#AprilA2Z – The Theme Reveal


Wait – what?



*More whispers* *divers alarums and excursions* *sound of door being slammed*

Errm…well…So apparently someone forgot that we agreed to do the blogging challenge that is #AprilA2Z  and –

*sound of door crashing open* *muttering*

Sssh!  Sorry about that folks!  Where was I?  Oh yes, #AprilA2Z: the challenge is to write a blog post a day for the month of April, using the letters of the alphabet as one theme. Some people go even further and give themselves a single, unifying theme to write to, rather than just perambulating through the alphabet. Debs had a go at this in 2015 without a theme and another go in 2016 on book genres. This was also the year she  inveigled David into giving it go, which lead to 26 posts on “How to write a thesis”. Having survived the experience (just) he came back again in 2017 with “The Materials Science in Fiction and Mythology“, whilst Debs had a third go with Jazz (and some fiction it inspired her to write).

All of which is the long way round of saying that whilst some people do very well out of the alphabet, Debs and David both like having an extra layer of theme to work with.  As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve decided to collaborate on this year’s challenge and do something here, rather than on their other blogs.

Last year, there were some great stories that were written across the month, with a particular shout out to Iain Kelly, who imaginatively used a children’s alphabet mat (where each letter is linked to a picture) to inspire a Scandinavian Noir detective story.

We hope you’ll be entertained by the story that is going to unfold across April: we’ll say no more than that the theme is the Nato Phonetic Alphabet – make of that what you will…




Oh yes – my esteemed colleague has reminded me that the normal schedule will be suspended for the duration.