Two weeks of holiday posts

Before we get into the next theme week, the Nose has some exciting news. You may have seen the film reviews penned by Christopher Exantus here on the site over the last few weeks. We’re happy to report that Chris will be writing these regularly, and his reviews will appear on Thursdays.

Holiday theme weeks

We’ve been doing theme weeks here at the Nose for some time. Our readers like them, our writers like making them, and the staff enjoys thinking up the ideas. When Kathleen came up with the idea of doing a theme week every month, it seemed like a natural thing to do.

A theme week is when all the posts have something in common for an entire week. We’re taking this to the next level: The next two theme weeks, for November and December, will be run back-to-back. And the two weeks will have similar, but not identical themes.

  • Monday 25 November–Friday 29 November: Holiday Film week
  • Monday 2 December–Friday 6 December–Holiday Customs week

Writers who are interested can sign up to be in one or both of these. As usual, email the editors or (new writers) use the write for the nose webform to get in touch.

Target word count is anywhere from 500–1000 words, but we’re not gonna worry too much if a post is too short or too long. Just make it not boring.

Holiday Film Week

We’re looking for posts about films (or TV specials) released for a holiday season. Think “Miracle on 34th Street” or “Scrooged”–or even “Home Alone”, if you absolutely must. (The editor shudders.) They can be current films, older films, or whatever you like.

By “holiday” we mean anything around the time of December or November or January. So we’re not just talking Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa here. These posts could go on about a film on New Year’s Day, or atrocity turkey day if you like (think “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”). Be creative!

Holiday Customs week

Tell us about a time you were traveling and came across some strange holiday customs. The Boston Holiday Boo, for example. Strange-to-you versions of familiar customs are rife to be explored, too. Warning: By writing about these weird, foreign traditions, you find out that your own traditions are pretty fucked up. (Translation: Your existential angst is our entertainment.)

Again, feel free to strain this theme description to the limit if you like. As long as your post is vaguely related to the above description, we’ll be happy.


Neil Fein is a freelance editor who specializes in novels. If you’ve written a manuscript or are getting close to finishing, you can get in touch with him here. He rides his bicycle as much as he can, and he paints when he damn well feels like it. He’s also a musician who plays in a Celtic fusion band and several other bands.
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