A to Z Challenge 2017 Theme Reveal


Just when you think you’re safe, Spring rolls around again, and before you know it, it’s time for the A to Z Challenge. I didn’t participate last year due to having too much on my plate, so I’m really looking forward to getting back in there this year. (Remind me in May that I actually wrote that.)

And, of course, you can’t have the A to Z Challenge without the beloved theme reveal. I pretty much need a theme. Without one, the possibilities would become endless and I’d be overwhelmed by the sheer possibility of, well, everything, that I’d likely have a nervous breakdown and chew off my own foot, and that just wouldn’t be pretty.

The Theme Reveal is not only fun but functional.

Anyway, my theme this year is….


Magical and Medicinal Properties of Plants and Herbs.

I’ve been drawn into the world of plants and magic through my Hazel and Holly story, and I find the topic really interesting. In addition to magical and medicinal properties, some entries will also have culinary uses, or folkloric history. I’m not sure how to work all that into the title though. I’m kind of thinking of it as a virtual herbarium of sorts.

So, if you’re like me and find this sort of thing fascinating, be sure to stop by in April.

See you then, and good luck to everyone participating!


  1. Hi Sara!
    Sounds interesting.
    I had to laugh at the image of you chewing off your foot… LOL
    Hop over to read all about your daily dose of inspiration in my theme reveal post!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Hi, Michelle and thanks! The Great and Powerful Theme Reveal has saved my feet once again! 😉 I’ll definitely head on over and check out your post.

  2. Hi Sara – definitely I’ll find it fascinating … great idea – a virtual Herbarium trip! Cheers Hilary

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Hilary! I see you’ve been writing herb related posts as well. Pretty cool — we can be sisters in herbage. 😉

  3. Oh my godness, I love your theme!!!
    I had never had the patience to study this subject, but I do find it fascinating. So I’m very happy you did the job for me 😉

    Have a fantastic challenge!

    The Old Shelter – Theme Reveal – 1940s Film Noir

    • Sara C. Snider

      Yay! I’m glad you like it. My posts will be pretty brief, but hopefully you’ll get some use out of them. Thank you, and I hope you have a great challenge as well! 🙂

  4. What an awesome theme! I’m excited about this one, I can’t wait to see which ones you picked out.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Djinnia. You know, you are partly responsible for this. One of the books I used as a source I learned about through you and the A to Z you did two (I think) years ago. Green Witchcraft. So, thank you. 😀

  5. I am so happy you are back! And this is a wonderful theme 🙂

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF – Weird Things in Folktales

  6. Now this is a subject I find fascinating, so I will definitely be popping back in April to follow your posts 🙂
    Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles

  7. Wow! I love everything magic and your teaser is just perfect for the theme. I am looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks Shalini! You’re definitely in the right place for magical happenings. 🙂

  8. Decadent Kane

    Neat idea! I’ll be stopping in to see what you have in store for us!
    Theme Reveal: Dirty Little Secrets

  9. A great theme. I look forward to it. Melissa @ My Creatively Random Life

  10. Oooh, sounds really interesting! I always like learning about things like this. I’ll definitely be stopping by.

  11. What a wonderful theme – I’m so looking forward to your posts.

  12. Oh, I am so happy I found your website. I need some magic! I’m looking forward to learning!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Yay! I’m happy you found me too. We all need a little magic every now and then. 🙂

  13. That’s an interesting theme. I’ve never cast a spell myself, but I love reading about what goes into both white and black Magick spells.

    • Sara C. Snider

      I’ve never tried spellcraft either, but I find the subject really fascinating. Plus, it’s great story fuel. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Carrie-Anne.

  14. I am soo looking forward to your posts on magical and medicinal herbs. I agree that it’s great story fuel. Wonderful theme.

  15. Fun theme! Love the topic. I will definitely be watching.So many great themes this time.

    Build an Artful Life

    My gig is paper & fiber & book arts. I have visions of ancient books of spells in my mind. Glad you are along for the ride.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Linda. Your gig sounds pretty awesome. I think we need to be friends. 🙂

  16. Definitely interested! Look forward to finding out more.

  17. I am a magickal herbalist and I shall be keen to follow your posts during the A to Z challenge. I’m glad I found you through your comment to Deborah Weber’s blog.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Ooh, how cool! You can let me know if I get it wrong… 😉 I’m glad you found me too.

  18. Michelle Morrison

    This sounds like fun. I have a lot on my plate too, so I probably won’t participate this time, but I will look into participating in the future.

    • Sara C. Snider

      It’s definitely a significant time commitment, but lots of fun if you can manage it.

  19. Really looking forward to your theme as I’m always fascinated by the hidden properties of herbs. I’ll be happy to remind you that you said that you’re looking forward to April.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Haha, thanks Pamela. I’m pretty sure I’ll be cowering in the corner eating my hair once it’s all over. 😉

  20. I just signed up as an email subscriber! I am definitely a fan of magical herbs. I can’t wait to read your posts during the April Challenge to read more!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Awesome, thank you! Everyone knows the cool cats become subscribers. 😉 I hope you enjoy the posts.

  21. Your theme sounds very interesting, and I can’t wait to read your posts. Adding culinary and folklore history to some of your posts adds to the excitement. Great theme!
    My theme:

  22. Sounds interesting. I had a story I working on where this might come in useful.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

    • Sara C. Snider

      I find it to be good story fodder, so hopefully you’ll find something useful. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  23. A virtual herbarium sounds like a combination of education, entertainment and enlightenment.
    Looking forward to your posts.

    Cynthia at A Few Drops Of Ink

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Cynthia, that’s the goal. See you in April! 🙂

  24. Sara, What an incredible theme. I love exploring the medicinal properties of plants and personally use a lot as home as remedies. Can’t wait to read a detailed account on the same.


    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Natasha! My posts will be pretty brief, so I’m not sure how detailed they’ll get, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them all the same. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Ooo. This sounds plenty useful. All the best!

  26. Welcome back to A to Z-ing! I can’t wait to read your entries this year! Herbs are neat, and I find myself looking up their magical properties a surprising amount during story research; it will be nice, in future years, to know that I can come here for my info.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Melanie! Hopefully I can provide a spiffy reference that you can return to. 😉

  27. Very interested in this topic. Planning to follow along.


  28. Sounds like your theme will be a great resource for other writers as well as being really interesting 😀
    Tasha’s Thinkings – Shapeshifters and Werewolves

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Tasha. Hopefully others will get some use out of it, that would be pretty cool. 🙂

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