January 8th, 2020

1MW-H50-steve
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2020 'Monthly' Challenges Organisation!

Hey everyone, K and I have been talking about how to deal with our 'monthly' challenges this year, since they have always been popular, but sometimes we struggle to get things completed in the month, and have come up with the idea of taking the most popular (as per the poll I ran) challenges and expanding things a little so we have them running for about six weeks each instead of just a month. We may look at using the first week (or so?) as lead-in, and actual kick off may be a few days after that, if necessary, depending on the challenge itself and the people running it.

K was keen to keep things pretty full on for the last month of the year, and I agreed that it can seem busy but it does tend to provide us with a last minute burst of activity, so December will be the exception, and be full of all sorts as you'll see in the list below!

The list shows how the dates will work - which is as simple as possible given that months are easy to remember, but dates that keep changing are not - and we have put things in where we think they fit, but we need your input here, so apart from the Nano and Christmas stuff, everything else is tentative at this point, so that if people want to run (or help with) a challenge listed, but can't do it when we've suggested, we can swap things around as needed.

[Edit: names attached to a couple of the challenges - please don't be afraid to put up your hand! Could use a few more people to run a couple more challenges - underlined ones need volunteers!]

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Now, my lovelies, WE WANT YOU to let us know if you can run any of the challenges! What do you want to help with? Oh, and if there's anything NOT on here that YOU would be happy running, maybe we can run two challenges concurrently, if there's interest, or just as a shorter challenge if that works.

Comment away in the next few days, and we'll get the first challenge underway come the 15th! ;-)

[Update 14/01/20: Only the Bingo from April 16th to May 30 needs someone to run it, and I can always help too, so let me know if anyone feels so inclined!]
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Word of the Day 01/08/20 Avocation

Avocation (noun)
avocation [ av-uh-key-shuh n ]


noun
1. something a person does in addition to a principal occupation, especially for pleasure; hobby: Our doctor's avocation is painting.
2. a person's regular occupation, calling, or vocation.
3. Archaic. diversion or distraction.

OTHER WORDS FROM AVOCATION
av·o·ca·tion·al, adjective
av·o·ca·tion·al·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH AVOCATION
avocation vocation
avocation evocation

WORDS RELATED TO AVOCATION
pastime, recreation, sideline, shot, thing, diversion, kick, amusement, occupation, schtick

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: 1520–30; < Latin āvocātiōn- (stem of āvocātiō) a calling away. See a-, vocation

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
1MW-weekend
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Weekend Challenge Volunteers, please!

It's a new year, and while Erin's all set for this weekend, I will need some volunteers for the first half of this year after that. If you would like to volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 weekends between now and the end of June, please comment on this post, and please be sure to list any dates you CANNOT do, so that I can aim to fit you into the new schedule around those dates.

I would also like to ask if anyone can do the weekend from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 January, as I'd cover it myself, but I'll be away from home.

If you'd love to have a go at running one, but are not sure what's involved, please check out the Weekend Challenge tag for examples of past weekends, or go to the link for the last schedule which is at the top left of the comm page (along with last year's count pages and other challenge links there - and yes, these need updating - we'll sort them all out as soon as we can!). You should be able to get a fair idea of what is needed from those, but feel free to ask any other questions here.