All right! CCLaP's new story series, TwitLit, officially kicks off later this morning, with the 20-part story "Jack & Jill" by JA Tyler. Here's JA's bio, for those who aren't familiar already with this prolific writer and editor:
J. A. Tyler is the author of Inconceivable Wilson (scrambler books, 2009), Sinatra (vox press, 2010), In Love With a Ghost (willows wept press, 2010), A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed (fugue state press, 2011), A Shiny, Unused Heart (black coffee press, 2011) and The Zoo, A Going (dzanc books, 2013). His work has appeared recently with Diagram, Sleepingfish, Caketrain, Fairy Tale Review, elimae, and Action, Yes among others. He is also founding editor of mud luscious / ml press. To read more, visit: www.mudlusciouspress.com.
I also asked JA if he might share a few thoughts on what it was like to write a story under the constricting limits of a place like Twitter, which only allows for chapter lengths of 140 characters; here's what he had to say...
"The restriction of character limits is somehow a great catalyst for writing: it sparks our thinking and changes our perceptions, forcing us to interact with language in a new way, to break and reconstruct it in a different fashion. Twitter may not be the future of literature, but it is definitely an interesting new layer to the way we create language."
To read the live version of the story as it's being serially published, simply "follow" CCLaP's account at your own over at Twitter (twitter.com/cclapcenter); the twenty chapters of the story will be published hourly over the next two days, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chicago time, or 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. GMT. (And don't worry about missing a few updates -- TwitLit stories are designed specifically so that one doesn't have to read every chapter in order to not be lost.) For those who don't want to bother with Twitter, don't forget that a downloadable high-quality PDF poster version of the entire story will be available here starting this Friday, over at the website's main TwitLit page (cclapcenter.com/twitlit). And don't forget, both JA and I would love to hear your feedback about this experiment; you can do so as a comment to this blog post, over at the CCLaP Facebook group, or directly at Twitter by adding "@cclapcenter" to your tweet. Enjoy!