March Madness

March Madness is a real thing in our home. By that I mean, my husband watches a lot of college basketball.

So I was thinking, we READERS could have our own March Madness. Why not? We could select 16 favorite authors, and have them hash it out in some kind of competition/adventure.

Some categories could be:

  • Who eats the most chocolate in a writing session?
  • How many cups of coffee does it take…
  • Instead of how many words do you write, how many words do you backspace over in a day?
  • How much time is spent staring at the ceiling looking for the perfect word?

You get the general gist. I think this could be fun! I’m not a big basketball watcher myself. They go up the court. They go down the court. In the last minute of the game (which takes 10-15 minutes to play), the score is usually tied. And all those free throws. I’ve never made a free throw myself (I throw granny style), but it seems like after doing it for years and years you’d learn how to hit that basket.

I’m kidding of course. I greatly admire college athletes. As a former college professor, I’m amazed that they’re able to compete athletically and still finish their college course work.

But back to March Madness … is there anything you’re really getting into this spring? I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below. And if you haven’t checked out my new suspense series, check out my booklist page for links and details.

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  1. Carla T. on March 3, 2023 at 5:41 am

    Spring. Who doesn’t love spring? The promise of renewal and refreshing in so many areas… nature, weather, ourselves. It brings longer days and chirping birds. I’m not immersing myself into anything so far. As a beginning quilter, and a new first time grandma, I am going to make my grandson a Dr. Seuss baby quilt. That will be my spring, and possibly summer, project.

  2. Neva on March 3, 2023 at 6:32 am

    Digging in the dirt! My husband and I are going to attempt to have a small vegetable garden. It’s a new adventure. We know nothing about that. Learning from the ground up. You might say. We’re reading about how, when and what to plant that will grow where we live. But most importantly, we need to find out how the best way to keep the elk out!!😅. It’s a March maddness.

  3. Shirley Chapel on March 3, 2023 at 6:41 am

    I love to get out and shop for flowers in the spring. Of course here in Ohio we need to wait till we’re sure winter is really gone. Our weather is so unpredictable. One day it’s warm like up in the seventies and the next day it’s winter again.

  4. Kay Garrett on March 3, 2023 at 7:07 am

    While it’s too early to actually plant the vegetable garden or to fill my pots with flowers, we do enjoy working in the little green house we have in one of our garages. We plant 90% of what we have each year from seeds we start ourselves. It’s fun to watch the seeds germinate with plastic bags on top of the refrigerator before heading to the garage to be started in pots that sit on the warming pat and under the grow lights. Research and experiences have shown us how to grow them without going spindly and how to get sturdy stalks.

    Spring also means the occasional day when it’s not pouring rain or deciding that winter isn’t quite done that we can grill our dinners. There is nothing like food grilled. And since we have four types of grills (wood fired, gas grill, charcoal and Big Green Egg), depending on what flavors you want on what you cook it on. The outside cooking is hubby’s department while I work on the sides, breads and desserts inside. It all comes together for meals we have missed during the frigid weather.

  5. Debbie Earls on March 3, 2023 at 7:55 am

    We are getting into spring cleaning and decluttering paperwork. My husband has years of paperwork that we don’t need to be keeping! He is finally realizing that he doesn’t need to keep all the paperwork and is okay to let it go! I am also looking forward to working in my flower beds. I love your March Madness ideas for writers. That would be so much fun! Maybe you could write a book about being an author and all that is involved with that.

  6. Debbie Schmitz on March 3, 2023 at 8:34 am

    I’m looking forward to planting our garden. Pretty cold here in Iowa yet though.
    I’m going to get some chicks soon. That will be fun! The tulips haven’t come up yet, but the
    robins have returned! Spring is near!

  7. Teresa Lynn on March 3, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Oh my gosh, what great “categories”–you’ll have to remember those for our next retreat and we’ll make a game of them!

  8. Dianna Nance on March 3, 2023 at 10:24 am

    We are getting ready to plant seeds for the garden and watch them grow inside until it is warm enough to plant out side. My Granddaughter and brother love doing this and then watch the veggies grow. They like working in the garden together. My brother lives next door and ever since she has been big enough to walk they have had a garden. He even built her a small greenhouse to start the plants. She turned 18 in January and they have been looking forward to planting their garden this year.

  9. Bonnie Heringer on March 3, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Like most folks, we are getting ready for our garden. We are at least in the thinking stages–what tomatoes are we planting this year? What kind of carrots? Do we want lettuce? What kind of flowers do we try this year? We also have a herb garden of mint, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. All we need is the sage. 😄

  10. Vickie Waters on March 3, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Love all these category questions. What about this one: “How many times are you distracted by your pet?”
    I love March Madness. During the season I have two teams I always try to watch (in-state rivals). My 95-year-young mom and I sometimes text each other during the games, talking about how our team’s doing.

  11. Gloria A on March 3, 2023 at 11:15 am

    I have already been pulling weeds in my flower beds and that won’t end. We plan to spend Spring Break with our kids and grandkids on a long weekend trip to the lake. I haven’t fished in many years.

  12. Anne Rightler on March 3, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    I definitely am not into March Madness regarding basketball! As far as getting into anything this spring, I’m sewing and reading. We are visiting our son while he recovers from hip replacement surgery. Knowing I’d be here for who knows how many weeks, I packed up my sewing machine and a number of projects along w/ a backpack full of books, and, of course, my Kindle w/ hundreds of books on it too. When we return home, it is likely I’ll be helping out hubby who needs knee replacements! Good thing I’m a nurse! LOL. Always enjoy your books, Vannetta!

  13. SARAH TAYLOR on March 3, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Can’t wait to start planting our garden Have a blessed day

  14. Marilyn+Messmann on March 3, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    I am into March Madness, because we are from northern Indiana, and we support the IU basketball team, (and sometimes Purdue). I look forward to Spring this year, as we just got a new kitchen, and need those spring veggies to cook.
    We are officially staying home and not going to Lake James for the summer, so this will be a new adventure for us.
    Pray we will be content for a long time.

  15. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds on March 3, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve started my spring cleaning and purging so when it is warmer I can work in my flowers and plant my garden. Blessings

  16. Melissa Ellison on March 4, 2023 at 1:04 am

    I’m excited to do some yard work and plant flowers. I love when the leaves start to come back on the trees and the grass gets green. I agree with you I don’t get basketball but love football and baseball. Your idea of March Madness sounds fun! ☺️

  17. Janet Estridge on March 4, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Spring has sprung and so have my allergies.
    Everything around here is coated in a lovely shade of green or yellow.
    As for spring cleaning, I wish I had the time.

  18. Ellie on March 5, 2023 at 6:15 am

    I am getting excited about spring flower planting as well as planting some succulents outside. 🙂

  19. Lori Smanski on March 5, 2023 at 9:06 am

    this sounds like a lot of fun. and the answers will be as varied as the authors themselves. yup I am not a huge sports watching fan. my husband and I got a new shed last year. we are looking forward to putting the inside up the way we really want it. we will have a table that comes off of the wall for working on. we are looking forward to getting into the dirt again and replanting our perennial garden. during the ice storm our neighbors tree took to falling all over the place and our perennial garden we had started last year, got crushed and then the guys who cleaned up, raked and plucked what they thought was not supposed to be there. sigh oh well. we are also looking forward to planting our vegetable garden again.

  20. Marilyn R on March 5, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Spring for me means working in the yard and washing windows as soon as I can as our weather is still up and down. Just like Friday we had rain, snow, sleet, winds over 60 mph and then the sun shone for a few minutes before setting with temperatures rising. LOL Another thing about spring is taking longer walks and doing extra cleaning.

  21. Audrey W. on March 6, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Spring definitely is a reason for me to get outside more . . . so springtime brings more lawnchair reading, neighborhood walks, BBQing, and general relaxation outdoors when the weather is nice. My cat likes it too! 🙂

  22. Emily on March 7, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Spring is my favorite season. I like the weather getting warmer and I appreciate not having to scrape ice off of anything. This year, my daughter wants a garden. So my husband and I are helping with that project. I’m not usually one who likes to dig around in the dirt, but I do like fresh veggies

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