Z – Zacker, Not Slacker

I finished that!

I found myself perusing the Urban Dictionary (Webster’s is where squares go to find words) looking for a Z word and came across the word “zacker”.

Definition of “zacker” – a real bad ass.  I love that.

“A real bad ass” is what I am feeling like right now because I finished the A to Z Challenge.

Zacker. Yep, that’s me. A real bad ass.

I finished and I am so proud of myself. I did it and I think I did it pretty good.

I tend to be one of those type of people who don’t all the time finish what I start.   Or, I start something with enthusiasm and determination and then finish it at what I can only describe as “half assed”.  *My blog isn’t typically filled with suck explicative. Sorry!

When I graduated from high school, I couldn’t wait to go away to college. I was super excited go to a school out-of-state that none of my other high school friends were going to. I was going to have the perfect college life.  Life was full of promise and possibilities.

First semester, I had a 3.7 grade point average. Second semester, 1.7 and academic probation. I gave up and moved back home.

After my first year of law school I was in the top 1/3 of my class at Georgetown. I really wish someone had not told me that 3rd year students just need to show up for the exam to graduate.  That is pretty much what I did.  And, graduated in the bottom half.  My rationalization:  “Someone has to be in the bottom half.”  I missed out on so much.

Let me pause here for clarification:  I did go back to school.  Florida States University – Go Noles!  Georgetown doesn’t usually accept college drop outs.

I did have the opportunity to actually enjoyed the fact that I graduate and still no one has called me to ask for my diploma back.  The celebration was short lived because then I had to get back in study mode for the bar exam.  Need I remind you that I haven’t really been in a class all year.  Long story short (to late – Clue Movie reference) I didn’t study like I should have and failed it. I haven’t try it again.

I have been writing all my life, but am reluctant to call myself a writer.  All stories must have endings and I am too afraid to start writing my novel and not finish. It can’t be another thing that I give up on or don’t finish. I am not ready to fail at this yet.

But, finishing the A to Z Challenge has given me confidence, motivation and a little swagger as well. I am a bad ass. I can do this. I can finish something.

Hell, I am so bad ass I can finish anything I put my mind to.

In May,  I will be outlining my novel  and starting in June I will tackle another challenge. I have joined JuNoWriMo and have challenged myself to write 50,000 words in the month of June.

I am really excited to get this challenge underway and like the Zacker (not slacker) that I am, I have not doubt I will knock this challenge out the park.

Congratulation to all of you out there who finished the A to Z challenge. Thank so much to the organizers and for all those who stopped by and commented on my blog.  I found some great blogs to follow during this challenge as well.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

4 thoughts on “Z – Zacker, Not Slacker

  1. Cheers to you for finishing the A to Z Challenge and good luck on the JunNoWriMo! Wear your “Zacker” badge loud and proud, for you worked for it and deserve it. Your “Webster dictionary is for squares” line made me giggle. I’ve started the 365 Days Photo project, not once but TWICE and didn’t finish either time, so I understand what you mean about not finishing what you start.

    Oftentimes, I lose steam and lack interest in what I’m doing due to either setbacks, discouragement or mere procrastination. Group activities such as the NaNoWriMo (I did their NaNoBloMo version twice AND finished it both times 🙂 last year) can help you maintain your momentum to keep pushing forward and come out on the other side, victorious and with a finished piece of work.

    Sing it with me now…..
    No one on the corner has Zacker like us, Zacker like us, Zacker like us! LOL

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    1. Nicole, Thanks so much for my new theme song. I will be singing it all summer. No one on the corner has Zacker like us, Zacker like us, Zacker like us. Love it and TI, too.

  2. Awesome job on finishing the A-Z challenge! It would’ve kicked my ass, but you are a total bad ass! I’m loving the word zacker and will have to find a way to use it at least a dozen times tomorrow.

    Congrats again and start writing that novel – you’ll finish it. 😉

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