February 1, 2010

Announcing "TwitLit," CCLaP's new story series

TwitLit: A CCLaP story series

Hooray! CCLaP's starting a new project today! It is in fact CCLaP Publishing's first-ever short-story series, which I call "TwitLit" (cclapcenter.com/twitlit), inspired by that recent similar experiment by Rick Moody that was kind of a disaster, and me of course reading about it and thinking that CCLaP could do better. They're essentially stories that have been written as a series of haiku-like chapters, each of them no more than 140 characters apiece; they then first run serially at CCLaP's brand-new Twitter account (twitter.com/cclapcenter; @cclapcenter for responses), then afterwards are published here as high-quality printable poster versions. What's different about these, then, versus the growing amount of "Twitter literature" starting to be available out there, is that CCLaP's authors are instructed to write stories that both have a narrative thread and can stand alone as a series of short little poetic pieces; I'm convinced that this is one of the biggest problems right now with other Twitter experiments, that missing simply a few updates in the middle of the day will often make the rest of the story nearly worthless. TwitLit stories are designed specifically so that people who only catch maybe 75 percent of the live version will still have a good reading experience anyway, then of course have a whole different experience when downloading and printing out the complete poster version afterwards.

Small sneak preview of JA Tyler's "Jack and Jill"

Anyway, the series kicks off in two weeks, on Wednesday, February 10th, with the story "Jack and Jill" by JA Tyler, owner of the great small press Mudluscious; that should give you existing Twitter members plenty of time to start following the CCLaP Twitter feed, and curious non-members time to join. The live version will run for two consecutive days, with chapters published hourly between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Chicago time (3 p.m. to 1 a.m. GMT); then the poster version (a small sneak preview of which you're seeing above) will be posted in its printable form on Friday, February 12th, at the TwitLit web headquarters. Then two weeks after that, starting Tuesday, February 23rd, will come the story "Angels" by Josh Spilker, one of the runners of the hot lit-and-music blog Deckfight. Yes, CCLaP is currently seeking other intriguing TwitLit projects! Simply email me directly (Jason Pettus) at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com with your submission. I look forward to starting this series, and hope that you end up enjoying it as much as I'm enjoying putting it together.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:13 AM, February 1, 2010. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature |