The Great & Powerful A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

Today is the day where A to Z participants get the opportunity to reveal their themes for the April challenge! This will be my seventh challenge…I only missed the first one.
For me, April is synonymous with the A to Z and I’m looking forward to participating again this year.

*****DRUM ROLL*****

  ——–presenting my theme for the 2017 challenge———-

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In Darkness Be Light

I’m posting 26 quotes. Since social media and news in recent times has been filled with so much hate and negativity, these simple reminders aim at promoting positivity and lightening up your day. The posts are SUPER SHORT (under 20 seconds to read…)
I’m also linking the challenge to We Are The World Blogfest which seeks to promote positive news. There are many cases of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.

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The IWSG is on the move!
We’re forming a book club on Goodreads. Please join us and invite your friends.
Not on Goodreads?
The IWSG book club is a good reason to join.
 Don’t do much on Goodreads?
This is an excellent way to dip your toes in a little more.
 Not enough time in your day?
We read one book every two months.
OUR GOAL: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (Book Club) is for writers to read/learn about the writing craft. In this book club, we will swap back and forth between non-fiction writing books and fiction books that demonstrate how to do certain aspects of storytelling. 

No promo. No review or beta reader requests. Just writers reading books and discussing those books with other writers.
**The first book will be announced on April 1st.**
**The discussion will start on May 17th.**
For more details and to join, click on this link: Book Club


Don’t forget to work on that Twitter Pitch sponsored by IWSG coming in July. Being in the right place at the right time is how many authors find their agent or publisher.

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Have you joined the IWSG Goodreads Book Club?
Are you participating in the A to Z Challenge this year? Or will you be cheering from the sidelines?
Remember to drop by my place next month for your daily dose of inspiration.


  1. Suzy on March 20, 2017 at 6:57 am

    My theme is on a similar vein. Will look forward to your posts.

  2. Hilary Melton-Butcher on March 20, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Hi Michelle – that’s an excellent theme and I will be around … and joining in with the We Are the World Blogfest makes sense too … cheers and see you there – both of them! Cheers Hilary

  3. susan scott on March 20, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Hi Michelle, what a GREAT post! I saved the theme reveal badge – will attempt to get it up. I also want to link mine to the WATWB …

  4. Pamela on March 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Fabulous theme – I love positive quotes and often use them at work with my colleagues so looking forward to seeing what ones you come up with. Enjoy the crazyness of April.

  5. JazzFeathers on March 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Great theme! And – I’d dare say – something we really need in today’s world.
    Have a fantastic challenge!

    The Old Shelter – Theme Reveal – 1940s Film Noir

  6. Ishieta@Isheeria's on March 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    fabulous theme! we do need all the positivity and reassurance in the world that Is today! joining the goodreads 🙂 Thanks.

  7. J.Gi Federizo on March 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I like your theme! Very positive, I can feel it already. Will definitely watch out for your posts 🙂

  8. Nilanjana Bose on March 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Hi Michelle,

    That sounds like a super theme and much needed. I’ll be reading along. Always envy people who can ace short posts, awesomeness 🙂

    See you in April!

    The very best for the challenge,

    Theme : Arabiana

  9. Vinodini on March 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’m hoping to get my daily dose of positivity through your theme this April! See you around.

  10. L. Diane Wolfe on March 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

    That is a good and much-needed theme. Spread a little positive.

  11. Sara C. Snider on March 20, 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a great theme! We do need more positivity in the world. I’m really looking forward to this. 🙂

  12. Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    We need more lightness, that’s for sure.

  13. Arlee Bird on March 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Positive posts are always welcomed with shortness an extra bonus.

    Have a great April Challenge.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out Theme Revieal: It’s About Time

  14. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor on March 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    What a fantastic theme and so needed lately. We can always use a shot of positive thought and energy each day.

  15. H.R. Sinclair on March 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    That’s a very uplifting theme!

  16. CD Gallant-King on March 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Happy quotes are good. We can all use more happy.

  17. Barbara In Caneyhead on March 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Great idea! We can always use a day brightener.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead #AtoZChallenge

  18. Melissa Ann on March 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Fantastic Theme! Melissa @ My Creatively Random Life

  19. Susan Gourley on March 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    A great idea for a theme. I’m joining the We Are the World blogfest too. We all need some positivity.

  20. Kalpanaa on March 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    What a lovely theme Michelle. I can’t wait to read your posts. Didn’t know about the IWSG book club at Goodreads. Am just hopping over to join up. I’m also very impressed that this is your 6th A to Z Challenge.

  21. Mary Burris on March 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Michelle!

    I am really excited about the challenge, and couldn’t imagine a year without it. I agree that there needs to be more lightness in the world today, and am looking forward to reading your posts this year.

    Jingle Jangle Jungle

  22. John on March 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    First, positive. Second, short. What’s not to like here?! Of course I’ll be back! Thanks for joining, and thanks for the invitation.

  23. Megan Morgan on March 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Great idea! We need a little positivity in the world!

  24. Deborah Weber on March 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Thumbs up on the theme – can’t wait to follow your posts.

  25. Karen on March 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    We all could use more positive vibes these days. Good choice for a theme. Weekends In Maine | Theme Reveal

  26. Yolanda Renee on March 21, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I love it, and yes, so very needed. I’m working harder than ever to keep the positive in my world on a daily basis, and the first thing I did was eliminate the television. I’m not avoiding the news as much as I am filling my life with the best instead of the worst. Music, light, and prayer!
    Wishing you all the best!

  27. Denise Covey on March 21, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Hi Michy! Your A-Z theme seems doable, not to heavy, not too light. I wish you the best. 🙂

  28. Erika Beebe on March 21, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I love your theme. Hope and light are always good themes to put out there to the world. I can’t wait to see your quotes. I haven’t signed up for the Goodreads group yet but I plan to tomorrow. Happy Monday.

  29. Parul Thakur on March 21, 2017 at 2:49 am

    That’s a great theme. Who doesn’t love quotes 🙂 Good luck!

  30. Marquessa on March 21, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I love quotes! Visiting from the A to Z!
    Marquessa @simplymarquessa from
    Simply Marquessa

  31. Carrie-Anne on March 21, 2017 at 3:17 am

    That’s a lovely theme! We could all use more sunshine and kindness in the world.

  32. Julie K Pick on March 21, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hi Michelle, I can’t believe A to Z is entering its 7th year! You are the best A to Z and IWSG cheerleader! I love the idea of daily quotes! Congrats on the IWSG Book Club! I’m impressed that you’re able to do so many things so well. Michelle! Have an amazing April!

  33. Nick Wilford on March 21, 2017 at 7:55 am

    This sounds like an uplifting theme. Looking forward to the daily motivation!

  34. Shalini on March 21, 2017 at 10:58 am

    That’s a brilliant theme and I will be around, Michelle. Happy A to Z 🙂
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  35. Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine on March 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Ugh. I’m so tired of all the negativity and fear mongering going on, so I’ll be looking forward to your theme.

  36. Akilah on March 22, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I’m doing a similar theme (gratitude!). So I’m totally up for some inspiration.

  37. Tyrean Martinson on March 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Yes and yes! I didn’t do the theme reveal, but my theme is lost heroes of fantasy fiction to tie in with the Hero Lost IWSG anthology. It’s the first time I’ve tried to promo anything during A to Z so hopefully I don’t annoy anyone – trying to keep the promo side to just once a week.

  38. Nicola on March 23, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I am so looking forward to April and a month of positivity. Great theme, Michelle.

  39. Josie Two Shoes on March 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I love positive quotations, I did that them last year! I also have a daily “Thought for the Day” post on my Josie Two Shoes Facebook page. The world needs more uplifting messages, thank you!

    Josie Two Shoes: Theme Reveal

  40. Mary Aalgaard on March 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I’m not at all prepared to participate in AtoZ this year, so I decided not to do it. Instead, I’ll spend the year getting my photos ready for next year. I’ll be reading your posts, and those of my other favorite bloggers, and continue to post my theater reviews, etc. Cheers!

  41. Anna on March 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This sounds like a good theme. So nice and hopeful 🙂

    The goodreads book club sounds good too, but I realise I have the nasty habit of ignoring groups in goodreads, so I’ll probably skip that.

  42. J.Gi Federizo on April 4, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I am definitely participating right now, Michelle 🙂

  43. Molly on April 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    SO much awesomeness here!

    First of all… I love your theme and commend you for countering the negativity of this world with a positive message of kindness and compassion. I look forward to reading all 26 entries – what a great way to start the day!

    Secondly, I love the IWSG book club concept – and will head over to GoodReads to learn more 🙂

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