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Sunday, 13 July 2014

READ TUESDAY, CHRISTMAS IN JULY: A REPORT FROM A FUGITIVE.

















Once again I was tidying the blog and accidentally published a wanted poster from last year. So I'll talk about that.


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Last year saw the first READ TUESDAY event. A sale day in December, for books. It's an opporchancity to promote reading and writing. This is not solely about selling books.
   I chipped in and made wanted posters for a bunch of people featured on this blog. Twice, now, I've accidentally re-blogged posters.
   This set me thinking. READ TUESDAY is a Christmassy event. Here I am, mistakenly blogging aftershocks or ghost images or whatever the hell you want to call them.
   It's Christmas in July.
   And this is the time to sit down and have a think about what happens, come December. Will I do the same sort of things again, with the same sort of people?
   I don't think so. If everyone ends up on a wanted poster, we'll all turn each other in for the chocolate cake reward. But then...what is there to do, when promoting reading and writing? This is a blog. It isn't 3D, scratch-and-sniff, or Sensurround™.
   Hell, why not?
   So. Writers. For December 2014, I'll provide links to audio clips of your books. Here's a link to one of mine, to start the snowball trundling.
   A FANTASTIC PIECE OF STORYTELLING.
   Make a recording. Put it up on SoundCloud. I'll feature the link in November/December for READ TUESDAY.
   Let's get people talking about writing.


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Why do this now? I blogged wanted posters by accident. It's Christmas, in July. Which means you have the time, right now, to work out how to make a recording. And you have the time, right now, to figure out how to join SoundCloud and place your recording there.
   You won't have time in December, come December. READ TUESDAY participants must be active in November doing something other than NaNoWriMo, as December skates in.
   Being active in November means being active before November. During, oh, say, Christmas in July.


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Chris McMullen is the evil genius founder of READ TUESDAY.

   

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