Month: April 2016

Z Is For Zeal

Z is for ‘Zeal’ I had a tremendous amount of zeal when I started this A-Z challenge but the zeal started to disappear about halfway through when I realised that I hadn’t really thought it through. Still I’ve made it to the end and I feel a certain amount of zeal about that.

Y Is For Year

Y is for ‘Year’ And it won’t be long until I’ve been blogging for a year. May 10th is my blogiversary. One year ago I was still contemplating the idea of starting a blog. And now one year on I have a blog that has gone from strength to… er… Well it was all going…

X Is For Xenophile

Any challenge which involves coming up with words that begin with each letter of the alphabet is plagued by the letter ‘X’. Aside from xylophone, it’s pretty hard to come up with anything. So often people resort to just using words with an ‘X’ in them. Like exam. Or exhibit. But I wouldn’t do that…

W Is For Why

‘W’ is for ‘Why’. It’s also for ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘Where and ‘When’. It isn’t for ‘How’ but there is a ‘W’ in ‘How’. These are the words we use to create questions. Questions that need answers. And I have a question about ‘W’. And my question is a ‘why’ question. This is my question: Why…

V Is For Vague

V is for vague. I have, in my time, relied heavily on my ability to be vague when it counts. It’s essentially how I managed to hit the word-count on the essays I wrote for my undergraduate degree. My assignments  never really said anything but I did use the requisite number of words to convey…

U Is For Underwhelming

U is for ‘Underwhelming’. ‘Underwhelming’ is probably a fair way to describe this post. It’s almost as if I’ve stopped trying but my stubborn, inflexible nature means I keep posting things for this A-Z challenge even though I can’t really be bothered. Or maybe this post just feels a bit like I’ve ‘phoned it in’…

T Is For Time

Time. I never seem to have any to do the things I want to. I’m always busy doing other stuff. Like work. Or ironing shirts. Shirts I wear to work. Or sitting in traffic. On my way to and from work. I think what I’m saying is that work gets in the way of me…

S Is For Sleep

I’m something of an insomniac Except in the mornings. When I have no difficulty sleeping through an alarm clock. In the mornings I drink coffee to help me wake up. In the afternoons and evenings I drink coffee because I really like coffee. If I drank less coffee maybe I’d sleep better. But I’d be…

R Is For Reading

R is for Reading and also for reading. When it is written with a capital ‘R’and pronounced as ‘redding’ it’s a town in Berkshire and the place where I live. When it’s written with a lower case ‘r’ (or uppercase if it’s at the beginning of a sentence) and pronounced ‘reeding’ then it’s the act of decoding…

Q Is For Queen

Q is for queen. There are four of them in a pack of playing cards. There was a band called Queen. They had a few hits. Bohemian Rhapsody was quite popular. The British head of state is a queen.  People call her The Queen. It’s her birthday tomorrow. She turns ninety  apparently. It was also…

O Is For Obvious

It might seem obvious that ‘obvious’ begins with an ‘o’. But it is less obvious, to some, that the second letter is a ‘b’. A lot of people don’t pronounce the ‘b’. That’s fine, indeed it can seem a little affected to insist on enunciating the ‘b’. But if the ‘b’ is not heard then…

N Is For Nothing

It might have been funnier if I’d left this post blank. If I’d written nothing at all. That might have been the way to go, given that ‘nothing‘ is the subject of this post. But I already made that joke when I wrote ‘L is For Lazy’ So instead I wrote something. I wrote this.…

M Is For Meandering

You know how some people write stuff but there doesn’t seem to be any real direction to what they are writing? They start but then they don’t seem to go anywhere with it. They sort of make the same point multiple times or they repeat themselves. They try to say the same thing in various…

J Is For James

What kind of a narcissist would use his own name as the subject of a blog post? Probably the same kind of narcissist who would name the entire blog after himself. Then again, aren’t all bloggers a bit narcissistic? To be honest I’m probably too narcissistic to care whether other bloggers are.

I Is For Irritation

Some people might describe me as being ‘easily irritated’. They may be correct in this assertion but they might also want to take a good long look at themselves and see if they could try and be a little less irritating.

H Is For Haiku

When I first started this blog, approximately eleven months ago, I had absolutely no intention of writing poetry. But somewhere along the line I seem to have been doing more than my fair share of just that.

G Is For Games

Games rhymes with James. I like rhymes. But I don’t always like games. I can tolerate an occasional round of Monopoly, but I find my enthusiasm wanes after a while. I don’t mind chess either but only really against weaker opponents (of whom there are not many).

E Is For Everything

E is for ‘envelope’. Today I tried pushing the envelope. All I succeeded in doing was moving the envelope slightly further away from me. E is for ‘expression’. Perhaps I took the expression about ‘pushing the envelope’ a little too literally. E is for ‘etymology’. Maybe I should look up the etymology of the expression…

D Is For Dictionaries

Day four of the A-Z challenge and perhaps now would be as good a time as any to stop counting the days. But not the letters of course, for they are entirely the point of the challenge. And so it is we find ourselves at the letter ‘D’. I awoke this morning with very little…

C Is For Cookie

Day 3 of the A-Z challenge (cos we get Sundays off apparently) and in my experience the third letter of the alphabet is the letter ‘C’.  So my word of the day is ‘Cookie’. I have chosen this word so that I can unashamedly highlight the fact that today is my birthday. ‘Birthday’ begins with…

B Is For Blogosphere

Sometimes people that I know will refer to something I’ve written on these pages. It always takes me by surprise. I do know people read this and indeed I actively encourage it. These are not my innermost private thoughts. Generally not much thought goes into anything I write, (except when I make the poems rhyme…

A Is For April

  I always enjoy a good ‘blogging’ challenge and apparently April is the month of the A-Z blogging challenge. The goal, in so far as I can make out, is to write 26 posts in 30 days using the letters of the alphabet consecutively to inspire each post. Today is day one of the challenge…