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Friday, 21 March 2014

AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal

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Welcome to my blog. Today is the day for the theme reveal for the AtoZ April challenge. Thank you #TeamDamyanti for organising today's event.

For those who don't know what the AtoZChallenge is, it is a blog hop with hundreds of blogs taking part that runs through the whole of April bar Sundays. Everyday those playing along will post using a letter of the alphabet in order to inspire them (see below).

It's not compulsory to have a theme for the challenge as long as you use a letter on each day correctly. Last year I didn't have a theme, but this year I do so I decided to join in with the theme reveal.

My theme this year is Vampires. I admit it, I'm a huge vampire geek. I've been a fan since I saw The Lost Boys as a teenager and have never looked back. I love vampire lore, vampire books, vampire movies, vampire TV ... well you get the picture, so it seemed like a good choice for a theme.

Every day there will be:
  • a short entry about vampires inspired by a the word of the day in the table below (in bold) - they were all chosen for their connection to vampires (except X, I admit with X I was reaching :)), 
  • an intro to a vampiric creature beginning with the letter of the day (in italics) (sorry I couldn't find one for Q)
  • a vampire film recommendation based on the letter of the day (if I could find one I had seen; I have failed with X, Y and Z),
  • a short flashfic about my new vampire character Ianthe Jawara inspired by the word of the day.
Hopefully this will mean you will find something to interest you even if you're not enthused by all the sections :).

The posts all have pre-created addresses so the links will work once the scheduled posts pop up at midnight GMT on the correct days and, yes, they are already written :).

April
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
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Attitude,
Abchanchu
Blood,
Baobhan sith
Coffin,
Camazotz 
Darkness,
Dhampir
Eyes,
Estrie
0607 (F)08 (G)09 (H)10 (I)11 (J)12 (K)
Fangs,
Farkaskoldus
Grave,
Gayal/Geyal
Hellhounds,
Hahn Saburo
Immortality,
Impundulu 
Junkie,
Jaud 
Killing,
Krasue 
1314 (L)15 (M)16 (N)17 (O)18 (P)19 (Q)
Lemon,
Loogaroo 
Madness,
Mara
Nails,
Neamh- Mhairbh
Occult,
Ohyn
Priest,
Pey
Quixotic
2021 (R)22 (S)23 (T)24 (U)25 (V)26 (W)
Roses,
Revenant
Stake,
Shtriga
Thrall,
Tlahuelpuchi
Underground,
Uruku/Utukku
Vendetta,
Vyrkolakas
Wall,
Wurdulac
2728 (X)29 (Y)30 (Z)//////
Xanthodont,
Xiang Shi
Yarrow,
Yara- Ma- Yha- Who
Zealot,
Zburator
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A few of us discovered that we all had supernatural themes for the AtoZ so we got together and did a mini list. If you also have a supernatural theme (ghosts, monsters, witches, spells etc), please feel free to add yourself to the list.

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73 comments:

  1. Hi Tasha...I am visiting from the Reveal BlogHop. Your 'Theme' certainly is one of interest and popularity and with the Table Schedule of Topics you are bound to capture the AtoZ Bloggers and Readers. Well done and planned. I am looking forward to learning about 'Farkaskoldus'.

    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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    1. Thank you :) It's been a lot of fun preparing for the challenge.

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  2. Vampires? Seriously? You are my new best friend now!

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    1. :D Vampires are one of my favourite things.

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  3. I will definitely be looking at this blog each day. My next story will be dealing with vampires in the Middle Ages Europe, and I starting from scratch in my design, but still pulling from a number of different resources. I look forward to what I can learn.

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    1. I hope some of the things I have dug up will be useful. There are links in the posts to sources which you may find useful when they go live too. There are some great websites out there.

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  4. Spooky theme! Good luck with the blogfest.

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    1. Thank you :) I think this year is going to be even more fun than last year and I had a great time then too.

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  5. Tash you could market that template. I love how organised you are and your theme titles sound intriguing. I'm not a huge vampire fan, but there is so much more to the #atozchallenge then just the content. All the best
    Reflex Reactions

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    1. Thank you. I was once a db analyst so, just occasionally, my brain comes up with organised solutions :). I've been popping around the reveal list and the themes are so diverse, hopefully something for everyone :). Thanks for dropping by.

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  6. Amazing and exciting theme it is. I absolutely loved your calendar. I am more of Excel sheets person so yes I have the chart in Excel. But I sure would be coming here to visit your blog.

    - Kripali
    (AJ's wHooligans)
    Sumptuous Living

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    1. Thank you :) I have an excel sheet as well, or rather a Google sheet since I'm sharing it with my sister because we have one blog we're sharing as well as doing the AotZ on our own blogs too :)

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  7. Hi Tasha.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Love your theme, I adore Lost Boys, too! Can't wait to read your posts in April. :)

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    1. Yay, another Lost Boys fan. It was totally my gateway to vampires and I still think many of the 80s vampire movies are the best.

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  8. I love your organization, Love the calendar and absolutely love your theme!
    Good luck with the challenge I am looking forward to your posts!
    doreenmcgettigan.com

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    1. Thank you. It was a lot of fun finding vampire creatures for all the letters :).

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    1. Thank you - some are more dark and mysterious than others :)

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  10. Sounds like a theme to sink your teeth into . Sorry, couldn't help myself! ;P Glad I stopped in from the linky list to check out your reveal!

    ~Ava
    readavaquin.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL - feel free to keep up the vampire jokes, I love a good pun :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Sounds awesome! Looking forward to the posts! :)

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  12. Here's to a "shivery" April. Nothing like a few fangs to entice readers. See you daily very soon. Or maybe I should start my visit to your blog around midnight?

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    1. :D well the posts will be posting themselves, but you'll probably be lonely because I love creatures of the night, but I totally suck at staying up ;) (see what I did there? :P) Sorry, couldn't help myself. Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  13. OH!!!! I was going to do Vampires too! But I changed my mind about a week ago and now I am doing Witches.

    I am soooo looking forward to seeing what you are going to do everyday.

    IF it helps for "Q" I was going to do "Queen of Vampires".

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    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

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    1. Witches, that's a great theme. My sister Sophie is doing Ghosts and Hauntings (http://sophiesthoughtsandfunmbles.blogspot.co.uk/) - maybe we of spooky themes should get together and have a mini list of our own - I love supernatural themes :). Now 'Queen of Vampires' is a crafty one - should have thought of it since my movie rec of that day is Queen of the Damned :).

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    2. I was thinking the very same thing. If nothing else I am going to link to you both with my posts. You both already have your URLs for each day set, so I'll add them to my posts.

      Do you know of any other supernatural types? I am going to look.

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    3. I've bumped into one so far on my trip round the theme reveal http://a-creative-mind.com/

      I'll link back to you on my posts - do you have permalinks or shall I just link to your blog and assume the post will be the top one? :)

      Or we could start our own list called spooky A-Z or something and just have that in the posts. Let people with spooky posts join.

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    4. Working on permalinks now. I'll get a classy calendar up like what you have. ;) I'll also check the other sites. As I find them I'll collect them and we can be a mini-hop inside the larger challenge. I am sure we can all get some benefit out of each others' posts!

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    5. Sounds good, I'm just investigating free list software which would make linking easier.

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    6. Found some nice looking free list software and tried it out - you can get the code from here to try out from here if you would like to check it out. I think it might be easier than linking to individual posts.

      Soph and I have already added our sites to the list to see what it looks like.

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    7. Awesome! Added mine as well.
      I'll have another post up with my permalinks and this sign-up.

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    8. Hi Tim and Natasha,
      Stopping by to see about getting involved in the mini-hop. Thanks Tim for letting me know about it on my blog and asking if I would like to join. I'm doing different posts like Angels, Demons, etc). Will even be talking about my tv show Supernatural at one point. Just let me know what I need to do to add my blog to the list. :)

      Diane
      http://a-creative-mind.com

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    9. Looking good. Since I don't think our list will be immensely long I'm going to add it to my posts. BTW it is set up to be open until the middle of April, that way people who stumble across it during the beginning of the fest and have supernatural themes can join too.

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  14. As overdone as vampires have been lately, there's still so many untapped myths and stories about them. I've only heard of maybe half of the vampiric creatures you have listed, so this definitely looks interesting!

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    1. Vampires are so much more than sparkles :D
      I had to dig deep to find some of the vampire like creatures; it was a lot of fun.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  15. Oh my goodness, I LOVE IT!!! (I'm a bit of a fanatic too, but had to hide that fact in the closet after "sparkles" and "vampires" magically connected.)

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    1. Thank you :). I refuse to let anything spoil my vampire enjoyment, even sparkly ones ;)

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  16. Great theme. I love anything supernatural. :)

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  17. Your blog is already my favorite blog of the challenge. I love vampires (as one can tell by the surplus of vampire stories sitting on my hard drive.)

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    1. Yay :) I have so many vampire stories too, but my big weakness is vampire movies - I have 163 DVDs/blu-rays so far. Some of them are brilliant and some of them are so, so bad ::g::

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  18. I'm impressed that you are so organized!

    Yvonne

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    1. Thank you - I decided to start early this year and began in Feb :) The only thing left to do on the posts is add in the flash fic (I'm up to L).

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  19. I'm looking forward to this one, it should be very interesting :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy the posts when they go live.

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  20. Vampires! I'm so excited I can hardly wait for April to get here!

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    1. :D I'm an so looking forward to April too, there are so many great themes. I visited about 60 blogs yesterday and apart from the ones who had no reveal post up when I popped by they were all brilliant.

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  21. Oh wow, you already listed each days post. I'm impressed.

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    1. Just have to finish the second half of the flash fics and I'm done :) It was so much fun digging around for vampire myths.

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  22. Great topic, Tasha! Looking forward to checking in with some of your posts. Good luck with this!

    Elise

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  23. Wow!! this is so different!! I am in love with vampires too!! Really looking forward to read your posts this april!

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    1. So many people think vampires are cliche these days, but I know so many who love them and nothing can ever put me off. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  24. Woooohooo!! Love, love, love vampires!!!! (Huge Anne Rice fan here). I will definitely be watching for your posts!!

    (Q - maybe Queen of the Damned? A bit of a stretch, too)

    Carrie~Anne at That Dizzy Chick

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    1. Yay :D Vampires FTW!
      See, that's my movie rec for the day - no where as good as the book, but I still enjoyed it :) Thank you for visiting.

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  25. You are soooo organised! Makes life so much easier and gives you more time to hop around and network with others!

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    1. That's what I was hoping - last year I didn't have a theme and only about half of my posts done by now so this year I wanted to be ahead :) Thanks for visiting.

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  26. Hi Tasha - this is a blogger who is so well organised! Very efficient .. and the Vampire postings sound fun ... I'll be seeing you ... cheers Hilary

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  27. I'm sure there are a lot of things vampire I'm not versed in. Thanks for this! And good luck.

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    My A to Z Challenge
    Caring for my Veterna

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    1. There were a lot of vampire things I wasn't versed in which is what made doing the research so fun :) Thanks for dropping by.

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  28. I read your post and was sure I'd already visited and commented - but it appears not. Have fun with your vampires - and a nice idea to link up with like-minded bloggers!
    Jemima
    #TeamDamyanti
    Blogging from Alpha to Zulu in April

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    1. My twin is doing ghosts and we're both using a similar template so maybe you've been to her blog :). I'm already having so much fun with vampires and I can't wait for April. Thank you so much for dropping by.

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  29. Your organization almost frightens me...because you are so far ahead of where I am and I'm supposed to be one of the conductors on this crazy train... ;-) EXCELLENT work. A+. (I used to be a teacher) Gold Medal! (I used to be a gymnast).
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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    1. *preens a little* :) It's a false impression of my usual state of flying by the seat of my pants, I promise. For once a plan actually came together :D. I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's posts in April.

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  30. Now thts a unique theme. N indeed ur line up impresses me!

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  31. I just subscribed 'cause I love your theme! :) I'll admit, I'm more interested in the relationship aspect of the whole vampira saga but I'm looking forward to learn more :) And great job on having all of them ready!
    - Andrea

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  32. Whoa! Dude, you are so much better prepared than I am. I'm appropriately impressed and chagrined. Guess I have some work cut out for me this weekend! I'm all about Vampires so am looking forward to stopping back over the course of the next several weeks.

    I'm participating in AtoZ, as well. My topic is writing in general + my current work-in-progress in particular.

    See you around!
    ~Andi-Roo @TheWorld4Realz

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    1. I love how I am giving everyone the impression I'm an organised person ;) it's not usually like this, promise. I hope you enjoy the posts when they come up, thanks for stopping by.

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