THE WORST OF BOTH WORLDS
Okay, I'm not meeting any celebrities, not seeing any up and coming festival titles, not even talking about movies now. (Even though I'm still seeing a good many, and preparing another short.)
This is what I'm doing: I'm writing a novel.
In the form of a weblog.
Not my own weblog; my lead character's weblog.
His name is Neven Pezdec, he's 38, and shares my birthday. So what: Billy Wilder and Edvin Biukovic shared my birthday, and it's them I'd ask for permission if they were still around. Honestly.
The novel is named, you guessed it, The Worst of Both Worlds
. You can read it by clicking on the link embedded in the title. It's not interactive: that sort of things belongs to gaming and internet communities, and this is pure oldfashioned storytelling, albeit with a twist. It happens in real time. I write a blog entry for Neven every day, and all I can do is promise that I have the whole storyline pretty much worked out to a T, and that over the course of the next year or so you will all have a chance to Thrill! Gasp! and Read! a novel that will take you places.
I know it's shameless self-promotion. But I've spent the better part of the last three years crafting it silently, and I've also thought long and hard about the best way to present it. And here it is. To my knowledge, which is bound to be faulty, it's the first time someone has used a LiveJournal format to write and instantly publish (without hindsight-based revisions!) a full-scale novel.
After all, when it's over and done, the last recourse would be to translate it into Croatian and publish it here - God knows I have enough offers from the local publishers. But for now, enjoy it for what it is, and if you're in the least bit intrigued, all I can say is - you haven't seen anything yet. Neven had just found out yesterday what happened to his mommy. Shpfff. Poor chap has no idea what's in store for him.