A to Z Theme Reveal

I ummed and aahhed over doing A to Z this year (For those of you not familiar with the blogging challenge, you can find out all about it here. It’s a very simple concept, one post a day except for Sundays, starting on April 1st for a month, and the subjects of said posts need to follow the letters of the alphabet – so say first post about Apple, second about Badgers, etc)

The reason for my hesitation is that I’m away for the first couple of weeks in April, so that will make things tricky. I’ve now worked out the subject of all my posts and written out the first two week’s worth (unlike last year where I winged the whole month – that was exhausting), so I’m jumping in! I probably won’t be as active visiting other blogs while I’m away but I’ll catch up once I’m back.

The theme I’ve chosen for this year is Childhood Stories. So little stories and anecdotes from my childhood. Most of these will be real, a few will be fictional but based on the kind of things I imagined as a kid (I’m sure you’ll be able to guess which is which, mainly because the fictional stories involve some kind of magic or supernatural creatures)

You might have also noticed that I changed the title of the blog — I wasn’t a fan of the previous title since it was (let’s face it) very dull. We’ll see how this one goes, I might change again later. I’m entirely useless at titles (coming up with book titles is a headache of epic proportions)

And lastly, for those of you who wanted to know where I’ll be going for the start of April, the answer is the USA! I’m super excited. The Husb and I are doing two weeks in California, including a brief visit to Chicago to see friends of ours who live there. I’ve only ever been to New York so I’m super excited to discover another part of the US, especially a part that I’ve heard and seen so much of through TV/movies/photos/articles.

Part of the holiday will involve driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles along the coast (of course, I don’t think there is a single tourist who doesn’t do that when coming to California), and other than the stunning scenery, I’m looking forward to stopping a road side diner. If we can manage it, the kind of place a trucker would stop at, although I’m not sure there will be many truckers driving from San Fran to LA. I really want to sit in a booth and order pancakes with bacon and maple syrup from a waitress who wears an apron and has that glass carafe of coffee (I don’t even like coffee), simply because I have seen SO many of those diners in movies. Very silly, I know (well not so silly since there will be pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, which I used to think was very weird and I now realise is just heaven)

It’s a funny thing visiting the US. With no other place have I had this many pre-conceived ideas and impressions. Normally I have at best a vague idea of what it might be like and then off we go to explore and discover. In this case my head is full of images and there are loads of specific things I want to see simply because of the sheer amount of TV and film that takes place in big US cities. Like San Francisco (The Rock!), Beverly Hills (Pretty Woman!), Chigago (Gotham!). Although I’m sure my impressions will be really quite wrong or skewed so I’m looking forward to seeing it all for myself.

Right I’ve strayed off topic there, but in conclusion, other than excitement regarding upcoming American travels, I’m very much looking forward to A to Z and to seeing the posts you all come up with!!

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16 thoughts on “A to Z Theme Reveal

  1. I didn’t recognize the blog name in my reader, but now I see who it is. 🙂

    I just got back from a trip to London and Paris, so I know all about wanting to explore other worlds. Have a great time visiting the US! Sounds like you have a great trip planned.

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  2. Celine, looking forward to your story posts. And I hope you have a great time on your trip! I did the driving trip from San Fran to LA many years ago (then across to Las Vegas, through Death Valley and Yosemite, and back to San Fran.) My favourite place was Monterey – a beautiful area. We checked out the Monterey Bay Aquarium there and it was fantastic. 🙂

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    • Yes, Monterey is on our itinerary too, everyone who’s visited the Aquarium seems to rave about it so I’m looking forward to checking it out. We’ll have to compare notes on the drive after I’ve done it – I imagine there will be lots of photo posts once I’m back!!

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  3. Hey, that’s fantastic news, you’re taking part to the challenge! I’m adding you to the blogs I’ll visit 🙂
    And I’m envy, you already have two weeks scheduled. I only have one 😦

    I visited the USA (the East Coast) two years ago. First time in the US. It was a nice trip.
    Have a lot of fun!

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  4. Awesome awesome awesome! I hope you enjoy the beautiful CA coast. I love Northern Cal, it’s one of my favorite places. I am looking forward to reading your A to Z, too. And your new title is wonderful 🙂 Next time you come to the US, send me a message and maybe we could meet up for une tasse de thé (je n’imagine pas que tu aimes le café “americain” 😛 )

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    • I emailed you about all that Kelli – you’re right I should have sorted something to meet up with you! that would have been wonderful!

      By the way my first A to Z post is about airplanes and what I thought of them as a kid 😉

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    • Thank you!
      I’m sure you’ll do fine, and if anything winging it shows you just how creative you can be (and you have to be when trying to come up with a Q post at 11pm the night before 😉 )

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  5. Pingback: 4 things I learned from my first AtoZ Challenge (Reflection Post) | The Old Shelter

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