Hey, would you look at that! It’s another appearance of TAY’s Theme Week: that thing that involves writing and sharing thoughts that relate to a given theme. How quaint! What could the theme possibly be this time?

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Round One was all about Love.

Round Two asked for your Summer Gaming Memories.

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Introducing this latest Theme: Your Favorite Game’s Music.

Not your favorite game music. This time, think about your favorite game or games, and talk about the music from the game/s. It’s a nice way to think and talk about your favorite game in a different way (or maybe you have before, that’s still cool). What if you didn’t like your favorite game’s soundtrack? What if it didn’t have music to talk about? Then that’s an idea too, right?

It could be a defining song. It could be songs. It could be a sound. A playlist you wanted to share. Whatever it is, that’s the fun of this Theme Week! Talk about it how you’d like.

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.

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

The Theme, as mentioned, is Your Favorite Game’s Music. You can write, spark topic discussions or talk about that song you just can’t get out of your head. Or the one that’s just so bad. Good games can have bad soundtracks! It can be about something else!

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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..

Let’s set this Theme Week to run during the week of October 9 through October 15th. That’s quite the while to plan. If you wanted to do something sooner, no one will stop you! Theme week runs in conjunction with whatever you want to write or had planned. And again, this isn’t mandatory but rather a fun writing prompt for the community to get involved.

Tag your articles with the following, “TAY Theme Week” and “TAY Theme Week: Music”, along with whatever other relevant tags.

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Most of all: Have fun! Looking forward to what we come up with.


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