Well, here we are, the first week in September. You know what that means? AWESOME-tober-fest is only a month away. Less than a month away, actually. And as I announced earlier, the theme for this year is Movie Maniacs. I’ll be investigating books, comics, movies and TV shows featuring our favorite movie killers; Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, Michael Myers and Norman Bates. Since we are a month out, I am in full on “go mode” to get things read, watched and written for this year.
You probably don’t realize this, but I start planning AWESOME-tober-fest in January or February. I decide on a theme and start listing out all the different media (books, movies, comics, TV shows, etc) that I can include for that topic. These lists usually involve yellow post its. I have a post it for each media which lists all the candidates for inclusion that year. I print out a free October calendar from General Blue calendars online and start mapping out what is going to happen during each day of AWESOME-tober-fest.
Here are pics of the notes/calendars I have for last year’s (2011 – Vampires, left) and the year before’s (2010 – Werewolves, right) celebrations.
I usually try to get all of my stuff done by the first week or two in September. As I finish reading books and comics and watching the movies I usually write up my articles as soon as possible so I can get my immediate thoughts. Then I’ll edit and modify as it gets closer to October. I’m still trying to finish up the books and movies as we speak but a lot of the material is getting done. I’m liking how things are looking so far.
I’m really excited about this year’s AWESOME-tober-fest. I hope you guys are as well.
This year I will also be participating in the Halloween Countdown celebration that is hosted by the blog Countdown to Halloween. I’ve participated in that for the last four years or so and it’s a lot of fun. Many other bloggers participate as well. It’s co-run by my good friend Shawn Robare from Branded in the 80s. Check it out if you get the chance. They are also gearing up for the month long celebration.