Are you doing the challenge?A-Z ChallengeThis April will be my fifth go at the A-Z Challenge. It’s fun but hard work. I didn’t think I’d do it again this year, but then I had an exciting idea for a theme.

In 2011, I didn’t have a theme. I posted mainly on the themes of this blog: writing and social anxiety.

In 2012, I wrote about places in Jerusalem.

In 2013, my theme was memoir writing. I learned a lot that year. One day, I might put that knowledge to use.

In 2014, I highlighted authors, including some of my new friends all published by Crooked Cat.

In 2015, ….

Yes, I have a theme and I’m excited about it, but it’s not quite time to reveal it. However, as well as signing up for the challenge itself, I have also signed up for the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal on 23rd March. That’s in just two weeks.

atoz-theme-reveal-2015As it happens, 23rd March is also a birthday. Six years ago, this blog published its first post. A lot has happened since then!

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In other news, I have another interview hosted by the lovely Nancy Jardine. Her questions have been giving me ideas.

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I’m popping out of hibernation just to say it’s my blog birthday today.

This was my first post:

Speech is silver, silence is…

…not golden. Just a fake gold that soon dulls.  Like the necklace I bought in Cyprus. They told me it was gold. I knew they were lying, but I bought it anyway. I felt I had to buy something because they gave me tea….

I’ve been keeping silent for most of my life. It’s time to talk.

And I’ve been talking for four years. Thank you so much for listening and encouraging me to continue.

Happy Birthday!Three years ago, I ventured out into the world, scared of what I might find.

I’m so glad I did.