Hell’s Belles

atoz-theme-reveal-2015Despite a level of of fear and trepidation I typically reserve for dentist appointments, I just signed up for the Blogging from A-Z April (2015) Challenge. This is a writing quest to blog each day in the month of April (except for Sunday, which you get “off” for good behavior.) For these 26 days, you’re asked to write “thematically” from A through Z, taking on a new “letter” daily as your source of inspiration. (Ack! ‘Zounds!)

Obviously, I don’t got a “lick of sense,” as my Granny would have said, because I’ve taken this a little further and joined the bloggers picking an underlying theme for the A-Z theme of their daily challenge. ea495251ac8fd45e5ecaa4c2604c66f0 I’m going to do my best to write about the South: the place I call my home, the food I love and the culture I respect, the roots of my humor and every once in a while, Hell'sbellesposta  source of embarrassment (Honey Boo Boo, Real Housewives of Atlanta or Duck Dynasty, anyone? ::shudders::) How being raised to be a “lady,” and the perfect little “princess” translates into a world where the door’s no longer held open for me; it’s sometimes slammed into my butt.

The juxtaposition of very old and revered (and occasionally woefully dusty and outdated) and the spangly new: sometimes bright and fresh, sometimes bling-y and gaudy, studded with trailers and high-rises, dusted with Dawgs and debutantes, and swirled and twirled into the inner urb’s and outer ‘burbs that make up the New South.

I’d love your suggestions for discussion or your stereotypes to be debunked and we’ll sop ’em all up with a biscuit, while discussing Southern Life, or at least life as a modern “belle,” from A through Z and to Handbaskets from Hell.

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19 thoughts on “Hell’s Belles

  1. You go Southern Gal…from one with a few more years under my Texas Belt Buckle which is a bit dusty but in for bringing on the bling. Hell’s Belles…this sounds like a fun time for the AtoZ Challenge. I’ll dust off my Boots and we’ll do some Debunkin’ Butt Kickin’. I’m adding you to my AtoZ Blog Roll…don’t want to miss anything from Ack to Zounds!
    I am visiting from the AtoZ Theme Reveal Blog Hop…please click on my Signature Link for a visit to my Theme Reveal.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    AJ’s wHooligans

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    • So nice to meet you Sue! I’m really looking forward to reading and writing for A-Z! Will be great to get a Texas Belle’s input for some hopefully interesting topics. (btw, I’m a “foster” Texan – lived in S. Padre for a while). Heading over to visit your blog now…Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  2. Sounds like a good theme you have! I don’t know much about the south, not having lived there, will be interesting to read some of your posts! Good for you for taking on the challenge too; its really fun, challenging to time managed, but its fun to meet fellow bloggers 🙂 Enjoy!

    betty

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  3. I couldn’t pass up your link. How could I with a name like Drunk on life. Imagine my delight when I discovered you are a fellow southerner and will be blogging about all things southern. I will definitely be back often in April to read your posts.

    I am hosting a mystery game with my A to Z theme , with prizes for solving the mystery and smaller prizes for solving certain clues. I hope you will visit.

    http://fictiontoolbox.blogspot.com

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  4. I am and always have been fascinated by the American “Southern Belle” I guess because in Australia that equates to ME! So I am really looking forward to reading your posts I am so glad you are on wordpress so I can read you in my reader every day!!
    This is my first A-Z challenge so I am excited to start!
    Kim in Australia

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  5. sounds like a fun theme. I shall read it with a drawl. I am a Yankee gal living in Texas and I married a Texan. Not converted yet, but I do like biscuits and gravy. Happy April ahead.

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    • Hi Jazzfeathers – thank you for stopping by. Yeah, I’m worried that I’ll either get so busy at work that I won’t have time to write or I’ll have time but run out of inspiration! I will certainly visit you as well – happy blogging!

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  6. What a great theme. As one who was raised up as a Southern Belle myself , we have been thrown into a world that doesn’t quite know what to do with us. I’m lucky ( or unlucky as it maybe) to still be in a bit of a rural area that occasionally “gets” me. Looking forward to your posts! I’ve been trying to plan ahead for mine, we’ll see how it goes..

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  7. Fun! “Bless your heart” was one of the first cultural phrases I learned when I moved to Tennessee 😀 I live in Ohio now, and I miss the South…

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

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