The adventure – a month’s worth of blogging exploring my writing, research and editing.
Aysgarth falls is a place in one of my novels. Since these novels are going to get published, and turned into films, being mindful of locations is important. Aysgarth is already well known and caters well for tourists. Tee hee… See, I’m being positive and believing, sort of.
Think about England, Northern England, Yorkshire, a dale within Yorkshire called Wensleydale. The River Ure, as it meanders through Aysgarth in Wensleydale, takes a dramatic route down a wonderful geological site known as Aysgarth falls. I’ve been there when there’s little water and you can wander along and when there’s torrents of water and you can hear it way before you see it.
Britain’s waterfalls are wonderful and this one melts my heart, mainly because the memories of being there with loved ones and I used to go there when I needed some solace. In ‘Holiday stories’ John, the main character, takes some visitors there and we find out a bit more about the wider family when the two children are able to wander and explore the outdoors and their own different reactions to it.
My AtoZchallenge posts are about writing, parts of my novels or some research I need to do for them. I’m not allowing myself to write about anything other than topics linked to the books, my books. The current titles that I’m writing about are ‘Bags’, ‘Holiday stories’ and ‘Dream gardener’.
There is one non-writing topic I want to mention today, A is also for…. Arlee Bird
Arlee Bird can do everything, founder, great http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ incessantly juggling keeping lots more new opportunities, posing questions, rallying silent troops, understated, valuing wacky ‘xcited (artistic license) yearningly zany.
I enjoyed seeing your post come up on the Twitter feed on the AtoZChallenge site…and jumped in and clicked! Well done. I’m in Malaysia, but lived in Hampshire and the Midlands for 14 years or so (originally American) and your words and descriptions take me longingly back. My work is on the Crimean War, with the England part in Worcester and Malvern. Good luck with yours and happy A-to-Z-ing. /cynthia
Thanks Cynthia! Glad you jumped in and my words and descriptions took you back. I’ll be glad when AtoZing feels happy.. nearly but not quite there yet..
Nice post! I feel like I’m there….Also really love your tribute to Arlee!!
Thanks Ruby. Had to sketch from memory so huge artistic license being used in my posts this year! Last year my reflections AtoZ post was done AtoZ and it took him to L I think before he realised so had to do his tribute similar.
Here’s to us getting through this month unscathed..
Great post Lynne and I love the fact that you have chosen such a strong theme for the challenge – definitely more focused than my hotchpotch approach. Good luck with the challenge – I look forward to seeing what else you have in store.
Thanks! Strong theme? I’m trying to get my novels done at same time and only allowed myself to do AtoZ if it helped edit.. not sure that’s working out for me yet.. hotchpotch is my usual style so I’m challenging in my challenge.. hmm.. might need a rethink.
Looking forward eh? No pressure then.. must go sketch..
Your promised blog titles are intriguing. I look forward to reading them and more!
Thanks! I’d better get sketching and writing them then.. oops!
Good luck with the rest of your AtoZ posts!
I really thought you had a book and film deal there. I love falls and you describe them beautifully.
Glad you think I describe beautifully. Not much descriptive in my novels.. might need to add a bit more. thanks for commenting Anne. I will on yours when t’internet calms down.
Location is very important – I love wensleydale (both the cheese and the place).
me too. Must go see what cheese I have in the fridge now..
I have already looked this morning (after reading your post in fact) – fresh out of wensleydale onto local smoky cheddar instead.
Brilliant post and great start to the challenge! Love Wensleydale (with cranberries, please) but never thought to visit the place. I might just have to check it out! X
looks like my comments line up has gone a bit squiffy.. oh well, no idea what to do to sort it…
Thanks for visiting Nicky! The dale’s one of my favourite places. I feel very lucky to have lived there for a few years. Glad you like the post. If I don’t get more pics sketched today it’ll be a short challenge..
You’ll do it, I know! RE comments ~ sometimes if there’s errant coding in a post, the comment line up goes weird. In your dashboard, try going to Settings > Writing and check the box that says “WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically”. Since I did that, I haven’t had problems with my comments! XX You might need to hit update on the post after you’ve tried this ~ I hope it works!
There’s something hypnotic about water, especially waterfalls. I love that you’re doing all your own illustrations too 🙂
Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain
True Ros. You might want to keep off twitter tonight if I don’t get any more sketches done.. tee hee. and don’t get too excited I’ve only done one so far..
This is a nice post. Now I want to go see Aysgarth for myself.
I’m also writing about my writing for my A-to-Z challenge but only about my characters. I’ll definitely come back for more.
Thanks Linda. Have a great AtoZ. I hope I’m still here when you come back.. Yeah who am I kidding, of course I will be. Must get on sketching rest now..
Tried resorting the page but it’s not having any of it. Nicky thanks for the advice and now done what you suggested so hopefully the rest of the month will be ok.
Water falls are good. A to Z visitor here.
Thanks. Now you’ve got me thinking I could have done a whole challenge on waterfalls! Enjoy this crazy challenge!
Just wanted to stop by and say hello. I’m not doing AtoZ this year. New baby is enough distraction at the moment.
I’ve been up to Yorkshire, well, Leeds anyway. I usually go the other way to Cheshire cause I have friends in the area and my brother is in Manchester.
Many thanks! Here’s hoping you get to the Dales one day. It’s so worth it.
Great post to start the challenge with.
I love waterfalls. Sounds like a wonderful setting.
It is. I probably should have mentioned the film link.. when Robin meets little John and has the water fight..
Hello, fellow A to Zer! 🙂 I’m looking forward to more of your posts for the Challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a waterfall in Britain . . . which gives me yet another reason to go back.
Thanks! There’s lots of waterfalls, many hidden and you have to talk a short walk to most and they’re mini, I assume, compared with the rest of the world waterfalls but subtle, charming and wonderful.
Dales are wonderful and our waaterfalls while not on the scale of Victoria or Niagara Falls but spectacular/ beautiful in their own uniquely British way – good start to the challenge all the best:)
Good Luck on your “challenge”. Great post and a wonderful tribute to Arlee.
Deena of E-BookBuilders
Thanks Deena, It’s always great when a Neighbour pops by. You have a great challenge too.
Yeah, I think this is a place I would be cool with visiting. 🙂 Awesome start to the challenge!
A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge Co-host
Thanks! I always appreciate Co-hosts dropping in as we know how busy you are. Especially this year. Nearly 2000 participants, WOW! Glad to have you as overseer of this area of the challenge. Let me know when you visit, I’d love to go back there and meet up with AtoZchallengers.
Arlee definitely a great A and the region you discuss sounds beautiful
best with your A to Z
Ok another place to put on my list of beautiful must visit sites
Arlee is a keeper!!!
Good luck with the books and the challenge!
I’ll need it. books want writing not editing.. challenge wants to be challenging this year.. hmm..