And my theme for the 2014 A to Z Challenge is…(drum roll, please)…

Ladies I Love!

2014 A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

I am a great admirer of many ladies, and I hope that after the month of April when the A to Z Challenge ends, you will be too (if you aren’t already).  Actually, the phrase “Ladies I Love” is a bit misleading, because really, I’m talking about females in general; for example, I am female, but I don’t consider myself to be a lady*.  I don’t spend my days swooning about in taffeta frocks and meandering about the garden with a parasol and pair of gloves, no, and there are few females that I know who do.  However, I didn’t quite connect with the phrases “Females I Favor” and “Women who are Wonderful” and “XX Chromosomes that XXCite me”.  So, I went with “Ladies I Love”.  Short, sweet, simple.  But deceptive!  For, as you shall see during the month of April, these “Ladies” may (or may not?) include the following sorts:

  • Actual human females who could be artists, scientists, writers, innovators, or role models
  • Non-human females who are interesting or unique in one way or another
  • Non-existent females who have contributed to the feminine mystique through time, history and space

And your mind just exploded!  Keep visiting Fuzzy Undertones to find out from which of these three categories my daily Lady I Love comes from.  And if you have a Lady You Love and you want me to know (or maybe even feature), feel free to drop me a comment!

Fritz Zuber-Buhler: A Reclining Beauty with Her Cat

Fritz Zuber-Buhler: A Reclining Beauty with Her Cat

* Lounging around loosely clothed in bed with at least one cat?  Maybe I am a lady.  Shit.

58 thoughts on “And my theme for the 2014 A to Z Challenge is…(drum roll, please)…

  1. Hi – I’m back! That time difference does create some challenges with posting. I cannot believe how creative your theme, and the way you describe it, are. If i EVER could manage a parasol and gloves for 1 day … Actually gloves would be good since I’m one of the few “ladies” who doesn’t get manicures. Can’t wait to meet your 26 female mystery guests!!

    • Oh, thanks so much, Sammy! Truth be told, if you looked at my nails, you might think they actually belonged to some sort of ape that digs around in dirt a lot. What’s a manicure??? See you in April! 😀

  2. Love it!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    And I’m a squeeing roller derby fangirl (read your bio). At least one of my atoz posts will be talking about that obsession of mine. I’m glad I stopped over!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Ava! I’ll be including at least one of my roller derby heroes in April (hint – definitely check out my post on the 22nd). I will be sure to stop by your blog, too! Do you play? I’ve been at it for about a year now – still not cleared for bouting, but perhaps one day… 🙂

      • Nope, too brittle and wussy, but I cheer on the Fallout Femmes and Nuclear Knockouts here in Harrisburg at the top of my lungs. I’ll definitely be by again, and more than on the 22nd! 🙂

        • Thanks, Ava!!! Our league, the Storm City Roller Girls, needs all the cheering we can get so throw in a “yay!” for us every once in a while too! 😉

  3. Hi! Your theme sounds really interesting. The ‘non-existent females’ has me intrigued. I’ll be back in April to find out what you’re talking about. I’m also an A-Z Challenge participant. Good luck. See ya around the water cooler 🙂

    • Hi Jillian! Thanks for stopping by – I’m totally excited for the challenge to start and it’s exciting to see what everyone is going to be writing about! Looking forward to reading your posts, too ❤

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Christie! Yeah, I have some pretty interesting ladies on my list for April – I do hope you’ll stop back and check them out! 😀

    • Thanks so much, Raquel! So excited for A to Z to start – so much reading and connecting will be really fun. I LOVE your blog – the paintings are soooo unique and cute! 😀

  4. Hallo, Hallo fellow A2Z’er! 🙂

    I had a bit of a “late, late” like the Rabbit of Alice in Wonderland start to the A to Z Reveal today! Thankfully, everyone has been posting their Reveal posts to Twitter, and thereby, I am able to visit & hop! 🙂

    When I first stumbled across this blog earlier today, I felt like someone given a special gift! I loved the idea behind your theme, because its a celebration of ladies & life & history! A lot of the historical fiction books I’m drawn into of late are biographical fictions relating the life of a lady of the living past who either had an adverse life to overcome OR made an impressive impact whilst she lived! Women such as Betsy Bonaparte (The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien); Hildegard von Bingen (Illuminations by Mary Sharratt); Josephine Bonaparte (Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb); or even, Citadel by Kate Mosse which highlighted a little known French Resistance story of women heroism from WWII France! I cannot believe I’ve been blessed to read their stories since I started blogging & thereby blogging my impressions of their lives!

    And, yet I love your idea of incorporating artists, scientists, writers, — all creatives in their own rights towards the exploration and celebration of womanhood! I look forward to dropping back, that much I can assure you! 🙂 Rock on!

    Have a wicked sweet time blogging!
    I’m quite excited myself! 🙂
    I’m a first timer btw!

    Jorie A to Z Reveal Post

    • Oh, thank you so so much for visiting and leaving your thoughtful comments! There are SO many amazing females to write about, I had a difficult time choosing on whom to focus. Really, 26 entries is a small fraction of what I could write about! I am also looking forward to people sharing with me the types of ladies they admire – it sounds like you’ve got a lot of rich material from a historical perspective – it is all so interesting. I’m going to try and keep my posts light and short, and often humorous (some of my ladies aren’t even human, after all!), but I think my overall goal is to share an appreciation of women as they have contributed to our culture, knowledge base, natural world, and other areas that are important to us.

      I’m a first timer A to Zer as well – newbies unite! Very much looking forward to what you’ll be posting in April for your alphabet essay! Cheers, marci 😉

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Teresa! I’ll definitely check out your podcast. Yeah, the sci-fi fantasy world sure does have a way to go in terms of gender diversity, although I’m not an authority on the genre. All I know is that when I see female characters in sci-fi movies and such, they all tend to have big boobs, a tiny waist, and are there to support the man-heroes. Not that there’s anything wrong with man-heroes; we should just be celebrating women as heroes as well! Anyway, rant over; I’ll certainly stop by Fangirl Next Door in April! 😀

    • SWEEEET!!! Please bring a second box of wine for me; I’ll have the dainty teacups washed and ready! Thanks for stopping by – I hope to keep the humor flowing in April along with my written appreciation for some lovely ladies! And I will definitely stop by your blog to see more of what you’ve got planned for that YA novel you mentioned 😀

  5. Well, once I found out you were not in fact a taffeta frock wearing type, I almost wandered off. 😉 I am intrigued and looking forward to your lovely ladies!

    • Ha! Thanks very much, Andrea! Don’t hold it against me, but I don’t think any of my Lovely Ladies will be wearing taffeta frocks or holding parasols…but they are interesting nonetheless! Cheers, marci 😀

    • Thanks for stopping by, Robbie! I’ve got quite a list compiled for April, and I’m hoping that some of them will come as surprises. I tried to be creative! 😀 I’ll see you in April!

  6. An, I love the sound of this.
    I’m sure you’re including the likes of Cleopatra, Lady Godiva, Nefertiti, Joan of Arc, Catherine De Medici, Florence Nightingale… just guessing… 🙂

    My theme is “If Books Could Speak, What Would They Say” and is guaranteed to be LOTS OF FUN! It is interactive, and bloggers are invited to play along!
    See you around on the A to Z circuit!

    Writer In Transit

    • Ha ha!!! Thanks for stopping by. I’m actually taking a more modern approach to Ladies I Love; maybe even a little unconventional? There are only 26 posts in April, and SOOOO many ladies out there, I hope that my picks aren’t disappointing 🙂 But they are sure to be of interest, at the very least! And your theme sounds great – an interactive theme is sure to be a lot of fun! Why didn’t I think of that??? Well, I’m sure everyone is going to get a lot of fantastic ideas for next year’s A to Z Challenge! See you in April! ❤

  7. Marci, I love this! Who needs March as Women’s History Month, when we can have April, too? And the rest of the calendar, for that matter. Also, this is great: I am female, but I don’t consider myself to be a lady*. I hear you, sister.

    • Thanks, Lauren! I usually shy away from using the word “ladies”, but I figure if my roller derby coaches are good with it, I’ll be good with it too. For now 🙂 Thanks for stopping by – are you doing the A to Z Challenge? I didn’t see mention of it on your blog…but I did see other exciting things there! Congrats on your book!!! ❤

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