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