This is the first of 26 posts this month, each one starting with a letter of the alphabet. There will be many exhausted bloggers at the end of April blaming Arlee Bird who started it all three years ago. – see his blog http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/ 
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ALBERT is a popular name in the early 20th century, which is the time-setting for my novel Helter-Skelter
ALBIE, my main character, is only twelve when his mother turfs him out to fend for himself in the seaside town in North Kent where he was born.
As I blog through the Alphabet this month, I shall also be working on what I hope will be the final draft of Albie’s story, and I plan to give you more snippets of information from the novel as we go along. I hope you stay with me, and if you're a new visitor to my blog, I am this delighted to meet you.


  1. I've been hearing some great old stories about 12 year olds lately, and it always make me think how so many 12 year olds these days don't even know how to pack their own lunch boxes. I look forward to learning more about Albies adventures

  2. Lizy, what a brilliant idea. I hope you get loads of visitors - all wanting to know more about Albie and your characters.

  3. It's a great name. I love the way that names conjure up periods n time. Albert and Bert are old fashioned but Albie or Al is right up to date. I love names.

  4. Thank you all for the encouragement - I wasn't sure if this was the right thing to do. I shall have to be careful not to give the plot away, nor to quote from what I hope will be a published book!

  5. Hi... looking forward to reading about Albert... Dropped in from the A-Z challenge.. I am number 1550 :)

  6. Looking forward to each letter. I worked with an Albert as an apprentice - he insisted we call him Bill. He didn't like Albert or 'Bert.
    Mind you I do know a Petanque player called Bert and he looks like a Bert.

    In Exeter our nearby County Town there is the Royal Albert Museum - fine Victorian Architecture.

  7. Hello.

    A couple of my protags are in Albie's age range. Looking forward to learning more about his story.

    Nice to meet you on this hop.


    Tonette dela Luna
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  8. You're off to a great start! I'm looking forward to the rest of the month. And your eventual publication, of course!

  9. This is a great way to provide us with an intro to your novel, Lizy! Albie's story definitely sounds like it could be interesting. Will be looking forward to more info in the days ahead! :-)

  10. Great idea and looking forward to seeing more.

  11. Four old friends and five newcomers have commented on my blog today, which is great. Thank you all, and I hope you tag along for the ride!

  12. hahah - I started at the bottom of the list and am working my way up.

    Popped in from the AtoZ Challenge.


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  14. Hi Lizy,

    Looking forward to popping in now and again and reading more snippets from your novel.

    Happy A-Zedding.



  15. So much happens at age 12. Sounds like it could be an interesting story. Just stopped by to say 'hi' in the a-z.

  16. Hello! I stopped by via the A to Z Challenge. Good luck with Albert's story, and finishing out the month.

  17. Sounds interesting! Nice title, too :)
    Happy A to Z!

  18. Sounds like a fun idea, Lizy. Looking forward to reading the rest of your posts :)
    Good luck with the challenge (and the book).
    Jediya from TB


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