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Hi all - I wanted to give some explanation on what my latest Heck project is all about...I also realize that if I have to explain it, there's something seriously wrong somewhere, but...well, when you read this, I think you'll understand.  :)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been chased playing with a plot bunny for the  letter100 community.   I also mentioned that, because I'm nuts, I've signed up for all the tables and all of the claims, for a grand total of 800 letters in all. 

Before anybody panics:  there may be 800 letters but they are not all going to be long/convoluted/etc., etc.  Some will be fairly long while others are short and sweet and barely over the minimum 100 words.

I've created a new community called  oasis_fanfic where I will be posting all of the letters as individual entries.  The membership is closed (right now), but commenting is open.   I will then post a notice with multiple links to the various communities and this journal.

I've chosen this route for two reasons:  one, so I won't flood f-lists with post after post after post when I have, say, 5 letters ready to go.

Two, I want to post the letters separately rather than (say) three in one post because  I'm trying a bit of an experiment.  The letters will all flow together and form one story/universe, however, my intent is that  the reader(s) can read the story in at least two different ways: you can read the letters in date order OR you can read them based on the person Beck is writing to.   In other words, each series of letters to a particular recipient is intended to be it's own "mini-story" - not unconnected, but you could, for example, read only the letters Beck writes to Heather and not be totally confused or lost.

I have no idea if I'm going to be successful - I won't really be able to tell until the entire series is completed - but I'm rather intrigued and excited by the concept...and I'm wondering if I'm going to be up to the challenge...

I will likely be playing with the posting date function for how entries show up in a community/journal.  Why?  I'm writing letters solely from Beck to other people.  If anybody feels the urge to write a response to one (or more) of Beck's letters and would like to post that response to this community I've set up,  I would LOVE IT (it would be another exciting experimental thing) - and it would be awesome to be able to allow people to make response(s) as separate entries that would show up in the right spot.  :)   I realize that this is probably similar to a role playing community, except that Beck's letters are pre-set - that is, he wouldn't be responding to the response...hmmm...{ponders} - ah, I'm just concerned with posting my story without driving people crazy - anything other than that is gravy (and no expectations)!!  LOL

So, yes, there's something seriously wrong somewhere (probably my sanity), but I'm looking forward to this.  :)  AND to continuing Lost Sheep of course (what's in my head is awesome; how it will translate to paper/screen is anybody's guess LOL ). 
 

Comments

tanaquific
Jun. 6th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this project looks really interesting! Very much looking forward to seeing what you come up with. *g*
shirleyann66
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It'll be interesting to see if I can make it work... ;) (If nothing else, I'll have a lot of fun trying to make it work. *g* )

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