Saturday, April 6, 2013

A to Z Challenge – The Fifth Element and Force Ten – and How I Chose My Challenge Theme!

My theme for the A to Z Challenge is Favorite Movies, Bloggers, and Music! I’ll name a favorite movie that corresponds with the letter, and then select a character from the film. I will then name a favorite blogger who reminds me of that character, and then dedicate a song to him. (Also corresponding with the alphabet.) I’ll wrap it all up with trivia and/or fun facts about the movie, the blogger, or the music!

In addition, two lucky commenters this month will receive a review copy of CassaStorm!.One comment per day and each is worth one entry except – the first and one hundredth comments on each day will receive ten entries!

The Fifth Element

So many great lines! Mila Jovovich is hot and Bruce Willis is at his best. Chris Tucker – batshit crazy! It’s the perfect blend of science fiction and broad, over the top comedy. Can you say multi-pass?

Leeloo is the Fifth Element. She is the one who will save them all, and yet she is like an innocent child. She knows what she must do and will stop at nothing, but there is still a soft side. She is all strength and all woman.

Who is Leeloo?

LG Smith at Bards and Prophets!

She is NOT a woman I would cross! She’d kick my butt. She is all about empowerment. That is her strength. And yet, she possesses a very geeky side. Merged together, she is one powerful but caring woman. I’m honored to call her my friend.

LG is a writer and expert in the history of women warriors.

To you I dedicate Force Ten by Rush. Because you are a force and you are tough! (Song title links to YouTube.)

“Tough times demand tough talk, Demand tough hearts demand tough songs, Demand…”

Trivia and Facts:

Where does LG live?

On what album did the song Force Ten appear?

E’s trivia answers – Jay’s theme for the Challenge is the 80’s, and Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have done nine feature length films together.

How my Theme Came Together!

I’m glad everyone is enjoying my theme this year. It's always to feature some of my blogger buddies, and every year I try to do something different. How did I end up with Favorite Movies-Blogger Buddies-Music? It started as one small idea…

I thought I’d list my favorite movies and then blogger buddies who reminded me of those films. So I made a list of blogger buddies (over sixty of you!) and then went through my movies, matching those up to the alphabet.Then I tried matching buddies to movies.

That didn’t seem to be working, so I decided to match to characters instead. I listed several characters for each film and went from there. Describe the movie, describe the character, describe the blogger buddy. Got it! Grab links to blogs. Easy.

Then I had a wild idea. How about a matching song? Yeah, I’ll select a song that matches each blogger buddy and find the video on YouTube for linkage. (Sounds cool now, but matching the song was harder than anticipated.) I finally finished and then...

Wait a minute! Trivia! I need trivia.

That’s where the theme rolled over into the over-ambitious and insane realm. Now I was looking for trivia and facts on either the movie, the blogger, or the band. Oh, and I still needed images. And I had to format all of the posts in html so I could just copy and paste. (Because with the Ninja News still running, I couldn’t preschedule any of my posts until the night before.)

Average time preparing each post – three hours or more.

Next year I’m posting the phone book!

Fan of The Fifth Element? Fan of LG’s? Fan of Rush – don’t answer if you’re not! Know the trivia answers? And how did you decide on your theme? Anyone else a little over-ambitious…?

164 comments:

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

1st again?

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm really loving the fact that I'm on Pacific time and have no social life. The combination makes it possible for me to be first here.

I think I'm connected with LG but will pay a visit to make sure.

Everyone's doing great with the challenge. I'm enjoying visiting, though I feel like I'm cheating.

Happy weekend.
xoRobyn

michelle said...

Am I 2nd?

michelle said...

Alex, so that's how this theme came together? Wow!
Prep time...three hours per post? Phew!
I have connected with LG at some stage. Will pop over again later!

Lynda R Young said...

Ha! yep, I used Fifth Element today as well. And yay for Luanne for featuring her.

L.G. Keltner said...

I love female warriors! While others stop to admire their looks, they're kicking some booty! The Fifth Element is definitely a fun film!

Andrew Leon said...

Awesome blogger pick! She's in Colorado.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for sharing how you picked your theme. When it comes to profiling your readers, you certainly have a big pool to choose from!

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

I loved that film! The opera scene always amazes me each time I see it.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Fifth Element is one of my fave sci-fi movies. Bruce Willis rocked even though my B.W. fan dad won't like this movie because it's sci-fi. He enjoys the Die Hard movies though. Anyway it's nice that you showed us how your theme came together and the phone book? Ha! Good one Alex.

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Most clever way of choosing your theme. I enjoyed the song. Well, I enjoyed all the post always something of interest here.

Enjoy your week-end.
Yvonne.

J.L. Murphey said...

Alex it fits you and your blog style. I'm a fan of both movies.

rebeccabradleycrime.com said...

Alex, it is absolutely unbelievable how much work you have put into this challenge! It is great to read though, so believe that it has been worth it from a readers viewpoint, though I imagine the telephone directory might be easier!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Wow - three hours! I take that long sometimes, but every day for a month! And finally, you mention a film I've seen - although only once and a long time ago (Hubby has it on video somewhere, but we don't have a VCR in the house anymore)

VikLit said...

The thought you are having to put into these posts is astonishing! They're amazing.

Medeia Sharif said...

Your trivia questions stump me many times. I guess I have to do more research.

Three hours is a lot, but you pack a lot into one post.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm still laughing at Robyn's comment! L.G. is tough as nails, but she's also very supportive and a lot of fun. She is certainly deserving of this honor, and I'm glad that she's the first woman on your list. Hope you get some rest on Sunday Alex. Thanks for a great kick-off week!

Julie

mooderino said...

Fifth Element is a pretty crazy movie. Bits of it I really like, other bits make no sense whatsoever. And then there's Gary Oldman's teeth.

mood
Moody Writing

Imogen Elvis said...

That is a very ambitious theme. to tell the truth, I haven't got one. I'm just trying to make something up each day. It's worked so far...

Rhonda said...

Somehow I think you live in a different time continuum than the rest of us. You are everywhere, and doing a really time consuming theme.

Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
AtoZ #42

Donna Shields said...

Huge fan of The Fifth Element (yes I'm a bit of a Sci-Fi junky).

Terri Rochenski said...

The 5th Element! Wow. Haven't thought of that movie in years. I bought it as soon as it came out on VHS. Pretty much wore it out.

I'm not nearly as ambitious as you, that's for sure! I chose my theme since I signed with JTP for my debut novel. I wanted to showcase their other works - many of which were written by my beta buds. Very excited to help promote some awesome writers AND who doesn't like a little inspiration in the form of famous quotes??

randi lee said...

ANOTHER one of my favorite movies! Lilu Dallas, multi-pass!

Cassie Mae said...

I keep saying "Multipass" in my head, lol. Love that movie, and LG is an awesome choice to go with such a kick butt character.

And hello! It only takes me about ten minutes for my posts, haha! Then again, I'm not linking or dedicating songs, or being awesome like you, lol.

Can't wait for your phone book theme next year ;)

Kittie Howard said...

Three hours! Wow, you're a dedicated ninja, Alex. And for people like me who can't match this up, greatly appreciated! Learned a lot.

Man O' Clay said...

The 5th Element was great - Tucker was a hoot.

And, again, I'm blown away at your commenting abilities. Is that your superpower?

Dee said...

Eek - three hours! LOL at the phonebook idea.

Delighted freshman A-Z blogger,
D is for Deecoded

Heather M. Gardner said...

Alex, you're sort of crazy! But I think you knew that.

I'm enjoying your theme immensely!

Love The Fifth Element. "Multi-Pass."

Love RUSH!!!!

I always think I'm going to do everything ahead of time for the challenge but I guess I work better under pressure.

Heather

Jo said...

Sounds like a lot of work Alex. I'm glad I could schedule mine although I goofed this morning. Somehow became pm instead of am.

I couldn't get on with that film, Loved the start, but eventually I found it rather silly. Tried a couple of times. Loved the flying taxi cab though. I also love Bruce Willis, but....

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Susan Roebuck said...

LG is a lovely person - she hasn't kicked my arse (ass!) yet but there's still time. Doesn't she live in Colorado? Love her posts. Three hours to post? Sheesh, I'm not surprised because you put so much into your posts.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I know what you mean about blog posts taking a long time. Between finding the authors to interview, reading the books, researching the authors, and writing and posting questions, I spend hours on my blog each week. It feels like a part-time job.

I love how you tie yours to blogger friends.

L.G. Smith said...

Raaaaaarrrrrrr! Ha! Did I shake my fist at you one too many times, Alex? :P

Thank you for the shout out. I have not seen The Fifth Element yet, but you know I will now. I love tough women.

And, yeah, it usually takes me three hours to put together a lot of my posts, too. Especially when there are links.

Juliana Haygert said...

Super fan of The Fifth Element here!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn, that makes me feel bad...

Michelle, at least three hours...

Andrew, very good.

Cynthia, more friends that letters I'm afraid.

Annalisa, and I spent a couple weeks preparing these posts so they were all done before April began.

Julie, no rest - so far behind and must catch up.

Rhonda, it's a mirror trick, only I'm using clones.

Terri, I like your theme!

Cassie, don't tempt me...

Man O Clay, perhaps.

Heather, you are a cool Rush fan!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Multipass. This was definitely my F last year. AWESOME choice.

Jemi Fraser said...

Yikes! 3 hours??? You definitely need even more clones! :)

Joyce Lansky said...

I've seen the fifth element. It's an interesting cast for sure. I haven't seen the other film, though.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Marti said...

Love your theme, what a lot of work! Visiting from A-Z

Clarissa Draper said...

I haven't seen Fifth Element, though I want to now. Lynda R Young also feature it on her blog. I do like Rush though and LG. I like your idea for this year's challenge.

Kal said...

Possible the greatest European Science Fiction movie of all time. As much as I like the actors (Chris Tucker!! - bitch please) it the Luc Benson designs that are the coolest. Check out Benson's District 13 movies. Those are action films of the highest order.

jaybird said...

I've seen the Fifth Element and I also happen to think it's great. Milla is kick-butt amazing!

I love your theme. Obviously I never did pick mine. I had a bit of trouble with that. I tried, but couldn't stick on topic. I admire all of the brilliant themes I have seen out there though. And I love that you are highlighting other bloggers. So cool!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan, you are correct!

Natalie, I'm sure the ones at Literary Rambles take even longer!

LG, you are most welcome.

Kal, it's certainly one of the best.

John Wiswell said...

Fifth Element is so fun, and Chris Tucker is legendary in it. It's such a bummer we haven't been able to export his role elsewhere since.

My theme of world-building is treating me very well, both in amusing visitors in talking about elements of it, and in expressing the way my fictional world works in a different way than usual. I thought it would be more difficult to keep it going, which is why I chose it. So far, though, perhaps it's the encouragement of the A-to-Z crowd that makes it go 'round?

from John at The Bathroom Monologues

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I saw The Fifth Element in the theater on a date when it first came out but haven't seen it since. I need to watch it again!

Karen Walker said...

I love LG, huge fan. I'm overly ambitious but 3 hours per post? I'd shoot myself.
Karen

mshatch said...

Yeah, you are a little ambitious - lol. And I know where LG lives: Colorado!!!

The Fifth Element is definitely a fun movie and you described Chris Tucker's character perfectly.

C.M.Brown said...

I have always enjoyed watching the Fifth Element!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I've always wanted Bruce's flying taxi!

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Alex,

Well, as you know, my theme evolved from the intros I had created for blogger buddies cover reveals. Then it led to the actual books.

When Nicki Elson asked ME to do an exclusive reveal for her novel, I was beyond flattered. OF ALL the bloggers in the blogosphere who have THOUSANDS of followers, like you, Alex, she chose me.

I was thrilled to create her special intro and after that the A-Z buzz hit. Well I thought why not do this for my theme ... Create intros for other blogger buddies books and help them promote and feature them so other bloggers can get to know THEM...

After all. isn't that what this challenge is really about?

SO, Yes, it is ambitious. Creating intros that hold the attention of a reader and get them excited about the book I am featuring does lend to some pressure, BUT I am enjoying it!

Just think, I get to write in MULTIPLE genres and VOICES ... SO it's always FUN and CHALLENGING....

Stephen Tremp said...

I havent seen Fifth Element in a long time. Glad to see L. G. receive the spotlight!

Al Diaz said...

You are what we would call in Mexico an "hijo de la mala vida", which means you love to make your life difficult, hahaha. I'll give you an honorary card. Isn't it a blast?

David List said...

I saw so many cosplay Leeloo's at DragonCon last year!
You've done a good job connecting your theme, with movies to bloggers to songs. Mine is far more scattered.
I didn't appreciate Rush until I warmed up to Dream Theater. (backwards I know). Prog Rock is an acquired taste!

Bish Denham said...

HA! Finally! The Fifth Element is a definite favorite with a BIG thumbs up.

farawayeyes said...

Love the fifth Element, know and like L.G.,(had her confused with someone else though and thought she lived in B.C.) and love your theme.

Ella said...

I am a huge fan of this movie! :D
You really rocked this challenge!

lol, the phone book-you are a silly Ninja~

My theme is unique, but I miss writing! Off to make the rounds~

Happy Weekend to you and Mrs. AC

Off to visit LG :D

M. J. Joachim said...

Choosing youtube songs is difficult. I spent hours going through music videos for one of my blogs. I figured it was taking quite a while for you too, especially since you match them up the way you do. These things aren't random. You're A - Z is quite a task, one I know I'm enjoying quite a lot. Happy Saturday to you, Alex:)

Mark Means said...

I'm not familiar with LG, but will has to stop by her blog.

And...yes...you're insane with your theme, but it totally rocks...which is not surprising, at all :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

LG is awesome!!!
At the moment, I can't remember where she lives . . . hmm.
And 9, not 13, Raimi-Campbell duos - I erred there. Oh well.

DL Hammons said...

The Fifth Element made my Top Ten in your blogfest this year...so obviously I'm a huge fan!! :)

Suze said...

My girl, Lu!! WOOT!

The excellent, badass LG lives in Colorado. :)

M Pax said...

A definite fan of LG's. I'm really looking forward to when she starts publishing.

Allison said...

You picked a challenging theme, but I'm enjoying it! LG is awesome.

Allison (Geek Banter)

alexia said...

I love the Fifth Element! Awesome movie. Great theme for the A to Z.

Samantha May said...

LG is awesome! She definitely kicks some serious booty! I haven't seen The Fifth Element though. I guess I need to get on that.

You are so dedicated (and crazy)! Your followers definitely appreciate your effort. Have a great weekend :)

Jeremy [Retro] said...

i think the rush question is a trick... it the song appeared on several albums and "originally" on hold your fire...

you are a robot my friend your posts are stocked with really cool stuff, it's like your normal scheduled, times 26...

Jeremy [Retro] said...

and Badaboom...

Nancy Thompson said...

Yes, yes, yes!!! Ugh, my theme. Seems there's not a word to correspond with letter for either theme, emotion or grammar. Sometimes I had to go with just writing. Yours, however, is extremely creative. But 3 hours each?!! Wow! You are a dedicated man, which is part of why you're so loved.

Tina said...

Well, you are ambitious...and over-achieving, so this really doesn't surprise me. the part about my posts that's been the hardest is keeping them short, and taking photos of photos that are actually legible...



Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Pk Hrezo said...

LOL.. you def made more work for yourself! But only a month of it, right?? Funny thing is I'm trying to finish a first draft in between all the A-Z madness.

May is looking like a lovely blog-cation month!

Loved Chris Tucker in 5th Element!! Such a fun movie!

Nick Wilford said...

Luanne is a great call! She's knowledgeable about all sorts of stuff and an awesome writer. This is the second post in a row I've read referencing the Fifth Element. Pretty popular film!

C. Lee McKenzie said...

You gave your theme a lot more thought than I did, although, I had one theme almost written from AtoZ, then tossed it. I'm a little sorry now, but maybe I can use it next year. NEXT YEAR? Now I know I'm out of my mind.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Awesome film!

Gossip_Grl said...

I'm not a fan of Fifth Element, but definitely Rush! Loving these April postings and can't wait each day to see what you have chosen next!

Misha Gericke said...

I love the Fifth Element!

And LG is wonderful. :-)

Susan Oloier said...

Alex, after reading your description, I absolutely need to see the Fifth Element.

Robin said...

Your theme really is ambitious. Wowza. However, you are doing a supremely fine job of pulling it off. It has been a pleasure getting to know your peeps!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

John, that's what we like to hear.

MsHatch, you got it.

Michael, yours is perfect. It stretches you in so many ways and highlights others!

Al, that really fits.

David, it is, because it's not as accessible as most forms of music. That's what I like about it!

MJ, you know what I went through then.

Suze, correct!

Samantha, I hope so.

Jeremy, you are correct!

Tina, you have done well with short.

Lee, you know you'll do it again next year.

Gossip, you are still cool.

Alexandra Heep said...

Deciding on my theme (people, places and things around Chicago) was easy. I had started a new blog and had very little on it. So, the challenge was perfect, since I recently moved from a ghetto to a metropolis.

Deb Betz said...

NETFLIX here I come, I have never seen this movie.


www.wearinglemon.blogspot.com

Bob Milne said...

The Fifth Element was such a great flick. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it quickly sucked me in. Definitely one of those flicks I will stop and watch every time it hits TV.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Honestly, I wish I could figure out how you do all that you do, blogging, commenting, working, spending time with family, and still find the time to pick a movie, a character, a blogger, then post about it. You're incredible, Alex!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love The Fifth Element. One of my favorite movies.

My posts didn't take anywhere near that length of time.

Leovi said...

The Fifth Element, really an interesting movie!

Gwen Gardner said...

I don't know LG, but she sounds awesome. I'll go meet her.

I really love your theme and how it all ties together. Lots of work, Alex, and I appreciate it :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Love Luanne's Bad Ass Women series!

Jaimie said...

Holy crud. That's commitment. I have not prescheduled all my posts--not most of them, actually--although I did come up with a topic for every day well ahead of time. That's not a movie I've heard of, by the way, but it sounds good!

Jaimie
Living in the Light
A to Z Ambassador

Melissa Bradley said...

I adore LG and she is definitely a rocking Leeloo. The Fifth Element is one of my fave sci fi flicks of all time.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, that is an incredible amount of time. I admit to chosing my theme because all I can think about it being done with my day job.

Tony Laplume said...

Big fan of The Fifth Element!

ilima said...

I love Leeloo! "Chicken. Good."

I was starting to wonder if you were only spotlighting male bloggers this year. I don't know LG but am off to check out her blog.

I'm loving the Rush songs you've mentioned, too. My husband is a HUGE fan.

Francis Lee said...

An amazing film with some great performances and music and even Lee Evans!

Shell Flower said...

The Fifth Element is very cool, saw it in the theater when it came out. LG is a cool lady, as well. Yay for women warriors. And I am again impressed with your dedication to your blog. 3 hours per post? Wow. Now I feel a bit bad for going no frills on mine, but I'm no ninja :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Alexandra, and now a lot of people are finding your new blog!

Bob, same here!!

Joylene, just doing my best.

Susan, enjoying yours!

Ilima, you both rock! Sorry, not sure how the first five ended up being all men.

Shell, some took even longer...

Kristen Dyrr said...

Oh, I'm so happy you made this movie pick! No you've got me saying "multi-pass ... mulllllti-paaass"!! :)

From A to Z, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

Spacerguy said...

I flipped a coin, of course science fiction always wins, Hehe.

Callie Leuck said...

LG is the absolute best.

klahanie said...

I like "The Fifth Element", only to see her weird coloured hair. Of course, it goes without saying I'm a fan of "Rush" and a huge fan of another Canadian band, "Mahogany Rush" with the legendary guitar player, Frank Marino.

Of course, you realise that I'm not participating and my theme is but an alternative. Be well, Alex.

Gary

Christine Rains said...

Love the Fifth Element! Your theme is wonderful. I worried that mine might be too much, but it worked out in the end.

Cherie Reich said...

LG is wonderful! And I've been enjoying how you came up with your theme. It's so much fun to see who is like what character.

Ruth said...

I saw The Fifth Element once. My husband and I missed the beginning of it and didn't even have a clue what we were watching til it was over. Kept thinking during commercials we would find out, but they never said. I should watch it again.

J. A. Bennett said...

I love the theme! And L.G. is totally going to be the one to save them all! :)

Laura Eno said...

I loved the Fifth Element and Leeloo. Haven't seen it in awhile. LG is great!

Laura Eno said...

OMG. Was I really #100? I know I'll never be first but I'll take any mark I can hit. ;)

Chuck said...

I liked the Fifth Element for both Willis and Mila...just a fun movie I have seen a few times.

I don't know anything about LG but I now can learn...and isn't that part of the challenge?

Big fan of Rush but I don't listen all that often anymore. When I do it is a bunch at a time. Without cheating I don't know what album Force Ten is from...but they are in the Hall!!!

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

Mel Chesley said...

I tried really hard not to be over ambitious this year on the off chance that Google Reader was still going to give me fits. It sort of is, but I am working around it. I love how you came up with your theme though. It's great!

Morgan said...

Love your theme! I think you're brilliant, Alex. And everything you do is to always serve others--it's a wonderful thing to see!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gary, as a Canadian, you have to be a fan of Rush. It's the law.

Christine, nonsense! Yours is perfect.

Ruth, it would help to see the beginning.

Laura, you did it!

Chuck, that's right!!!!!!

Thanks, Morgan.

Jackie said...

I've never watched the Fifth Element before. Sounds like a great flick.

Julie Flanders said...

LG was one of the first bloggers I got to know during the 2011 A-Z Challenge and I was so glad I did. She's an awesome writer and a great friend.

Enjoy the free day tomorrow! :)

LuAnn Braley said...

Love The 5th Element! Core-knee-lee-oos!

When I picked my theme, I swear I could remember more plays with which I had been involved. Now there look like so few, so I'm plugging in random things on the days that are not 'covered'.

VR Barkowski said...

I've never seen The Fifth Element. But I'm a Rush fan. Does that count? :) The work you put into these posts is mind-boggling, Alex. I'm in awe!

~VR Barkowski

Jeff Laws said...

I loved the Fifth Element and used to watch it all the time. Now I can only watch it when my wife isn't home because she hates it. I just told her that a bunch of people posted about it in the A to Z Challenge and that she was the only person in the world that didn't like it. She didn't believe me.

Stephsco said...

"Mulitpass?" and "chick-enn" are regular quotables in my household. Love Fifth Element.

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm really impressed at how coordinated you are with such an ambitious theme. The idea of doing chapter titles for my theme was an easy one, since after ruling out album spotlights, it seemed natural to do another writing theme. And I'm a huge typography geek, so it also seemed like a good idea to do a double theme of fonts.

Livia Peterson said...

I love Luanne (LG Smith)! She's a powerful and strong woman who has made this writing community a better place! Wonderful choice, Alex!

You're keeping me in suspense Alex...I keep wondering who'll be featured next!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Yay for LG! Yes, I love Fifth Element and Leeloo! Great lines in there. Now I want to watch it.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Cathy Keaton said...

I remember The Fifth Element. It was an odd movie, but not a bad one. I can't remember why the girl was the Fifth Element, since that seems odd. I do remember how cool that city Bruce Willis lived in was.

Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca said...

The effort that goes into your posts is truly appreciated, Alex :)

I love the 5th element, I love Rush, and I love well-done themes - cheers!

And speaking of themes, I'm super-ultra-n00b at A-to-Z, I didn't even realize it was etiquette to go read and comment (over 1000 blogs???), and I definitely didn't realize I was supposed to have a theme.

I was invited to participate directly by tweet from A-to-Z challenge, and that's about all I know lol.

Anyway, it's been going well, and though I didnt choose a theme, my posts all have a cohesion because my blog/business are UBER focused and only ever touch on the following:

Fresh Views On Taboos - Timeless wisdom in a pop package.

And so, even though I didn't choose a theme per se, I have one :)

That's my story ;)

Maria Dunn said...

Hi Ninja Captain, That's pretty neat how you matched up blogger buddies, movies, and songs. Can't help but smile at your tribute to Bards and Prophets, LG Smith. Great posts. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

Carrie Butler said...

"Next year I’m posting the phone book!"

I almost choked on my water. You'd have to, to top this year. :P

Have a great weekend, Captain!

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Hi! Love the use of the word empowerment. Perfect word to use! Lol, now your comment makes more sense :)I love your theme! So great that you are featuring bloggers that remind you of characters. Haven't seen 5th element- will have to check it out.

Samantha Jones said...

I think I've watched The Fifth Element a dozen times - never gets old! My theme for the challenge is writing, daily, new excerpts for the prologue to my YA fantasy trilogy- a lofty endeavor during which I'll be consuming more coffee than Chris Tucker:)
WriterlySam

Tammy Theriault said...

LG does rock doesn't she??? i love mila and bruce, so it was an awesome duo!!

Elise Fallson said...

Loved the 5th element, LG Smith has a great blog, she's one of those bloggers I don't stalk nearly enough Must rectify this . . . (:

Mark Koopmans said...

Dude,

Somebody must have mentioned this, but you spent SEVENTY-EIGHT hours on the Challenge posts, plus all your other writing and Mrs. C. Time... so tell me *how* big are those bags under your eyes :)

((ManHug))

Zoltán Gecse said...

The Fifth Element is one of my favourite movies. I can watch it anytime.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, that's cool!

LuAnn, I know the feeling.

VR, it does count!

Jeff, keep trying! My wife likes it.

Carrie-Anne, yours is rather major as well.

Cathy, you'll have to go back and watch it again.

Jason, welcome to the Challenge! I didn't have a theme my first year either. And you are ultra-cool for liking Rush.

Carrie, glad I could make you laugh.

Samantha, that's scary.

Mark, much smaller now. And when you add it up like that... whoa.

Leovi said...

That rich ...! Force Ten Spectacular!

Jay Noel said...

Wanted to thank you again for featuring me on your bloggity blog-blog. Got to meet new folks that visited from over here.

LG is from Denver. And Force Ten is off of the Hold Your Fire Album. There's one song on that record that has a heavy Chinese influence. Tai Shan, I think's it's called.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Wow, that's a lot of work! But it's an awesome theme and we're all loving it! :)

Kathe W. said...

I enjoyed the Fifth Element- should rent it again I think!
How did I choose my A-Z theme. Easy- I am a foodie- love to cook, share recipes and experimant/try out new ways of making an old recipe.
Enjoy your Sunday! Cheers!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Leelo is one of the greatest female characters ever made and LG is a no doubt extremely proud. You did a lot of work for these posts Alex!

Charles Gramlich said...

Love the way Mila said "multi-pass." One of my favorite SF movies!

Powdered Toast Man said...

I didn't realize how much work you actually put into these posts. It seemed so much easier.

The Fifth Element is a kind of forgotten great movie.

Karen Tamara said...

The Fifth Element was bizarre to me, but I liked it. Chris Tucker just makes me laugh as soon as I look at him and I love Bruce Wilis, although my favorite of his movies is Die Hard.

My blog partner and I just kind of stumbled upon our theme. We decided to do a poll for our first post and Tamara decided that would be an easy and fun way to continue. I'm all about easy and fun-lol.

Karen

Birgit said...

You will hate me-I love Gary Oldman and I think Bruce Willis is under-rated(seen 12 Monkeys??) but was not a fan of this film although interesting idea but did not dig her toilet paper outfit at the beginning. I am the only Canuck who does not like Rush at all-yup should not have commented but i just had to. Don't hate me:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay, you are welcome! Glad some new people came to see you. And you are correct on all three counts.

Maurice, I wanted to make them special.

PTM, all an illusion...

Karen, you and Tamera picked a good one.

Birgit, won't hate you, but you are in trouble now!

Ray Rousell said...

Your really floatin' my boat with the films your picking!!! An excellent film, so many good actors in some genius roles love Gary Oldman with his S lisp and Chris Tucker Ruby Rhod is fantastic!! What's next!!

Melanie Schulz said...

I love the fifth element. It has some amazing themes while still being entertaining.

Clare said...

Though I've only seen the Fifth Element once, I loved it. Leeloo is awesome.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I love your thought process for this challenge! Another awesome post Alex. See you tomorrow!

Melissa Sugar said...

I haven't seen the fifth element but sounds cool. It's good to see LG recognized. I'm commenting on my cell phone and its acting crazy. Hope this message makes sense.

ediFanoB said...

I think three hours is nothing to prepare a proper post.
A lot of people do not know how much it takes to search all the input and then convert it into something interesting and readable.

I need around six hours for my weekly weekend post.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ray, just wait until tomorrow!

Melissa, it makes sense.

Edi, I know yours take a long time. With six posts a week for me right now, It's about twenty hours to pull them together. Probably more!

Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca said...

Thanks Alex! I appreciate!

Rush, Drake, anyone reppin' Canada and doin' it big, I'm generally a huge fan :)

It helps that the 3 members of Rush were genius, spiritual, geniuses :)

Also, I forgot to answer your trivia, but I would've said Hold Your Fire, much like the other peeps here :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Looks like you're rockin' your theme. Very cool to see. Enjoy and boogie boogie.

S. Eva Xavier said...

I really enjoyed The Fifth Element.

Nigel Mitchell said...

I never thought the Fifth Element would be so popular among the scifi community. It's not very scientifically accurate and it doesn't always make sense. But it's a fun movie and Milla was so cute in it

Lexa Cain said...

I adore "The Fifth Element" and L.G., whose humor, wit and charm are always a delight. My hubby likes Rush, does that count?
I'm too dumb for the trivia. Better luck for me next time. :-)

Tami Von Zalez said...

It was easy peasy choosing my theme of All Things Thrifting AND I have the good fortune of being the only thrifter (that I can tell) posting on this challenge.

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Unknown said...

The Fifth Element is one of those movies I can put on when I'm not feeling well and just happily veg out to.

Thanks for the reminder!

Tui
visiting from the #AtoZChallenge
Twitter: @mentalmosaic
Blog: http://www.mentalmosaic.com/blog

Arlee Bird said...

Saw The Fifth Element but I don't remember it.

Lee
A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

kmckendry said...

OMG Alex, three hours! You're amazing! You work so hard to help us all out. :)

Rusty Webb said...

Three hours! You're a machine!

Brinda said...

I love The Fifth Element. It's an all-time favorite of mine.

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

My favorite part of the Fifth Element is the singing Diva section. Although Chris Tucker to this day elicits laughs. What a ham.

Impressive work you do, Alex. I want to congratulate you on having one of the best A to Z themes.

Mina Burrows said...

Chris Tucker was hilarious is the Fifth Element. I still watch it to this day and just laugh at him. Remember the buzzing noise he'd make when he waved people off? LOL!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jason, you were correct!

Nigel, yes she was.

Lexa, good enough!

Mina, yes!

Thanks everyone! I really wanted my theme to be special this year.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Over-ambitious when we chose our A to Z theme? You mean me? I'm mostly anxious about X.... :D

writebackwards said...

LeeLoo is love!!
I <3<3<3 The Fifth Element!
Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
WriteBackwards

Debra McKellan said...

I. Love. The Fifth Element! It's so underrated, especially in my family! They don't understand its awesomeness!!

"I protect you. Sleep." :D

I only have the 1st 3 Rush albums, and have only religiously listened to the 3rd...so I don't know. :( lol

Bryan Reddish said...

another great pick. The Fifth Element is classic. The opera scene, no, Chris Tucker, no, Bruce's driving, the monster guys, just everything. It's new envy time I watch it. Must add it to the digital collection soon. Red2 loved it.

Jamie Gibbs said...

I adore the Fifth Element, and one of the few movies where I'm okay with Milla Jovovich's acting. A cracking sci-fi action :)

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

MOCK! said...

A random "Multipass" post from 2009 accounts for 5 digits worth of hits to my blog all time!!! And the post itself has NO comments!!!