The November 2011 ReadAThing Planning Thread
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There was much discussion in the August Feedback thread about what people did & did not like about the August ReadAThing. There were many ideas & suggestions made and should be considered when planning this read. Please read the thread & bring your wants, needs, desires, concerns & suggestions here.
The feedback thread for the August ReadaThing is here:
IIRC, the request was to have the November ReadaThing scheduled for the first weekend.... at least the first weekend, perhaps longer.
There has also been a request for a theme read... so, I'm going to repost what I said on the feedback thread:
My concern with a theme is that the group is international & multicultural and it is important to me that we allow & encourage everyone to participate. If we do seasonal, there are two seasons going on, north & south of the equator.... holidays are mostly national or cultural...
But if the themes were more on a subject basis... business books: fiction or non-fiction... or history: fiction or non-fiction.... books on time, including time travel or how time affects people... or books on books.... or books on a subject (like politics) or fiction where a character is a political figure or a biography of a political figure or a political event....
I also must insist that the option of reading on a theme be OPTIONAL. That anyone can participate without adhering to the theme.
So, let's start this discussion.... read the feedback thread & come back here & let's plan!
#1: The Dates - do we want the same or a similar set-up & length, or do we want shorter or longer?
#2: Theme - do we want or need a theme?
and I'm going to drop the booklist.... we have the threads to do that and all of us can edit our posts so if our books change, then we can edit as need be.
A note: I'm going to be extremely busy for the next two weeks AND I'm going to have limited internet access on some days. Keep it going & I'll check as often as I can.... and I definitely want & need some volunteers for various parts.... Please PM me if you are willing to help. Thanks!!
November 5, 6 (Daylight Savings ends this weekend)
November 12, 13
November 19, 20 (weekend before Thanksgiving (USA))
November 26, 27 (Thanksgiving weekend(USA))
Anyone with suggestions please post them in here.
>7 AnnieMod: AnnieMod I like the idea of making it longer.
>8 cyderry: That would be great. We just need to know what time everyone changes. Being on the East Coast I know that at 2:00 am on Sunday morning (Saturday night) the clocks fall back an hour so it would be 1:00 am again.
Skittles said she can work that out later if we choose to do it that first weekend.
3 days is 72 hours... 4 days is 96 hours.... 96 is four hours short of 100 hours.
What if we had a 100 hour ReadaThing?
Not that people have to read the entire 100 hours, but that LTer's & their friends & families would be combining to continually be reading during the 100 hour ReadaThing!!
I'm thinking a Thursday to Monday duration (depending on your location).
I'm almost asleep, so I'll respond to stuff in the morning.
I'm fine with that.... just threw the idea out to see if it would float..... it sank like a lead balloon.
Any other ideas?? Suggestions?
sorta like the saying that I heard many times growing up: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything."
Starting on a Thursday give people that maybe can't participate on just a weekend a chance to join in.
You gave them less than 24 hours. You know... people do things like sleeping or working occasionally:)
I want a longer one... so a 100 hours one sounds like a good plan. We can try to get 100 participants... and 100 different authors or 100 people reading 100 pages each from books from 100 different authors... or something
I realize that NaNoWriMo is in November, but for most people who gave feedback to the August read preferred the November 5th-ish weekend. The UK has Guy Fawkes(?) that weekend, but I'm not sure how much that will interfere.
I'm leaning toward one of the first two weekends.
But, the end of the month is bad for the US readers... or most US readers.
Please post your preferences here or PM my profile or Crazy4Reading's profile.
We'll give it until Monday to see what people prefer.
If someone could put up a poll again, that would be great!!
I don't care which weekend in November - though earlier may be better; that way it is not so close to December madness down here. :)
Äänestys: I like the idea of 100 hours of reading for our next ReadaThing!
Äänestys: I want a theme for our next ReadaThing
Äänestys: I prefer early November for our next ReadaThing.
I like the 100 hour ReadaThing idea.
I don't like the Themed ReadaThing.
I do like the first weekend of November for the ReadaThing.
I hate the wikki thingy ma bob sign up/whatever because you have to go behind me and clean up my mess. :-( (makes me feel guilty)
I am thinking "C'mon November!~!" :-)
I can't wait for November. Maybe I will just take those days off from work so that I can do nothing but read... :)
Mistakes can be fixed. Wiki has a history log so no matter what you do, it is fixable
Besides -- it won't break anything.
This has turned into a massive ramble, I'm sorry! Early November would be lovely for a spot of hardcore reading. A hundred-hour read sounds like a great idea!
Nobody - IMHO - need worry about anything except what books to read for this ReadaThing.
Everything else is fixable (especially a Wiki - as Annie noted), sortable, and flexible.
Massive rambles are welcome - I love having so many readers participating from all over the world.
That's my only concern - every one who wants to, does so; whether with a theme, at a certain time...or not.
I hope we get lots!
hugs all round,
Äänestys: Read-a-thing Weekend of November 5 - 6?
Äänestys: Read-a-thing weekend of November 12-13?
Äänestys: Read-a-thing weekend of November 19-20?
Äänestys: Read-a-thing weekend of November 26-27?
If more then one weekend will work out for you then vote for it.
So Please vote in the above polls!!
Thank you for the polls. It's nice to give us a voice. :-)
Thanks Jeremy for that information. Publicity is one thing that will help readathing be successful.
but WE NEED TO KNOW what everyone wants/needs/craves for this ReadaThing!!
I've been accused of mind-reading, but I really can't read minds (don't want to either) so TELL US!!
So, please vote for the weekend that works best for you!
And, comments are always welcome!!
If you want to comment privately, you can also PM me on my profile page.
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Also, I still need some more volunteers to help. Wiki editors are needed & I would like to have some people not in the US to help as well. Savvy computer skills not needed....
and, I need someone who is ok to really good with graphics to clean up the ReadaThing graphic. I made a rough version, but I don't have the drawing, editing tools or skills to fix it to look its best! I've got a file that I can send out next week.
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Oh, yes!! We also need a lot of READERS!! Lots & lots of readers to read during ReadaThing!!
Decisions & Announcements will be next week.
Just some info to throw into the discussion . . . no need to work around me . . . just voicing possible issues.
If the RT does indeed run for 100 hours, I'll try to find at least one hour to read, but may not sign up.
Thanks again for the advanced planning and discussion!!
I will try to make any weekend work out for me.
Living in border areas or flying around the time of the change from changing to non-changing airport or vice versa can get interesting :)
(my not very clever take on Pink Floyd )
I should find the shore tomorrow & get back to regular online access....
and my beloved books!!!
(if this post doesn't make sense, I've been overwhelmed with RL & an project for the past few weeks. But the end is in sight!!)
Look for The Announcement later this week!!
Am pretty much okay for the rest of everything... including making it as long as possible. Even on my most busy days, I can always take an hour out to read before bed. ;)
I love the support of all the other writers and the website
I'm not sure what a theme would entail but I am reading two books now that would do just fine. I'll try to get back sooner so I don't miss our start time.
I thank everyone for their patience.
mmignano11 > Thanks for explaining what the Nanowrimo meant. I never knew what that stood for. I personally have never tried to write a novel. Afraid of how bad I would do... :) Good luck on finding homes for your American Bulldog puppies.
'Moderately good' is fine because we have some really good ones, too!! (or we will once they volunteer to help)
and trust me on this, I'm barely moderately good at the wikipage. I am a firm believer in "copy & paste" editing!!
Annie, could you add a line to the wiki page putting yourself & crazy4reading as wikipage helpers? Somewhere near the top where your names will be seen?
A lot of people also help in small ways without officially volunteering and it is appreciated.
Whatever anyone can do to help is appreciated.
Sorry to confuse you but I was referring to the ReadaThing. I don't write except for schoolwork and journaling.
The puppies sound adorable.
After I got back from flying around as a crazy person and having all kind of airports(and airlines) misadventures during the last weekend.... Looking at it now. :)
How does this look like: