Friday, May 22, 2009
Many you may have noticed there wasn’t a blog yesterday. The real world intruded and every second of computer time I had, I used to meet my professional obligations. However, I had some thrilling news I wanted to share and it works perfectly with the contest for this Friday.
I've decided to Serialize Saturdays.
I know many of you are writers, many of you are readers who have lots of ideas, and many of you are both. This weeks contest is very special to me.
I have never offered a serialized story before and I think this would be a great way to celebrate our weekends. We talk about books, about reading, and writing—but so rarely do we get to actually read any fiction on the blog.
There is a wonderful article on the Bijou Blog titled, They'll Never Get Out Alive!--The Cliffhangers about the original serialized matinee movies. Many are still familiar with “The Perils of Pauline” starring Pearl White.
My contest this Friday is unique. I would love to collaborate with one of my readers to create this Saturday Serial—to last eight consecutive weeks. Eight scenes of the same story, each ending with a cliffhanger.
The challenge to all of you is to come up with an idea for a story fraught with danger and excitement. It can be modern, like the television series 24, or fantasy like Xena: Warrior Princess, or horror like Clive Barker’s Books of Blood. The only limits are your imagination (well, and keep it PG13ish ;)
Here’s how to enter:
Write a (very) short description of what you envision in each category:
What’s at stake:
An example for The Terminator might look like this:
Proposed Title: Cyborg Killer
Genre: Sci-fi adventure
Time Period: near future
Main Character: Sarah Connor, future mother of the leader of the resistance.
Villain: Cyborg creature intent on killing her to stop the birth of the world’s future leader
What’s at stake: The survival of mankind
The winner will work closely with me on each scene and be credited as a collaborating author, headlining the by-line. If you are not a writer and would prefer to be the creator of the serial, rather than the author, you will be credited in that manner if you wish.
How to win:
Post your idea in the format offered above by Thursday May 28th.
On Friday, the 29th, I’ll list all the ideas in a separate post. Readers will help choose the winning entry by naming the title they are most excited to read. While my decision will be based heavily on the reader’s choice, the ultimate decision will be mine.
Readers will ‘vote’ through the weekend and the winner will be announced on June 1st. I’m truly thrilled at the idea of working with one of you and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
If you have any questions, please ask! ;)
When the entries are listed next week, they will include a link to your own blog or website as well ;)