Saturday, January 12, 2008

Protagonize Me

Check out this site:

Try your hand at interactive fiction by visiting, a new web site by Nick Bouton, a 29 year old software developer from Burnaby B.C.

You can choose from 18 different story categories and start writing a living, breathing narrative that may never end. Or, you can simply log on and contribute directly to the already growing number of stories started by amateurs, pros and semi-pros alike. And don’t be afraid of breaking continuity or taking the story in directions the original author intended, many of the stories are absurd or nonsensical.

Just don’t slay the main character. Bouton says it is the quickest way to kill a ripping yarn.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Six Word Stories then Get OUT

Check this WIRED article out - stories by science fiction and fantasy authors that are only 6 words long. Only Arthur C. Clarke refused to pare his work to six words. Go figure.

I challenge all writers reading this Blog (and anyone else who wishes to give this a try) to attempt writing their own six word story.

Plus: I've added a link to Natsuo Kirino. Her first English novel is entitled "Out" - a gritty noir-like novel about murder and mayhem in Tokyo. Her second English translated novel, Grotesque, is already out in Hardcover.

Her website has only basic information on her. You can find an English language interview with her here.

Sorry about the long wait between posts. Life just caught up with me. But I'm back.