When I was a but a wee one, all I wanted to do was write. The same can be said of me today.
At the ripe old age of 10, I told my Nana that I was going to be a "book-writer." Well, my life didn't quite turn out that way. I've thought, from time to time, that I should sit down and try to write that first novel, but my life kept getting in the way.
Over the years, though, I've done some "writing." I majored in Journalism in college, and worked for two big-city newspapers and one college-town rag. I interned in NYC for a reputable mass-circulation mag. I worked for a DC trade association (euphemism for "lobbyist") and as a spokesperson for three politicians.
I kept writing in my blood, becoming a high school Journalism and English teacher 16 years ago. And, of course, I started this space, The Scholastic Scribe, in 2008.
All of this as prelude to an exciting writing endeavor, which launches today. It's entitled "and what happens then," and is a collaborative effort of 21 bloggers. The project is the brainchild of Tara R., Bloggess Extraordinaire over at If Mom Says OK.
"Back in 1996, I read a book titled Naked Came the Manatee," Tara R. wrote in her original post inviting the blogging world to join her. "What made this mystery thriller unique was that it had 13 different authors. Each writing a separate chapter. Dave Barry opened the tale and Carl Hiaasen wrapped it up in the final chapter. In-between Elmore Leonard, Edna Buchanan and many more added their voices. The book was originally published as a serial in the Miami Herald’s Tropic Magazine."
Tara R. thought that if the pros could do it, we amateur writers could, too.
"I would love to do something like that," she said, "inviting different bloggers to write an ongoing story, adding characters, killing them off, using their prowess in dialog and storytelling, interjecting humor or dark themes."
Well, Tara R., you've done it. Chapter One, which will premiere today, is Tara's own creation. I wrote Chapter Two. Tara says she's got three chapters in hand right now, with the fourth on its way.
I'm super-excited about this enterprise. Of course, the project could turn into a mishmash, as different styles, ideas and approaches get in the way. But I prefer to think of the effort as a gumbo of creativity. A bit spicy, with subtle, sophisticated roux holding it all together.
Please tune in today to "and what happens then." Comment, critique, suggest, propose. Tweet about our enterprise. Form a Facebook group, a fan page. And, above all, please thank Tara R. Without her vision, we'd be flying blind.