Thursday, April 21, 2022

#AtoZChallenge A Reverie

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

 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 London. It will contrast life in the densely populated south with a village in Lancashire where I was taken for an annual visit to my grandparents. Other parts of the country will also feature. The differences between the north and south of England are topical as the UK government talks about ‘levelling up’.

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.

Writer bio

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 England. 

Follow her on Twitter @suesconsideredt

Reflections will open on May 2. Will you write a post for that?

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Dino said...

Nice to know you're a South Londoner, I hope you're a Palace fan too.

Visiting from Facing The Mountain

Dino said...

Visiting from Facing The Mountain

ladyleemanila said...

have a lovely day everyone :)

Frewin55 said...

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...

Gonz said...

Gods of the Multiverse is still going on, and R is for Rhonas, god of strength in Amonkhet.

Crackerberries said...

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.


Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Interesting how technology and experiences have changed things for you.

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: R

Caroline Gill said...

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!

Cheryl said...

Great post. I will definitely be posting on May 2 to reflect on this challenge.

Thanks so much!

kaykuala said...

Out of the day dreams:


Susan Sanderson said...
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Timothy S. Brannan said...

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.

Tim Brannan
The Other Side | The A to Z of Conspiracy Theories

Susan Sanderson said...

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.

Susan Sanderson said...

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!

Anne M Bray said...

R is for...

Route US2:

TheFluevog Renee Sandal:

Mom and Ideas said...

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

2 gators said...

I too am an amateur photographer and LOVE reflection photos.

R is for Rocket

Susan Sanderson said...

Thank you, Anne, 'Mom' and '2 gators'. I've saved your links and plan to visit your blogs later.