Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Best Twitter Saga Ever, ROW80, and Sequels

(ROW80 final para.)  All's quiet on the digital front, or at least, it has been here at The Ides for the last week and a half or so.  My enforced Internet break was interesting. I hadn't really expected it to make that much of a difference. Honestly, as far as productivity, it didn't much. But surprisingly, it created what I can only describe as an extra edgy mental space. I hadn't ever really placed social networking and Internet relationships on the same level as real-time ones. They're not the same, of course. That's not what I'm saying. But they have the same, if not greater, level of personal intensity. The mental and emotional investment I have in some of these relationships is just as great. I simply hadn't realized how closely enmeshed I had become with my digital universe until I unplugged from it a bit. Quite revelatory all around. What am I going to do with this information? Heck if I know. Get pulled further in, I'm sure. Make better friends with my iPhone.

Speaking of, I really miss @MayorEmanuel. If you missed this amazing sideshow to the Chicago mayoral race, it's worth revisiting. I'm convinced the whole @MayorEmanuel Twitter saga pushed the boundaries of what social media can do, and may well be the very first successful Twitter "novel." It was damn fine entertainment, at times funny, foul-mouthed, dangerous, action-packed, and touching. When @MayorEmanuel was sucked into the alternate dimension, after Carl the Intern confessed his love, I knew the impossible had happened: the birth of something new under the sun. According to The Atlantic, which uncovered alter-Rahm's creator:

@MayorEmanuel is a new genre that is native to Twitter. When you try to turn his adventures into traditional short stories or poems, they lose the crucial element of time. The episode where the mayor gets stuck in the sewer pipes of City Hall just does not work when the 15 tweets aren't spaced out over 7 hours. It's all over too fast to be satisfying. There's no suspense.
The plot is simple: @MayorEmanuel is running to be mayor of Chicago. His adventures sometimes overlap with the campaign activities of the real-life Rahm, like when the latter visits Groupon or does a 50-ward tour or watches the Bears. But a lot of the time @MayorEmanuel's adventures occur in an alternate reality. He has wild dinners at his brother Ari's house in Los Angeles. He moves into the crawlspace of Emanuel's rented house in Chicago, and later into an igloo. He gets stuck in the sewers underneath City Hall and kidnapped by current Mayor Richard M. Daley. During that last adventure, he realizes that two Mayor Emanuels can't coexist and goes through a time vortex, ending the story (for now).@MayorEmanuel is sometimes accompanied by political advisor David Axelrod and a cast of imaginary characters: Carl the Intern, Hambone (a dog), and Quaxelrod (a duck with a moustache).
It's as weird as it sounds, at times even reaching the Pynchonian realm of highbrow slapstick.  (excerpt from The Atlantic. Read the whole article here.)

It is my first ROW80 check in after my I-net return, and I am pleased to report that my word count is ramping back up, as is my editing. As the deadline for book 2 of my trilogy approaches, I'm even thinking of adjusting my goals to reflect this. The focus needs to be on getting this sequel out. However, for now, four writing days and one chapter a week is what I initially defined, and I'm sticking with that. It's Wednesday, and I've accomplished two writing heavy days out of four, and one editing heavy day. I'm blogging right now, so that leaves one more, and I've beta'd for someone this week. Maybe it's a stretch, but I'm going to count that towards my one book a week goal. Oh, who am I kidding? I also read Lori Brighton's The Mind Readers, which I loved. I have a reading problem. I just can't stop. Thank god for ebooks. I don't know how I managed the mortgage before .99 and 2.99 books. There are so many exciting new releases coming up. VJ Chambers just released a new one, and JL Bryan has the second Jenny Pox book coming out, not to mention his Haunted Ebook, which I haven't read yet. Who else? I know I'm forgetting something. Oh, right! Tabitha Suzuma's Forbidden should be here in the mail any day. I've heard nothing but good about that book, so much so that I actually bought a physical copy and had it shipped. I've been staring at the mailman like a sad starving puppy everyday he hasn't brought it. Snail mail sucks. Am I missing anyone? Shout out if you have a new release or want to recommend one, please. Help feed the monkey! And everyone have a good week! -VK


  1. I'd recommend something but, um, I think you might have hoovered up all of the words already. ;)

    Good to hear your writing/editing is on track. Enjoy your new book when it arrives!

  2. Excellent analysis on social media. I've pondered the same question. And, as my own reading pace increases, I wonder if there's a connection between e-reading, writing, and connecting with other writers that spurs that on ways beyond the obvious exposure to new and more reading material.

  3. Good point Ben- I don't think we've even begun to tap the surface of what these new literacies can do. Interesting connection you made between reading pace and e-medias. I hadn't made that connection, but I've been practically inhaling books, etc. since making the jump to the ereader. I don't think it's just that ebooks are shorter, different, whatever, either. There's something deeper going on. Something to ponder.