Monday, May 1, 2023

A to Z Challenge Reflections: Body Folktales



I am usually a very organized A to Z participant. In the past several years, I have had all my posts scheduled before the start of April, so I could spend my time going around and visiting other people. This year, things unexpectedly piled up. The Internet went out for days, my phone died, I went on a spring break trip and work crashed down on me after... I started April with A-M scheduled, and then worked ahead, but I still ended up pantsing the last five letters day to day. It was a close call, but I managed to crawl across the finish line!

With that said, I absolutely loved this year's theme. Every time I began researching a new body part, fun, weird, and fascinating folktales jumped out at me left and right. It was probably the most entertaining research binge I have ever done, and it added a lot of cool new stories to my repertoire!

The sad part is, I barely had any time to go visiting. So many of you had such wonderful themes, and you were all kind enough to come visit me every day! I am planning on catching up over the course of the next weeks. I love the visiting part of A to Z, so it will be like an extension of the challenge experience :) Thank you all for sticking around and leaving comments!

As for statistics: I am very surprised that the most popular post of the month was not one of the adult-themed body parts... but ELBOWS! By a wide margin. All y'all really like elbows. Go figure.

Thank you all, and congratulations on another fun Challenge year!


  1. Jamie (
    You did a really good job, and picked a great topic. Thanks for producing a great A to Z.

  2. 💪🏽 Mmmm yeah... gotta show off those elbows! The next fashion trend, reverse elbow patches (creating holes instead, or sheer fabric for sexy viewing). 🤣

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  3. I enjoyed your theme. Congrats on finishing the challenge.

    Ronel visiting for Reflecting on a Double A-Z Challenge 2023

  4. I enjoyed your theme, dropped in from time to time, and appreciated all the research this took. One I didn't read was the Elbows and I'll have to check it out later.

  5. I loved your theme, and the rich variety of stories you told for each body part. Congrats for finishing despite all the obstacles, and hooray for the elbows! I'm impressed that you completed as many as you did in advance and empathize with the scramble to get the rest done. It was the same here. Cheers!

  6. That's a lot of challenges to encounter while preparing for A to Z. Congratulations for finishing! That was a really fun theme.

  7. Your stories were brilliant, as I’ve said in my Reflections!

  8. I’m always impressed with the amount of research you do and what you come up with. Incredible job well done.

  9. Congrats on finishing! Body parts...hmmm