The launch this week of an all-new Red Room represents the biggest change this community has seen since we began. I'm eager to show you the literally hundreds of improvements we’ve made to your online home. I talk about the most prominent ones in this blog entry, but I hope you'll contact us with questions and feedback about them all. In the meantime, this metamorphosis has us thinking about change in general, so this week's blog topic is "the moment everything changed." Please tag your blog post moment everything changed blog.
But first, a contest!
“It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” –James Baldwin
CONTEST: TWO TICKETS TO WAITING FOR GIOVANNI
Based on a split second of indecision in the mind of a world-renowned author, Jewelle Gomez’s new play Waiting for Giovanni explores the emotional and professional dilemmas that loom over a young James Baldwin as he insists on being true to love, to politics, and to the ghosts that live in his head. Win two tickets to the show, playing at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center, August 19th-September 18th.
Jewelle’s play is based on a split second of indecision in Baldwin’s mind. This week, please blog about a moment where a decision you made or an event that happened to you changed your life forever. A few bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
In He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed, Victoria Zackehim collects the stories of twenty-six gifted women writers who share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably.
Fantasy novelist Alma Alexander writes movingly about rivers, stars, dolphins, love, the writing life, and growing older in Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax, a collection of blog essays, including "The Moment I Grew Up," "Dancing With My Father," and many more.
So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week
"The Moment Everything Changed"
For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PDT (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term moment everything changed blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out the entries for our last blog topic, patriotism. From the thoughts of an Australian expat celebrating Canada Day to a praise for political criticism sparked by a hometown fireworks display, Red Roomers had a lot to say about national loyalty.
Please let us know if you have trouble posting a blog entry on the all-new Red Room, and thank as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room