(Snappy Title Here…)

So.. it seems that we may approach the grand experiment once again.

This one looks like it will begin as a Denise/Clark/ Roger collaboration. I like the idea because my creativity has certainly been on the wane, and it would be good to have something new to focus on.

As before, I’ll extend an invitation to anyone who would like to give it a shot. It can be a difficult thing, this colab business. You have to try to develop a work completely without prejudice; to maintain the theme that has presented itself without inserting any personal agenda that would force it off course.

And, the point…you learn an awful lot about yourself as you go. And we may end up with a decent story at the end.

But initially, we need a good idea.  So, for the time being, I ‘ll just stick ideas up here should they occur to me, and will suggest that others do so also. Consensus will decide from amongst them.

And here’s my first idea; to write, not a particular idea given by a particular person…but to write in the style of.  Like a cover band doing its best Zeppelin-esque rendition of Communication Breakdown.

Here’s my initial offering; either a detective novel or a murder mystery, done in the style of Robert Parker. This would involve an extremely well- defined central character, very short dialogue- driven chapters, and a very fast pace.

Other writers have already published very successful Spenser and Jesse Stone novels ,  because the world simply must have Parker novels, even if he’s no longer with us. And… they’re really good.

Very, very ambitious. Couldn’t ever work…a Parker-style novel by several writers at once. Who does that?

But then again… walk down any street in the US on a summer night, and count how many garage bands are trying to pound out Communication Breakdown. ( OK, that analogy works fine only if you’re three hundred years old… how about Kanye West trying to find a new Iphone app that will let him rip off a sample of Communication Breakdown and thereby hopefully align himself with people who actually took the time to learn an instrument…

Now where did I leave that other gauntlet…damned things are like socks in the dryer.

Maybe I’ll just throw mismatched socks down instead. I’ve got plenty of those.

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  1. I admire your core idea. But what most garage bands underestimate is the amount of musical skill that is required to play in the style of… as opposed to play note-for-note. As evidence, in the 50 plus years since Hendrix died you have, what, 2 people play in the style of, Robin Trower and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
    I would have a higher level of confidence if you were saying, “Hey! lets write, ‘Looking for Rachel Wallace’ or… even ‘Taming a Sea Horsie’ and just write the stories again.
    Sorry, too technically demanding and ambitious for my taste.

    (now, so I don’t leave without offering something on the positive side, how about alternate reality crime stories? Since you are volunteering me and D. for a project, take the idea of reality (historical) and propose an alternate timeline.
    You, in one of the multiple timelines that exist for all of us, could have dropped out of school and opened an office on Empire St. (on the 5th Floor…corner office space, cost a little extra but you had a view of the library and the Round Top Church.)
    …real reality to start… viable alternative to continue and we’ve all read Parker (but not necessarily studied Parker).

    • Not too shabby. Will think on that, see what presents itself.
      Maybe I’m an old detective, looking out that window and recalling events leading up to…something.

  2. yeah… the flashback can cover a multitude of sins… maybe big puzzling scene, followed by flashback….

  3. Think I’ll get it started.


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