I first heard of the A to Z Challenge two years ago through a couple of blogs I came across via Twitter. Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain was covering the A-Z of the 60s and Anne Mackle at Is Anyone there? was doing the same for the 70s. Woohoo! Those are my eras and I loved the posts. Then I got to thinking about the thousands of photographs in our loft and the thousands more digital images on the PC which never get looked at. I always meant this blog to be retrospective as well as being a current travel diary, but somehow that’s never worked out. Could the A to Z Challenge be the stimulus?
Yes it could! Last year, I got as far as making a list but never got round to writing anything, but this year I’ve done it – I’ve even got it all scheduled in advance. Every day in April, except Sundays, I will be working my way through the alphabet of places I’ve been. I’ve only set two rules:
- I mustn’t repeat myself – every post must be something I’ve not written about before.
- I can write about any geographical unit smaller than a country. So U for USA would be cheating, but A for Arizona would not.
Surprisingly, difficult letters held no terrors for me. I had no bother with Q, X or Z but some of the letters you would expect to be easier proved tricky. I have delved into the loft and overheated my scanner. Mind you, the advantage of using prints is that I always labelled them neatly on the back, whereas no such organisation has been done for the digital pictures. That actually made the posts based on older material quicker to do, despite the scanning. The rest sent me to diaries, guide books and, as a last resort, Google, to work out exactly what I was looking at. It’s been a wonderful exercise in nostalgia, but I don’t think I can do it again – I’ll only get away with X once!
So publication starts on April 1st – when A is NOT for Arizona. Please come back to find out!