I’m not too sure how many people who read my blog have read House of Leaves. It’s ingenious, through and through. In fact, I got a copy for Christmas (many thanks for the book gift cards!!!), and just like the story, the book itself is actually bigger on the inside than it is on the outside! It’s very cool, indeed!
So, what does that have to do with my current mood of inspiration? Well, I’ll tell you. Part of the legend of House of Leaves is how it was originally distributed. Just as “The Navidson Record” was “rumored” to have been released to the internet in bits and piece, so was the original drafts of House of Leaves. A very cool and inventive source of marketing!
With that said, and an idea in mind, I was considering releasing a story via the internet. However, just as bloggers want exposure, readers want intrigue and substance. So, yes, in part this would be a way to bring more readers to my blog. But, it will also bring book lovers a new tale with the catch that my loyal blog followers would get first dibs on the story, as well as offering perspective.
My initial idea is to release all the odd numbered chapters right here in my blog. I would then prepare a newsletter for my followers and release the even numbered chapters to subscribers readers only.
If any one likes this idea, please let me know. I have an idea of the genre, but if there is something specific you would like to see, I am always open to ideas! And any ideas used would get credited accordingly (for an example, check out any Piers Anthony “Xanth” novels, as he credits people in the back of each book for people who sent in pun ideas).
Lastly, genre’s I will NOT entertain are romance, slashers and pornography. Just putting that right out there. Not to say there won’t be any romance theme’s (probably more crimes of passion, without the gore, or a perspective on genuine emotion and how it affects the people they encounter), but they would be in good taste and I guarantee there will be no “throbbing manhood” piercing the soft virginity of this that or the other in some stable yonder.
So…… Should I get at least 10 comments, here or on my facebook or twitter pages, then it’s a go and I will start seeing about putting up a newsletter subscribing option! If I hear from no one, then I may just do it anyway! There may be truth in the old saying: The More The Merrier, however, a small club of few is often a great way to spread the word as well!