A to Z challenge is coming soon!

So, last year’s A to Z was quite a thing.

a/ I had no idea what I signed up to

b/ I wasn’t exactly organised so my posts were scattered and most of the time I ended up working on them last minute and sometime I was so out of wits that I cheated a little (prime example is W)

c/ But I did kind of enjoy the madness of it 🙂

 

This year, after gathering some knowledge of this challenge, I have started few weeks in advance and I am using this wonderful functionality that wordpress is offering – scheduling the posts! It took me only a year or so to learn about it. I have been using it quite heavily recently. I try to sit down and prep lots of drafts and posts in one go at least once a week (although it is more a bi-weekly process at the moment). I find it works better for me, I have time to stay ‘in the zone’ for longer, to be more productive, let the ideas brew and grow. It also works much better with my running schedule.

This brings us to the topic or the theme (I have a theme for this year! Yay!) for the April challenge. It is…surprise, surprise…running. Well, not only running – that would be rather boring, but running related A to Z snippets. I will draw from my own experience and share my opinions. I will in no way try to persuade you that my way is the best or the only one correct though and I will not go in too much details or technicalities – there are qualified professionals who know way more than me. So I will keep the posts brief and personal as there is lot of other opinions and advice out there.

 1779185_10152932640099404_6332291557748656498_n 10422359_10152932643374404_6097194794041563450_n 10409569_10152930417524404_6125546871395676703_n

If you would like to check out some of my A to Z creations from last year, I have set up a separate page so they are easily accessible. My personal favourites are:

D – just because that is soooo me + I actually love my attempt of poetry

F – because it was so true

H – because it was so much fun to play with alphabet within A to Z challenge

J + K – because it was my mom’s 60th birthday + day after 🙂

P – because playing with words is amazing

U – because I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I’m grateful

W – because I think it was actually quite a smart safe

Z – because it was a new start

Oh, and I’m really rubbish at shortlisting.

–––

Pics are from my January holiday on the very windy island of Fuerteventura 🙂

Spirit by Dan Rhodes

My girlfriend awoke to find herself possessed by an evil spirit. The first thing I did was call an exorcist. He couldn’t make it until the evening, so we waited. She threw things at me, cursed my name, kept trying to strangle me, and wouldn’t let me kiss her. Really she was the same as ever, but at least she was no longer hellbent on bankrupting me and making me look inadequate in front of everyone. I started to prefer her this way. When the exorcist finally arrived, I sent him away. I told him it had been a false alarm.

From Anthology and a hundred other stories

Training and company

So I am now officially training for the London marathon in April. It is going well so far, I did five runs this week including a 10 miler today. It went better than expected considering I had my friend hangover along for the run. But the Bowie tribute band and few shots of tequila were worth the mild discomfort this morning.

What was most surprising about the run today was that I was not alone. The Thames path turned into runner’s highway with Battersea park being the absolute popularity winner. I am not sure why I was not expecting the runners – it is a beautiful and sunny day, most of the London marathoners have embraced the necessity to train and the new year’s resolutions are still going strong too. (But hey, I have not expected snow in Iceland in January either.) It was a nice change to have company compared to my training for Toronto where I met runners on the same route very sporadically.

Although running is an individual sport, I find that running with someone or in a group keeps me motivated. Actually just seeing other runners motivates me. It is a boost for my determination as it is not alway easy to stick to the training plan. Now my mind is set on discipline, my body will eventually catch up to my pre-Toronto level of fitness, the only thing now remains is to stop snoozing and/or turning off the alarm on Saturdays and get up to join the park runs again.

Total milage for this week: 26 miles / 42 km

Parkrun UK

Day 3 [Writing 101]

If we could touch music, it would feel like water. Music is fluid. Circumstances. Influences. Emotions. Everything is flowing and changing. I can pick three songs that means something to me today. I can’t tell whether or not they will be figuring in the Top 3 of Eva’s music chart tomorrow.

 

Kosheen – Hungry

This is blast from the past. I had my music player on random and this song started playing. I immediately cancelled the shuffle and switched exclusively to the ‘Resist’ album. I haven’t listened to this for almost ten years. It feels good.

~

Passenger – Let her go

I love this song. It’s subtle and powerful at the same time. The whole album ‘All the Little Lights’ is a revelation. Second favourite from the album is ‘I Hate’.

~

Pearl Jam – Sirens

‘Lighting Bolt’ is not exactly ‘Ten’ or ‘Vs.” but Eddie Vedder and co are coming to the UK and I can’t wait!

The above list was composed while I was still at work, straight after I read today’s assignment. By the time I finished at the office, sweated in the gym, spent 30 minutes on the train, had dinner and started editing this post, the list looks like this:

 

Nickelback – Animals

This is one of my favourite running songs. I can have it on repeat for an hour and run and run and run. Another one is ‘Next Go Round’…I admit lyrically I have made some very interesting choices when it comes to running but they have a killer beat!

~

OneRepublic – All We Are

I’m revisiting OneRepublic after hearing their new-ish song ‘Counting Stars’. I usually have this band in the background with several likeminded artists on shuffle play. It played when I was on the train reading and got stuck in my head.

~

Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow

I don’t usually do country but this lady is spot on: ‘Say what you think, love who you love ’cause you just get so many trips ’round the sun.’

 

Writing 101 – Day 3

Quote of the Day

‘Everything you imagine is real.’

~ Pablo Picasso

[N] is for Nickelback and/or Nuts

[Rant alert] Yes. Nickelback…and get over it. I am too old to be told what I should like and what I should hate and I am quite capable of forming my own opinion, thank you very much. [Rant over]

Don’t worry, I am not going to start a war with you. I will not try to persuade you about my musical tastes. I will not make you listen to music you are not fond of either. There are plenty of musicians I am not a fan of myself. But it doesn’t give me the right to spread hate.

Recently, I have read an article on internet (one that will seduce you with twenty fantastical titles at the end and you find yourself spending hours reading totally irrelevant mash of information you forget the second you move onto the next one) and it was called something similar to ’10 signs that your girlfriend is nuts’. One of those signs according to the article was listening to Nickelback. Which I guess makes me nuts. I am not arguing with the result. I think I am nuts. I am nuts because I walked 100km nonstop with a stress fracture of tibia. I am nuts because I will walk 100km nonstop this year again (hopefully without acquiring a broken leg). My mental state is something of a question, I am reading internet articles of dubious nature after all. HoweverI don’t consider myself crazy for listening to rock music.

Like what you like as long as it makes you happy and no one else miserable.

N in the A to Z challenge.

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775c

 

[M] is for Mathematics

{[(Orange + Violet) x (Mercedonus + Magpies for a wedding)] – Ladies dancing} x (Mercedonus – Ladies dancing) = Gates of Valhalla

[(Ladies dancing x Dowgate) – Ladies dancing] x Calling birds = Gates of Valhalla

(Vibilia – Ladies dancing) x Calling birds = Gates of Valhalla

CXXXV x Calling birds = Gates of Valhalla

Gates of Valhalla = Gates of Valhalla

.

.

.

.

.

{[(2+7) x (13+3)] – 9} x (13-9) = 540

.

.

.

2 | Orange = second colour of the visible spectrum

3 | Three Magpies for a wedding

4 | Four calling birds (Twelve days of Christmas)

7 | Violet = seventh colour of the visible spectrum

9 | Nine Ladies dancing (Twelve days of Christmas)

13 | 13th Roman month = Mercedonus

16 | Dowgate, Alphabetically the 16th Ward of The City of London

135 | CXXXV (in Roman numerals)

144 | 144 Vibilia – asteroid

540 | 540 Gates of Valhalla

Numbers are fun.

M in the A to Z challenge.

A2Z-BADGE-0002014-small_zps8300775c

Here by Marin Sorescu

 

I’m here, I’m nowhere

The house itself is persecuted

into building walls of silence

which it must stand behind, locked in.

 

Locked inside myself, I haven’t given up.

Give me gibberish, babble, double talk –

let equivocation be sweet on my tongue!

Then a raven croaks: Nevermore!

 

The gleam vanishes off the world.

This blind, ravening century has put

its mark upon the very bread we eat.

 

Anything I say will be interpreted

by thugs. The cop on guard outside

is trying to get my spaniel to confess.

 

From: Censored Poems

 

 

Indifference by Dan Rhodes

Not wanting the intensity of my love to drive Skylark away, I feigned indifference. I worried that this tactic wasn’t working; seeming bored in my company, she would keep looking at her watch as though impatient to go somewhere far better. Even so, we would always disinterestedly arrange to meet up again. When, besotted, I casually suggested we get married, she shrugged her shoulders and, yawning, said, ‘Whatever.’ I couldn’t believe my luck. The man asked us whether we were prepared to love and cherish one another forever. Skylark said she might as well, and I told him I supposed so.

From Anthropology and a hundred other stories

Seb West ‘Night and Day’

.night-and-day

Original image

Seb West 

Image

Previous Older Entries

Sorbet Sundays

Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion

Mountania Travel Agency

Your guide to adventure in SLOVAKIA, ICELAND, BHUTAN, NEPAL, GREENLAND, GEORGIA AND SPAIN

Out of Print

Fiction authors and their shorts

Memoirs of a Time Here-After

the writings, musings, and photography of a dream smith

Roaming at Large

Poems & Photos by DM Shepherd

paigeaddams

Paranormal Romance

WORDMUSIC

The greatest WordPress.com site in all the land!

Black Bean Queen

Running, healthy living, & (mostly) healthy vegetarian food

The Exceptional Everyday

The ordinary is the magic.

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO

My words will either attract a strong mind or offend a weak one.

Elan Mudrow

The Ridges of Intertextuallity

HASTYWORDS

Turning Tears & Laughter into Words

Jennifer Nichole Wells

Miniature Diorama Photography

katerina marks

mixed-media artist

The Dictionary of Victorian Insults & Niceties

Together we can give the nineteenth century a voice in the twenty-first century.

Kat's Scribbles

where chaos gives birth to poetic expression

Through the Lens of my Life

thoughts and images from my perspective

Fading Shadow

Blog 1 of 2

Stephieopolis

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

harold guenthner

apostrophe ess