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Thursday, November 09, 2006


An Entire Book Online

Into the Mountain: A Book of Visions is the working title for this book. I'm completely open to suggestions and comments. You can even point out typos. I'll post chapters in small chunks to make it a little more screen friendly. If you prefer to read from print, I'll post the Word files for whole chapters on my esnips account.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Uncertain Mirror (chapters 1-10)
1. Sara: The Dreams Begin
2. Beka: The Deer and the Fish
3. Sara: The Gospel of Pork Rinds
4. Beka: Preparing for the Market
5. Sara: Fishing in the Dark
6. Beka: A Mountain on My Blanket
7. Sara: Waking up at Bubbie's
8. Beka: The Foolish Iska
9. Sara: Sleepwalking
10. Beka: An Excellent Sale

Part Two: The Story of the Mountain (chapters 11-18)
Part Three: Sleepwalking (chapters 19-30)
Part Four: Into the Mountain (chapters 31-38)

Thanks to those readers who encouraged me that this is not some crazy idea--especially L. L. Barkat who is a constant source of encouragement and Debbie Weil who showed me Paul Gillin's model for posting a book. (Debbie Weil is also one of my favorite social media experts. I'm still shocked and pleased that she commented on my blog.)

From time to time, I'll also post query letters and proposals and anecdotes of my experience with this book so far.

The Pitch
Living in a broken home, stalked by her own father, seeking comfort with her boyfriend in ways that will cause her even more trouble, Sara lives a life of desperation. When her fainting seizures start, so do her visions of another world. In that world, Beka the weaver has her own troubles and dreams.

Faced with marrying a man she doesn't love, compelled to create art that horrifies her village, possessed by the spirit of her Creator, Beka seeks comfort in the parables of her village storyteller. But even this friend tells her she must leave the village. The Creator's call cannot be ignored. When Beka enters the Mountain of the Creator and Sara confronts her father's sin, God leads both girls through darkness to redemption.

Mark, tell me what an esnips account is, and how to access it. I do find it hard to read this other way, though I'm not sure why. Also, I'm on Safari, and that little tips box you have at the bottom of your posts is running all over the text of your posts. Eeek!

Hey, now, thanks for saying I'm the main person who encourages you in crazy ideas. I am going to take that as a compliment. :) Btw, I don't think I've said I REALLY like your poetry. I know there's no money in poetry, but you have an incredible knack for it.
Stupid blogspot limitations. I worked on the format so hard. And you're right. It just doesn't work well. It needs to only show previews.

I'll go back to the drawing board. I may give up on the serial idea and just spend on evening posting the entire thing--up to the point of polish at any rate.

I got rid of the writing tips. I wasn't sure I liked them anyway. And I changed the webring so it shouldn't bleed onto the text.

Thanks for the complement on my poetry. I don't know what to say.

Sometime I need to post on my experience and opinion of the American Poetry racket. And I don't mean poetry.com. I mean the university creative writing culture.

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