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10 Themes I’m anticipating in the AtoZ Challenge

AtoZ Challenge BADGE_[2016]What? The AtoZ Challenge starts in two days? That can’t be!!!! Ok, Sarah. You’ll be grand. You can do this! Just pull yourself together.

And I’m even better off than last year, but you know? Last year was my first challenge. I didn’t know what I was getting into. This year, I know. And I can’t wait for it to start, but at the same time I feel I’m so NOT prepared. There’s so much that I still need to do. Yes, yes, I’ve finished drafting all my posts, which is a lot more than I had last year at this time, but I still have to revise everything (except the first four posts. Those are ready to go… I hope. I still need one last read through), and I want to have imagines specifically done for every post (thanks Canva. It’s the first time I’m using you and I’m loving you!). I still have to find most of the songs for each post. Find pics…
And once it will be on, there will be visits to my blog to answer to, visits to reciprocate, and commenting and discovering. I have a list of more than 40 blogs I already want to follow for the challenge.

I can’t possibly do this!!!! Someone help me!!!!

Fine. Now that the panicking has be done, let’s go down to business.

Yes, I’ve been going through the theme reveal list and I found quite a few blogs that I want to follow. I know there will be many more. Last year, I never ceased finding new blogs to follow, but that’s part of the fun.

Here are some of the blogs that most inspire me for this challenge. There a many more (as I said, I’ve already bookmarked more than 40), but I find this particularly intriguing. Check them out, and if you have blogs that you find are follow-worthy, let us know in the comments.


Tales of Many Shapes and Colors: Representation and Diversity in Storytelling
In Zalka‘s words: Representation and diversity are much discussed topics in relation to movies, comic books, literature, and the media. People have been speaking up about having more stories that feature characters that have not been featured before – or if they have, only sporadically, in minor roles, or as stereotypes. As I see it, there is no reason why there shouldn’t be a parallel discussion in oral storytelling as well.

Cultivating Happiness from A to Z in 55 words
In Shilpa‘s words: “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!” Remember this rhyme from our school days? From early on, we were taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness! And today, we know that happiness is not only one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life.
Most of us believe that happiness is a result of some external circumstance, but it doesn’t have to be. Happiness a daily habit and it can be cultivated in our every day life.

Witchy Women
In Diana‘s words: And so, for this third year in A to Z Challenge, I’m continuing traditions of deepening my research interests and focusing on ladies again. Only this time, instead of girls in children’s fiction or lady monsters, I’m spending the month talking about Witchy Women. I’ll be joined by a few fantastic guests, who’ve offered their takes on their favorite witches. And of course I’ll be chatting about witches…witches from fiction, comics, film, folklore, and even a few historical figures.

In Stephen‘s words: Dream interpretation is something I find fascinating and have studied for decades. Let’s go a bit deeper. What are the sources of dreams? Where do they come from? Within the person? God? An outside source? That bad burrito or double pepperoni extra cheese pizza you ate before going to sleep?
I’ll be exploring what dreams are, the different types of dreams, and the meaning behind things in our dreams such as colors, people, location etc.

In Rae‘s words: Each castle built tells a story. It represents a piece of history. When I visit one, I’m not just drinking in the scale, but also the reason why it’s there. Who lived in its walls and why.

The worst romance novel ever written in 26 days
In Megan‘s words: My hoped-for goal with this chosen theme, gentle readers and writers, is to teach you how not to write a book. Each day’s letter will explore a different component of creative writing and the worst way you could possibly implement it. From awful dialog to awkward foreshadowing, cartoonish villains and even more cartoonish heroes, useless details, too many details, plot that goes nowhere, and metaphor-laced drivel, there will be something to offend even the most seasoned writer/agent/editor/beta reader/long-suffering friend of an author who thinks they’ve seen it all. Take notes, learn, discuss, and most importantly–laugh.

In Claire Annette‘s words: I am currently working on a project involving mermaids so I decided to organize my research from A to Z and write posts about what I find. I’ll be sharing books, movies, songs, poetry, and lots of interesting information about mermaids from around the world.

In Laura‘s words: Chicago is my hometown (or, anyway, close enough), so I’ve got a lot of fond memories of the city. And since April is the month where all the ice and snow typically melts into Spring there, meaning that Chicagoans can actually come out of their lairs and explore again, I figured it’d be a nice way to spotlight some of my favorite places throughout the city – as well as some places I’d like to explore if/when my family ever moves back to the area.

Easter Rising of 1916
In Loca4Crafts‘s words: This year is the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland. I am Irish but have never taken the time to learn about this part of my history. I left Ireland before the topic came up in my school history lessons. So I am taking this opportunity to learn more about my history by blogging my way through an A to Z of the Easter Rising.

A Brilliant Conspiracy
In Roland‘s words: Inspired by this mystery, I will post a brief episode in “A Brilliant Conspiracy” on every day of the challenge, from A through to Z, each one starting with the relevant letter.
Each episode will consist of one word for each of the letters of the alphabet, initially in alphabetical order. As each letter is ticked off, I will then use it anywhere in the following episodes. For instance, Day 3 will start with ‘C’ for ‘Confessions, and somewhere I will use A and B – possibly for ‘Archibald’ and for ‘but’. By the time the mystery reaches Z, all the other letters will be in non-alphabetical order. That means 26 posts, each one of 26 words.

Well? Are you as escited as I am?
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  • Anabel
    Posted March 30, 2016 at 22:33

    Interesting selection! I’m sorry in a way to be missing out this year – but quite glad I’m another. You’ve reminded me how time consuming it is!

    • Post Author
      Posted March 31, 2016 at 12:26

      Eh, eh! Well, it is time consuming, that’s true. But I think it’s worth every second we dedicate to it.
      Will you be visinting blogs, Anabel? That is still a bit like doing the challenge.

  • Barbara In Caneyhead
    Posted March 30, 2016 at 22:55

    I’ve bookmarked the dreams blog as well. I thought of doing a post like this, but time and Easter Holiday stuff just made it seem impossible. I’m playing with the idea of highlighting one or two that I’m really enjoying on our Sundays, but not sure if I want to invest in that either.

    • Post Author
      Posted March 31, 2016 at 12:27

      That’s a cool idea, Barbara. I might do the same. Let’s see how it works out. I have a feeling I’ll need Sundays to catch up on loooooots of blogs.

  • Mithila Menezes @Fabulus1710
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 09:40

    Thank you for sharing this. It will give me a jumpstart for tomorrow’s blog visits :)

    • Post Author
      Posted March 31, 2016 at 12:29

      Thanks for stopping by, Mithila :-)
      I did my best to go through the entire theme reveal list. I’m not at the end yet… but I might still be able to complete it by tonight.

  • Stuart Lennon
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 09:48

    There are just so many to visit! Good luck getting it all done!

    • Post Author
      Posted March 31, 2016 at 12:30

      The same to you, Stuart :-)
      Last year, the first day was the hardest. Then you get into the swing of things, and it gets better, but the first day it’s overwhelming.

  • Roland Clarke
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 10:37

    Agree Sarah, that there are so many to visit/discover. Thanks for the mention and hope I can live up to expectations.

    • Post Author
      Posted March 31, 2016 at 12:30

      I can’t wait to see your challenge, Roland. It sounds like something very different :-)

      • Roland R Clarke
        Posted January 31, 2019 at 20:04

        For some reason, I’m being asked to re-approve your Pingback almost three years on, Sarah. Weird.

  • Sara L.
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 13:04

    It’s amazing how wide the range of A To Z topics is. The dream interpretation one sounds really interesting – especially after having a really strange dream last night!

    Good luck with accomplishing everything you’re hoping to during A To Z, Sarah! And I’m looking forward to your series very much. :)

    • Post Author
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 05:50

      That’s so true. I’m amaze at the ideas people may come up with for the challenge. There’s so much to like about this challenge, that’s why I love it :-)

  • Arlee Bird
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 14:43

    You seem to be well prepared for April. Better than I am.

    Have a great time doing the A to Z Challenge!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    • Post Author
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 05:53

      Hi Arlree, thanks so much for stopping by. I don’t feel particularly ready, but I intend to take as much as I can out of the challenge. Last year taught me many things ;-)

  • Laura Roberts
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 18:56

    Thanks for sharing my theme! I love the idea of writing the worst romance novel in 26 days, too… will have to add that blog to my To Read list. :)

    • Post Author
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 05:54

      That’s one of the funniest I’ve found.
      Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  • Megan Morgan
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 19:50

    Awww, thanks so much for the shout out! I’m excited for the challenge to begin!

    • Post Author
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 05:55

      Me too! I’m going off to the first posts this morning :-)

  • Tarkabarka
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 20:48

    Ooooh, good list! Thank you for including me! :) I am visiting the others now…

    • Post Author
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 05:56

      I like it that there is so many different ideas.
      It’s starting! It’s starting!!!

  • Li @ Flash Fiction
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 23:17

    I never get to read as many blogs as I’d like, but I tend to bookmark the list and then keep visiting and reading over the summer. It IS time consuming, especially responding to comments on my own blog as well as reading and commenting on others. But since I sometimes suffer with insomnia – I eventually get caught up! Thanks for picking out 10 cool ones!

    • Post Author
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 05:57

      Last year I discovered so many good blogs only in the last few days of the challenge. It’s kind of a shame, because reading during the challenge is a completely different experience, but find a good blog is always a good thing ;-)

  • Anna (the Dr Ruth 2point0
    Posted April 1, 2016 at 23:53

    I am SO excited! This is my first year. I’m looking forward to finding some jems. Thanks for starting me out!

    • Post Author
      Posted April 4, 2016 at 13:17

      Happy this was useful. And have a fantatic challenge. This is my second year and it’s already a different experiece. But I suppose every year is different :-)

  • Claire Noland
    Posted April 3, 2016 at 20:28

    Thank you so much for including me in this list – I’m honored! The other themes mentioned (and yours) are areally interesting. There are so many great participants blogging from A to Z that I know I’m missing. I really appreciate your suggestions.

    • Post Author
      Posted April 4, 2016 at 05:33

      Thanks Claire. There is really a lot of fantastic blogs and bloggers out there. Last year, I discovered a few of my favourite blogs at the end of the challenge, which is a shame. But the good new is that it’s never to late to start following them :-)

  • KristinKingAuthor
    Posted April 4, 2016 at 10:30

    You’ve helped me add some blogs to my A to Z reading list. My theme is Historical Treasure, so it’s for history buffs.
    Thanks so much!

    • Post Author
      Posted April 4, 2016 at 13:26

      You’re welcome, Kristin :-)
      A historical theme? I’m heading over!!

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