I’ve spoken before about how much I love the sense of community within this GAD blogosphere! We all work with due deliberation on our posts because a. we’ve got something to say, and b. we want to hear what others think about what we think! (Did you get that?)
Recently, my pals JJ and Noah Stewart got together over at The Invisible Event to discuss Rex Stout. It reminded me of the fun I had with JJ over Death on the Nile and He Who Whispers. And it has been too long a while since the Tuesday Night Bloggers got together to ponder an author or topic. Ah, the good ol’ days . . .
I decided to bring up the subject of a three-way tag team with JJ and Noah, and before you knew it, we were comfortably ensconced in a cozy pub, JJ with his black beer, Noah with a crème de menthe, and me with my Shirley Temple with three cherries . . .
Only, since JJ resides in London, Noah in Canada and me in the U.S. of A., our “pub” took the form of a Messenger chat room on Facebook, where we talked about so many things I got dizzy. We talked about European GAD vs. that of the West. We talked about classism vs. racism in mysteries. We talked about organic lettuce and when to transfer in bridge! But after the metaphorical smoke cleared, we were no nearer to a topic for discussion, something large enough that each of us could cover something on our individual blogs and find more to say as visitors to each other’s domain.
And so we decided to throw it open to all of you!
It’s not that I imagine everyone jumping up and down thinking, “Oh great! Noah, JJ and Brad are gonna go on and on about some topic. Yippee!” (Well, maybe that is how you’re reacting! I can just hear the censorious tone, so knock it off!) Just remember that whatever we write is done to generate discussion amongst the entire community. I can’t speak for the others, but I am certainly no expert on any of this – just another rabid fan who loves to ponder the esoterica of a topic that I love. And I deeply enjoy the conversation each post by each blogger I admire generates.
So . . . if you do have an idea, please post it here. I believe Noah is going to ask the same question over at his place. (JJ is far too busy. Evidently, everyone in England has a date with the Queen.) Please do give this some thought and drop a suggestion in the comments section. Once we’ve settled on a topic – and maybe if all works out it will be the first of many; I can only hope – we’ll figure out a format and begin. And then . . . get ready to participate!!