An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: Z

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


The final day of 2020’s Challenge – Z …

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You can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter. For today, I’d like to add:

Zalka Csenge Virág and her Multicolored Diary.  Ok, yes, the blog is so amazing I should have introduced you to it sooner, but I plead the Challenge, and the fact that Z can be one of the more challenging letters to fill…  To say that Zalka is an expert on Folklore and Mythology would be to sell her short.  Her incredible challenge theme this year was to present the many and varied animals, insects, etc, that are to be found in folklore around the world.  With enviable scholarship, a brief bio of the creature of the day is included, together with it’s impact on a story.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M
The letter N
The letter O
The letter P
The letter Q
The letter R
The letter S
The letter T
The letter U
The letter V
The letter W
The letter X
The letter Y

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter Z which we should read.


© David Jesson, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: Y

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


We’re on the home stretch now with today’s letter – Y

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A reminder that you can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

How Would You Know – a little bit of a cheat this one, but the letter Y does appear in the Blog’s name 🙂  This year’s Challenge sees the return to blogging of Frewin55 after 7 years. Like my first Challenge, he leapt straight in on 1st April without knowing about the potential for themes. Nevertheless, a couple of posts in, a theme emerged organically – that of both personal and societal responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the subjects covered are the more heavyweight examinations of Blogging and why we do it, and whether Death gives meaning to life, as well as the lighter-weight topics of the role Music is playing in our Covid-19 experience, and Sugar – a word association game with a musical theme. In all honesty, it doesn’t feel right for us to complete 2020’s Challenge without visiting a blog taking a closer look at Covid-19, and this one is a fine example.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M
The letter N
The letter O
The letter P
The letter Q
The letter R
The letter S
The letter T
The letter U
The letter V
The letter W
The letter X

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter Y which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: V

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


On we go with today’s letter – V

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A reminder that you can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

Loose End of the Red Thread is the blog of author Varadharajan Ramesh who we met when he first took part in the Challenge in 2018, when he showcased his fabulous ‘Tales with a Twist’ series of flash fiction. The tales were a great read, being a mixture of funny and (to use his own words) downright evil. Despite being under tremendous pressure with our own Challenge, Varad’s was one of a small number of blogs I rushed to check daily. This year his focus is on a new genre – Horror. But … it’s horror with a twist, for Varad’s tales will feature Indian mythology and folklore, opening our eyes to a culture of monsters and evil spirits most of us have never come across before. Enjoy!

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M
The letter N
The letter O
The letter P
The letter Q
The letter R
The letter S
The letter T
The letter U

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter V which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: S

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

On we go with today’s letter – S

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A reminder that you can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

Shari Elder Author  Author Shari, who freely admits to having a weakness for happy endings, weaves her tales of fantastical worlds around the romantic experiences of her characters. Her current WIP takes places in not one world but many, so Shari is harnessing this year’s Challenge to keep developing her craft. Her theme of world building explores topics ranging from Reproduction and Making Mistakes, to Humour and the Built Environment, name-checking the work of fellow authors who’ve already successfully trodden this particular path.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M
The letter N
The letter O
The letter P
The letter Q
The letter R

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter S which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: Q

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

So, we kick of the start of a third week with today’s letter – Q

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A reminder that you can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

The Quiet Writer is the blog of author Rachel Walkley where she wisely states “this blog is for me, as all blogs should be”. Rachel is another A-Z veteran, with 2020 being her sixth year of participating in the Challenge. Her interest in history led to previous themes of stately homes of the wealthy, the enduring gardens of Britain, and the Medieval structures of cathedrals and castles. This year she’s providing wonderfully detailed tales of buildings associated with entertainment – which will undoubtedly form a tremendously useful archive of research material for fellow authors.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M
The letter N
The letter O
The letter P

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter Q which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: O

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

On to today’s letter – O

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You can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

The Old Shelter sees Sarah Zama’s sixth year of participation in the Challenge. Sarah’s area of special interest is social history during the 1920s, and this year’s theme is Life in the Twenties. With individual posts ranging in subject from Nationalism and Minorities to Kitchen Appliances, there’ll be something for everyone. Sarah’s posts are always impeccably researched (references included) and contain some wonderfully atmospheric period photographs.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M
The letter N

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter O which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: N

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

On to today’s letter – N

 

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You can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter. For today, I’d like to add:

NamySaysSo, a rather wonderful collection of short poems and microfiction.  Today’s is topical, and rather heart-breaking in a way, but beautiful nevertheless.  I don’t normally read much poetry, but I’m looking forward to digging into the archives here.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L
The letter M

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter N which we should read.


© David Jesson, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: M

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

On to today’s letter – M

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You can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

Ronel the Mythmaker is the blog of Ronel Janse van Vuuren – award-winning author of Dark Fantasy for New Adult, Young Adult and Children. Ronel’s fiction is filled with mythology and folklore, and this year her Challenge is an A-Z of Faerie – a subject in which she is quite the expert. I first met Ronel through a past Challenge, but have come to know her better also via the marvellous Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J
The letter K
The letter L

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter M which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: K

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

So, we kick of the start of a new week with today’s letter – K

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You can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter.

For today, I’d like to add:

Keith’s Ramblings which takes us on an A-Z journey through multiple obsolete words.  Each day of the Challenge, Keith crafts short pieces of flash fiction encompassing that day’s obsolete words. Extra points to Keith for teaching us the word loganamnosist (someone with an obsession for discovering long-forgotten words) and for living a few steps from the beach on the Sussex coast (yes, I may be more than a touch envious).

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I
The letter J

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter K which we should read.


© Debra Carey, 2020

An A-Z Journey through the Challenge: J

As we may have mentioned once or twice ;), we’re both great fans of April’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. Set up by Arlee Bird back in 2009, it’s grown like topsy since that time. As neither David nor I are able to participate again this year, we decided instead to highlight one (or more) blogs each day, to encourage you to visit, to make new friends, and to find some entertainment during the current crazy world we’re in.

Some of these highlights will be old friends we’ve made during previous challenges, but some will be new. We don’t plan to stick to any theme other than maintaining a (possibly tenuous) connection to the letter of the day.


 

Today’s letter is J

 

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You can find participants via the Master List, but in order not to miss any of April’s blogging riches, you may also seek participants via the hashtags #AtoZChallenge and #A2ZChallenge on Twitter. For today, I’d like to add:

Joy Weese Moll:  Joy’s theme this year is ‘what to pack on a creative journey’.  Her series starts with ‘A for Advice’, and includes some of her own – “Give yourself permission to ignore other people’s advice – but extend that courtesy to others too.”

If you’re catching up, here’s our previous highlights …

The letter A
The letter B
The letter C
The letter D
The letter E
The letter F
The letter G
The letter H
The letter I

Let us know of other blogs connected to the letter J which we should read.


© David Jesson, 2020