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2018 A-Z Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal

I’m excited to participate in my third Blogging A-Z Challenge!

Previous themes for this challenge included Paris (2016) and Journaling (2017). Both these themes coordinated with book topics I was writing at the time (and ultimately self-published). Since this writing strategy worked well in the past, I plan to implement it again this year.

So without further ado, my theme for 2018 is: BOSTON


I visited the city for the first time in 2016 when I was the “dog-sitter” for my son and his family while they completed a month-long work assignment. We lived in Cambridge, just across the Charles River, and I took full advantage of my free-time by visiting the popular, as well as hidden, city sights.

I fell in love with Boston – and as a former New York Yankee – that is saying a lot. The city is compact and easily navigated on foot or by subway. It is also the perfect combination of American history, modern living, urban conveniences, lush green spaces, and cultural/academic institutions.

While visiting the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) I saw this painting by Childe Hassam. At Dusk (Boston Common at Twilight) portrays a story of two young girls and their guardian (mother? governess?) strolling through the park on a magical winter day. I immediately knew I wanted to discover that narrative.

Over the past several months, the painting has inspired the second book in my Ellie series –  MG historical fiction that introduces students to art appreciation as well as a love of travel. This story takes place in Boston circa 1912. The A-Z challenge posts will introduce you to this city and why I adore it.

The “challenge” is to write a post a day (except Sundays) – each day focusing on a different letter of the alphabet. While I reserve the right to change these daily topics as I see fit, this is the current timeline of April’s posts. I will provide links as they become available.

Sunday, April 1 = A is for Athenaeum
Monday, April 2 = B is for Beacon Hill
Tuesday, April 3 = C is for Cheers
Wednesday, April 4 = D is for Ducks
Thursday, April 5 = E is for Education
Friday, April 6 = F is for Frog Pond
Saturday, April 7 = G is for Greater Boston
Monday, April 9 = H is for Harbor
Tuesday, April 10 = I is for Irish
Wednesday, April 11 = J is for JFK
Friday, April 13 = L is for Library
Saturday, April 14 = M is for Museum
Monday, April 16 = N is for North End
Tuesday, April 17 = O is for Old North Church
Wednesday, April 18 = P is for Parks
Thursday, April 19 = Q is for Quincy Market
Friday, April 20 = R is for Revere’s House
Saturday, April 21 = S is for Swan Boats
Monday, April 23 = T is for the “T”
Tuesday, April 24 = U is for Union Oyster House
Wednesday, April 25 = V is for Venetian Palace
Thursday, April 26 = W is for Walking Tour
Friday, April 27 = X is for eXercise
Saturday, April 28 = Y is for Yawkey Way
Monday, April 30 = Z is for Zzzzz
I look forward to sharing my love of Boston – and art – with you this coming month.
If interested, it’s not too late for you to register for the challenge … or you can choose to follow those participating without maintaining a blog of your own.
See you April 1st!

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