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June 9, 2007

I went out for a lovely evening midweek with the collectively most clever and beautiful Miss Slaminsky and Miss Great She Elephant (in no particular order). On the second bottle of vino tinto we decided to start a participation novel – or blovel for want of a better word. All of the details are up on Great She’s main blog and her very splendid Halp blog. We will probably set up a shared blog to do it and have already got around 12 participants. Basically, you can write 1000 words or a chapter – whatever you prefer and the starting theme is still being discussed. I will post again with link once it is up and running. We aim to get it published on Lulu first of all. Anyone interested drop me or GSE/Halp or Slaminsky a line.


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  1. JDA permalink

    Ooo…that sounds ambitious.

  2. savannah permalink

    i cant even think of a thousand words…good luck

  3. Istvanski permalink

    Good luck with the project, I wish you every success with it x

  4. violetforthemoment permalink

    I wish I had room for bookcases rather than a heap in a corner and two piles next to my bed that are now taller than me. They look very cool. Bookcases, not the piles.

  5. OK, I’m a sucker for that kind of thing. But you knew that didn’t you?

  6. GreatSheElephant permalink

    it has its own blog now<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>Some other bugger nicked blovel.blogspot etc back in March 05 and then did nothing with it. We’ll show him, eh?

  7. JDA permalink

    so what’s the concept then? free form writing perhaps, winging it? an anchor for plot line would be a solid foundation to build a story on rather than pick random words from a dictionary I think. Still, what the smeg do I know…fascinating idea though.<br/><br/>What about genre? sci-fi, crime, thriller, romance, horror, period. fuck! what am I going on about see you.

  8. rockmother permalink

    Jif – no – don’t put yourself down – you are quite right – we need to decide on subject matter and genre.<br/>And someone needs to start…

  9. llewtrah permalink

    oooh bookcases. I have several already and I’m hoping to get some more from my sister as she’s having a rethink on home decor.

  10. GreatSheElephant permalink

    the random words exercise was designed to generate ideas. Hasn’t really worked though.<br/><br/>I’m at a bit of a loss as to how 20 or so people are going to come to an agreement about an idea and a plot line.<br/><br/>Valerie got in there first so she’s starting.

  11. rivergirlie permalink

    blimey – this is more or less how we wrote our first novel … well, all of them in fact. mind you, there are only two of us …

  12. rockmother permalink

    Llewtrah – I need more – I have two other lots of shelves same as these in another room chockfull and more upstairs in piles. Maybe I just need to move house?<br/><br/>Great She E – I understood what you meant by the random word thing – thank god for Valerie that’s all I can say<br/><br/>Rivergirlie – blimey indeed! It’s pretty much how I organise my life – bits of writing scribbled in lots of moleskine’s everywhere..which I somehow manage to keep track of

  13. realdoc permalink

    Sounds interesting. Not sure I could stretch to 1000 words though. You could try doing it in sentences but it may end up a bit surreal.

  14. Arabella permalink

    Thank goodness for Penguin.

  15. rockmother permalink

    Realdoc- I thought of that – the literary version of ‘consequences’ but that’s sort of what we do in comments anyway!<br/><br/>Arabella – oh I do love a Penguin! I can’t resist those orange spines.x

  16. GreatSheElephant permalink

    did you get the author invite email romo?

  17. rockmother permalink

    GSE – sorry – yes – worked a 20 hr day yesterday and currently on an 18 hr one today – knackered – going to bed – will reply tomorrow x

  18. Cheryl Hagedorn permalink

    Can I get you to send me an email about your collaborative project now that it seems to have stalled? I’d like to post about what worked and what didn’t. Thanks.

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