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Blogging from A to Z in April Theme Reveal

Today is the Theme Reveal Day. If you are taking part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge and haven’t found yourself the Theme Reveal Badge, it is here. This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. In 2013 I wrote posts with an alliterative theme, mostly ending with something relating to the Bible.

For the 2017 challenge I have written posts based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have changed the narrator or added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes my post is a summary.

Some of the characters are well-known, others less so.

I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

 

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What I read in January 2017

I finished reading three books in January. I recommend them all.

The first book was a Christmas present. Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane is a fascinating book. It was conceived as a response to words about the countryside being omitted from a children’s dictionary to make space for technological vocabulary. As well as being a book about words, this is a book about books, about authors and about the countryside. The paperback edition I read included additional glossaries of words, which had been sent to the author following the publication of the first edition. I was interested to spot the name of an acquaintance, who had presumably added to the list of words, in the acknowledgements. I hadn’t heard about this book before I received it, but in one of those strange twists in life known as synchrony, just after I had read it I learned that there is to be an exhibition at Wordsworth House, Cockermouth from March to September this year, called Wild Words. It takes its inspiration from this book and has been guest-curated by the author.Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

 

The second book I read was The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith. Having enjoyed the first of the Poppy Denby books, I was keen to read the second one. It is a good read. The author has added a disclaimer about some historical inaccuracies. I suspect there may be others, but the story hangs together well and is a page-turner. I read it in a day, while suffering from a sore throat. The title is rather unusual, but its significance is revealed in the story.

The third book was one, which I have read many times. Winnie-the-Pooh is a classic children’s story. I read it aloud from a compendium of A.A. Milne’s writing for his son Christopher Robin (Winnie-the-pooh the complete collection of stories and poems). The book has coloured illustrations by E.H. Shepard. Those, who are only familiar with the Disney cartoon versions of these stories, are missing out on subtleties of language and the coloured sketches.

End of year blogging round-up

I have decided to write a single post to summarise all my blogging activity for the year, which is coming to a close.

My original blog, which shares its name with my username, has not seen much new material during the year. As in 2015 I was mainly posting links to archive posts. However in October I (almost accidentally) signed up for the Blogging U poetry course from WordPress. As a result there are some posts with new material. What will become of Sue’s considered trifles in 2017 is yet to be decided. The most popular post is an old one: Good, better best. One of my new poems was the most visited of this years’ posts.

Sue’s Trifles is my second blog. If you are ever short of something to read, there is plenty to explore here. This year books I have read have dominated the subject matter. I still find other topics to write about, particularly when something happens, which I find entertaining. My plan to post once a week was almost successful. I took part in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, writing and illustrating an alphabet poem. This was the busiest time for visitors and comments. My most viewed post was an old one: How to adapt a child’s sweater by enlarging the neck opening. Of this year’s posts What I read in May 2016 was the most popular, probably as I linked to emily p.freeman.

Sue’s words and pictures is my newest blog. I have enjoyed getting out and about taking photos to post on it. The photo challenge posts are more popular than the posts I think up for myself! I have definitely achieved the post a week goal here. Most weeks I have posted twice. This blog also was involved in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge. I chose plants as my theme. A walk from Scargill House was the most popular post.

This year has also seen my participation as a regular blogger on the More than Writers blog. I have been assigned the 31st of months with 31 days. This gives me the chance to write for a different readership. I am fortunate in the date as anyone looking at the monthly archives finds my posts first – at least in August, October and future months with 31 days.

If you are a blogger how did your year go?

I am linking to Your blog’s Year in Review.