Very VERY exciting news -- The Huffington Post (for which I am a regular contributor) is going to run my fiction, a novel in serial format, on their national mega-blog! It's the first time they will have done that EVER!
My brand new novel Seeing Red (it came out a week ago!) would be the logical choice. It's all there. All the writing is finished and polished and by all accounts it's a good read and a very traditional, straightforward narrative.
Both my husband and my writer friend Lori Cullen (who got me back to writing Sister Mysteries last November when she invited me to be part of the Albany Times Union's Writing in Motion project) vote for Seeing Red.
"I vote for Seeing Red. Then, after you have finished Sister Mysteries and it's edited and structured, THEN run that one. I'd be afraid to run something that was both experimental and in progress. It could be confusing."
As always, Lori makes a lot of sense. No point in needlessly confusing readers. My husband, a rational sort of guy (and very supportive of my writing) feels the same way.
Still, I am reluctant to serialize Seeing Red and it's NOT because I think it will cut into book sales. Indeed, just the opposite is true.
"The thing that really grabs me about Sister Mysteries is not only the writing/story, but the PROCESS when you write. It's absolutely fascinating to watch the "creature" unfold and how it ties in to so many other things. I can see Seeing Red as a serial, since the anticipation is something you can build as the reader waits for each new section/chapter....I guess it would be the same anticipation when I await your next chapterl! I say go for it!"
Even before Peg suggested running Castenata, the nun's story, that same thought had occurred to me too.
Meanwhile, I will enjoy the fact that I will soon be able to conduct a very exciting writing experiment, serializing fiction on-line.