ACCOMPLISHING YOUR DREAMS, AND THE DUALITY OF 22
Hi A to Zers! Here we are at the letter R already! How is your challenge going?
When I was allowed the opportunity to write this guest blog I went into a reverie (or daydream) about reality and reflections. As an amateur photographer I enjoy finding interesting reflections, whether they are in puddles, lakes, flowing water or the calm sea. The reflections are an optical illusion. They are often very beautiful, but even the smallest child soon realises that they can’t be touched. They have no solidity. They are not real in that sense.
Another sort of reflection is thought. I am not a philosopher and will leave it to those better qualified than myself to answer the question, ‘Are thoughts real?’
My reverie caused me to reflect on previous A to Z Challenges. This is the 10th year I have participated. The first year I was rather new to blogging. My first blog was set up for a particular purpose. I found writing to a formula somewhat limiting, so started a second blog, Sue’s Trifles, with the idea of taking part in writing challenges. It was a few days before the start of the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, as I discovered by doing a search for ‘challenge’. I signed up and wrote my posts mostly on the day they were due.
One year I also did the challenge on my third blog, Sue’s words and pictures, which is where I post some of the photos I take. Sue’s words and pictures began in 2015 after a particularly enjoyable day out with hubby and my new smart-phone.
Preparing twenty eight posts (including the theme reveal and reflections posts) on one blog is time-consuming. Double that and advance preparation is essential. I recollect that after the first year I began to prepare and schedule my posts in advance. Sometimes I’d be away from home for a week during April.
This year I almost didn’t take part. I am trying to write a
memoir of my childhood in the suburbs of south
It was Dave, who wrote the fascinating post about all the twos, who persuaded me to take part again this year. For a writer one person wishing to read their output is a spur. My dream is that many of you will wish to read what I have already written and what I write in the future.
This is my second guest post on this blog. My first is now somewhat superseded by changes in technology.
The theme of dreams and duality encompasses (I hope) reality and reflections. Perhaps memories of other times and places also have a relevance to the theme.
I have rambled long enough. Reflections are important in the A to Z Challenge. Bloggers are invited to reflect on their experience of taking part. If you are intending to publish a Reflections post it is not too early to gather your thoughts about comments you have received and blogs you have visited as part of the challenge.
Susan always wanted to be a writer. In 2012 she revived her interest in writing with a project to collect the kinds of sayings, which were much used in her childhood.
Blogging was intended as a way of improving writing skills,
but has become an interest in its own right.
Susan experiments with factual writing, fiction, humour and poetry. She does not yet have a book to her name. Her
interests include words, languages, music, knitting and crochet. She has experience of the world of work,
being a stay-at-home mum and an empty-nester.
She is active in her local community and Church, where she sings alto in
the choir. She is a member of the Association of Christian Writers. She and her husband live in the north of
Follow her on Twitter @suesconsideredt
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Nice to know you're a South Londoner, I hope you're a Palace fan too.
Visiting from Facing The Mountain
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have a lovely day everyone :)
Fancy that! I also live in the North of England although also a soft southerner by birth. Although a bloke, I have an interest in stitchcraft - Tunisian Crochet in particular. I tried to finish a novel for last year's challenge and got enough momentum to get it finished later in the year. I have enjoyed visiting your blog though I haven't always left a comment.
In today's post, I reveal my location as Yorkshire...
Gods of the Multiverse is still going on, and R is for Rhonas, god of strength in Amonkhet.
Good morning folks,
I am so blessed to be part of so many cultures. I love that we are able to be from all over the world and come together as a family so to speak. I really didn't have much to contribute today but a bunch of Random Ramblings
Congrats to you Susan for all you've done with your blogs over the past ten years. It's quite impressive.
Interesting how technology and experiences have changed things for you.
Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: R
Thank you for this post, Susan. I enjoyed the way in which you melded the two themes of the day. Reverie and reflection are both big parts of the writer's life, and giving oneself 'permission' to dream (such a lovely thing to do) can lead to fruitful ideas and insights!
Great post. I will definitely be posting on May 2 to reflect on this challenge.
Thanks so much!
Out of the day dreams:
I normally do a reflections post, but with all that is going on for my May I am more likely to do it on May 3.
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Thank you all for your comments and links.
Dino, perhaps it will be revealed in my memoir whether or not I am a Crystal Palace fan.
Ladyleemanila I hope you are having a good day.
Frewin55 Thank you for your interest in my blog. Interesting that you have also moved northwards. Unfortunately rhubarb sets my teeth on edge. Perhaps I should try it in jam with ginger, as you suggest.
Barbie from Crackerberries, thank you for your encouragement. Your posts are always interesting.
Ronel, yes, things change over time, hopefully for the better.
Caroline, thank you for reading this. Yes, it can be surprising where inspiration comes from.
Cheryl, thank you and good to hear you'll be joining in with the Reflections.
Hank, I enjoyed your Reverie poem with the surprise ending.
Tim, there is a window of opportunity for the Reflections posts. I'm sure 3rd May will be satisfactory. People may even have more time to read your post than on the first day!
R is for...
Route US2: https://www.anne-m-bray.com/blog/177134/atozchallenge-2022-r-is-for-route-us2
TheFluevog Renee Sandal: https://repeatsamb.blogspot.com/2022/04/atozchallenge-2022-r-is-for-fluevog.html
Wonderful post Susan! Ah I just posted R and now I am thinking how did I miss using Reflection! I needed lots of R words as I start every sentence of my story with the letter of the day.
Dropping by from momandideas.com
I too am an amateur photographer and LOVE reflection photos.
R is for Rocket https://heavygators.blogspot.com/2022/04/a-to-z-challenge-r-is-for-rocket.html
Thank you, Anne, 'Mom' and '2 gators'. I've saved your links and plan to visit your blogs later.
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