Welcome to our second annual Diana Wynne Jones celebration, a.k.a. DWJ March! I will just mention briefly that this event began last year as a way to turn mourning to celebration on the first anniversary of Diana's death. She is still greatly missed and we wish her time with us had been much, much longer. Thankfully, we can still explore the wonderful worlds she created!
This is going to be an AWESOME month, friends. Here are some of the highlights --
At the start of each week, expect a Reflections on Sunday post from me. I'll be reading Reflections: On the Magic of Writing, and will share quotes, passages and/or thoughts each Sunday. If you've already read this book or are planning to and would like to participate on your own blog, feel free! I'll post links each week if anyone else participates.
Next, I'm very excited to have guest posts every Tuesday and Thursday from other DWJ fans. I'm not alone in my love for Diana and I'll prove it!
We're also going to have two read-alongs! Beginning March 15th, be ready to discuss Howl's Moving Castle. Whether you're reading it for the first time, re-reading it for the umpteenth time or even if you just want to stop by and discuss fond memories of the book, you're very welcome here! And beginning March 29th, come and ponder the complexities of A Tale of Time City with us. I wasn't entirely sure what all had happened when I finished reading it the first time so I'm looking forward to a reread.
I would also like to have a watch-along of the Studio Ghibli film of Howl's Moving Castle on March 16th/17th on Twitter. To try and include as many of you worldwide as possible, we'll have two viewings and a nifty hashtag -- #howlalong.
17:00GMT/1 pm EDT on March 16th (click here for local time)
2:00GMT/10pm EDT on March 16th/17th (click here for local time)
(side note: I really hope the timing works out on this as the US goes to daylight savings time on March 10th but London doesn't change time until March 31st! We'll synchronize watches when the time comes.)
Finally, there will be giveaways! Look for those to pop up throughout the month both here and on other blogs (I'll link to any other giveaways).
Now that I've assaulted you with exclamation points and a ridiculously long list of events, I'm going to ask a favor. If you read any DWJ books this month or have any DWJ thoughts/feelings to share, please write up a post and send me the link. And if you're discussing DWJ on Twitter, use the #dwjmarch hashtag so we can all join in.
Let the DWJ celebration begin!