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New Leaf Themes Redux
#1  issybird 04-10-2019, 08:08 AM
It's time to hash out our next slate of themes. Please check all weapons at the door.

The method will be essentially the same as the last round. Everyone is free to propose themes, tweak them and join in the general discussions. However, we're limiting final selection to regular participants, mostly in the interest of keeping the time horizon reasonable, but also to help ensure that people will be around once their theme goes live. Those eligible will have received a PM from me; the bar isn't high and it wouldn't take much to be eligible for the next round. Each regular can name one theme which will make it to the slate.

The fine print: The only restriction is no genre nominations; themes only. Everyone knows the drill; we have a tag line and then a theme. But if you can only come up with a theme or aren't happy with your tag, our helpful club will be glad to supply ideas (no doubt they'll provide commentary in any case).

Everyone should feel free to comment, suggest, make observations about the various nominations. Tweaking can take place and the discussion can fine tune proposals. If you change your mind and come up with a better idea, that's great. Go ahead and post your new nomination and it will be substituted for the old one. There will be a master list of nominations in the post following this which can be altered until everyone's satisfied.

For anyone who wants to refer to the old theme thread for ideas or as a memory jogger, it's here; the thread before that is here.

I think that's it. If anything's been missed or you have questions or suggestions, I'll amend this.

So, what themes will we have?
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#2  issybird 04-10-2019, 08:08 AM
Official themes:

The End of the Road: Finales [Bookpossum]

I'd Rather be Reading: Books about Books [Bookworm_Girl]

As You Wish: Anything Goes [Catlady]

Labour of Love: Working Class [CRussel]

First Things First: Debuts [Dazrin]

Books like Onions: Layers [gmw]

Ya Gotta Believe: Life of the Spirit [issybird]

It Takes Two to Tango: Collaborators [Victoria]

Tentative Schedule:

August: First Things First: Debuts

September: Labour of Love: Working Class

October: Ya Gotta Believe: Life of the Spirit

November: Books like Onions: Layers

December: The End of the Road: Finales

January: I'd Rather be Reading: Books about Books

February: It Takes Two to Tango: Collaborators

March: As You Wish: Anything Goes
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#3  Dazrin 04-10-2019, 03:24 PM
Here's my take on what themes should be:Obviously, the amount of definition/constraints will vary from month to month but that's how I try to think of them.

Here are a couple that I've been thinking about.

First, one I mentioned last year. We generally need a good, light-hearted (or at least light-weight) option near the Holidays. So I was thinking of "Tasty Morsels, short and/or sweet". That should cover short stories, food related books, "feel good" (sweet) books, etc. And the title reminds me of the holidays in general.

Along similar lines was "A Box of Chocolates, custom collections". The idea was "short story collections." It could be a single author, an anthology with different authors around a theme, or potentially even a collection that the NOMINATOR puts together. (I've considered putting together a nomination of 3-5 short stories from online sources and public domain works in the past.) But, as Forrest says "You never know what you're gonna get."

A different one was "First Things First, debut books", with the intention of getting the first book by an author. Although, the first book in a series would certainly be appropriate as well.

Also, I still think we need to find a time to use "Crunchy and Goes well with Ketchup".
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#4  Ralph Sir Edward 04-10-2019, 07:05 PM
Quote issybird
It's time to hash out our next slate of themes. Please check all weapons at the door.

The method will be essentially the same as the last round. Everyone is free to propose themes, tweak them and join in the general discussions. However, we're limiting final selection to regular participants, mostly in the interest of keeping the time horizon reasonable, but also to help ensure that people will be around once their theme goes live. Those eligible will have received a PM from me; the bar isn't high and it wouldn't take much to be eligible for the next round. Each regular can name one theme which will make it to the slate.

The fine print: The only restriction is no genre nominations; themes only. Everyone knows the drill; we have a tag line and then a theme. But if you can only come up with a theme or aren't happy with your tag, our helpful club will be glad to supply ideas (no doubt they'll provide commentary in any case).

Everyone should feel free to comment, suggest, make observations about the various nominations. Tweaking can take place and the discussion can fine tune proposals. If you change your mind and come up with a better idea, that's great. Go ahead and post your new nomination and it will be substituted for the old one. There will be a master list of nominations in the post following this which can be altered until everyone's satisfied.

For anyone who wants to refer to the old theme thread for ideas or as a memory jogger, it's here; the thread before that is here.

I think that's it. If anything's been missed or you have questions or suggestions, I'll amend this.

So, what themes will we have?
You can have the weapons, but I'm keeping my armor on. . . .
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#5  Ralph Sir Edward 04-10-2019, 07:17 PM
How about The Air Conditioned Nightmare?

The theme would be Utopian/Disutopian fiction.
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#6  Bookpossum 04-10-2019, 07:20 PM
See, I said that Dazrin was very good at this. Great ideas!
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#7  Bookworm_Girl 04-10-2019, 08:43 PM
I love the Tasty Morsel idea! I think that something related to food would be really interesting and have a lot of variety in nomination options.

I also second Dazrin’s suggestion that the calendar should be considered when placing the theme panel.
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#8  gmw 04-10-2019, 10:36 PM
(Thanks, Dazrin, for reminding me about this one...)

Better together: co-written

(I am open to refinements/improvements if you think this has problems.)
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#9  Catlady 04-10-2019, 11:22 PM
Quote gmw
(Thanks, Dazrin, for reminding me about this one...)

Better together: co-written

(I am open to refinements/improvements if you think this has problems.)
In the other thread, Victoria suggested It Takes Two/Partners--that could include both co-written books and books that feature duos.
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#10  Bookpossum 04-11-2019, 01:19 AM
Quote Catlady
In the other thread, Victoria suggested It Takes Two/Partners--that could include both co-written books and books that feature duos.
Yes, I think those two seem very similar, and also I wonder if the co-written part of the suggested theme is not being too prescriptive?
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