My #atozchallenge Great Theme Reveal for 2018!

It’s time for me to reveal what I’ll be writing about for this year’s A to Z Challenge.

I really had a hard time coming up with a theme for this year that would be as exciting as the last several themes have been. Three years ago, it was portmanteaus; two years ago, words that started and ended with the same letter; and last year, words that started with the letter of the day and ended with the next letter. All of those have one thing in common: they all started out as Jeopardy! categories.

Well, the categories on this year’s shows haven’t been as interesting as in years past, so I thought, and thought some more, and remembered that Jeopardy! will often have a category with words of a certain length. And, as luck would have it, I found a website called Best Word List that had alphabetical lists of words of different lengths. So, all I had to do was pick a word length, and I’d be golden. I started with nine-letter words, and noticed that a lot of them were plurals that ended in “S.” And I had this year’s theme!

Eight Letter Words!

Now, occasionally the word will be a proper name, and in others two or more words which together have eight letters. Those are usually situations where I thought of a better word (or words) for the letter after I chose one. Only one word is a plural formed by adding an “S” to the end of a seven-letter word.

So, that’s my theme this year. What do you think?

58 thoughts on “My #atozchallenge Great Theme Reveal for 2018!

  1. So, I clicked on an earlier post first and lemme tell ya, Ms. Tina is amazing! Wow! Eight letter words is a great theme. It’s something I would struggle with haha I can picture myself counting on my fingers. πŸ™‚

    Elsie

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    1. I kind of like “Random things my coworkers thought up for me to write about” as a theme! But “no theme” works, too. I did that a couple of years ago, and it was fun. Good luck!

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  2. John,

    I’m listening to Tina rock the dance floor while I read this post. You always pull together some interesting A2Z themes and this one is no exception. I am sure to get an education visiting you daily throughout April. This kitten is ready to learn something new. Here’s to looking forward to a lot of fun in the coming weeks. Whenever you get a chance, you’re welcome to invited to read my Theme Reveal. Have a pawsome day and happy A2Zing, my friend!

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    1. Thanks! The word lists definitely were a help here. Sometimes it’s good to get a prompt from somewhere, and as often as not the words I saw made me think of different and better words. The site I linked (Best Word Lists) is going to come in very handy in the future, I can see.

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  3. Your themes are always enjoyable and educational, and I really like the thought process and the work you put in behind them. Looking forward to April and A-Z.

    Best always,
    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  4. Ooh, nicely done! I still remember all the portmanteaus, that was an excellent theme! This one will make for great Scrabble words, I just know it! I’m excited πŸ™‚

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    1. The site I used to get the words looks like a really good one for Scrabble, and it isn’t the only one out there. Guess you need an iPad to look the words up while you’re playing…

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  5. I will be looking forward to your A to Z because you always create something so interesting and difficult. I can’t help but think Charlie Chaplin would read your A to Z because he loved words and would read the dictionary and learn one new word per day.

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  6. I think that anyone who writes has a love affair with words, and enjoys playing with them too! This sounds like a fun theme, and since I’m new here, I’m eager to see what you do with the words each day. I’ll be following! πŸ™‚

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    1. I know I learned a few new words with it. This should be a good theme, and I know that if I’m stuck for a theme next year I can always go with a similar one. Wordplay always works out well for me.

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  7. This is certainly a novel way of choosing a theme; I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Thank you for dropping by on my blog. This is only my second year participating and the first time I just picked a random idea every day – I really struggled to come up with with a theme this year, but I am determined to stay with it.

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    1. I find that Jeopardy! is a good source for annual themes. When I see a good category, I jump on it. I just haven’t seen many this year. I find I have much better luck with wordplay. I went without a theme a few years ago, and while it wasn’t as satisfying, it went well for me. Good luck!

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  8. Your themes are always so unique! Can’t wait to see what you write. I hate to ask you again (I asked you last year) but I forgot the code to add my URL link to comments. I wrote it down last year with the intent to keep it, but somehow that paper got thrown away (or lost). I looked for the post you wrote about this but couldn’t find it. Maybe it’s there…these darn cataracts! Thank you.

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  9. Hi John: It’s been a long time since I have checked in with you. Though I believe I am following your blog, I think the posts go straight to Reader and with no e-mail notice, I hardly ever remember to check. My loss I know. I didn’t participate last year for the first time with all the screwing around they did making it too hard to bother. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one. Back with a master list, I’m on board again. This year my theme is BOOKSTORES, their architecture, location, and the great people who sell books, a passion of mine. Glad to see you are still toiling away in the blogging world. It has made me a better writer and I bet you feel that way too. If you have time or interest, come visit. Raising a glass of sweet tea in finding you and your blog once again.

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