Alphaday bulletins

Alphaday 3 – Season XII

  Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 3, Season XII. It always takes a while to hoist all the Alpha sails and get the entire crew into position at their stations, ready to take off towards new horizons. We’ve had a very favourable wind so far and we’re already cruising along at full speed. In other…

Alphaday 2 – Season XII

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 2. The season is beginning to take shape, and although there are still details to be added before the full picture emerges, I’m sure you’ll agree that the ‘blank page’ I mentioned on our first Alphaday is now showing signs of developing into a busy scenario that will make us…

Alphaday 1 – Season XII

Hi Alphas, This is the moment we’ve been looking forward to. With a hint of a solemn ritual involving virtual tape-cutting while you all stand around expectantly, I hereby declare Alpha Season XII open, and welcome you all to join in the varied programme of writerly pursuits that we hope will stimulate you into exploring…

Alphaday 13 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 13 – the final Alphaday of Season XI. Let’s celebrate the great achievements of this season, starting with the wealth of outstanding writing that we have shared through the various channels of Alpha activities. We’ll celebrate the fact that we’re together and enjoying our common interest in writing and all…

Alphaday 12 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 12, Season XI. This is the penultimate Alphaday of the season; do make the most of it. The last Alphaday is in only two weeks’ time, 28th May. By then we’ll have done a good job of summing up praise and criticism of this season and we’ll already be waiting…

Alphaday 11 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 11, Season XI… nice, neat numbers in Arabic and Latin! We’re definitely trailing off now with only two more Alphadays this season: 14th May and 28th May. Please take note. There may be matters you want to discuss while we’re still all mobilised. Now is a good time to have…

Alphaday 10 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 10, Season XI. Make the most of it, because this is the last Alphaday of the season with a full menu. We’ll be starting – ever so gently – the tailing off process and looking forward to the pressure of all those Alpha chores no longer troubling our beauty sleep.…

Alphaday 9 – Season XI

Hello Alphas,   Welcome to Alphaday 9 of Season XI. We’re still in full stride with plenty to keep us occupied between one Alphaday and the next. And that’s on top of whatever else ‘life generally’ may throw at us in our unguarded moments or during the regular routine. It all adds up, and Alpha…

Alphaday 8 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 8, Season XI. Business as usual. In other words there’s plenty to keep us scribbling away as we join in the familiar routine of Alpha activities. On the surface today’s agenda may look very similar to last Alphaday’s, but, as you probably know, appearances can be deceptive and there’s a…

Alphaday 7 – Season XI

Hi Alphas,   Welcome to Alphaday 7, Season XI. This is the halfway mark of the season. We’ve had 6 Alphadays before today, and there are 6 to follow. How does that feel? I hope you’re enjoying the season in full flow. I certainly am and today’s menu is full of tasty treats carefully prepared…

Alphaday 6 Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 6, the first Alphaday of 2015 and the very best Alphaday of the year so far. I’m imitating the weatherman here, who, on the evening of the 1st of January, proclaimed that day to have been the warmest day of the year so far. Of course these first days of…

Alphaday 5 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 5, Season XI, and what a busy day this is promising to be! I’ll leave the seasonal greetings for a bit. This is our last Alphaday in 2014, and the festive season is looming, but I’m sure we’ve got plenty to share and things to discuss before we switch off…

Alphaday 4 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 4, Season XI. The season is now in full swing and we’ve no sooner polished off one challenge and marvelled at the variety of takes on what seemed like a simple brief, than another one rolls in demanding attention and inspired, well-crafted writing; add that to our other activities and…

Alphaday 3 – Season XI

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 3, Season XI. This is it – at long last! We’ve finally set everything in motion, we’ve hoisted all the sails, and the Alpha season is about to show off its full potential. Everything that’s on offer is provided by courtesy of Alpha members. Your input makes up all the…

Alphaday 2 – Season XI

Hi Alphas,   Welcome to Alphaday 2, Season XI.   We’ve made a start. It’s still early days and the Alpha mechanism needs a bit of cranking up before all the cogs, levers and pulleys are operational and purring away at optimal capacity.   I think you’ll enjoy what’s on offer today. Most of you…

Alphaday 1 – Season XI

Hi Alphas,   Snip!   I’ve cut the virtual ribbon and Alpha Season XI is now open!   A big and warm welcome to you all on this Alphaday 1.   About half of us still remember that day in September 2004 when we first met. Others only just missed one or a few of…

Alphaday 1 minus 1 – Season XI

Hi Alphas,   I hope you’re enjoying a blissful break from the Alpha routine. Nothing lasts forever though, and perhaps you’re now beginning to long for the company of those who’ll remind you that what you really want to do is to write something brilliant. The good news is (if that’s the case) that Alpha…

Alpha Season X – Alphaday 11 Bulletin

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 11. We’re definitely approaching the summer break now. Summer? Well, there’s a lot of vegetation activity out there and it looks gorgeous… especially when the sun shines and it’s reasonably warm. But we don’t call it the ‘summer’ break in Alpha lingo anyway, because for some of our members the…

Alpha Season X – Alphaday 10 Bulletin

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 10. We’ve still got a full programme for today, and I hope you’ll make the most of it. Alpha seasons are like that, you see. There’s the build-up at the beginning of the season, which allows members to get their bearings and tune in to the Alpha routine. Then there’s…

Alpha Season X – Alphaday9 Bulletin

Hi Alphas, Welcome to Alphaday 9. Spring has definitely sprung here in the northern hemisphere, and those of you who’re not part of it, I think, are missing out on this feeling that everything is accelerating… including the Alpha season. There’s so much going on, so many matters germinating in this propitious atmosphere that we…