Salut, madame et monsieur! (Apologies, I've had two French classes and I think I know everything. *wink*) Now we have two fellows to our right today: Saladin (SAH-LA-DINN) and Richard the Lion-heart. So where are we - or, when are we? The Third Crusade! Say whuuuut? Isn't this a writing blog? What's with the history lesson?
Oh, pardon me.
(And secondary apologies if you didn't catch the reference in the title. For enlightenment, see: Easy A.)
See that grey cross emblazoned over Richo's breast? It's meant to be red. Sorry, Google images is colour-impaired. Anywho, back way back when, Crusaders would sew a red cross into their tunics to show that they were on Crusade, also known as "carrying the cross". (Google the Crusades if you're interested - it's bloody brilliant). And the title comes into play as I briefly mention that in a recent film: Easy A, just like in the book: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, a girl sews a red A onto her shirt (A for 'Adulterer'). Well, guess what? I might just be sewing something red onto my shirt as I join The Writers' Platform-Building Crusade!
The illegitimate brain-child of blogger Rachel Harrie of Rach Writes is on its second round on the ultra-special internet and is open for business, and has been for some time (Though I understand there is some sort of deadline on Friday/Saturday). It runs from the 1st of February to the 3rd of April - and there is no real deadline. (So do it do it do it do it do it do it.)
Go to the link above (Or for lazy folk, right here) to get more information on the Crusade, because we all know how good I am at summarising. But I'll try anyway. So the Crusade is based around the idea that writers nowadays are forced to be more proactive in making contacts and getting their name out there, telling potential agents and publishers that "We are here, we are queer!" (For that phrase to work, you must use the "strange, odd" definition of queer *grins*). But it's not just for aspiring writers or attempting writers, it endeavours to link those writers to published writers, beginner bloggers, industry people and whoever else that will help to "build our online platforms".
So when you join the Crusade, you adopt a new family (also known as a group), meet some new people, get a few new blogs to read, some challenges to participate in, some extra traffic to your site and an awesome button for your sidebar.
I think it's a brilliant idea. I've already thrown my name on down, so you should too! Come on, let's embroider red things on our shirts!