Well the time is here. Let me start off by saying that I entertained more than one theme for this year’s challenge. I found content for each letter of the alphabet. I even noted down bullet points explaining the reasons for choosing that theme.
It will be about the rich characters and jaw dropping stories behind the historical facts. And it starts April 1st.
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I began light research on one of them. Then I admitted to myself that the best theme for me to write about is the one that I really know stuff about – not an expert – but have a pretty good idea what it is about.
Last year my theme was Lessons From Behind The Lectern – all about tips and tricks to speaking in public. This came easily to me because I’ve been a Toastmaster since 1997.
The themes I considered this year were:
- Female superhero alter egos – many superhero characters weren’t born so, and we often forget the person behind the character. The “female” part came from the knowledge that everyone knows that Clark Kent is Superman but does everyone know that Isis is really Andrea Thomas, or most recently Adrianna Tomaz? I love comic books and it is a constant source of amazement how characters change – good characters become bad and vice versa. They are reborn, recast and go from one universe to another. I love it. So why is this not the theme this year? Simply because the superhero and comic book world is so complex and vast that I needed to start writing my posts (and reading the comic book series) last year already. I may still do this series on this blog as a stand alone feature.
- A to Z of South African towns – I want to do this but only after I’ve visited them all. What better research than my own. I have homework to do.
- A to Z of poetic devices, structures and techniques – I enjoy poetry and I got cold feet when I realised that I bit off more than I could chew when I realised that for the series to work I had to write my own verse, or providing other poets’ examples of each technique. Again, I would’ve needed to have started this last year.
Which leads me to this year’s theme. It is a big theme. I know a lot about it, some of it off the top of my head because I studied it for many years at Portuguese school. For those stories that are fuzzy, I have my Mom to help – it’s her speciality as an academic specialising in Portuguese History and Literature. She’s already given me some ideas, and reminded me of others.
And now for this year’s theme…
****DRUM ROLL PLEASE****
Myths, stories and legends of Portugal’s History.
I promise that the ride will be exciting – there will be many battles, some love stories, a disappearing king and many rich characters – and how they contributed to shape contemporary Portuguese culture and identity.
It will be about the rich characters and jaw dropping stories behind the historical facts.
And it starts April 1st.
See you then.