Hello Hello Everyone! Welcome back to another TAY Theme Week. Our last Theme Week was all about Love. This time, with thoughts of hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, and free time possibly coming up, here’s the new challenge!

I’m going to humbly ask that peeps submit and share their Summer Gaming Memories with us.

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Could you tell by the picture I used? That may seem awfully familiar? Sorry, I don’t have a new picture right now (note to self: consider doing another Summer photography club).

Some Basic Things You Need to Know About Theme Week:

I know that many of you are hard-pressed for time, or not feeling very motivated. It happens. It sure does to me. But I’m hoping we can do something together to encourage our fine fellow TAY’ers that hitting the publish button isn’t so daunting. Or that getting to know your fellow TAY’ers a little bit more shouldn’t be a scary situation. Or simply to let you all know and each other that all of your contributions matter.

The rules of Theme Week are simple: Write, Art, Discuss, Encourage.

The Theme, as mentioned, is Your Summer Gaming Memories. You can write, spark topic discussions or talk about your favourite games as tied to memories of Summer. Maybe the Summer of SEGA was just the best, and you’d like to encourage someone to try it out.

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What else can that something be? Here are ideas and some things to get you started:

  • It doesn’t have to be a 3,000 word essay. It can be a paragraph or two. It can be a topic discussion — some of the easiest ways to engage the community is to put forth a simple question. It can be an invitation to watch you stream a game. It can be a song you want to share. It can be a silly or amazing drawing. A poem. A piece of tasteful satire. A fictional story. A hilarious screenshot with a few words to back it up.
  • You don’t have to have TAY authorship to participate. Maybe you’re testing the waters and don’t know how to start. This is a great time to try! So how do you get seen? Tag your article with “TAY Classic” and someone will share it over.
  • No Pressure. The point of Theme Week is to get our creative juices flowing and to have fun. You don’t have to participate, TAY. If someone does participate though, the only thing I’d suggest is that we give that person some feedback even in the simplest of ways. A “great article” comment goes a long way, and if you can do more to have a thoughtful discussion with the author, awesome. It’s the sort of thing we should be doing as is, theme week or not. I know we don’t always have the time to comment but trying is something we can all do.

Theme Week will begin May 8th and run through May 14th.

There’s some time to think about posts before the official start. Though please do not feel restricted by this deadline. If you have summer ideas that you need to talk about before theme week, after theme week...or actually in the Summer... feel free!

If you are going to participate in Summer Theme Week, please tag your articles with a “Summer Games” tag, along with other relevant tags.

I’m looking forward to your fun, sad, enlightening memories of Summer gaming. I hope you’ll look forward to my posting a silly song about Summer every night at midnight.