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September 2014 TCWT Blog Chain

Hi guys! Since I’m posting this a little late (I meant to have it up a day early–sorry!) and to give people ample time to sign up, I’ve decided to start the blog chain two days later this time, on September 7th. So the schedule will go up on the 6th; you have until then to sign up.

Also – thanks to everyone who participated in the August blog chain! It was tons of fun to read all of the posts, and I’m still going through them.

For September’s chain, I thought an interesting topic could be:

“What are your favorite book beginnings and/or endings?” 

I am really excited about this because the very beginning and very ending of a book are often the most difficult parts for writers to get right, yet they are usually where the reader is most impressionable. Examining how authors have done them well in the past will hopefully be a help to anyone who is stuck with their own manuscript. Plus, being a fan of great endings in particular, I have a feeling it can lead to some great new book discoveries.

Some notes: I realize the “favorite endings” part of this question makes it tricky, but please, refrain from spoilers in your post. If you could talk in vague terms about why you liked a particular ending, that’d be great. Also, the length that actually defines “beginning” or “ending” is really up to you. A page, a chapter, an opening or closing monologue–anything works. It might even be fun to just include a bunch of your favorite opening and closing lines. (I was actually going to make that be the topic, but I realize people tend not to keep track of that kind of thing and it might be more difficult.) And finally, when I say “book,” I mean that really loosely. Movies, plays, musicals, TV shows, etc are all valid to include as well.

And I think that’s all! If you’re interested in participating in the blog chain, just comment below with a link to your blog and any days you can’t post on, and I’ll assign you a date. (First-time visitors: you are completely welcome to join as well!) Thanks! 🙂

 

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About Michael Waters

I'm Michael, I'm eighteen, and I blog about YA books for Barnes & Noble.

86 comments on “September 2014 TCWT Blog Chain

  1. First comment! Whoo!
    I loved doing the August chain, so I’ll do this one.
    I’d prefer a weekend, but I know I can’t do Sep. 14 or the weekend around it. I think. Just maybe not dates 11-16, if possible? Thanks!
    http://www.freeasagirlwithwings.wordpress.com

  2. nevillegirl
    August 31, 2014

    Could I have September 11? Thank you! 🙂

    • erinkenobi2893
      August 31, 2014

      Do I sense a tribute in the making? 😉

      • spreaderofawesomeness
        August 31, 2014

        but… but… that’s my birthday…. 😦

      • erinkenobi2893
        August 31, 2014

        *hugs* Heroism as well as tragedy remember. Tragedy inspires heroism in the human condition, just as it can bring out the worst in people. (And this is where I go off into a very philosophical and obscure discourse about humanity and psychology as well. :-P)

    • nevillegirl
      August 31, 2014

      Like a 9/11 tribute? No, it’s… honestly just the first day in my “blogging schedule” (such as it is) that I don’t already have another post planned for. xD

    • nevillegirl
      August 31, 2014

      DISREGARD MY REQUEST FOR THE 11TH.

      • spreaderofawesomeness
        August 31, 2014

        OMG you’re awesome! Seriously. I literally know no one who would do that. Seriously (apparently I’m surrounded by a bunch of a-holes, but that’s beside the point…). 😀

  3. vergeofexising
    August 31, 2014

    So I guess I take the 7th then? 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Sounds good to me! 🙂

  4. erinkenobi2893
    August 31, 2014

    OOH OOH OOH! May I have the twenty-second? PLEASE? @_@

    • Miriam Joy
      September 1, 2014

      I’m gonna guess there’s a long-expected party involved here, but do correct me if I’m wrong. 😉

      • erinkenobi2893
        September 1, 2014

        Somewhat. 😛 Hey, I got in early for once. Heehee. I think that sort of entitles me, right? 😛

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Of course!

  5. authzh
    August 31, 2014

    Any day works for me. Just let me know! I already have my answer in a draft.

  6. spreaderofawesomeness
    August 31, 2014

    I don’t care which day, I would’ve loved the 11th since that’s when I turn sixteen, but anything works.

    • nevillegirl
      August 31, 2014

      YO JOHN
      Disregard what I said earlier, she can have the 11th and I’ll take the 13th instead. 🙂

      • John Hansen
        September 6, 2014

        Done!

  7. magicandwriting583
    August 31, 2014

    Ooh! Can I have a Tuesday later on in the month, like maybe the sixteenth?

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Yep, sounds good!

  8. Heather
    August 31, 2014

    I’d be interested. I’m available all month if you’re in a pinch, but I would prefer sometime after the eighth since I have my blog posts lined up until then. If that doesn’t work fine, but if it does, yay.

    • Heather
      September 1, 2014

      Totally forgot my link: semilegacy.blogspot.com. Sorry!

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Sounds good! I’ll put you down for the 27th. 🙂

  9. matttblack42
    August 31, 2014

    I love this idea! I’d prefer an early date, as usual, but any day is fine.

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Awesome! I’ll put you down for the 9th.

  10. Eliza McFarlish
    August 31, 2014

    I honestly don’t care when, this will be my first time trying this out and I’m super excited! Preferably not a Friday or Saturday, but most dates should work for me. Thanks! And, my blog is http://www.elizamcfarlish.weebly.com

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      I’m going to put you down for the 10th (a Wednesday) but let me know if that doesn’t work. It’s totally okay if you have to post late. 🙂

      • Eliza McFarlish
        September 6, 2014

        Awesome, thanks! I’ll try to remember to post!

  11. kiwiyoungwriter
    September 1, 2014

    This is an awesome prompt! Any day after the 15th would be awesome. Thanks!

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Thank you! 🙂 And I’ll put you down for the 27th.

  12. Alyssa
    September 1, 2014

    Wow, that’s an amazing topic. I’m free pretty much the entire month, so anytime will do. The URL is randommorbidinsanity.blogspot.com Thanks a lot, I’m really looking forward to doing this again 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Yay! So happy to have you back! I’m putting you down for the 28th, if that works. 🙂

  13. Leinad
    September 1, 2014

    I like this topic! May I have a date some time, say, in the second half of the month? The specific date doesn’t matter much for me.

    • Leinad
      September 3, 2014

      Oh, and link: anmksmeanderingmind.wordpress.com

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Happy to hear it! I’ll put you down for the 26th.

      • Leinad
        September 6, 2014

        Thanks! 🙂

  14. unikkelyfe
    September 1, 2014

    Hey can I have a late date? Possibly on a weekend?
    I love this prompt, yet I’ve got a feeling I’m going to need time to figure out some examples.

    I can’t wait!

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Sure! I’ll put you down for the 21st (a Sunday). 🙂

      • unikkelyfe
        September 6, 2014

        Thanks! That’ll be great!

  15. Edwina Mapenzi
    September 1, 2014

    Hey! I’d love to participate again since I enjoyed last time. Fine with any date.

    theedfiles.blogspot.com

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Awesome! I’ll put you down for the 25th, if that works. 🙂

      • Edwina Mapenzi
        September 9, 2014

        Sure thing, sorry for the late reply:(

  16. Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer
    September 1, 2014

    Awesome topic! I’m fine with any time in September 🙂

    theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Thanks! And I know it’s a pretty late date, but I’m putting you down for the 29th. (Let me know if you need to change days!)

  17. thelonglifeofalifelongfangirl
    September 1, 2014

    Could I possibly take the 30th? 🙂 Otherwise any date (preferably later) is fine!

    http://thelonglifeofalifelongfangirl.wordpress.com/

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      The 30th would be great! Though, to warn you, it’s possible that we’ll also announce the next blog chain topic on that day. If that’s a problem I can switch you to the 29th.

  18. irisbloom5
    September 1, 2014

    This sounds like a cool topic!
    I can do the 12, 17, or 19.
    This month is a busy month for me…
    http://irisbloomsblog.wordpress.com/

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      The 12th would be perfect. I’ll put you down for then. 🙂

  19. Miriam Joy
    September 1, 2014

    Sign me up please! Mid month is probably best but I don’t really mind. Hard prompt but I’ll do my best 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      I’ll put you down for the mid-month-est day: the 15th. 🙂 And no worries if you can’t think of anything and want to skip!

  20. Roo
    September 1, 2014

    Any weekday works! 😀 (I think? I’m unaware of any plans my family may have at this point XD) I’m quite excited for this one 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Awesome! I’ll put you down for the 20th (a Saturday). 😀

  21. Liam Wood
    September 1, 2014

    I’m in. Sounds like a good prompt.

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      I’ll give you the 26th, then!

  22. Any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday would work fine for me. My blog address is http://butterfliesoftheimagination.wordpress.com/

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      I’ll put you down for the 23rd (a Tuesday). 🙂

  23. coruscantbookshelf
    September 1, 2014

    *weeps quietly in the corner like the Mock Turtle* I can’t play. I’ve been banned from making any posts on any of my blogs until my exams are over.

    • irisbloom5
      September 3, 2014

      Ah! That’s to bad 😦
      Good luck on your exams!

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Sorry to hear that! Hope your exams go super well!

  24. Katheline Hansen
    September 1, 2014

    I’m joining in again! Practically any day works for me, but it would be best if it could be a Saturday or Sunday. 🙂

    http://fantasiesofapockethuman.blogspot.com/

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Woohoo! I’ll put you down for the 14th (a Sunday). 🙂

  25. Olivia Rivers
    September 1, 2014

    Oh! This should be a fun prompt! Awesome idea, John. 🙂 I can do any day, but later in the month is preferred, if possible. Blog link: http://oliviarivers.wordpress.com/

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Yay! Happy to have you join. 😉 I’ll put you down for the 28th.

  26. lillianmwoodall
    September 2, 2014

    Ooh, fabulous prompt! I’m in – any day except 26th-28th, please 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Woohoo! I’ll put you down for the 24th. 🙂

  27. Cailynn
    September 2, 2014

    I will join! September 6-14 are not good days.

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Awesome! I’ll put you down for the 25th, then. 🙂

  28. Tara (T. T. Kesley)
    September 3, 2014

    I was going to skip this month … But I saw the prompt and it was too good to miss! I’ll take any day.

    http://ttkesley.wordpress.com

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      Haha, awesome! I’ll put you down for the 17th. 🙂

  29. Brooke Harrison (@1bro2syd)
    September 4, 2014

    Great prompt! I’d love to participate. 🙂 Could I possibly have the 18th, 22nd, or 25th?? Thanks!
    http://www.brookeharrison.com

  30. Taylor Lynn
    September 6, 2014

    Am I too late to grab a spot? I’m currently setting up a new blog at http://www.paperdaydreams.com, but I like this topic and would love to participate if there’s still an open slot. (Preferably one nearer the end of the month, if possible, so I can get everything on my blog up and running smoothly by then.) Thanks! 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 6, 2014

      You’re not too late at all. 🙂 Welcome to the chain! I’ll put you down for the 24th, if that’s okay.

      • Taylor Lynn
        September 6, 2014

        Thanks, the 24th will be perfect! I’m looking forward to participating–I’ve actually known about this blog and the chain for awhile (mostly through Charley Robson and Nevillegirl), but now that I’m getting back into blogging I’m finally joining the party, haha. 😉 Thanks for organizing it!

  31. Sam
    October 10, 2014

    This chain was great! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s responses. Quick question: is there going to be an October chain?

    • Katie
      October 13, 2014

      I’m wondering the same thing…

      • John Hansen
        October 15, 2014

        Hi guys! No, there won’t be an October chain. I’m really sorry about that. :/ There will be a November chain, though, which I’ll announce next week. I’ll reply here with a link when it’s up!

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