23 March, 2012

Are You Participating In The A To Z Challenge? + Announcing My A-Z Theme

There is only a week and two days until the A to Z Challenge officially starts on April 1, so time is ticking down.

You've probably heard of the event by now (which to date has over 1170 participants signed up) but if not, you basically post 26 times during the month of April, according to each letter of the alphabet. It's a great challenge.

And now, the part you've all been waiting for (not):

My A-Z Theme for the month is Science.

I had hoped to keep the theme a secret until I unveiled it in this post, but I made a bit of a mistake yesterday when I accidentally scheduled my unfinished K post (Kinematics) to go up on March 12. Seeing as it was March 22--yeah, I accidentally published it. It appeared in Google Reader and on people's blogrolls, which rather blew my cover.

But now that you know I'm posting about science, I hope you're all as excited as I am about it, because that's all I'm focusing on for April. The Challenge will start out here on The Eagle's Aerial Perspective with Astrophysics and continue with Biotechnology, Cosmology, etc.

I've tried to keep the scientific jargon to a minimum and explain terms that might not be familiar offhand, and there will be at least a couple images in every post that will (I promise) be no longer than four to six paragraphs. At the end of the posts, I'll be featuring a Notable Scientist in the field--or closely related field--just covered, with a video of the person if I can find one, which is not always. Plus, there will be links at the bottom of each post to the sources where I got the information, so you'll be able to go and check the facts for yourself (and probably correct me!) if you think something is wrong.

You may be wondering, overall, what fields I'll be covering. In that case, it's just the natural sciences (with particular emphasis on Physics and Biology). This is not because I think the social sciences, humanities, formal sciences, or other professions aren't worth writing or learning about, but I know (counting what little I do know) a bit more about the natural sciences. (Shout out to Charles Gramlich (*update*: his wife has been diagnosed with cancer, and they are both in my thoughts) and Josh Hoyt here. They both have excellent posts about the social sciences/psychology, if you're more interested in that.)

Oh, and do take notes as you read next month. It will all be on the test.

Just kidding. Trust me, there won't be a test. :)

Unless you'd all like one . . .

Are you going with a theme this year, if you are participating in the A-Z Challenge? If not, are you prewriting your posts? And since I know some bloggers are posting on multiple blogs: how many blogs have you signed up for the Challenge?

-----The Golden Eagle


prerna pickett said...

I wish I had time, but I'm having a baby in April and posting will be scarce. Maybe next year. good luck to you, I'm sure you'll come up with some great topics.

Christine Rains said...

That's an awesome theme! I'm looking forward to reading them. I'm doing the Challenge and all my posts are done. I wrote one story that stretches out over the entire month.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like a good theme, Golden! And yeah, I saw that post. Hate it when that happens.

Susan Roebuck said...

You did physics last year, didn't you? I learnt so much (and you had fantastic pictures). I'm looking forward to them

Anonymous said...

Gotta love that science! I can't wait.

Anonymous said...

I like science. Sounds like it'll be fun! Personally, I'm going full-on nerd, with a picture for each day.

Susan Kane said...

I am excited to hear that you will be posting science themes. These are among my favorites!

I am pre-writing my posts, but have no over-riding theme. Just observations, like I always write, and stories my family has handed down.

Glad there is no test!

Pat Hatt said...

Hmmm my theme is just that I'm crazy, does that count?...hahaha

Sounds like fun and yeah I saw the post yesterday, hate when I do that too.

Beth said...

Cool theme. Your post was updated in my blog roll yesterday, but then when I clicked on it, it just said this page is unavailable. So I wondered what was going on.

Grumpy Bulldog, March Madman said...

Well it was still news to me. Science! I'm just using that month to pimp my book.

Deborah Walker said...

That's going to be so great. I'm looking forward to it, Golden.

KarenG said...

This is going to be exciting! I hope to learn a thing or too from your posts. Are there really over 1100 signed up? I guess it's been awhile since I checked. That's so cool.

Inger said...

Looking forward to reading about science. My theme is Swedish Rhapsody, stories, memories, history, etc. from the country of my birth. Can you believe it's been a whole year already?

Jaye Robin Brown said...

OOOH, maybe I'll learn something. I'm doing Appalachia, with some wild stories and photos to go along with the posts.

L.G.Smith said...

She blinded me with science! (eighties reference) :P

Excellent theme. And I will tell you I fought very hard to keep my posts under five or six paragraphs. I think I did okay on keeping things short. ;)

Simon Kewin said...

Great stuff! I learned some fascinating things in the challenge last year so I'm looking forward to these posts.

Oh, and I've done that thing of accidentally posting beforehand too! I don't think anyone noticed ...

Old Kitty said...

I am in super duper AWE!!! Being the least scientifically minded but totally amazed by science and the scientists who pursue such universal questions as to who we are, why and where - I'm totally looking forward to your themed A-Z! Yay! Take care

DWei said...

Wouldn't work with my schedule seeing as I post every 3rd day. :P

Crack You Whip said...

I was very interested, but my time (and internet) aren't stable right now. Look forward to reading, though!

Sheila Siler said...

I have a theme - memories of food (my first post is Asparagus). I am writing ahead and scheduling. This will be my second year to participate. I'm looking forward to checking in on you!

Yadin Bromberg said...

Wow! Very intriguing! I can't wait to read your posts about Science :D

Good luck!

Carol Kilgore said...

I definitely pegged you for a science person, so I'm not at all surprised. Have fun with it!

Happy Weekend :)

Mark Noce said...

I'm too swamped to do the A-Z challenge, but power to you for doing it:)

Jemi Fraser said...

That's a great theme!! this is my first year in the challenge - I'm still a little nervous :)

Rusty Webb said...

I had a theme, I've written most of the posts. Now, when it's almost time - I'm going with something else. I don't know what that is, but it will be different than my original intent.

mshatch said...

I do have a theme, which I will reveal soon. Love your theme and can't wait to read all your posts!

Ciara said...

Test? Okay, you just made me totally nervous. Sounds like something that I would do. Oh, like my hubby working on the blog and not turning of notifications. :)

Brian said...

I know yours will be fun! I don't think I would make it very far in that challenge! Have a happy weekend!

LynNerdKelley said...

Wow, sounds like you'll have some awesome posts for the A-Z Challenge. That's great that so many bloggers are participating. I'm still overwhelmed with our recent move. Took two and a half months to move all our stuff out of the house, downsized to an apartment, but we have a million boxes still waiting to be unpacked! I've only had time on weekends. Week nights I'm too tired after babysitting all day. So it might be another two months before I get everything put away! Inch by inch.

Hope you have a great weekend, Golden Eagle.

Emily R. King said...

I'm not doing the A to Z challenge. I have way too much going on right now, but I look forward to reading everyone else's posts (including yours)!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love reading science stuff. I'm a secret science geek.
I don't have all my posts ready and I'm getting nervous.

Anonymous said...

Cool theme... can't wait to read all your posts...

E.D. said...

Great theme and I look forward to reading your posts. I only post once a week so this challenge won't work for me right now. Maybe next year.

Belle said...

A science theme will be great! I'm sure I will learn a lot of interesting things. I'm not doing the challenge this year, but I will be reading.

Donna Hole said...

I failed science in grade school, Junior high, high school and college. But I like interesting science facts - as long as there is no test.

Seems an interesting theme. I schedule posts wrong all the time. So not fun.

Good luck with your posts. I'm taking a blogger break through April. I know I'll be missing some wonderful posts from my friends, but I really need to get some writing done, and since I won't be able to keep up with that many blog posts, the best option is sitting it out.


Jamie Gibbs said...

Whoo! Science! Love the theme idea :) Looking forward to your first post :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle - I love science .. and learning more and more - so your ABC will be an excellent addition ..

Great theme - glad it's escaped!

Cheers enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

Nathan said...

Man, I don't think I could keep this up if I wanted to.

Rachel Morgan said...

Test?? Aaaah!

Hehe :-)

Cool theme! Those posts are bound to be really interesting. I'm going to be doing some flash fictions related to the Creepy Hollow series...

Stuart Nager said...

Will it be multiple-guess with essays? Will we have to build a model of the universe? aieee...test stress anxiety!!!

I have a theme; not writing beforehand, but I'm planning out the days to cover what I want. And..only involving Tale Spinning.

Good luck GE. Sounds like you have a great idea.

The Red Angel said...

Nice theme! :) I don't really do alphabetical blog challenges but I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's entries!

Enjoy the challenge! And I agree (with your comment on my blog haha)...I don't think I'm ready for summer yet either!

-Wendy Lu

The Red Angel Blog

Paul Tobin said...

Good Luck! I think it is a strong concept and I hope to learn much during the month.

ladydragonfly said...

I've thought about doing a theme, but decided I will just do what I did last year and wing it from day to day. It's more of a challenge for me. Can hardly wait to get started. I love to read the posts during this challenge.

Deniz Bevan said...

That sounds like a great theme! I can't wait to see all the posts.

Michael Di Gesu said...

fascinating theme...

Yes, I will be doing the challenge... I need to get started!

Li said...

Yay! I love science! I'm in the A to Z, no theme really. Mostly flash fiction, some poetry, and a few non-fiction pieces mixed in. Amazing how fast it's approaching! really looking forward to it.

Sarah Pearson said...

I'm looking forward to this - I might learn something :-)

Anonymous said...

I have a theme and will keep my posts very short. Good luck with yours and I look forward to reading your posts!

J.W. Alden said...

I did the same thing this morning! I caught it immediately, but I wonder if anyone saw it.

I have a specific theme for my A-Z, as well. I'll still attempting to keep it a secret, but all shall be revealed this week.

Science is an awesome theme, I look forward to it!


Tina DC Hayes said...

I'm looking forward to your A-Z posts, and I bet you'll teach me quite a bit about science. :)

Anonymous said...

I still have not yet to do this! I am a little intimidated by this challenge. Thanks for sharing though sounds fun!!

anthony stemke said...

Man alive, your A-Z will be fabulous, I hope to learn a lot.
My theme will be Soups.
Best regards to you Golden.

Nas Dean said...

Looking forward to reading your Science posts for the A to Z!

Lynda R Young said...

I'm hoping to have a consistent theme this year, but I still haven't come up with one. Eek!
Love your theme!

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Hey Golden, I always nearly have a heart attack when I'm pre-scheduling in case that happens to me - publish early. Has happened twice and I find it nerve wracking!

Sounds like you're nice and organised. You know my theme - bloggers - so I hope you'll visit, especially on G day, lol!

I've got all my pre-scheduled bar 3 - still waiting on stuff, grrrr.


....Petty Witter said...

Wow, that's some number of people who have signed up for this challenge ..... good luck.

David P. King said...

A to Z sounds ultra fun, but I'm afraid it would be writing suicide if I dared to enter. I'll be sure to read the awesomeness as it happens! :)

cherie said...

Cool beans! I don't have a theme. I'm just going to mostly wing it, whatever strikes my fancy. :)

Heather said...

I wish I could participate but I'm on a deadline with my latest book and am editing like a crazed person. Looking forward to reading your challenge though. I love the theme you've chosen!

M Pax said...

Excellent theme! I saw that post, too. :) You're not the only one that has done that though.

The Golden Eagle said...

Prerna: Thank you!

Good luck with the baby.

Christine: Thanks. :)

I love your Challenge idea--can't wait to read the story.

Alex: Thank you.

Susan: A few times, yeah. Hope my posts live up to your expectations. :)

Jeremy: LOL. I know I do.

Joshua: Sounds awesome!

Susan: I hope you enjoy the posts!

I'm sure they'll be awesome.

Nope, no test. ;)

Pat: It's frustrating. Hopefully everyone will forget the post by mid-April. :P

Beth: Thanks!

I did that to me when I tested it. At least it isn't on blogrolls, now.

Grumpy Bulldog: I've heard of other bloggers using the Challenge to promote their books, too.

Deborah: I hope you enjoy them. :)

Karen: It's really, really long list!

Inger: Oh, that sounds like a wonderful theme.

It doesn't feel like that to me, in some ways . . . in others, it certainly does!

Jaye: That's the hope. :)

I love the sound of your theme!

L.G.: Um--I think you lost me there. LOL.


I can't wait to read your posts.

Simon: You're lucky. I can't believe I didn't catch that I'd set it for March instead of April . . .

Old Kitty: I hope you enjoy--and learn from!--my coming A-Z posts. :D

DWei: So that's your posting schedule. I'd wondered when to expect posts on your blog, but couldn't figure it out before. :P

Crack You Whip: Hope you enjoy the A-Z posts!

Sheila: I like your theme!

Second year for me, too. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Yadin: Thank you. :)

Carol: Yeah, I'm definitely a science person.

Mark: The Challenge does take up a lot of time--maybe next year?


Jemi: You'll be awesome. :)

Rusty: Good luck with your posts!

Mshatch: Can't wait to find out what it is.

Thank you!

Ciara: Don't panic; there won't be a test. This time around, at any rate. ;)

Brian: Thanks!

I think you'd pull it off in style. :)

LynNerdKelley: It sounds like you're super busy. I know what you mean by a million boxes--when we moved a few years ago, packing (and then unpacking) seemed like a huge challenge.

Emily: Hope you like them. :)

Susan: I haven't finished all of mine, either. I'm currently on Q . . . and time is really running out now.

Tfwalsh: Thank you!

E.D.: Thanks. :)

It's a lot of fun, but yeah, it doesn't really accommodate a range of schedules.

Belle: Thank you!

I hope readers learn something from the posts, too. :)

Donna: Nope, no tests here!

Thank you.

Kudos for taking a blogging break--I'm not sure I'd be able to pull myself away from the blogosphere for a month!

Jamie: Thank you! :)

Hilary: Thanks--and it did rather slip through the door when I wasn't looking. :P

Nathan: It's true, the Challenge can be, well, a challenge.

Rachel: LOL.


I can't wait to read these Creepy Hollow-related stories. :)

Stuart: I wasn't planning on any of that . . . but you've given me ideas! Building a model of the universe--no, scratch that, more like a functioning replica of Earth. Yes. I should have assigned that to you all. ;)

I'm looking forward to reading your posts on Tale Spinning!

Thank you!

The Red Angel: Thanks. :)

Too soon, too soon . . .

Paul: Thank you. I hope readers do, too. :)

Ladydragonfly: It sounds like fun! I winged much of the Challenge last year, but it took me a lot longer and I want to spend as much time as possible visiting other blogs during April.

Deniz: Thanks!

Michael: Good luck with your posts. :)

Li: I loved reading your A-Z posts last year; I can't wait to read them this time around.

Sarah: Hopefully! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Stephen: Sounds like a good strategy. I'm trying to keep my posts short as well . . . but somehow it seems to get harder the further I along I go. :P

Thank you!

J.W.: I hope your big reveal goes well; I can't wait to find out what you'll be posting about!

Thanks. :)

Tina: I hope you like the posts!

Cestlavie22: I was intimidated by the Challenge when I first heard of it, too. Posting 26 days in a month? About each letter? With over a thousand other people?! Crazy. :P

You're very welcome! :)

Anthony: I'm sure I'm going to be hungry for soup by the end of this Challenge, then!

Thank you!

Nas: Hope they live up to the expectations!

Lynda: Good luck finding a theme! Knowing how awesome your blog is, though, I'm sure you'll come up with something. :)


Denise: Nerve-wracking is the word . . .

Absolutely! I'm really looking forward to your A-Z posts.

Hope you get what you need for those last three!

Tracy: Thank you. :)

David: My writing has suffered in the past month because of my attempt to get all of the A-Z posts finished. I'm hoping to get more writing done in April.

Cherie: Thanks!

Spontaneous posts can be a lot of fun to read. :)

Heather: Good luck with your deadline!

Glad you like the theme.

M: I guess a lot of people did. :P

Nope; though it sill bugs me. Ah well.

Jay Noel said...

Wish I could participate in the blogfest this year, but I travel so much, it's impossible. But I LOVE science. I blogged about it for a few years going back to 2005. Every post was about the wacky side of science.

Have fun! My blog will probably die out in April since I can't participate, so hopefully you'll come by in May.

michelle said...

Sounds like a great theme, G.E.
Yes, I'm doing the challenge... and 1 blog is more than enough work! Phew!
I've pre-written my musically-themed flash fiction pieces - more than half are completed!
See you around on the challenge circuit!

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like a great theme, and I can't wait to read your posts!

Josh Hoyt said...

I'm so excited about your A-Z challenge. I loved last years and can't wait to see what you have for this year. Thanks for the shout out and sorry so late in reading. I am behind as usual :)

Jen Chandler said...

I'm so excited about the challenge but I haven't got even one post ready for it. I'm such the panster :D

Your theme sounds fun and very informative. Don't worry...I'll take notes!

Oh, and thanks! You just jogged my mind out of it's perpetual fog and I now have a theme for my A-Z writings :D Huzzah! (Don't worry. It is NOT science!)

Have a wonderful week,

The Golden Eagle said...

Jay: Are they still up in your archives? They sound like awesome posts!


I'm hoping to continue visiting non-participants during the month, so I may be by your blog during April. :)

Michelle: Thank you!

Yup--see you there. ;)

Talli: Thanks!

Josh: I hope you like this year's as much.

You're very welcome!

Jen: Good luck with your posts!

Thanks. :)

Um . . . I did? I'm not sure what I did, but I'm glad you found your theme. LOL.

Carol Riggs said...

That's a great idea, to have a theme! That would unify this blogfest. I haven't ever done the A to Z, mostly because I don't want to post every day! I have a hard enough time keeping up with once a week postings. :D Have fun!!

The Golden Eagle said...

Carol: Thank you! :)

DevotedMommy said...

Great theme! See you at the Challenge!

The Golden Eagle said...

DevotedMommy: . . . and the Challengers are off today! :)