August 2011 ReadaThing Planning Thread
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What day or weekend do we want?
What time frames?
What theme do we want, if any?
Do we want to tie-in with any other group reads?
Do we want to be separate from other groups?
August 6, 7
August 13, 14
August 20, 21
August 27, 28
What holidays conflict or coordinate INTERNATIONALLY?
#4: great!! Will your son want to read for a little bit, too?
#5: Thanks for the info!! Would that holiday make it good for reading for you, or not? Some people travel & have visitors, which makes it easier or harder to read.
Another question: In addition to Time Slots, should we have a general "I'm going to read for X hours/minutes during the ReadaThing" sign-up?
**Also, letting people know that if they do read without signing, then they can mention it in the RaT thread for the event.
Please comment even if you do not have a preference for a date, or you can't commit to any date at this time!
Opinions wanted, even if you don't have one!
August is . . . . National Catfish Month, National Golf Month, National Eye Exam Month, National Water Quality Month, Romance Awareness Month, Peach Month, and Foot Health Month!
It is also...
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Awareness Month
The Philippines celebrates August as the Buwan ng Wika ("Month of Language")
In the United States, August is National Back to School month.
In the United States, August is National Goat Cheese Month.
American Adventures Month
Audio Appreciation Month
Black Business Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Happiness Happens Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month
Win with Civility Month
August 6 is . . . . . Wiggle Your Toes Day
August 7 is . . . . . Sea Serpent Day
August 13 is . . . . Blame Someone Else Day
August 14 is . . . . National Creamsicle Day
August 20 is . . . . National Radio Day
August 21 is . . . . National Spumoni Day
August 27 is . . . . Petroleum Day
August 28 is . . . . World Sauntering Day
Of those themes it may be easiest to find a romance story. Or American Adventures.
ohh, wouldn't it be interesting if we could all read books that were read and/or featured on radio programs? i know Matchless by Gregory Maguire started out as a story he wrote to read on NPR for their Christmas story special.
and it would work in the northern hemisphere, but what about the southern hemisphere??
I guess that wouldn't be fair, would it?
That said, I probably wouldn't vote for a theme myself - I'd rather grab whatever is on the top of the pile (or whatever I feel like reading).
I thought about the "dog days of summer" but it isn't summer in all places of the LT universe....
but for an "Animal Read" you could..
..read about about an animal or with a animal a primary or secondary character.
..read with an animal nearby... dog, cat, hedgehog...
.. or read to an animal
..read at a zoo, dog park, or other animal themed place
Ways to show off your read...
take a picture of your animal & your book...
take a picture of the place you read your book...
just tell us what made your read animal themed, if you could
And, of course, while I'm writing this, my cat decides that my lap is the perfect place to nap & is
any other ideas??
If we went with Radio, for instance -
A book that had been written for a radio show, or had a radio show related to it (Doc Savage, Lone Ranger, the Garrison Keillor books...)
A book written for the radio (the ones mentioned in msg 17 and 22)
A book about the radio, or someone on the radio (the Kitty urban fantasies)
A book in which radios play a part (a mystery with a ham radio operator as a character, perhaps?)
A book reviewed or read on radio, a book you heard about on a radio show
Same sort of things as Skittles' animal themes - there's a way to make any book match any theme.
Also I think reading a book that fits the theme is always optional.
JJ is right. We can usually match almost any book to any theme, but it is always optional to adhere to a theme.... what if you are in the midst of a really good book & don't want to pick up a different one?
I figure with the "wiggling toes" it just means we can read barefooted or with sandals... which might be challenging in the Southern Hemisphere.
As for theme... I can go with a theme or go on my own. I'm easy either way. A school theme would be good, but I could probably put up with a summer romance novel if I had to. I'd find just as much fun in trying to match my current book to a theme as I would finding one to fit said theme.
I'm sure I would find something to read no matter what the theme, though picking something more easily adapted (as mentioned previously) would no doubt make it easier while still making for fun conversation!
August 6, 7 and August 27, 28 are best for me!
I really prefer no theme, but agree that I can usually make one of the many books I am reading fit into whatever theme is chosen by the rest of you.
BTW, I loved the podcast version of Late Nights on Air done by that CBC . . . rather lovely.
Also, we need to decide if we want a one day ReadaThing or a weekend-long ReadaThing. Personally, I think we could do a 36+ hour ReadaThing considering our international flavor, starting with Saturday 12:01 am at the International Dateline with enough time that each time zone gets a full 24 hours of reading or so... We've had the number of people to do this before and many might be willing to read more than one time slot, too.
Let's firm this up soon so we can get as much publicity as we can!
Sorry I have no idea how to do polls either. :)
EDIT - Also, if it ends up on a weekend I can do, I could probably do more than one slot to fill up more gaps if needed, I'm sure other members would be more than happy to do that too. I think it'd be better to just go for it, and try for the whole weekend. I can't see it actually doing any harm.
I can participate a ReadaThing on (this weekend): Yes/No
using these weekends:
August 6, 7
August 13, 14
August 20, 21
August 27, 28
Would a weekend-longish ReadaThing be easier/better than a one-day-longish ReadaThing? (approx 48 hours vs 24 hours) Yes/No
Äänestys: I can participate in a ReadaThing on August 6, 7
Äänestys: I can participate in a ReadaThing on August 13, 14
Äänestys: I can participate in a ReadaThing on August 20, 21
Äänestys: I can participate in a ReadaThing on August 27, 28
Äänestys: Would a weekend-longish ReadaThing be easier/better than a one-day-longish ReadaThing?
Question for the group: Are their any holidays (International) in August that we should consider? Would those holidays hurt or hinder our efforts?
If you have any strong feelings, you can post them here or leave a private message on my profile. I will respect everyone's opinion & do the best I can to find the best possible time frame.
You can search by month or date and come up with some rather interesting ones... Which may or may not be real... Like World Lizard Day. ;) They show things by country as well as religion.
Looking by month alone you will find the following:
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Cataract Awareness Month
Foot Health Month
National Cat Fish Month
National Golf Month
National Parks Month
Medic Alert Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
First Full Week of August
World Breastfeeding Week
National Smile Week
Second Week of August
Fourth Week of August
Be Kind to Humankind Week
August 29 is LT's sixth birthday, too, in case that affects any decision-making :-)
(date to be determined soon)
I've made a NOT DRAFT version of a conversion chart using a number of popular LT & reference time zones. Please forgive me if I haven't included yours.
Please check the date/times for your area with reference to GMT or IDL/NZ. These times are for August with the Standard/Daylight times zones in effect at that time. (I hope)
My Group Question is "What time should we start the RaT?"
If we start at Friday/Saturday Midnight in NZ, then it is Friday everywhere else. They will get the full weekend until Sunday/Monday midnight. BUT if we start then, RaT will end on Sunday morning for the US and Sunday Noon (approx) for Europe.
If we start in NZ on Saturday Noon, then they get the rest of Saturday & all of Sunday. Europe will get all/most of Saturday & Sunday, while the US/Canada will end Sunday evening/afternoon.... or we can continue reading until Sunday midnight in the Western US/Canada....
My suggestion would be that we start in NZ at Noon on Saturday of the weekend we choose. It works best for everyone globally.
I really would like opinions, even if it is just yes or no.
(yes, I'm a member of the Combiner's group, so, of course, I'm OCD about this & a lot of stuff)
Another possibility is a rolling 48 hours - that is, it starts in each time zone at the midnight that begins Saturday, and ends at the midnight that ends Sunday. NZ would be reading before Europe could officially start, and Europe before the US...and NZ would be cut off before points west. That's the way FridayReads (on Twitter etc) works and it seems to work well.
If that's a no go (and the chart would be harder to do!), I think your suggestion of noon Saturday in NZ for the start works well.
Note that your chart is short - it's 24 hours, not 48. I'd suggest changing colors for different days, so that the Friday/Saturday/Sunday divisions are clear - blue, red, purple, maybe? I'm not sure what colors are hard to see and/or hard to distinguish for some people. I like the bolding difference for AM/PM.
your suggestion of different colors for different days is a good one & when I make the final chart, I will use it.
I don't mind either way - I still get a lot of choice in my weekend.
It would allow more choice for everyone???
I don't mind opening it up to early starts & late endings, but the chart will probably only be a 48 hour ReadaThing in total.
I just want to give everyone everything.... including a pony!
(no, I cannot give anyone a pony, even if I would like to.)
I love the idea of doing something for LTs birthday. If it doesn't work for the ReadaThing, I'll plan on doing some mass cataloging that weekend (I still have a long way to go to get my whole library cataloged!)
Because I email friends world-wide (as do many people here), I have gotten used to using this website:
I've bookmarked the cities where I contact people the most. I used the site to help me start this, but because I had a fuzzy-brain migraine last night, I wasn't guaranteeing accuracy.
opinions . . . . . . . ok / not ok
August 06 & 07 . . 19 / 3
August 13 & 14 . . 15 / 5
August 20 & 21 . . 14 / 5
August 27 & 28 . . 14 / 4
We also had a couple of "any weekend is fine" without specifics.
So, The August 2011 ReadaThing is now scheduled for the weekend of August 6th & 7th.
It will start at NOON on Saturday, August 6th in New Zealand and "run" for 48 hours.
Check the chart above for when it starts in your time zone.
I will be redoing the chart with colors for the four different days that this will cover & post it on the wiki page or the information page or somewhere...
Edited to add link to new chart:
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Last Call: Do we want/need/covet a theme??
back to school?
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Edited again to add: I've started the wiki page for this one, but I'd like some experienced help, if possible?
The link on the Participation page for the Main Thread for this readathon currently leads to this thread - when the reading thread gets started, that should be corrected.
As for a theme. I usually just read what ever I am reading at the time so not sure what I will be reading and what theme it would fit into.
I like the radio theme.
PBPirate, if others also want the radio theme, or another, please let me know soon so I can ask Jeremy to start publicizing it in the blog. I don't want to start the official announcement thread until/if we decide on a theme or none at all..... not that you couldn't go with a radio theme or that anyone has to follow it! When we had the "read in public" RaT, not everyone could read in public!!
and if anyone has any comments or concerns that they don't want in this thread, feel free to PM me on my profile page.
What about the "Declare Your Own Theme" ReadaThing?
When we state our book, if we do, we state what "our theme" is??
We can be as non-themey, specific or outrageous as we want to be!!
The difference this time is that we have scheduled a full weekend of reading times. So, let's keep it simple this time.
I'm getting the announcement thread ready....
EDITED TO ADD: and can someone proofread the wiki page, even if you don't want to change anything, I need a proofreader!!! I copied the April one & I'm sure I missed changing stuff!
Could someone who remembers using half hour slots in the past sort this out?
we also aren't using placeholders for names, which the directions refer to. I may have to do a larger edit.
Anyone know wiki code?
If you want to make one thing, I'd like to see a box, chart, anything so that people who are just going to read & don't want to sign-up for a time, can do that.
Does that make sense??
"If you are going to read, but can't commit to a specific time slot, sign in here:"
or something that sounds clearer or nicer or less awkward.
Has someone given the details to Jeremy so that a general announcement can go out on the blog? Hoping for a good turnout given such advanced planning!
Hey, we've only got a three week headstart!!
To Eveyone, there are a few fingers working on the page, so check for updates. and if you have any ideas to add, post them here or feel free to PM me!!
Thanks to everyone. Your help & participation is greatly appreciated!!
Since I'll be on vacation that weekend, I plan to do a lot of reading, so I sign up on the No Timeline Readers.
I don't know what I'll be reading yet, but closer to the date I'll post it.
I've added the link to the DNBR day sign in/up box.
Thanks to everyone who is participating to make this day great!!
To the group: If you are traveling during RaT, you can count listening to a book while traveling as part of your ReadaThing time!! or for "Doing something easy while reading" day.... if you are on a train or a plane or as a passenger in a car, while listening to a book, does that count as doing nothing? maybe? maybe not??