#AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal (!!!)

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Woot! Woot!

For the third year in a row, I have signed up to participate in the #AtoZ Blogging Challenge, which means for the month of April, I will write and publish a blog post every day, except Sundays, starting with the letter A and working my way through the alphabet.

The last two years, I’ve been a pantser (as in, writing by the seat of my pants; I had no idea day to day what topic I would write about).

This year, I decided to write about a particular topic as a way to Shine a Light Into Dark Places in our world, which is one of my goals with this blog. I’ve actually been {gasp} planning my topic for each day… since January! (And as of 2/27, when I’m writing the first draft of this post, I have topics for every day except J, K, R, and U. No doubt I’ll have those sorted before I come back to edit this post. Update 3/20: I’m still trying to figure out U & K…)

So, what am I going to write about?

Well, first, you should know that doing the challenge means I won’t be posting #FictionFriday (though I may post for the Insecure Writers Support Group, because as of 3/18, I already have one written).

Second, I want to visit other #AtoZ bloggers (1,223 signed up as of 3/19!!!) and promote other writers, specifically my partners in this challenge (who may or may not be doing a theme reveal):

  1. Samantha Bryant
  2. Chad A. Clark
  3. Mark Ethridge
  4. Lady Serpent
  5. J.R. Jovanovska

By the way, if you’d like to check out some of the themes, the list of theme reveal participants is on the #AtoZ website. (“Only” 421 people signed up to reveal… So, pop some popcorn and surf away!)

Third, I really hope to use these posts as a forum for providing good information on a variety of topics in my theme. To again, Shine a Light into those Dark Places, places that most people don’t talk about. Places that most people don’t want to talk about, or know about, but that we should all think about and consider. And to let people who walk these paths know they are are not alone, even if their paths look different. This is important: You are NOT alone in your suffering, whatever it may be.

Fourth, I hope I am able to write in a way that is interesting and humorous and makes you think.

Fifth (and finally, I promise), I am using the challenge to force me to WRITE.

So (drum roll), my theme is:

dsavannah_defects_noballsYup, that’s dSavannah defects. (The wordsmith in me is delighted that “defects” can be both a noun or a verb. In this case, it’s a noun. I wish it was a verb; that I was defecting to a {mostly} deserted island that served perfect health and scrumptious desserts.)

More specifically, my topic covers the issues with my health, the invisibility of my illnesses, what’s wrong with my well-being, the crap with my constitution, the fail in my fitness, the ick in my infirmities, my malaise and my maladies, the distress of my disorders (and defects), my dang decrepitudes, and my doldrums and deliriums.

Sounds fun, huh?

Well, I will do my best not to be too depressing in my exploration of the above, and I thank everyone who is coming along for the ride on this #AtoZChallenge2016.

I would be remiss if I did not thank the people who put the #AtoZChallenge together - Arlee Bird, who created it; Alex J. Cavanaugh, who also runs the Insecure Writers Support Group; and quite a few others whose info can be found on this page. The banners and badges have all been designed by Jeremy [Retro]. For free. THANK YOU ALL! (Now excuse me while I go hyperventilate since I have 26 posts to create……)

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~ #disabled #spoonie fighting numerous, chronic, painful #InvisibleIllnesses ~ also #wife #feminist #ally #advocate #papyrophiliac #DogCatTurtleWrangler
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54 Responses to #AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal (!!!)

  1. Jamie Dorner says:

    Interesting. My lungs became defective in 2002, so I know how you feel. (In some ways, at least.) Good luck with the posts.

  2. I’ve also planned my A to Z this year, and I’m also planning to schedule all of my posts this week so I don’t have to worry about it in April.

    I like your theme idea. Best of luck with the Challenge!

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Scheduling is a great idea, but I am too much of a pantser! Plus, I relentlessly edit til the last second….

      Good luck with the Challenge! And thanks for stopping by!

  3. Zeljka says:

    I look forward to reading more, wish you all the best :)

  4. leannelc says:

    this sounds really interesting – it’s always good to get an idea about somebody’s “defect” when it comes from the person themselves – you’ll have to read a few of my positives if your darkness gets too deep x

  5. Tarkabarka says:

    Sounds like an important topic! Shining a light on things like that can truly help a lot of people. Welcome back to the challenge, looking forward to reading your posts! :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  6. Interesting choice of theme. Always a good idea to shine lights into dark places. Good luck with the challenge.

    Best wishes.

  7. Nibha says:

    Looking forward to your posts! Good Luck!

  8. Bhawna Saini says:

    cant wait to read your first post!

  9. mirymom says:

    Yay! I’m so excited about AtoZ. It’s always a great month for reading. Can’t wait to see what you write! (and thanks for the shout-out!)

  10. cleemckenzie says:

    Guess we all have defects and some of us have defected at some time or other, so this theme should be interesting to explore.

  11. I am in awe of anyone who has prepared posts for Q and Z. I’ll be back….if my blasted back doesn’t bother me……

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Will you remain awe-filled when I confess that although I have topics for Q and Z, I don’t yet have the posts prepared?

      Hope your back holds out! I myself am dealing with a full-fledged full-body riot of pain. (Oh joy.) (Thanks, insomnia!)

  12. Jemima Pett says:

    Good luck, Savannah – I’ve got an easier theme in which to keep up my flash fiction on Fridays, but they do make for longer posts!
    Jemima Pett

  13. sizzlesue15 says:

    I’m looking forward to sharing the A-Z Challenge ride with you dSavannah!

  14. randommusings29 says:

    This sounds really interesting. I think it’s a topic too many people shy away from. good luck and see you in April :)

  15. Phyllis says:

    You, as always, inspire me. Have I missed the deadline?

  16. Defects. Things that may be troubling you. Good to think about them and correcting or understanding them and adjusting.
    Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits.
    Welcome to A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2016 – Co-Participant – Nrao
    NRao Blogs – 2016 A to Z Challenge Blog Posts

  17. doreenb8 says:

    What a great topic. I look forward to following along. Keep moving forward!

  18. Debbie D. says:

    It’s good to shed light on these topics. We all have defects of some sort. I hope yours aren’t too severe. Looking forward to your posts!

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Thanks for stopping by! “Severe” is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. I’ll say: some days are better than others, and leave it at that. Happy #AtoZChallenge!

  19. Linda says:

    Oh, how I love the word ‘panster’; in fact, I love knowing that I am not the only ‘panster’ in the blogging world. While I have come to the A to Z Challenge late, I am going to do my best to post every day. I look forward to reading your challenge posts as I also live with an invisible illness. We pansters and invisible illnessers have to stick together. Have fun!

    Linda K
    @_theheadcabbage from
    Tales from the Cabbage Patch

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Oh, no, you are not the only pantser. We should form a society, only our agendas would be created once we arrived for meetings. :)

      Sorry to hear you have Invisible Illnesses too. :(

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  20. JEN says:

    I’m a pantster too! Can’t believe I’m actually planning my blog posts ahead of time. But, like you, I’ll be editing right down to “post it already and go to bed” moment.

    I love how you’re seeking to shine a light in the dark places. Happy blogging!

  21. Arlee Bird says:

    I’m sure you’ll find a way not to be too depressing and your posts should be informative. Have a great April.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  22. Cassie says:

    Interesting. As a nurse I am interested in seeing what you have to say. I will be checking back a few times throughout the month! This is my first year participating and I have all my posts planned out for the month, I just have to write them. I hope to visit all the blogs that are participating (1500+ as of now), which is why I am visiting you so early! I will be back though. Cassie from Mommy, RN

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Visiting *all* the blogs is quite a challenge – in addition to writing your own! Good luck!

      Although I don’t have children, I am following some of the “natural” steps you mention in my quest for better health. It is a puzzle that doesn’t seem to have a final solution.

  23. jlennidorner says:

    J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    Excellent choice for an A to Z challenge theme. Good job. My theme is the craft of fiction writing. Tips, lessons, and prompts from various writing reference books. I follow it up with a sample of my work.
    Your theme gives me hope that myself and others will read the posts and feel less alone, less invisible, and not feel “worth…less” just because of an illness, disease, etc.
    April should be exciting. I’m looking forward to the event. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There’s a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.

    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Hi J! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. Sometimes I feel like I’m throwing my words into the wind, where they dissolve, or I’m not really helping anyone. But then I get a comment like yours, and it inspires me to keep writing, to keep sharing. To remember that I’m not worthless either.

      Your theme sounds great! Happy #AtoZchallenge!

  24. stephie5741 says:

    Sounds like an interesting and educational contest. I’ve pre-written everything now but Z–doing that one today. I always write a month ahead for whatever reason. X was tough! I just finally fudged it and did “X Marks the Spot” because it kind of fit the theme of that particular post. Not really, but I got tired of searching for an “X!” I think I fudged X a little last year, too. Once we get to the latter letters, it ends up being just a miracle we’re still participating!


    • dSavannah dSavannah says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      I’m impressed you’ve already written everything. So far I have A and maybe U written, and parts of others, and still no K! I think my “Y” is gonna be a cheater too. lol

      Looking forward to your posts!

  25. Betsy says:

    Looking forward….

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