Friday, June 21, 2013
"I have an announcement to make!"
I have decided to do it! I'm going to host my very first blog party. A party of Special Magnificence. A birthday party for Bilbo and Frodo, with mathoms and games and speeches all around! While there's a bit of disagreement as to just when their birthday should be celebrated, due to the discrepancies between Shire-Reckoning and our own calendar, I'm going to go with the commonly celebrated date, September 22. Actually, that will be the starting date -- the party will run all week, full of merriment, giveaways, and so on.
And during that party, I will launch a Lord of the Rings read-along. All who wish can join me as I read my way through the whole trilogy. I'm planning chapter-by-chapter discussions, more giveaways, guest posts (more about that in a day or so), and so very much fun. I have no idea how long it will take me to do this, --probably about three months, possibly longer.
I've already got preparations underway. I've commissioned my dear friend Emily to design some awesome buttons and banners, plus some of the giveaway prizes. You can see (and purchase) her artwork on her website here, or from her Etsy store here. This is her first Middle Earth-themed series, and she's already got a couple of pieces done -- they are amazing!
I suppose I should explain what a "blog party" is. On September 22, I will post a list of questions for participants, and also one of those Linky things. You copy the questions to your own blog, website, or even a note in Facebook, and you answer them there. Then you come back to my post and add the link to your answers to the Linky thing. And then everyone can check out everyone else's links to read their answers, make new friends, find new blogs they enjoy, etc. Great fun!
Also, there will be giveaways. I'm working on rounding up a bunch of magnificent Middle Earth-themed mathoms* as prizes. Some (I hope) will be donations from awesome stores on sites like Etsy, and some will be things I've picked up or made in the interim. Emily is designing one of the prizes too.
As for the read-along, that's pretty straightforward: I'll post my thoughts on each chapter as I finish it, and you can reply with your own thoughts, creating some nifty discussions.
Got it? Good. Now all you have to do is hurry up and wait. And all I have to do is organize it all.
*Mathom is the hobbit term for anything which they had no use for but were unwilling to throw away. (source)