The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest

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This is the first year I take part to the A to Z Challenge and I’m so excited! I first learned about it last year when it was just over and I immediately decided I would take part next year. Then I discovered many people have a theme, and I immediately decided I would have one. I don’t know whether this is going to make things easier, as it’s supposed to do, since this is the first time ever I’m doing the challenge, but it sounds like fun.

I also knew immediately what my theme would be – besides I’ve been researching Roaring Twenties America for the past four years and I’m quite familiar with the subject.
Although originally I had planned to set my story in Depression Era America, I’ve never regretted moving it back one decade. The Roaring Twenties is a fascinating time where so many things we now take for granted first came into existence. It was a time of change for so many people (women, but also minorities, especially African Americans) but also a time where ideas still stubbornly clinging to the past (the Scope Trial, for example, and to some extent, Prohibition itself). These contradictions are the heart of this era, in my opinion.

When I first started researching the decade, I was shocked to discover how modern Twenties people were. In some respect, they were even more modern that people were going to be for a few following decades.
And what about aesthetics? I’ve always been fascinated with Art Deco and its streamlined lines. And the bobbed hairs, a women fashion that was at the same time a bit masculine and a lot feminine.

I was fascinated with Prohibition since the first time I read about it in my textbook at school. It was just a few lines (Italian history books aren’t particularly concerned with Prohibition, because other things concerned us most in those same years, namely, the rise of Fascism), but it blew me way the idea that such a natural, everyday life activity like drinking could be made illegal. I remember thinking that would be a great material for a story.

And so, some thirty years later, here I am writing that story.

WELCOME TO MY

ROARING TWENTIES

APRIL-CALENDAR [2015]

A – Anti-Saloon League
B – Black-and-Tan
C – College
D – Drys and Wets
E – Eighteenth Amendment
F – Films
G – Gin
H – Hijacking
I – Indian Citizenship Act
J – Jazz
K – Ku Klux Klan
L – Lingo
M – Model T
N – New Woman
O – Organised Crime
P – Policy
Q – Quiff
R – Recordings
S – Speakeasy
T – Teetotal
U – United States Brewers Association
V – Volstead Act
W – Wickersham Commission
X – Xenophobia
Y – Youth Culture
Z – Zozzled

62 thoughts on “The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest

  • 23rd March 2015 at 1:35 am
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    That sounds like great fun! Do you have a 20s Pinterest board? I have one inspired by The Great Gatsby. We could pin stuff to it like a party!

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  • 23rd March 2015 at 9:02 am
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    Hiya

    That sounds like a great theme and welcome to the A to Z! It’s my 2nd year taking part but my first year with a theme… hopefully at the end I’ll be able to compare and contrast the differences between A to Z themed and unthemed!

    Will pop by once we get going, best of luck and have a great time!
    Mars xx
    Curling Stones for Lego People

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 2:06 pm
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      Hey Mars, I love your theme! I’m a jewellery maker too and I love beads! I’m very curious to read what you’ll come up with 🙂

      This is my first year… and I really think it’ll be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to start, even if I’m a bti worry too, but hey!

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      • 23rd March 2015 at 5:51 pm
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        It’s good fun and can be a rollercoaster but everyone supports everyone else and we can all cheer each other on!

        Twitter is good for support and encouragement, I used the twitter chats a lot last year! I think they’re Thursdays but tweet anything on any of the hashtags and someone will answer you.

        Mars
        Curling Stones for Lego People

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 2:12 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by, Sanch, and good luck to you too 🙂

      Your challenge sounds amazing. All in limericks… I’m speechless…
      I hope you’ll enjoy mine. I loved researching for my project, it was a great journey.

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  • 23rd March 2015 at 12:05 pm
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    Great theme 🙂 All I know about Prohibition is that it played straight into the hands of the mob and there are some great films about it. I look forward to hearing more about the Roaring Twenties in your posts.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 2:23 pm
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      Hi Tasha 🙂
      I find Prohibition such a fascinating time in history, I hope people will like it too.

      Oh, my goodness, I love your theme! I’ve been a fantasy fan for decades and have been into myths and legends since even before that. Can’t wait to read your posts!

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 3:26 pm
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      I absolutely love your theme. One of my closest friends is in love with Japan, so I know a little bit about it, but I’d love to know more 🙂

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  • 23rd March 2015 at 5:22 pm
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    Can’t wait to see everything you have in store! The 20s are a lot of fun, and you’ve been practically living in them! 🙂

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 6:07 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by, Anabel. As you already know, I find your theme, Glasgow, a great one too 🙂

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  • 23rd March 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    Oh fun! I love this theme! I’ll be visiting back in April. I do love historical fiction, and I love to see it during A to Z. Welcome to the challenge, I hope you’ll have a great time!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 8:05 pm
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      Thanks for the welcome. And seriously, I love your theme too. I wish I’d be able to do soemthing the like, but I’m sure I’ll be learning from your Challenge 🙂

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    • 23rd March 2015 at 8:38 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by. Your theme is great too. Inspiration. That’s a great theme to stay with for a month 😉

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    • 24th March 2015 at 6:46 am
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      Thanks for stopping by. I like your theme a lot myslef: WWII. That’s a time period I don’t know much about and I really want to learn more.
      You bet I’ll follow along in April 🙂

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  • 23rd March 2015 at 10:42 pm
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    Hey Sarah. Welcome to the A to Z Challenge. 🙂 I’m glad you joined and your theme for April sounds fantastic. The Roaring Twenties was an amazing time. I’ve always loved fashion from the twenties and art deco designs. So I look forward to seeing your posts!

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    • 24th March 2015 at 6:50 am
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      Thanks Lanise. I’ve been waiting for April since last year, so you’d think I’m ready, right?
      Wrong!
      But I’m working hard and hope my posts will be interesting.

      Love your theme. Cool libraries around the world. I mean, how cool is that! 🙂

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  • 24th March 2015 at 12:33 am
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    Ooh, what fun!!! I love the Roaring 20s!!! Can’t wait to read all your posts. I’ll definitely be a regular here. 🙂 Have fun and hope to see you ’round the A-Z racetrack!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    • 24th March 2015 at 6:57 am
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      Thanks, Michele. I really hope you’ll enjoy it.
      I’d have never come up with cush a cool theme as yours. The concerts of your teen days.
      I’m becoming all nostalgic, now. Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

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  • 24th March 2015 at 1:45 am
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    How fun is that! I feel like dressing up for it heh.

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    • 24th March 2015 at 7:02 am
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      Hi Mel and thanks for stopping by.
      I’m fascinated by other places AtoZ. I realised I’ve subscribed for quite a few blogs that will be posting abotu places I don’t know.
      Can’t wait to read your entries 🙂

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  • 24th March 2015 at 3:15 am
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    Love your theme! What a great time in history. I can’t wait to follow along in April with all your blog posts.

    This is our, The Chinese Quest first #AtoZChallenge. And we’re very excited to be participating!

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    • 24th March 2015 at 7:30 am
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      Hey thanks for stopping by 🙂
      I love your theme too… because I love Chinese food, you know 😉

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  • 24th March 2015 at 4:10 am
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    I look forward to learning more about the Roaring Twenties…a fascinating time in American history!

    I’m doing Inventions by Women

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    • 24th March 2015 at 7:35 am
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      Hey, we’re both history buffs, aren’t we Sharon?
      I love your theme. I think that facts affecting people’s everyday life are so fascinating and we seldom learn about them when we study history.
      Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

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  • 24th March 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    I love the twenties! I adored the Gatsby movie and the Woody Allen movie with Owen Wilson when he travels to the twenties of Paris, “Midnight in Paris”, meeting up with all authors and artists of the day. This is gonna be great. Benissimo!
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    • 24th March 2015 at 2:15 pm
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      Well, my Twenties don’t really have much to do with this socialites’ stories, seeing as my novel is set in Chicago Black Belt, but I hope it will be fun for you people anyway 😉

      I haven’t watch Allen’s film yet, but I mean to. Everybody tells me it’s really brilliant.

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  • 24th March 2015 at 5:18 pm
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    Hi and thanks for stopping by. I find your theme fascinating too. And hey, my story kinds of falls into it 😉

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  • 25th March 2015 at 4:07 am
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    I love your theme! I’m a huge history buff and love the 20s-40s. Such a romantic and tragic era. Can’t wait to check out your posts!

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  • 25th March 2015 at 6:38 am
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    There’s something special about the diesel era, isn’t it?

    Hey, your challenge sounds… very challenging. I’ll cheer along! 🙂

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    • 25th March 2015 at 4:08 pm
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      Hey Nick, thaks for stopping by. Good luck with your challenge… looks quite dementing to me. I mean, even more demanding than it nornally is…

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  • 25th March 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Thanks Stephanie 🙂
    I discovered the challenge last year when it was just over. I can’t wait for it to start!
    I love writing my story, but yes, I had (and still having) a great fun reserching as well. I think history can teach us so much.
    Hey, where are your stories set?

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    • 25th March 2015 at 4:09 pm
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      Hi Sabina, thanks for stopping by.
      Well, this is my first AtoZ and I’m overwhelmed with how many wonderful themes I’ve discovered.

      I visited your blog, but I didn’t see a reveal. Are you going adventurously? 🙂

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    • 25th March 2015 at 4:13 pm
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      Oh, wait, I’ve just seen. You mislead me with your alternative banner 😉

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  • 26th March 2015 at 3:09 am
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    Very interesting theme!! I don’t know much about the 1920s, but I’m thinking there was a bit carefree to it and reckless spending, etc., which led to the Great Depression; maybe lessons we can learn to this day! Have fun with it!

    betty
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    • 26th March 2015 at 6:31 am
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      The Twenties are such a fascinating place in history. I hope I’ll be able to fascinate you the way I am fascinated 🙂

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  • 26th March 2015 at 3:11 am
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    I love to read and write historical fiction, so I can’t wait to see what you write about. I’m a big fan of Art Deco as well. Happy A to Z!

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    • 26th March 2015 at 6:33 am
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      Well, I can’t wait to read your theme. Because, you know, I think I watched a few of those films 😉

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  • 27th March 2015 at 1:28 am
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    Hi Sarah, I started blogging right around A to Z time last year, and was scratching my head about all of the alphabet posts going around until I figured it out! 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to this, too, and I’m diving into the challenge on my own blog. I love history, and the Roaring Twenties is such a fascinating time…happy to be learning new things from you in April! All the best to you with the challenge.

    Sue Archer
    Doorway Between Worlds
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    • 27th March 2015 at 7:00 am
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      Hi Sue and thanks for stopping by.
      When I learned about the challange I thought it was genial and have been waiting ever since.
      We’re nearly there, now 🙂

      Your theme sounds like a lot of fun too. You’ll see me haunting your blog!

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  • 28th March 2015 at 6:13 am
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    Hi Barbara and thanks you for the welcoming 🙂
    I’m super excited for this challenge. Can’t say I’m ready, but I’m certainly excited!

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  • 28th March 2015 at 9:51 pm
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    Hi, I am just making the rounds and trying to get to know others who are participating in the A to Z challenge. I am captivated by your theme. I love the 20’s era. I know your blog post will be fascinating and I can’t wait to read them. Welcome to the challenge. It is a challenge, posting everyday, but so worthwhile and fulfilling. I’ve made so many friends from this challenge. Best of luck.

    I am having a little mystery game for my crime fiction theme. There will be weekly prizes for solving daily clues and a grand prize at the end of April for solving the big crime. I hope you will stop by.

    http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com
    Melissa Sugar recently posted…A to Z 2015 Blogging Challenge Theme RevealMy Profile

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    • 29th March 2015 at 5:21 am
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      Hi Melissa and thanks for stopping by. Your theme sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

      This is my first challange and I can’t wait for it to start. I think it will be very demanding, but also fun and (I hope) rewarding. I’ll tell you at the end 😉

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    • 31st March 2015 at 7:11 pm
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      Hi Anne, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
      You have a pretty good theme yourself. Not long ’til I can read about it!

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  • 31st March 2015 at 5:30 pm
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    That is a fantastic theme, really looking forward to your posts!! I love the 20s, but I don’t actually that much about the era so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot over the next month 🙂
    Celine Jeanjean recently posted…A to Z Theme RevealMy Profile

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    • 31st March 2015 at 7:13 pm
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      Hi Celine, I hope you’ll like it.
      You know? Never imagined it would be such a job… but I’m liking it 🙂
      I’m also freaking out. It’s just few hourse left and I’m freaking out!
      How are you?

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