Monday, 31 March 2014

It's as easy as ABC (isn't it?)

Oh dear! What have I gone and done now? I was looking around for ways of constructively filling my time and then before I knew it I'd signed up to the 2014 A to Z Challenge. This is what comes of being left to my own devices.

Family and friends will know that my significant other, herself, she who MUST be obeyed, is currently in the throes of chemotherapy in the UK and I'm still here on the rock. For reasons that take some explaining (so I'm not going to) we are apart and are likely to be so until some time in May. In looking for some way to fill that gap I've signed up for the challenge in which during the month of April bloggers aim to write a blog entry about something that begins with each successive letter of the alphabet.

It was Napoleon who, while he was being held on St Helena, described work as "the scythe of time". I'm hoping he was right and that in trying to complete the challenge I can hustle my way through April without doing that dreadful thing of wishing my time away. Then, before I know it, it'll be May and I'll be getting on a plane to the UK.

My theme, yes, I've got as far as devising a theme, is the way music can conjure up certain memories and associations - not necessarily favourite tunes and not necessarily good memories. Apart from that I'm making it up as I go along. I'm woefully ill-prepared. So far, I've not done any of the letters in advance, I can't work out how to get the challenge badges on my blog and to be honest I'm more like those hapless types who put to sea in a yacht with only a road atlas to help with navigation.

All being well, unless things go dreadfully wrong, I won't be calling on a lifeboat to save me as I take on this challenge. Wish me luck. I hope to see you for the letter A on April 1. Oh dear, that's tomorrow isn't it?

For more on the A to Z Challenge go to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ 

8 comments:

  1. Good luck, with the A-Z from another 'rock in the aegean' with a SWMBO ...

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    1. Thank you. We are lucky there are so many lovely "rocks" in the Aegean. I'd be delighted if you'd consider following my blog. Not to exert any pressure or anything, but I DO follow yours! Cheers etc!

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    2. Hi Mark

      I do follow your blog, it pops up in the e-mail when you post.

      By the way its April 1 - 'All fools day' So start us off with the letter A ...

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    3. In which case I'm sorry to have pestered you! Thanks for the tip about the letter A!

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  2. Well, from a few miles down the road on the same rock, having visited the A-Z blogzone I'm still not quite sure how it works. An A-Z of music? Amon Düül II? Art Ensemble of Chicago? The Archies? Regardless, I will stay tuned to see how this goes; lipon, kaloriziko!

    John.

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    1. Nothing so esoteric as some of your suggestions, John, but The Archies...maybe! I'm just dredging up memories and their weird links with music, some of which I don't always particularly like. Please feel free to become a follower of my blog. I could do with the numbers!

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  3. ... although as a fellow journalist, I think you should take the 'From' and 'The' down into lower-case...

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    1. It's under active consideration...

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