TBR – Ten more Blogs from the A to Z Challenge

I fell a little behind with blog-hopping toward the end of this week while having wi-fi issues, but hopefully will catch up again soon enough. I’ve found my round-up list of 50 useful in keeping up with visiting better, without getting lost in the Reader or distracted by other things in my email notifications – although I am definitely missing some of my regular reading visits!

Anyway, I’m adding some new blogs I’ve had a quick visit to and fancy reading more at, as a To Be Read list, for next week, starting as soon as I’m up to date with other reading:

  1.  https://thedreamgirlwrites.wordpress.com/      [= ongoing fiction]
  2. https://faeriembassy.wordpress.com/       [quite long posts, miscellaneous]
  3. https://cheryllennox.blogspot.co.uk/    [quite quick reads, textile art images]
  4. http://lisa-musingsofamiddle-agedmom.blogspot.co.uk/     [=travels in Israel]
  5. http://www.kridwyn.com   [=tongue twisters]
  6. https://onomasticsoutsidethebox.wordpress.com/      [=medieval names]
  7. http://yenforblue.blogspot.co.uk/     [= miscellaneous]
  8. https://jenseriously.com/        [=Mother Goose nursery rhymes ]
  9. https://invisible-no-more.com/    [=health]
  10. https://nydamprintsblackandwhite.blogspot.co.uk/  [=author’s own characters]

There are so very many blogs in this challenge I’m sure it’s not humanly possible to read all of them – and I’m not an avid fiction reader, so in the main I’m avoiding those types of postings, although I will make the effort to see a few more from that category once I’ve had a good rest.


Az Round-up link Share (#1)

Before moving on to Saturday’s post for the letter S, I decided I should post links of AtoZ blogs I’ve been visiting so far (listed by url so you can see your destination, the blog’s title may or may not be the same).


In no particular order:

  1. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/
  2. https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/
  3. https://fimnorawestcaw.wordpress.com [an anagram a day to try solving]
  4. https://jamesproclaims.com/
  5. https://theramblingsofdon.wordpress.com (my fave fiction read so far; eagerly awaiting continuation: posting delayed at the letter ‘L’ fingers crossed for more)
  6. https://thecreativeptsdgal.blog [another fave fiction read this month]
  7. https://promptlings.wordpress.com
  8. https://namiwise.wordpress.com [fitness]
  9. https://drkottaway.com/
  10. https://chaoticsoulzzz.wordpress.com/ [short story] (stalled at M)
  11. https://annembray.wordpress.com [daily digital image post]
  12. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/ [art-themed, longish read]
  13. lessbeatenpaths.com (slightly behind schedule at ‘O’ but catching up along the way and every post so overflowing with awesome snaps…!)
  14. thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com [John Houlton, AZvolTeam]
  15. http://www.joyweesemoll.com/
  16. https://kingmengi.wordpress.com [longish reads, I must catch up here!]
  17. https://bunnysgirl.blogspot.co.uk/
  18. https://tossingitout.blogspot.co.uk [Arlee Bird, AtoZ Challenge founder/AZvolTeam]
  19. https://zombieflamingoes.com
  20. https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/ [short poems & a thoughtful image]
  21. http://artofleo.com/ [7sentence fiction]
  22. https://www.twomindsaboutit.com/
  23. https://mholloway63.wordpress.com/
  24. https://www.retirementreflections.com/
  25. https://dublinhousewife.com
  26. https://cvgrehan.com
  27. http://www.diningwithic.com/
  28. https://www.bobbiestoryportfolio.com/ [drawing prompts to maybe join in with]
  29. http://aheepofeverything.blogspot.co.uk/ [postcards]
  30. https://asmile4ufromjanet.blogspot.co.uk/ (virtual retail therapy at some store called Michaels)
  31. https://katytrailcreations.com/
  32. http://charandeepsblog.blogspot.co.uk/
  33. https://stuartnager.wordpress.com
  34. https://riseandsoar.com/
  35. http://curiousasacathy.com
  36. https://moondustwriter.com/
  37. https://bobscotney.blogspot.co.uk 
  38. http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.co.uk/
  39. https://www.shalzmojo.in/
  40. http://dustingthesoul.com/
  41. http://facingcancerwithgrace.com/
  42. https://artismoments.blogspot.co.uk/
  43. http://tuisnider.com/
  44. https://romisdg03.blogspot.co.uk [haiku]
  45. https://chicagoinlocal.wordpress.com/
  46. https://dorkymomdoodles.com/
  47. http://www.magic-moments.in/
  48. https://theartistsdate.blogspot.co.uk/
  49. https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com
  50. https://orangemarmeladepress.wordpress.com/

Some of those listed above are taking part in the #blogchatterAtoZ, perhaps instead of, or, maybe as well as the April A to Z Challenge (although most are listed in the main and/or daily sign-ups at the official A to Z site – number 1 in my list in this post).

I’m sure I’ve probably visited some blogs that I’ve not included on this list and have to go back to notes made earlier in the month to add those in (maybe to a part 2 round-up list).

In all truth I’ve not kept up with visiting all these every day, although I have for around half or more of them so far. I’ll make more effort to catch up with those I’m lagging behind with over the next few days. The last 4 are new picks to take a look at next,  rounding up my part1 list to 50.

Tomorrow, as a ‘rest’ day, I’ll hopefully take a look round the blogs for the other A to Z volunteer team members and maybe get time to add a few blogs I’ve not seen yet. With 697 signed up at the main A to Z Challenge listing spreadsheet there are more to choose from than any one reader can get through in a month for sure! However there are also some listed in the main form who appear not to have been posting at all this month, so the daily forms are a safer bet – if you find page not found it’s probably a link for a scheduled post that hasn’t gone live yet.

Rumour has it there’ll be a ‘road-trip’ after the challenge finishes so I hope I don’t run out of reading energy while I steam ahead as steadily as I can manage this month.

Phew, almost three quarters of the way there and happy to say I survived (so far) the early frazzling out between weeks one and two – and I’ve been getting more meals as brain-drain requires better fuelling.

So, back to my Saturday: Suppertime, then my post for the letter ‘S’! Sadly, no new sketching so far… See ya later maybe…

PS: not wanting to confuse the reader, but as well as my postings here for the official challenge, I’ve been blogging alphabetically at TWO more of my blogs: (a) with a quick word and daily sky snapshots at coleebeatsabout.blogspot.co.uk to a slightly different schedule with no resting day so today reaching ‘U’, and (b) with a simple limerick poem each day at swishing4th.com, currently at ‘T’ and posting for ‘U’ later in the day.

PPS: please let this be the month I finally make an image widget work! I really should get the A to Z badge in my sidebar soon az…

Az Rhythm and Reason

letter R badge for April 2018's A to Z Challenge, click the image to visit the A to Z Challenge dot com website

Still Life with a Twist ~R~

I’m relinquishing my word count limit for this post as it’s likely to run on. You might prefer to skim through for a quick glance at my pics and to read a little on historical artists for R, in the lower segment of this post.

I suggested I might resolve the reference sketch I began yesterday and share progress in today’s post. I almost opted for a raincheck, reluctant to knuckle down with that image while I’m reasonably sure it’s not the final image I intend making but the sun is blazing and it kept me out of mischief and away from seeking retail therapy, even though I still want (or need) flowers.

I was grateful for the reminder of visual RHYTHM and dynamics while reading a post in another A to Z Challenge blog at https://www.bobbiestoryportfolio.com/2018/04/lines-are-quaint.html

Reviewing ideas and reasoning…

I’d played earlier in the day at adding a couple of additional objects to the arrangement I sketched yesterday, but they weren’t working for me. So I returned to drawing the objects just as they were. Although better resolved than it was my sketch could still use some further attention.

an unfinished second stage ballpoint pen sketch: the folded apron comprising the background for the objects has a gingham checked trim and the pocket in the foreground is decorated with embroidered flowers, this part of the drawing now completed. The objects drawn are: in the upper centre slightly left is a musical ornament in the shape of a gift bag with narrow ribbons dangling from it's decorative bow at the front above a label type area in the design, Mum above a verse, shown in the drawing as suggestion of some unreadable text; to the right is a heart shaped bracelet reflecting a dress ring with a large fake stone set in it, the ring itself sits between those two larger objects above the embroidered flower of the apron's pocket that appears in the lower portion of this photo of the sketch.

By the time I’ve sat down to write, I’ve wondered if the something small the picture really needs on the left hand side might be another of my mother’s rings. She was often saying “just give me two rings”, meaning we were to drop call her phone and she would call back. Maybe I’ll select something else small enough for that area, but I enjoy that small “two rings” reminder. So I’ll get back to that idea over the weekend – and maybe add a hint of colour to the drawing and refine it further, once I reorganise my resources enough that everything’s to hand better! (Yes, I know it seems late in the day, but there are at least 9 making days left…)

Rambling: It’d be nice to have a better camera than my old mobile phone too, but still deciding what to do about that. I’m wondering if my contract phone will ever turn up in the house after dropping it and/or misplacing it last autumn. Hopefully it wasn’t stolen from my living room by intruders while I was only out at the nearest shops. It would be nice to retrieve it but so far remains ‘lost’. It’d be nice to be able to resurrect my recently knocked-out camera but that also appears irrepairable.

I’ve not yet reached for RECYCLABLE resources but honestly haven’t yet revved up enough to draw daily. I’d been wondering if I have art from the past to share for this ‘R’ post and while there might be something else tucked away, my sketch that I made last year of my mother’s portable RADIO came to mind:

pen sketch made on beige background of the inside of a pizza box. the drawing shows my left hand holding a small transistor radio with it's aerial extended. The background is very faint but comprises the foot of my bed and the drawing shows papers strewn across my lap. To the right of the drawing I wrote "Approx 30 mins" (meaning the 30 minutes drawing time) and "yet again the proportions are inaccurate. try again another day." I signed the picture in the lower mid section just below the radio and it shows the date as 3/2/2017 ie. 3rd February 2017.
I previously published a photo of this sketch at one of my other blogs, colettebates.wordpress.com

The sketch shown above was made during bed-rest while hopefully recuperating with a recurring, relapsing human condition of still being alive… now I take my rest in a reclining chair and so can thankfully say I’m not currently bedbound – and I was able to stand and draw a little enough yesterday and today. Hooray. (In case you missed earlier mention of it, my blog’s url is a play on bed-rest and the need (and ambition) to be dressed, as in of course appropriate day clothes rather than appropriate ‘jamas!)

Recently I remarked on mostly including still life works made by men while researching historical artists. I was delighted today to discover RACHEL RUYSCH (b. 1654, d.1750). Ruysch appears to have been well-known as a highly-skilled painter of flower arrangements whose elaborate work aligns to the ROCOCO movement. As well as spending some time studying her work, I’d like to find out more about the poems written by eleven poets to memorialise her soon after her death. Here’s a wikimedia link to a  file within a slideshow of some of her floral paintings:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Rachel_Ruysch#/media/File:Rachel_ruysch,_fiori_in_vbaso,_1685_ca.jpg

Among others, I also came across a nice still life painting of flowers by Pierre Auguste RENOIR at wikimedia earlier. It has a light and airy atmosphere. I’m hoping my own painting once I make it will have a REFRESHING quality. The following quote, translated from Renoir’s words and included in a wikiquotes page is worth remembering too:

“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”
As quoted in Luncheon of the Boating Party‎ (2007) by Susan Vreeland

Renoir (1841-1919)

I don’t often ground my attempts in things that might be considered ‘pretty’, but I do wish for my remembrance of my mother to be rejoiceful and hopefully ‘pretty’ as she was a truly beautiful lady, as are all our mothers, usually.



Besides and because…(not AZ!)…

BECAUSE I’m hopeless after intense efforts and over-challenge myself, after bloggiesta-feasting last weekend, I failed every AIM for prepping my A to Z challenge posts (ie. making space and getting to back of storage) – although I did set myself up to fail in my theme reveal post by alluding to my BECKONING want for ADHOC spontaneous posting.

I lost myself to reading a very fine post for the A to Z Challenge response from Calansariel at promptlings.wordpress.com yesterday – er, early morning actually while my sleep cycle’s flipped again to US time zones- a fave regular read at Calen’s if ever I can get myself to reading blogs enough. I loved that first post (but can’t believe I actually looked for an album title in that wonderful moment of a ‘House…’ phrase!).

I’d wondered about musical reflections for my challenge but too easily losing myself with music and diverted my attention away from music after deciding the letter A would have to be ‘Applejack’ by Dolly Parton  as one childhood special fave tune AND ‘Anarchy for the UK’ by one of my all time fave bands. Punk, of course!

Then i decided that attempting to appeal to both my perceptions of Americanised cultural audiences and those of us with cultural tastes founded in native British and Emerald Isles influences and traditions and realising the circularity of such issues. Decided to leave it well alone because some reader judgements based on musical choices are just stupid to worry over and fundamentally significant all at once.

Anyway, enough of that.  You get a much better read at promptlings’ articles  via that earlier link above. I always look forward to getting myself back there. And here: the theme at James Proclaims is one not to miss this month too! UK childhood/teen nostalgia moments…fantastic! And very comfortable visit with easy to find AZ posts from the April drop-down in the sidebar, on his homepage view i think.

I have to make my rounds for A and B and so missing my tea-time deadline again! it’ll be here, I’ve prepped my photos but still deciding what’s going in that post and am I making extension pages now or after the fact – 2nd option most likely but I’ll only know in the doing so… a bloghop link share post would have slotted in here for A had I made one and I’ve a couple of other commitments to meet first. Then I’ll be back with a quick AZ … it is possible, and so will BE…

BELATED again [9pm now!] apparently with this post while I left it in the dashboard and this not even being today’s AtoZch…post … just stuff to get out of my system first so i can focus and narrow down to that all essential B-ing…today’s post.  After the lieu, stop.

[i need to make myself a list post for A-Zchallenge blogs i follow already, then move onto NEW blogs to visit from the A to Z challenge site! And wondering about accessible links for mobile data users via the WPReader too, so I might post some of those in the days to follow although you could try the tag in the Reader to find challenge responses without my assistance I’m sure, perhaps…]

I’m only aiming for ONE finished art work to make in the scope of this challenge by the way! Er… next then…


a 3×3 list, likes, learning and wishes…

This post was inspired by Margot’s list format here – thank you Margot for demonstrating a really good way of using the task prompt! 

I really enjoyed Margot’s use of threes to make a list for each of the suggested themes. I also felt that focussing on the day in hand was an excellent idea. I’ve not seen another like it yet, but then it’s impossibIe to keep up with all co-learner posts. I was so impressed I just had to try out this method, borrow and adapt the structure for a list of my own.

Things I like about today:

  • another day of being creative in at least some minimal way
  • that a recent new blogging friend I have much respect and admiration for paid me the honour of writing a wonderful spontaneous poem in a comment to me (and for all the wonderful people in the blogosphere)
  • that I still have a home, my dog and a garden on the edge of a beautiful area of the English countryside.

Things I’ve learnt or been reminded of today

  • I should set weekly time to dust and polish my posts – sort stray typos etc, presentation issues and also for finding /adding images
  • that I often need to go the long way round in resolving a simple basic task!
  • forgetting to feed my dog, she we will destroy something of mine in the house while I am present in the same room and don’t even notice

Things I wish for today

  • that I can afford heating soon because I’m cold, it worsens my symptoms and I’m already wearing two thick cardigans
  • that writing101 assignment tasks came out at 8 or 9am GMT rather than 0:00GMT so I’m not sub-consciously eagerly awaiting the next assignment brief and disrupting my sleep cycle! 
  • that I had a magic wand to end the suffering of others first and hopefully eventually myself also.

All very impossible and /or selfish wishes! Most wishes often are, or they’re not a wish, but an aim, goal or objective. I don’t really believe in wishing in threes,
which is one of the reasons why the header I ‘commissioned’ has four dandelion clocks!

 I found I”ve had to go round the long way to achieve the list task and this my fourth attempt, though I actually now also have a list of potential lists to make, having worked through this far. All my writing101 responses at their various venues are indexed here, should you be curious to check out what I’m getting up to during writing101 and maybe have a lucky dip at something you might fancy reading or browsing (word counts and post types included in the index).