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Monday, 1 April 2013

A is for Absence...

Namely, mine.

It's been a while since I last wrote anything on here, far too long. Some time ago I likened a gap between posts as dusting off an old book from a shelf - now, it's more like hiring an intrepid archaeologist to find a lost relic. I have no excuses, there's plenty I could be ranting about, but the longer the gap, the more reluctant I seem to have become.

I haven't been sitting on my hands all these months, though. I've been writing every day, and I've completed the first draft of my second novel (hand-written, I call it Draft Zero) as well as a short story, with another short soon to following. But the blog's been neglected, which galls me somewhat. Why create something, only to put it to one side? I did enough of that with the stories I wrote in my twenties.

So, in true Alister (also beginning with A) fashion of not doing things by halves, I've signed up for the A to Z Blog Challenge. This basically means I have to write a blog EVERY DAY throughout April (except Sundays), working my way through the alphabet as I go. Simple, eh?

Knowing me, I might only make it to J or K, but it's better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all, right? This is not an April (that A again) Fool, this is me setting myself a real challenge. The blog will be written on the day, possibly mere minutes after I've got out of bed (as this seems to have become my ideal writing time), so may prove to be utter nonsense rather than intellectual gold.

So, absent no longer. A is also for active. See you tomorrow.


  1. You can do it - just like the little train that could. Easy peasy A to Z!

    Popped in from the AtoZ Challenge.


  2. Hope that style works out ok for you. I tend to write and schedule posts ahead so I can spend the time visiting. Was almost done doing that with 2 blogs I signed up...then something snapped and I found myself signing up with yet another blog....so now...I may join you and not make it through the alphabet with the 3rd blog...we'll see. Looks like you need some followers, so will sign myself up to be your newest one.

    my travel blog

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    I signed up Flat Stanley too if you've got kids at home, or are an uncle.

  3. Sometimes it's hard to find the right balance between writing and blogging. A-Z will definitely give your site a boost, but remember your posts don't have to be long and you can think of it as a writing exercise. You're a writer, I'm sure you can make it to the end of the challenge. (:

    A-Z participant blogging from Elise Fallson

  4. I'll try and egg you on down the line to make sure you stick with it! But, how impressive for you to have completed a first draft and a short story. I tell you, in this life somethings got to give - it just goes in rotation what gets neglected. It is nice to meet you.