Mercury: Thanks for coming, everyone! I'm really excited to give John a hand for this vacation. He really deserves it. So let's get to it!
[Lady Moon raises her hand]
Mercury: [laughing] Lady Moon, we're thrilled you're here. But you don't have to raise your hand...just jump right in!
Moon: Thanks, Mercury. I was thinking perhaps we could do a theme...maybe we could all write on the same topic. It would probably flow better.
Mercury: Great suggestion! Any opinions?
Jupiter: I'm all for a theme.
Mars: Sounds like a plan...having a goal in mind is always good!
Venus: FUN! Who wouldn't want to cooperate? We can all work together!
Saturn: Well, I'm all for harmony...
Mercury: Why do I suspect there's a "BUT" coming, Old Man?
Saturn: Don't start deducing what I'm going to say next, Mercury. But in this case...
Mercury: What's the problem? You don't want a theme?
Saturn: I'm concerned that any theme that we decide on is one that I'm not going to like.
Mercury: But we haven't even discussed any ideas. Why don't YOU start with an idea?
Saturn: Well, I'm not a fan of themes because it's hard for me write to fit a theme...I'm not that creative. But as long as everyone plays by the same rules, I guess I'm OK with it. I'll do my best.
Mercury: OK then. That's all we can ask for.
Neptune: I've been thinking about music lately.
Mercury: That's...not unusual, Nep.
Neptune: But what about if we did a musical-themed blog tour?
Mars: What do we write about? I don't know anything about music!
Neptune: You listen to music, right?
Mars: Fuck yeah I do! All day long.
Neptune: Well, do you have a bunch of songs or groups you like?
Mars: Yeah...but I'm not a musicologist or anything.
Neptune: You don't need to be, man. Just tell us the music that YOU like.
Venus: So like our favorite songs or groups...?
Neptune: Or whatever. That's where the freedom comes in.
Saturn: So I can write about anything I want, provided it's about music? And it can be my personal opinions?
Neptune: From you, good sir, we would expect nothing less than your unabashed candor. The answer to your question is yes.
Mercury: Excellent! I think we call it the "Planetary Blog Tour: The Music of the Stars"
Jupiter: I LOVE IT! It sounds so lofty...
Saturn: And it's dignified as well. I'm very pleased.
[Room goes silent]
Mercury: WOW. I don't know that I've ever...heard you say that, Old Man.
Saturn: Well don't think it's going to happen often. But if you think these blogs might help people to see a different side of me, and everyone follows the same rules, I'm happy to do it.
Mercury: I'm sure it will be very enlightening, Saturn. Does everyone know what they have to do?
Moon: This is my first "blog"...so do I just write something? I'm a little nervous...
Mercury: Yes, Lady Moon. Do you do much writing?
Moon: I sure do, but it's very private stuff, usually. I have a very extensive personal journal.
Mercury: Well feel free to share anything about your musical tastes that you're comfortable with. This is also a good way for us to get to know each other!
Uranus: It's also a good way for us outer planets to integrate with you more. I certainly am known for going my own way but...
Venus: But a common goal will help us help John better, I think. Pluto, are you also going to participate?
Pluto: Yeah, that's the plan...but I don't expect people to like the music I do.
Mercury: That's kind of the point, Pluto. We're all different and that's good. John's readers will get different perspectives.
Neptune: This is just so awesome! I can't wait to get started.
Mercury: Well, on that note...let's adjourn! Happy writing, folks!