Ten Bloggers. 26 Blogging A to Z Posts. All on One Blog.

All our A to Z posts are linked below. Author links go to either Byline categories or the blogs of contributors. I’m doing this for two reasons.

  1. I want all the posts collected chronologically, and I want the index post to be at the top of the 2015 A to Z Challenge category archive (it’s on the Pop Culture menu) for posterity.
  2. This is an index file I’ll use to do some fun things with scheduled sharing.

Contributors: You’ll be hearing from me directly. If you did A to Z at your own blog and you collected all your links into a single post or on a page, might want to have a link to it handy.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Stats: The #GeekPastiche A to Z Reflection

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Last year my reflection focused on basic lessons I learned as a first-timer. It was too long and posted too late, because I barely survived the 2014 Challenge and it took me a month to get back into my normal routine. This year’s reflection is about things we did right here at Sourcerer, things I’ll do differently if I blog A to Z next year, and what A to Z did for our numbers in April.

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A to Z Challenge Afterparty, Anyone?

Sabina is hosting an A to Z Afterparty this weekend at Victim to Charm. Why not stop by over there, share one of your A to Z Challenge links, and chat about your experience in April?survivor-atoz_by_Retro

I intended to publish my Blogging A to Z Reflection today, but since it’s already noon and I don’t have the screenshots of the stats in yet, I’ll save it for tomorrow. You can find the reflection badge and info about the linky here.

We’re debuting a new feature on Monday which we are hoping to make into a monthly thing: author & blogger interviews!

It’s strange to have only one post scheduled after have the queue so full I had trouble finding my own posts for a month.

Have a great weekend!

Blogging A to Z Day 30: Zombies!

As Sourcerer’s resident horror blogger, it should be no surprise that I am a zombie fanatic. I watch zombie films, I read zombie books, I keep up with The Walking Dead and iZombie and virtually every other zombie show or flick out there, and I sometimes play zombie games.

There are, of course, a host of things that help to account for our fascination with zombies:

fear of disease, fear of death, fear of losing our mental faculties, etc. We seem at once aware of the zombie as a fictional character and concerned about the plausibility of a zombie outbreak. And the result of our fascination is that zombies have become a multi-million dollar industry.

As for me, there are three simple but terribly true reasons that I find zombie stories compelling. The first is the world that gets created when everything fails-the government, and by extension education, social welfare, prison systems, road maintenance, etc.; and modern inventions, including electricity, the Internet, GPS, running water, and telecommunications.

The second is the failure of modern notions of childhood, morality, and socioeconomic status to hold up under the pressures of a post apocalyptic world. In Zombieland, one of most disturbing erosions of culture is the loss of names; in The Walking Dead, it’s the loss of childhood embodied by Carl, Judith, and Carol’s decision to teach the children about knife safety and zombie killing during story-time; in 28 Days Later, it’s ownership of the female body. These conversations mirror conversations that we have daily, that we rehearse in our arguments about these concepts.

And the third thing is the complexities that arise when we see something human that isn’t human. Or that we don’t think is human. In Shaun of the Dead, the undead are able to be trained to perform simple tasks. In Warm Bodies, they retain something of their prior selves and can think and feel. And there is a repeated scene in which someone must kill a loved-one-turned-zombie, one that turns up in virtually every piece of zombie fiction ever.

And so, here at the end of A to Z, and on a Thursday, no less, I give you a Thursday 13 of my favorite zombie flicks:

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This post is by @parttimemonster of Part Time Monster and Sourcerer contributor. For more A to Z geekery, check out Part Time Monster!