Tag: a-z challenge 2013

Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

Are you enjoying the bank holiday weekend? I know I am. A chance to spend some quality time with my other half and to catch up with my blog posts. Today I’m reflecting on the awesomeness that was the Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2013. My Progress When I first attempted the challenge in 2011, I did quite well for my first time but fell off the bandwagon near the end and missed my last few posts. Shame on me. Well, this year I did much better. Although I did leave a couple until the last minute, I planned and scheduled […]


An A-Z of Fantasy and Sci-Fi

An A-Z of Fantasy and Sci-Fi

For the Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2013, my theme was ‘elements and features of speculative features and entertainment’. Throught April I blogged about characters, objects, tropes and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian books, TV and films. Here is the master list of posts: A is for Alchemy B is for Birds C is for Chimera D is for Dragons E is for Elves F is for Fairytales G is for Greek Myth and Legend H is for Heroes and Heroines I is for Immortality J is for Jinn K is for Kraken L is for Lost in […]


Z is for Zombies #atozchallenge

Z is for Zombies #atozchallenge

[Image by Jeremy Keith, CC-BY-2.0] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Zombies. Zombies are undead beings, often portrayed as rotting corpses risen from the grave. In legend and folklore they are said to feed off the brains of the living. Lacking their own, they wander mindlessly and clumsily with vacant expressions on their faces, often making a groaning sound. […]


Y is for Young Adult #atozchallenge

Y is for Young Adult #atozchallenge

Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April, I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about the Young Adult genre and its relationship to speculative fiction. The Young Adult genre (YA) is generally defined as being aimed at teens between 13 and 18 years old. But there’s a lot of crossover, with mature 10-12-year-olds and many adults also enjoying the genre. I’m nearly 24, and I still […]


X is for Xenology #atozchallenge

X is for Xenology #atozchallenge

[Image by Denis Bourez, CC 2.0. Source] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Xenology. Xenology is the scientific study of all aspects of extraterrestrial (alien) life, intelligence, and civilization. Star Trek The Enterprise’s mission statement is: ‘to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone […]


W is for Werewolves #atozchallenge

W is for Werewolves #atozchallenge

[A Mexican grey wolf by HOTN Stock] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Werewolves. Werewolves are legendary humans that are cursed to transform into wolf-like creatures, usually on the three nights of the full moon. Transformation A person becomes a werewolf when they are bitten by another werewolf, but only if they live to tell the tale. […]


V is for Vampires #atozchallenge

V is for Vampires #atozchallenge

Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Vampires. Vampires are legendary ‘undead’ creatures who drain the life or energy of humans, usually by drinking their blood. The term vampire was popularised in the early 18th century when Eastern Europeaners brought their superstition and folklore into Western Europe. John Polidori’s 1891 novella The Vampyre, first depicted vampires as charismatic […]


U is for Unicorns #atozchallenge

U is for Unicorns #atozchallenge

  [by A V Brown, using stock images. See here for full list of sources.] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Unicorns. Unicorns are legendary animals from European folklore that resemble white horses with large spiral horns on their foreheads. They appeared first in ancient Greek natural history, rather than Greek mythology, as the Greeks were convinced that unicorns actually existed, believing that they […]