Gearing up for the #AtoZchallenge again

2017-badgeThis will be my fourth year to do the A to Z blogging challenge.

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, the A to Z challenge is where bloggers post every day in April (except Sundays). Since there are usually 26 open days, they are matched with the letters of the alphabet.  So on the first day you choose a topic that begins with A, the next day B and so on.(This year there are only 25 open days so their is a letter assigned to the last Sunday.)

It is easier to stay on task and blog every day of the challenge when you come up with a theme. The first year I had no theme (but still blogged everyday). But the following year, I wrote about my normal topics on their assigned days (Monday – parenting, Wednesday – Quote of the Week, Thursday – Writing/Publishing) but picked a theme of TV shows for the other days.

Last year, I picked the theme of characters from movies, television or books. On my normal blogging days, I blogged about characteristics that fit the theme and topic. (For example on writing day, I wrote about lazy characters for the letter L)

And for this year, I am taking my theme ever a step further. I’ve gone from movies/books, to characters and now I am focusing on antagonists from books, movies and comic books. It should be fun. After all doesn’t everyone love to hate the bad guy?

You can look for my A to Z challenge posts beginning April 1st.

Z is for Zeus #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

ZToday the letter is Z for Zeus, the Greek god of the sky and thunder and ruler of the gods of Mount Olympus. He is the youngest child of Cronus and Rhea and has fathered many godly and heroic offsprings, including Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Perseus, Heracles and the Muses. Zeus_Otricoli_Pio-Clementino_Inv257He was also married to his sister Hera but was not faithful. He easily fell in love and had many affairs with various women – both moral and immortal.

While some regarded Zeus as wise, fair and just, he also was unpredictable and easy to anger. He wielded a thunder bolt like a weapon of mass destruction. He was respected and awed by all Gods and mortals. Many kings boasted that they were descended from Zeus.

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

V is for Voldemort

W is for Wise (Quote)

 

Y is for Yoda

Y is for Yoda #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

YToday the letter is Y for Yoda. The Grand Master of the Jedi Order is among the oldest of the Jedi in the Star Wars universe. He first appears in 1980’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes back as Luke Skywalker’s reluctant instructor in the ways of the Force.

Yoda is one of those characters that you should not underestimate. Even though he is small (and green), he is immensely powerful and knowledgeable in the ways of the Force. yodaHe has spent eight centuries training Jedi. Wielding a green-bladed lightsaber, Yoda can hold his own in combat as he has proved in numerous battles.

Yoda appears in all of the Star Wars movies except Episode IV: A New Hope. (His voice can even be heard in the latest Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.) He also appears in both The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels animated series as well as many books that were part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (or now known as Star Wars Legends after Disney declared the expanded universe as non-canon.)

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

V is for Voldemort

W is for Wise (Quote)

X is for XOXO #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

XToday on the A to Z blogging challenge, the letter is X. Oh my, the letter X is always a hard one. I was trying to stick to characteristics for the days I write on a writing/publishing topic but I could not think of one that began with X.

So instead, I am writing about the short hand for hugs and kisses – XOXO. This is most commonly used at the end of letters, text or e-mails to express love, sincerity of friendship.

The X represents kisses and the O hugs.

Signing letters with an X dates back to the Middle Ages. For those who could not read or write, this was an easy way to sign documents. The X represented the Christian Cross so basically they were signing “In Christ’s name, I assert this is true.” Some who signed with then kiss the “cross.”

The history of O representing hugs is less clear. There are some who say it started in replace of the X by members of the Jewish communities in North America who needed to sign a document. Of course how that came to mean hugs under that theory is very unclear. Rather some people think the O means hugs because it looks like two sets of arms in a hug.

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

V is for Voldemort

W is for Wise (Quote)

V is for Voldemort #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

VToday the letter is V for Voldemort from the Harry Potter series of books from J.K. Rowlings. Often referred to as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named or You-Know-Who by characters, Lord Voldemort is the archenemy of Harry Potter who according to prophecy has the power to vanquish the Dark Lord.

voldermortVoldemort is a powerful wizard who is feared by many in the wizarding world. He is a sadist who hurts and murders people just for pleasure. He has no conscience, feels no remorse, and does not recognize the worth of anyone other than himself.

Like many archetypical villains, Voldemort’s arrogance leads to his downfall.  His quest for power and belief that he cannot be defeated contribute to his ultimate destruction. He is definitely a villain that is easy to hate.

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

U is for Unselfish

U is for Unselfish #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

Today on the A to Z blogging challenge, the letter is U. On Mondays, I typically write about a parenting issue so for the letter U, I chose teaching your children to be Unselfish.

It is a natural impulse for children to think and act selfishly. We come into this world hard-wired to look out for ourselves. You can see it as early as the toddler years when everything is “mine!” It is never too early to start on promoting sharing! You can explain that it is “nice” for now and leave the reasons for later.

Teaching your child to be unselfish is an important one if you want them to relate well with others. Here are a few tips for working toward this goal.

1.) Model Good Behavior – Children learn by example. If they see their parents acting compassionately toward others, they will repeat that behavior.

2.) Point Out Examples – Watch for and point out examples of other people exhibiting unselfish behavior such as stopping what they are doing to answer question or sharing what they have.

3.) Praise – When you notice your child being unselfish, point it out and praise them. It can be even something as small as letting a friend have the last cookie even though they wanted it.

Remember, being unselfish does not come naturally. It must be taught!

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes

T is for Thor

T is for Thor #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.

TjpgToday the letter is T for Thor, the hammer-wielding god of Norse mythology. With his red hair and beard and thunderbolt weapon, Thor is often considered a sky god or the god of Thunder.

thor2In 1962, Marvel introduced the superhero Thor based on the Norse god. Here he is pictured with blond hair and as immensely strong. He is superb at hand-to-hand combat and excels in the use of the war hammer, sword, axe and mace. His mythical hammer (Mjolnir) can summon the elements of a storm and allows him to fly.

He is one of the founder members of the superhero team The Avengers which began in the comics in the 1960s and continues through today. Thor is later played by Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

If you missed the other days in the A to Z Challenge:

A is for Alice

B is for Belgarath 

C is for Cautious Child

D is for Dana Scully

E is for Enthusiasm (Quote) and Southwestern Eggrolls (Recipe)

F is for Flaky Character 

G is for Gandalf 

H is for Huckleberry Finn

I is for Independence 

J is for Jason Bourne

K is for Kind (Quote)

L is for Lazy Characters

M is for Merlin

N is for Nancy Clancy

O is for Organized

P is for Puss in Boots

Q is for Quiet

R is for Rebellious Characters

S is for Sherlock Holmes