said...

This challenge has certainly motivated me to go that xtra mile ;)

Carol Kilgore said...

Great motivation.

And I'd like to add that I'm X-tremely happy insects are small and humans are large.

klahanie said...

I always go that Xtra mile. Although, now we're in metric, I go that Xtra kilometre. Besides, it's a shorter distance with the same result.

Laura Eno said...

Ugh! Yes, creepy. :)
It's a rare person who can succeed with little effort and yet most people still look for that magic bullet - or pill - or shortcut.

Steven said...

I like creepy! :) Going the extra mile is a great way to stand out, but not by doing annoying hard sales pitches.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I am!

Sign me up.

That bug is gross.

HMG

Clarissa Draper said...

That is creepy! Well, I think most writers have to go the extra mile to make their books recognized. Artist in general have to.

Bob Sanchez said...

Is that ugly bug crawling the Xtra mile?

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm trying to go that extra mile but I feel as though I might be trudging up the down escalator.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane .. the Xtra mile sets us apart doesn't it .. cheers Hilary

Bish Denham said...

I have to go the xtra mile because no one else is going do it for me!

Interesting critter. What is it?

Christine Rains said...

Yikes! I'm going that extra mile to get away from that.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes! I'm willing to go the extra mile!

The bug photo is hard for me to look at . . . but that's just about me and bugs. Your photography is awesome!

Melanie Schulz said...

Please tell me that is not a bug that lives in North America.

J.L. Campbell said...

Sometimes I forget that it's important to keep moving, even when I don't feel like it. Yup, that's a creepy-looking bug.

Jemima Pett said...

I couldnt work out what it was but it looked like a dragonfly larva at first... not far off!
Thanks for co-hosting the Challenge - I'm just going an xtra mile round the blogs to thank people I've not got to on the list. Partly because my internet connection has been awful this year and every blog takes longer to load. And then it cuts out when I'm in the middle of the comment. Fortunately I've noticed, so I won't press 'publish' and lose it. Like I usually do. Aargh!
Jemima at Jemima's blog

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jo, I'm sure you saw lots of them.

Carol, he would be terrifying if he were bigger than us!

Gary - LOL!

Bob, I think he's crawled his last mile.

Bish, it is the shell of a cicada.

Melanie, lives in the South - perfectly harmless though.

Jemima, it's been an honor to co-host.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

I don't do nearly enough and I knew it. Excuses, excuses. I need to find some inner motivation. Yeah, the bug is creepy. Thanks for that.

Lexa Cain said...

Ack! What is that frightening bug? But I guess any bug pictured that big would be scary. *shivers*

Tara Tyler said...

all your posts go the xtra mile! thanks for the links, advice & support!

checking out lit mktplace & your blog tour posts.
you have so much info to share! thanks!

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

That's one scary lookin' bug. I think I need to go that xtra mile a bit more often- thanks for the reminder!!!
A2Z Mommy And What’s In between

J Keith said...

I have to agree with some others - going the distance, going that extra mile leads to greatness. Those who settle for less will never know the joy of reaching the stars

Ella said...

Well done Diane and so true!
It is like a marathon and dance...
We must do both ;D

I love what Tara said, I agree!