As the year comes to a close and kids hatch plans to catch Santa in the act, it’s also time to wrap up this blog for a long winter’s nap, celebrate the remaining days of 2013, and wait for Baby New Year to arrive. But before all that, I need to address the nagging question on everybody’s lips: What is going on with the Progressive Book Club?
The Progressive Book Club 2014
First off, apologies to all those involved in PBC 2013 for dropping the ball during The Artist’s Way. When my mother passed, I simply had to shut down for awhile. I hope you understand and will join in for some of this year’s discussions. I’m sure it will run much more smoothly, as I only had one mother.
The biggest obstacle the PBC had to overcome was getting the same book in everybody’s hands on the same month. With Save the Cat, I heard many people say, “I want to read that, but don’t have the money,” or “I own that, but don’t have the time.” Well, I’ve made it 100% easier.
Read and Discuss Whatever Book You Want
Yes, you read that correctly. With the PBC 2014, you can discuss any book you’ve read during the past month. I’ve seen a few other online book clubs operate this way, and it makes sense. Or at least it makes me feel a little more relieved.
You see, I have tons of books on writing that I’d like to read, as well as memoirs, a bit of juicy fiction, and a couple of enlightening non-fiction titles, but never felt quite right saying, “Buy this book.” If you’re like me, your wallet is skinnier than one of the Olsen twins. The last thing I need is yet another $10-$20 book on the craft when there are several on my shelves still calling my name.
Now I can get through them without feeling guilty that I’m breaking your bank. And the book you discuss may be one I’ll want to run out and buy after all!
This will allow anybody who has read a book to join in, not merely those who have read this month’s book. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot more participants in the process, too.
Simple, yes? The revamped guidelines are located at the top of the blog, and January’s list opens bright and early on the first day of the year!
One caveat: please have your article written and scheduled before signing up, so you can use the article’s permalink to direct other participants to your blog.
A Big Thank You
Even though I wrote a whole post on gratitude, I want to thank all of you once again for…well, for being there. It was a year that saw more than its fair share of difficulties, and the easiest course of action would have been to throw in the towel on all of it. You didn’t let me do that. Thanks.
I plan a few other changes, too. For an undetermined period, I’ve decided to regularly post only two times a month: the first and third Wednesdays (IWSG and PBC days). I simply have too much other writing to do, and must cut back somewhere. Of course, I’ll make additional posts if there is something about which I can’t keep my mouth shut (it happens more often than not—I already have ten drafts in the works), but for the most part, I’ll stick to the odd Wednesdays.
With that, I’ll bid adieu until January 8th, when the IWSG posts. Yes, that’s the second Wednesday of the month, since the first one falls on the first, but who wants to spend New Year’s Day scooting around online with a hangover? Then we’ll meet again the following Wednesday for the PBC. I already know which book I’ll be discussing, and hope you’ll join me.
Many blessings to you and yours for a safe and happy holiday season.
ML Swift is a writer of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fiction, although he dabbles in many genres.
An Alzheimer’s caregiver for the past ten years, he has published several articles on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the largest online website catering to that community, and plans to write a novel about his experience in caregiving.
He resides in Florida with his dogs, Rameses and Buster, attempting to reclaim his side of the bed.