Photos For Upcoming Stories!


fter a break of four years, from 2018 to 2021,

I’m doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge again this year!

In 2017, I collated all my blog posts up till then

In 2016, I focused on JRR Tolkien and the Inklings

In 2015, I featured books I’d read based on a reading challenge

In 2014, I didn’t have a theme!

In 2013, I collated all my Twitter favourites up till then
(it was a LOT easier to organize Twitter back then)

 In 2012, I listed all my favourite books

Then, in 2022, I focused on fellow authors and bloggers, covering all the guest posts, blog hops, cover reveals, interviews, and more, that I’ve featured over the years.

This year I’m going to focus on writing by me and my family!
Please share links to your own stories and crafts in the comments!

This year's A to Z Team is:

Arlee Bird (founder)
👨 he/him @
Tossing it Out

J Lenni Dorner (captain)
👨 he/him or 🧑🏽 they/them @
Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner

Zalka Csenge Virág
👩 she/her @
The Multicolored Diary

John Holton @
The Sound of One Hand Typing

Jayden R Vincente (spreadsheets)
👩 she/her @
J R Vincente Erotica Writer

*Anonymous* (graphics)
🥔 @
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Thank you to the team!
Also, each day will feature a new chapter from my new story, Goldenheart, a love story set in Montreal. There will be photos!

And now...


For upcoming stories!

Many of these are going to be links, because I don't want to reshare art without permission.


The Maiden's Tower in Istanbul

Art that gives me Ottoman vibes for Ed and ambassadorial vibes for Stede

Another bit of Ottoman-vibes art for Ed


Epilogue inspiration as they sail into the sunset

Screenshots from my Story Inspirations board

Some of those also work for Goldenheart, so let's segue to that. First, some more pins!

Stanzas for Music by Lord Byron

And read for me by Saf!

Roach's 40-orange–glaze cake

Dancing in the epilogue of the story


Some particular Montreal references:

March snowstorm and Montreal-West train station

The "red house" in Westmount

Faubourg Bagel

Walking along Sherbrooke Street

24 hours in Montreal

Snow removal operations

Statue of man reading newspaper

Paris Metropolitain metro sign

The doo doo doo sound on the orange line of the metro

Map of Montreal neighbourhoods, sort of

Drugstore bar (now closed)

Metro map!

The side nook behind the bar at MicKibbin's

...And an art inspiration piece for Communication Breakdown --> Friends: kiss me like you missed me

There are also playlists!

Communication Breakdown --> Friends

The Maiden's Tower

Goldenheart (includes Montreal references such as Claude Rajotte the VJ, Cruising Bar the movie, Don Cherry's suits, etc.)

Stories to be issued next month, if all goes according to plan!

A to Z starts tomorrow! Are you looking forward to it?


I wish my inspirations were so... organized. I love how you have these photo collages set up. And Montreal.... I miss going there. Hope you get the chance to go and do some "onsite research of the neighborhoods. Just for the fun of it... :-)
martine said…
Thanks for the reminder, now all i need is some inspiration.
Deniz Bevan said…
I love music for story prompts. Thank you, both!
First chapter of the story is now up!
Hi Deniz - I'll enjoy seeing your photos ... and will comment occasionally during the A-Z - cheers Hilary