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Readathon mini-challenge: Diagram a sentence!

Welcome, Readathon-ers! I know you’re probably tired, but this will definitely be a change of pace, which is a good thing.

This mini-challenge pulls many fun aspects of a word-filled life together. I love looking at other people’s handwriting, and diagramming sentences was so much nerdy fun in school, wasn’t it? I love the visual representation of how the words of a sentence fit together. And as much as I’m sometimes practically tied to a computer, there’s just something about putting physical pen to physical paper, right? I love the tactile nature of it. Also, this definitely works a different part of your brain, while still being bookish. Win-win!

So, diagram a sentence! Go back to that book you’re reading and open it up. Find a sentence, and diagram it! Go on, embrace that inner grammar nerd.

Once you’re finished, take a photo and post it to your blog. Leave me a comment with the link.

Want an example? Here’s one I did:

(You can click on the photo to view it larger, if need be.)

Or maybe it’s been a while since you practiced this particular skill. No worries, here are a couple refreshers:
from LifestreamCenter
from WikiHow
from About
specifically about adverb clauses
Or, actually, just go to English Grammar Revolution.

If you’re of the anti-diagramming camp, perhaps you should start with this New York Times post?

OK, hop to! Go forth and diagram! (And then come back and post your permalinks.) In three hours, at 7 a.m. Central time, I’ll close this challenge and draw a winner.

Edited to add: This mini-challenge is now closed and a winner has been selected: Anna of The Adventures of a Linguaphile! Congratulations! Thanks so much to everyone for playing along. Hope you had fun.


Mini-challenge winner (and my lily)

I loved seeing the results of all your paper folding! The winner of my mini-challenge is:

Shannon @ BooksDevoured, who got her kids involved in the fun, too! Together, they made a butterfly, a boat and a dog.

Congratulations, Shannon!!! Check the Readathon site for instructions on how to claim your prize.

Here’s what I made:

WordLily's Lily

Posed on the book the lily's crafted from.


Check the comments on my original post to see everyone else’s paper-folding fun!

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Readathon mini-challenge: Book origami!

Welcome, Readathon-ers!

From the moment I first encountered it, I’ve always been drawn to, fascinated by, all the fabulous art made from books or pages of books. It’s all so beautiful and bookish, don’t you agree?

But … I’m also scared to attempt it. I can’t hardly stand the thought of ripping into a book β€” any book β€” even an old review copy that I hated! Maybe you feel like me, or maybe destroying a book for the sake of art doesn’t bother you even a little bit. Either way, I think I’ve found a painless way to try my hand at book art.

Instead of cutting, we’re going to be folding today. Origami seems timely, given the recent devastating earthquakes in Japan, where the art originated.

Take the plunge with me now!

  1. Find an old book (if you’re still skittish, maybe start with an old phone book β€” who needs those in the internet age?) and
  2. rip into it.
  3. Do some paper folding, and
  4. share your creation.

To get you started, here are some sites with origami, paper-folding, tutorials. (Or maybe you have a book of ideas to hand already?)

OK, I think that’s plenty to go on for now.

I think I’m going to make a lily. Seems appropriate, somehow. πŸ˜€

Once you’ve posted photo(s) of your bookish creation on your blog, come back and leave me the direct link to your post in the comments below. I’ll be picking a winner (at random) once three hours have passed.

Moving, Readathon

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is less than 3 weeks away β€” April 10 β€” and normally I’d be working away on it. But this time I’m not working on it.

Instead, we’re moving that weekend. We’re scheduled to close on a house that Friday, so readathon weekend will be filled with cleaning, work on the new house, and, if we get all that done, moving.

Have fun without me!

Trending on Twitter mini-challenge winner

deweys-readathonbuttonWell, that wasn’t too hard, was it? πŸ™‚ Since #readathon was already trending when my read-a-thon mini-challenge started, we had an advantage. The highest I saw the #hashtag get was Number 5 on the list; think we can get it higher than that, at some point today? It’s such a rush, isn’t it?

The winner of my mini-challenge is Kathrin of Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic! Congratulations, Kathrin! I’ll be emailing you shortly.

Trending on Twitter: A read-a-thon mini-challenge

deweys-readathonbuttonWelcome, read-a-thoners! This Trending on Twitter mini-challenge will take place in two parts. For the first part, you must all work together to get the official read-a-thon hashtag β€” #readathon β€” trending on Twitter (if it’s not already).

If you’re not yet on Twitter, joining is quick and easy.

Then, while #readathon is a trending topic, take a screenshot capturing the high point and/or details of your joint success, and post this to your blog. Come back here and leave me a link to your post with screenshot, and you’re done!

Need a refresher on how to take a screenshot? This site has straightforward directions for both Windows and Mac users.

This mini-challenge will last just one hour. It will close at 9 a.m. CDT. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing what you can accomplish together! The winner will be chosen randomly from all those who post a photo to their blog and leave me a link in the comments.

The prize: A $25 gift card to the book store of the winner’s choice.

Read-a-thon sign-ups open

a lg-new-readathonbutton-borderThe October 2009 read-a-thon is just about 2 weeks away (it starts at 5 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. GMT on October 24, 2009); sign-ups are open, and as of this writing, 147 people have signed up to read, and 39 people have signed up to cheerlead.

Trish, Nymeth and I (your friendly read-a-thon co-hosts for the past couple events) are pleased to add Eva to our fold.

A quick bulleted form of the FAQ:
β€’ You don’t have to stay up all night to participate.
β€’ No, we don’t think we’re crazy to do this (most of the time, anyway).
β€’ Involvement is possible even if you don’t want to (or can’t) read all day.
β€’ You don’t need a blog to participate.

It’s getting close! We’re getting excited! Will you join us?

About Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon.

Read-a-thon stretch break

deweys-readathonbuttonWhew, it felt good to stand up and stretch for 5 minutes! I needed that.

A line of thunderstorms is approaching my neighborhood at the moment. The rain just started pelting the skylights.

My shift officially begins now, basically (or well, sort of an hour ago), over at

Happy Saturday, whether your day includes tons of books or not!