#AtoZchallenge #AtoZreveal — Are We There Yet?

This year, I’ll be A-Zing here with Trucks from #mybeautifulcommute-A-ZWaterlogue-2017-03-18-08-18-14

I’m considering a 2nd option on SpyGirl, my Fashion Blog, and will link to it if indeed it happens.

This will be my third year participating in the A to Z Challenge.
Last year, I blogged the tartans of the US and Canada, A-Z [master A-Z list here].

2015, I did two challenges.
One covered the Southwest on my On the Edge travel blog [master A-Z list here].

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The other consisted of postings on SpyGirl [master A-Z list here] by my alter ego Enid.

Does an A to Z Challenge sound like fun? Want to join in?
Read more about it here, on the official Blogging from A to Z April Challenge blog.a-z_badge_sm

Come back on April 1st, when I will start with
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#June1-30Challenge Day 26: Marathon

Day 26 Marathon
June 26, 2016. Marathons are being held today in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Santa Cruz, California; Lubec, Maine; and Arlington, Virginia. The race in Arlington is indoors.
A marathon is 26.2 miles. Marathoners don’t start out running 26.2 miles! They start small and train for it. They work hard to reach that distance.
Tell us about something you worked for. Something you thought you might never accomplish, but you did.

On the Edge: US

In 2014, I did a solo drive, circumnavigating the contiguous 48 US states on US highways and Interstates as close to the perimeter as possible. 31 states, 32 driving days, 12772 miles.
Most memorable roads?
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US1 Homestead > Key West, Florida (both directions)
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US2 in the High Plains of North Dakota and Montana.

I’ve shown the first batch of art derived from the trip twice:
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June – July 2014, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
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February 2015, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

Links:
Blog (of sorts) for the trip
List of driving days with links to photo albums on Flickr
The Art — 53 Waterlogues printed on aluminum, 4 x 6″

#June1-30Challenge Day 11: #myshittycommute

Day 11 Photo Challenge
June 11, 1963. We’ve all seen the pictures: Governor of Alabama George Wallace standing at the door of a building at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students from attending the school. He was not successful. The pictures of the young people standing up for their rights are powerful!
Photographs can tell powerful stories! Can you tell a powerful story with your pictures this week? Try taking even photos that tell a story.
Alternative: Post a picture representing the number 11. It can be eleven items, eleven people (think soccer team), or something showing the number 11. Or post a gallery of 11 photos that have a shared theme.

11 most recent #myshittycommute #commutehome images
(arranged like the commute):

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Anne M Bray, #commutehome Irwindale, Digital watercolor, ©20162_annembray_commutehome_6-7

Anne M Bray, #commutehome Irwindale, Digital watercolor, ©2016

3_annembray_commutehome_6-6Anne M Bray, #commutehome Arrow Highway, Digital watercolor, ©2016
4_annembray_commutehome_6-1Anne M Bray, #commutehome 605, Digital watercolor, ©20165_annembray_commutehome_5-17Anne M Bray, #commutehome 60 x 5 x 10, Digital watercolor, ©20166_annembray_commutehome_5-23Anne M Bray, #commutehome #dtla, Digital watercolor, ©20167_annembray_commutehome_6-9Anne M Bray, #commutehome #dtla, Digital watercolor, ©20168_annembray_commutehome_5-19Anne M Bray, #commutehome #dtla, Digital watercolor, ©20169_annembray_commutehome_5-16Anne M Bray, #commutehome #dtla, Digital watercolor, ©201610_annembray_commutehome_5-18Anne M Bray, #commutehome Santa Monica Airport, Digital watercolor, ©201611_annembray_commutehome_6-8Anne M Bray, #commutehome Santa Monica Airport, Digital watercolor, ©2016

I started creating the #myshittycommute Waterlogues last August, to make my 78 mile round-trip commute  more of a creative experience. In the mornings, I photograph the back ends of trucks (aka #dailytruck). On the way home, it’s snippets from the drive.
I exhibited 20 of the trucks in April. I will be showing both those and these #commutehome pieces in May-June 2017 at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.

#June1-30Challenge Day 10: 10 Top Posts

Day 10 A Toast to Ten Bloggers
June 10, 1935. Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob) takes his last drink and Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob.
Although Bill and Dr. Bob quit drinking alcohol, we can still raise a toast to those who have done a great job!
Share a link to ten blogs you enjoy. Tell us why you think they deserve a toast! You may want to try viewing those blogs in your browser and using the “Press This” feature.
[I cannot limit myself to 10. Here is my “Blog Love” list from SpyGirl, my Fashion Blog].
I WILL give two shoutouts: to Kathleen, who is hosting this challenge, and Tami, who turned me on to it.
Alternative: Share links to the top ten posts on your blog from last year according to your stats. Include an excerpt from each. Or share your favorite ten posts since starting your blog.

My ten most popular posts on Instagram for the last month.

According to the Likemeter App —  not sure of the time frame.
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Here are links to each:
33 Me and birthday cake 6/3
29 #commutehome Downtown LA, waterlogue 4/14 [April??]
28 Mr Lou (bliss) 6/4
28 Duck 6/3
27 #selfiesketch Birthday Suit 6/3
25 Freesia waterlogue 3/26 [really? March?]
25 Mr Lou 4/17
24 Mr Lou (asleep) 5/28
23 Pantones 4/26
23 Birthday cake 6/3

I’m sure I have older posts that have snagged more <3s
[Later, after looking for the images]
Yes, the metrics are bad.
Sigh — can’t trust that app!

Here are my real Top Ten for the last month, found manually on Instagram
(which I should have done in the first place).
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Analysis: the Likemeter metrics don’t include video.
Even so, three images from June-May were overlooked. Why?
Links:
51 Dancing Bergamot 5/21
37 Fluevogs 5/15
36 Lunch break 5/31
33 Me and birthday cake 6/3
30 Bergamot 5/21
28 Mr Lou (bliss) 6/4
28 Duck 6/3
27 #selfiesketch Birthday Suit 6/3
27 #selfiesketch 6/1
27 #dailytruck 6/1