Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge

A to Z of Leicester in 40 words and why this is a quadragintal blog



Every day in April, with the exception of Saturdays, I will be blogging about an aspect of Leicester working my way through the alphabet. Each blog will be precisely 40 words. It concentrates the mind and it's easier to read. Oh yes, and I’ll still be posting my usual chatty blogs once or twice a week.

During the month I’ll be visiting as many other A to Z Bloggers as I can and leaving comments. If you’re an A to Z Blogger then welcome and do please leave a comment. If you’re not but you’d like to join then visit Tossing It Out or Talli Roland and you can add your name. There’s still time.

And finally, about that word quadragintal, I follow a blogger at Coffee Rings Everywhere who writes drabbles. She explains that a drabble is a blog that contains exactly 100 words. I searched the dictionaries but could find nothing to describe a 40 word blog. I tweeted a query and Alison Bacon a blog friend, came up with the word quadragintal. We have introduced this word into the world and so it now exists. Impressive, huh!

  

25 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I'd love to do an A to Z blog for a while.

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  2. Hi Suzanne, well like I said there's still time to join. It promises to be a fun event.

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  3. Quadragintal - love it!! Creating new words is one of the best parts of being a writer! :)

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  4. Hi Rosalind, this is a great idea, but I'm pretty sure I didn't come up with the word Quadragintal. Is there someone impersonating me to make up fabulous new words?

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  5. I'm doing this too, and wondered what sort of topics to cover for my A to Z. An A to Z of Leicester seems a great idea! Wondering now about doing an A to Z of Hayling Island?

    Hmm, decisions, decisions....

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  6. Hi Jemi, creating new words is fun, isn't it.

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  7. Hi Sarah, Many apologies for this mix up. It was Alison Bacon from Between The Lines who came up with the new words and I've amended the blog accordingly. Special apologies to Alison too if you're reading this.

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  8. Hi Nicolette, looking forward to visiting your A to Z blogs. Hayling Island sounds great. Do you know Miriam Halamy who has written a book set on Hayling Island?

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  9. No, I don't know of Miriam, but will look her up now you've mentioned her!

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  10. Nice new word and I'm looking forward for A-Z April!

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  11. Yay! I'm so glad you're doing this, Rosalind. I can't wait!

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  12. This is not a good start to my A to Z challenge. I've made another mistake and it's all to do with names. (I was a rubbish teacher cause I couldn't remember anyone's name!) I told Nicolette about Miriam and of course her surname is Halahmy. (Sorry Miriam.) You can read all about her new book on her blog Miriam Halahmy on Writing.

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  13. Hi Duncan, I'm hoping to bring back a few memories for you about Leicester and tell you about some new features too. Hope you enjoy it.

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  14. Hi Talli, thanks for helping to organise it and I see you've got over 700 people taking part. Unbelievable!!

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  15. Hi Ros - not sure it's really 'my' word as I consulted a Latin wordlist, but happy to take credit! Always fun to think up new words (or derivations). Must investigate this A-Z idea - sounds brill.
    AliB

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  16. I've really got to try a quadrigintal or a drabble or something shorter than I normally do. I've gotten better, but there is still room for improvement. I think it's great that you'll be highlighting a place that most of us know little about. Looking forward to it.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

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  17. Found you from the A-Z Challenge, it sounds like it’s going to be so much fun and I can’t wait to get started!! I’m now following your blog on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog and maybe follow me back!!
    Monica
    http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/

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  18. Hi Arlee. That would be great if you post out some quadragintals. I just love new words ;-)

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  19. Hi Monica and thanks for the follow. I'll be popping over to visit you just as soon as I've posted this. I'm looking forward to the challenge too. I just hope we don't burn ourselves out!!

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  20. Looking forward very much to it Rosalind! I'm sure I would barely recognise parts of Leicester having been away so long..

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  21. Great idea, Rosalind. Thanks for visiting my blog, and glad you like my word-prompt theme for A to Z posts...:)

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  22. Here's to new words, may we never run out of them :)

    A-Z is fun

    Wagging Tales - Blog for Writers

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  23. Great idea to keep the posts short and I love the pictures! It's a great time to take photos! :)
    - andrea

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  24. Hi Rosalind!
    I love your idea of making each post for the challenge about Leicester! I'm looking forward to learning about the city, I love the photos you've posted so far.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and I'm glad I found yours!

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  25. Hi Rosalind ... haven't yet found you on the A - Z .. but did via Karen Gowan .. and your search for your ancestors in Russia .. that must be so cruel to hold in your heart.

    Love the take on Leicestershire .. I lived for a while in Marston Trussell .. just outside Market Harborough .. so I'll enjoy your read .. mostly I went south though.

    Cheers Hilary

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