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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.


Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Review Catch-Up

It’s Bloggiesta time, hooray! (And if you haven’t signed up, there’s still time!) One of the biggest chores on my blogging to-do list is catching up on outstanding reviews. I’ve read the books, hopefully I took some notes, but the post is likely not started, let alone finished or scheduled. This mini-challenge will hopefully help you accomplish that goal.

nacho heaven
(Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Yum.)

I thought it would be fun to set our levels based on the plate of nachos Bloggiesta seems to call for.

Participation Levels

Can’t Eat Just One (so, at least 2)
Let’s Split It (50 percent of your outstanding reviews)
Licking the Bowl Clean (getting them ALL done)

Pick a level, leave a comment saying at which level you’re committing, and then go write and schedule those reviews! Credit will be given only for fully finished posts — no sticking your notes in a draft post and calling it done. Get it fully formatted, too, the works. Don’t forget to check back in with your progress (a link to the blog post in which you share how successful you surely were).

Tips for if you get stuck of if the going gets tough:
• Work backwards (Start with the book you’ve most recently finished. It’s likely to be easier to review, which will help build momentum.)
• Take breaks often.
• Feel stuck in a rut? Break free! Abandon the usual format or template.
• Conversely, Get all the formatty stuff done all at once and then come back and fill in the content.
• If you’re really, really having a hard time, maybe ask your readers to ask you questions about the books. Answering the questions in your post may help get you going.

Do you have any review-writing catch-up tips? Dish!

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 — any book — 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 — 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. 😀

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.