Monday, March 21, 2016

A To Z Theme Reveal


It's that time again, folks, the time where bloggers everywhere gear up for the prestigious A To Z Challenge by announcing to the world what their intended theme will be.


The last time I participated in the Challenge was 2013, so it's been a while. I haven't actually done one of these theme reveal posts before. Of course, I've never actually had a real theme before. My posts have always been written the night before or morning of and consist of whatever happened to pop into my brain that fit the day.

So the fact that I've thought ahead of time about what I might post and actually developed a theme around that is new for me. The fact that I'm planning to start pre-writing and pre-scheduling posts this week is new for me, too.

It's a whole new world!


And without any further ado (It's about time. I know...), allow me to present what I came up with...

SOUNDTRACK SONGS

Now allow me to explain...

Whenever I begin a new book, I build a soundtrack for it. It's actually how I know I'm getting serious about a WIP. I hear a song in passing somewhere, and a lyric really speaks to my characters and/or their situation, and the soundtrack is born.



And over the course of 26 days in April, I shall share some of these songs with you, highlighting those key lyrics, and maybe even sharing a short excerpt or two from the stories/scenes they're meant to accompany.

The challenge will cover all of my projects, from my epic-ish fantasy series to my YA urban fantasy, a romance, a literary fiction novel, and that really weird NaNoWriMo project of mine from 2012

I hope it will lead to a good mix of music that will amaze and delight. Or, at the very least, not bore completely.

Are you taking part in the Challenge this year? Do you have a theme? Started your posts yet?

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Have a great week!

67 comments:

  1. Cool theme. Looking forward to finding new music because of it. A soundtrack was how I found several bands I now love.

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    1. I love finding new music and new bands. Though I do feel bad when one soundtrack song gets bumped for a new one.

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    1. I hope it will be. For me, and for any readers.

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    1. Until everyone realizes what terrible taste in music I have, anyway... ;)

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  4. Awesome idea! I almost did this for my theme, since I also create soundtracks for all of my projects, but then thought I'd keep things focused on Endless. :-)

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    1. If my WIP were even close to being released, I would have done the same thing you're doing. At the rate I'm going, though, it might ready for next year. :)

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  5. Unique theme, very creative. Music and writing go so well together. Good luck with the challenge.

    Best wishes.
    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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  6. Interesting theme. I can never do music with my writing. Nothing ever clicks as fitting the story. Or if a song does, it's for the wrong story or one I've abandoned.

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    1. I think I do this (at least in part) because I watch entirely too much television, and I sometimes think 'what song would be playing if I were watching this scene on my television, or at the movies?'

      Some days, I spend entirely too much time trying to answer this question, but if I get an A to Z theme out of it, maybe it'll be worth it after all. :)

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  7. Hi MJ - sounds like fun and I shall enjoy listening and then the reading to match the song ... enjoy and cheers Hilary

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    1. I know for sure I'll be posting an excerpt on Q day. I haven't figured anything else yet, though.

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  8. Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba!
    Sithi uhm ingonyama!
    (i looked it up, just for you!)
    looking forward to your musical posts!

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    1. Hey, thanks for tracking down those key lyrics! I'm going to have to dig that soundtrack out of a box now and listen to it this afternoon!

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  9. Soundtrack songs! Love! I do the samething with my books. I have lists of soundtracks for them. I can't help it. :)

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    1. I have multiple lists, too. One story-specific, one character-specific, one for unassigned songs that I think fit into the world of the novels, but don't have anything specific assigned to it yet...and the list of my lists goes on and on. :)

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  10. This is great. I can start my day with music for all of April.

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  11. Ohh, clever and intersting. I like it.

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  12. Very cool! Can't wait to see your April posts!

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  13. Sounds really fun!

    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side: The A to Z of Adventure!
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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  14. Ooooh, good to know I am not the only one who writes/creates with music :) I am always looking for new soundtrack songs! Cool theme!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. I'm always looking for new soundtrack songs, too. I get excited when I discover one. :)

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  15. As a writer, I find this an intriguing approach to the #Challenge this year. An aspect of character development I resonate with because music over the years has given me a language for my own experience. You will be HAPPY with this advanced planning and writing. Building readership means VISITING the blogs participating in the #Challenge. Now you will be able to. LOVE what you are creating this year.

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    1. Yes, I think I will be very happy with my advanced planning. One less thing to have to do every day, and more time to visit other participants.

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  16. Cool theme! I'm the same - that's how I know a WIP is taking off, when I drift off during a song, imaging a certain scene from the book :). I'm looking forward to discovering some new music!

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  17. That sounds like a really cool idea for a theme. I really want to see what songs you've used as inspiration. This will be a fascinating look into a writer's brain :)

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    1. I did not think of it like that. This theme may be too scary for people...

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  18. Hey! What fun!I am doing soundtracks that matter (to me)!

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    1. Ooh! I'll be sure to stop by. I'm always on the hunt for new music.

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  19. I love your theme idea! I always make soundtracks for my WIPs, too.

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    1. It's fun, isn't it? Not to mention a source of inspiration.

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  20. Fantastic theme idea! I have never attempted to build a soundtrack for my writing before. I'll be interested to see how it works :)
    Debbie

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    1. How it usually works is I'm just going about my day and hear a snippet of a song that makes me sit up like a meerkat because it's my characters in song. It's pretty cool.

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  21. I wonder what you've found for X...

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    1. I actually have something for X. It's Z that's giving me a hard time.

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  22. Oh gosh, I do very much the same thing. This sounds awesome!

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  23. I love soundtrack sounds. Where to begin? This is one of the best themes I've seen today. Good luck with everything!

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  24. Great theme! I do a "one little word" memory keeping project each year, and one of the prompts is to build a soundtrack for your word. It's always one of my favorite prompts. Good luck and I'll be sure to check out your challenge posts.

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    1. That's such a cool prompt. I'll definitely have to check it out!

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  25. I've done the A-Z once. I wish I had time this year but I'm not sure I do. I A-Zed my book. The soundtrack idea sounds really cool. Good luck!!

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  26. Movie soundtracks? I love them.
    Cool theme, MJ.
    I'm showcasing blogger books & book reviews...plus there will be loads of giveaways!
    See you around on the A to Z circuit!
    Writer In Transit

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  27. That's a great choice. I think this is the first challenge I see this year that actually look at music :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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  28. Oooh, soundtracks :) Have fun and love to your pets from mine :)

    Jemima Pett

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  29. What a great theme - it will be interesting to see what songs have inspired you :). Best wishes for April.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  30. Fantastic theme! I'm looking forward to your posts.

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  31. I love music and look forward to learning what your soundtrack songs are. I believe I haven't done the A to Z Challenge for the last two years either.

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  32. This sounds like a month full of songs to get stuck in a person's head!

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  33. What a cool theme! It reminds me of a blog post I wrote about how writers use music to help them write.

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  34. Lovely idea! I almost opted for songs this year and I might squeeze some anyway. I intend to follow and enjoy your choices :)
    https://riandurants.wordpress.com/

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  35. I enjoy music - mixed with writing - this sounds like a blast. Always amusing to read the variety of tunes out there. April should be fun

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  36. Like your project.
    Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits. My theme Blog Promotion
    Welcome to A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2016 - Co-Participant - Nrao
    NRao Blogs - 2016 A to Z Challenge Blog Posts
    Management Theory Review

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  37. Ooh, I absolutely love this theme! Most of my projects end up with soundtracks, too, so it'll be fun to see which songs inspire yours! :)

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  38. 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 sounds like a great way to find music I might not know, or do know and already love.
    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.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

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  39. Your theme is very clever. My characters listen to music, but I had not thought of a sound track. Hope you stop by. My theme is Women in the 1930s.
    @LoriHenriksen from
    The Winter Loon - Women of the 1930s

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