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.