Monday, 13 April 2015

Another Idea I Had

I've been talking a lot lately about ideas I've been having. I guess I've been having a few. This time though it's not really my idea as I'll be stealing one. I'll be stealing an idea from the fabulous boys at A Beer For The Shower to be precise.

They recently went through a whole new redesign.
Late last year they went on a trip together back to school. They put on a presentation for a lot of the kids at a school near them and ended up spending quite a lot of the day there having fun. I got it in to my head for some reason that it might be fun for me to do something like that myself. Every school I went to is actually within walking distance of where I am. Except for my second high school ('Murricaning it up a bit for the sake of simplicity) but I wouldn't want to go back to that hell hole anyway.
A fairly accurate representation of my science class. 
I don't think I'm going to do it until after Immortal Space is released, but I do think it would be something neat to do. I've also not been able to get the idea out of my head and typically when that happens it means it's something I should probably do. Normally I'm very good at accepting something as stupid or impossible. Perhaps a little too good at it. This does mean I could do with some ideas of what to do though so hey, if you have any ideas of what I should do at a presentation about writing and being an author in front of kids aged between 10 and 13 you let me know.

I was thinking about doing like a fifteen minute presentation including an introduction and how I got in to writing and some of the basic concepts of writing, then having them do a fifteen minute exercise where they write a story themselves, and then a fifteen minute Q+A. This is of course assuming any principal at a local school even lets me in and accepts my offer. Which is one of the reasons I'm waiting for Immortal Space to hit the shelves.

So hit me up with your suggestions to keep something like this fun and engaging. 

10 comments:

  1. We're glad to have inspired you! That's actually a pretty solid game plan. As things would have it, the school gave us exactly 45 minutes, so that's a perfect timeline to aim for. Also, I had forgotten how curious kids are, because we had a 15 minute Q and A, and by the end of it, there were still dozens and dozens of hands raised. Prepare for every question you could ever imagine, like "How tall are you?" and "Did you write If You Give a Pig a Pancake?" and "Do you like my shirt?" (Kids are random as hell)

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    1. Don't forget these are British kids. I'm kind of worried they might be a little too conservative and them not having questions is my second biggest worry. My first is being too boring. Third is not being able to stop swearing.

      Come to think of it my sisters could probably set something up at a school one of their kids goes to. I should probably avoid the classes their kids are in though.

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    2. The questions I'm always asked are:
      Have you ever shot anyone?
      Has anyone ever shot at you?
      My answers: "No." And "Not that I'm aware of."

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    3. Ever crashed a boat? That's Navy-ish.

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  2. Good luck with this, keep us posted!

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  3. For the past ten years, I've been asked to speak at the local school about the Navy. It really is a wonderful experience. Eventually, though, I'll be too old to do it. Then, I suppose, they'll have a speaker from the funeral home.

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    1. It sounds like a pretty great experience to do something like that. Speaking about the navy that is, not talking to a funeral home.

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  4. Do schools still have extra-curricular groups like "writing clubs" etc? A group like that would love to have a published author give them tips, I'm sure.

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    1. I know American schools do but British schools don't really. At least, my school didn't. It would be cool to do something like that but I'd be upset when they were way better writers than me.

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  5. I don't know what schools are like in your country, but if I gave such a presentation here in America, at best the student body would hurl meatballs at me.. at worst I would be shot.

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