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Are you planning on participating in the upcoming 24 Hour Read-a-thon (either as a reader or cheerleader)? Have you made any preparations for the event? And, veterans out there, any tips you’d like to share with the newbies?
Absolutely, and I can't wait! This will be my third read-a-thon (my first was last October) as a reader, and I'm going to try to do things a little differently this time. One of the main difficulties for me, and anyone else in this corner of the globe, is that with the time difference, the read-a-thon doesn't officially start until 9 PM on Saturday here in Japan. For my first one, I tried to stay up for the whole thing, after already having been up all day, but I ended up crashing for a couple of hours and boy were my eyes dry and tired. Then this April I took about 4 hours out about halfway through to have a nap, which was a bit better but I was still quite groggy for a while after starting again and of course I did miss some of the read-a-thon. And with missing a few hours, reading for charity so feeling like I should be reading instead of the other stuff, and just with all the events going on I felt a little overwhelmed, and didn't get a chance to do much cheering on of the other readers which I would've liked to have done.
So this time I'm going to try to read more, sleep longer and cheerlead too! Sounds impossible, right? Well, I've decided on the following rough schedule, which may get shuffled around a bit on the day:
- Start reading on Saturday at 12 PM JST (Japan Standard Time), in other words, 9 hours early.
- Read for 6 or 7 hours, with occasional breaks and a couple of updates. Since I'll be reading on my own, ideally without too many distractions, I hope to make some considerable progress.
- Take 2 hours off for dinner and to chat a bit with H before the craziness begins.
- The read-a-thon officially starts at 9 PM. Keep reading until I can't keep awake. I'm aiming for 4 or 5 hours, until 1 or 2 AM or thereabouts. Perhaps cheer for an hour.
- Sleep for 6 or 7 hours.
- Wake up. Stop by Galleysmith's Read-a-thon Slumber Party which I think will be in full swing by then.
- Spend the next couple of hours on the computer catching up and mostly visiting other readers to cheer them on.
- By around noon on Saturday (JST) I'll hopefully be awake enough and ready to read again. Depending on my mood and attention span, I'll spend the next several hours reading, cheerleading, or slumber partying.
- Take an hour off for dinner.
- If possible, spend the last couple of hours in a mad spurt to read more pages.
- At 9 PM JST the read-a-thon officially ends. Spend a couple of hours de-briefing, then sleep. Best of all I don't have to work the following Monday, so it'll give me a chance to recover.
As for tips, just the usual ones, like those already mentioned at the dedicated read-a-thon blog.
- Have a variety of food, snacks and drinks. Don't forget fruit and other healthy food along with the essentials, like chocolate!
- Don't load up on too much caffeine. If you're getting sleepy, getting up to stretch or go for a short walk will wake you up and will be better in the long run than more coffee/tea/cola.
- Change locations. 24 hours in one place is pretty tedious.
- Wear comfortable clothes but remember that if you're too warm and cozy, you might fall asleep.
- Choose books that are fun, and easy to read. Page-turners that you can get lost in for a few hours.
- Several shorter books are better than one or two long ones as you have a feeling of accomplishment when you finish each book.
- Graphic novels, manga, books with pictures are great when you're eyes are tired and your attention span may be fading.
- If you'll be doing updates on your blog throughout, you might want to get some posts started in draft beforehand.
- It's not a competition or a job. There's no obligation to stay awake the whole time, join in as much as you can or want to.
- And most importantly, have fun!
Let me know if you'll be reading along this weekend and I'll make sure to come cheer you on! Happy read-a-thon, everyone!
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