Hello my lovelies!
It is Saturday and that means that it’s time for our Weekend Coffee Share!
If we were having coffee today we’d meet at the ice cream parlour in town for coffee and ice cream. The A to Z Challenge is over and I feel we all need a treat for completing it.
If you’ve been reading this blog then you’ll know that my theme for the A to Z Challenge was “Postcards”, but I extended it a little and it turned more into “Letters” and “Travelogues” as time went on.
Participating in the A to Z Challenge was fun, but definitely more work than anticipated. I never got around to scheduling posts, so I had to write them on the day, plus find and edit relevant photos. I managed, but I’ve learned my lesson. Except for the post on Xanten, my blog posts for the challenge contain my own photographs. I did some press photography in the UK but I had never really shown my travel photos to a wider audience. Have you seen some of them? I hope you liked them.
Travel writing was fun. After all, it’s what I got my B.A. in, but I have not really written about anything travel-related (or published travel photos) since I had to put my own travel magazine Shoestring on hiatus. Some of the articles, like my entry for L – Leconfield Farm – were first published in Shoestring. It was my final project and I continued as editor-in-chief until my work schedule including commute was too demanding for a one-person operation like that. I’m still hoping to revive and rebrand the magazine at some point.
I used April’s Camp NaNoWriMo as a NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month) and my goal was to write 10,000 words during the A to Z Challenge. I verified my win at 19.330 words but finished the month on 30,916 words – more than three times my target word count! Plus uni assignments – let’s just say I’ve done a lot of writing this past month.
If we were having coffee today and you also participated in A to Z I’d love to know what the challenge was like for you. Are you a plotter or pantser? I found it hard to find a decent theme and then fill all the letters. At first I thought I’d be able to post more than one post per day where appropriate, which is the reason I wrote about Auckland and Alice Springs. For this last week, I wrote about Wellington (New Zealand), Xanten (Germany), Yellowstone NP (United States) and Zanzibar (Tanzania). My full list of A to Z Contributions for 2015 can be found here or via the top navigation bar.
If we were having coffee I’d also tell you that my studies are going well. Yesterday I received my Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction (100%) for the Theatre & Globalization course I took from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
I do believe knowledge is addictive. Or maybe I’m just curious. These MOOCs offer great insights into various fields of study, even if the course is just an intro. I have signed up for a few more throughout the year, while keeping in mind that my M.A. still comes first. But the courses have so far given me a few ideas career-wise and thesis-wise, so they are definitely useful.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ll be returning to my usual study tips and writing prompt posts this month, but for the entire month of May, I’ll also post a Song Of The Day every day. It’s spring and it’s getting warmer and good tunes always brighten my mood further. So tune in at 7.30am GMT+1 every morning!
If we were having coffee today, then I’d have to leave in a minute and get back to my studies. But feel free to have coffee with the other Weekend Coffee Sharers via the lovely Part Time Monster once the Linky is up and running! Alternatively, you can always stop by for a cuppa on #WeekendCoffeeShare.
Same time, next week?