My A to Z challenge: tools of the trade

I've decided to join the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I hesitated about this, since I already talk about my writing so much, I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough interesting things to say. Also, to be honest, I didn't want to turn people off with an A to Z list of my favorite metaphors, or a list of things or people you'll find in the novel I'm currently shopping around.

This morning, however, Icy Sedgwick suggested the idea of blogging about a different topic, one that is outside the usual scope of the blog.


After considering a few of my non-writing passions to highlight this month, I've settled on woodworking tools as the theme for this month. Instead of the usual 80% brain, 20% hands ratio that goes with my writing, I'll be showing you some of the things I use in my 20% brain, 80% hands woodworking hobby.

I'm still selecting items for the entire month, but the first week's items are chosen. Since it would be boring to pick obvious tools (D = drill, H = hammer, etc.), I'm going to present some of my more unusual tools. Hopefully, you'll find that more interesting.

It will be strange writing about these things. They are all so familiar to me, it's odd to think of using a few hundred words to introduce them and explaining what they're for and how to use them. I can point to all the items I've fixed, all the things I've installed, all the furniture I've built, etc., but I rarely point to the tools I used to do any of it.

This feels like it'll be fun!

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  1. Hello, just stopping by to wish you luck with this challenge :)

  2. Just stopping by from the a-z challenge. What a great idea for a theme! I wish I had the skillset to build things. My Dad was a carpenter, I wish he'd taught me. But I'm excited to learn at least some new names of tools, even though I might have no clue what to do with them.

    Have fun with the challenge.

  3. Neat! I'll happily check in on this over time. I'm somehow not at all surprised you're a big carpenter.

  4. Glad you found the theme useful! I'm doing cinema...


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