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Terry Torok

Founder at Angel Producers, Founder at Live from Earth


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WHAT IF we write a novel together, right here, write now ... [ calling all story-tellers ]

A Novel idea, born & raised in a TED Conversation, August, 2011, several of us started writing a novel. As more contributed, it turned into sort of a global road trip adventure that took off in a retro VW van. Then, oops, TED Conversation time ran out, so we passed it by and editor, who helped create a unified writing style and some edits... I'd like to share the first chapter below, and see if we can continue another chapter... Consider the ways of improve, building without denying and enjoy.
Calling all fantastical Story Tellers... IF you are game... TRY YOUR BEST NOT TO COMMENT ABOUT THE STORY, JUST JUMP IN...
IT began, Like this...
A random road trip around the planet... seemed like a good way for the seven strangers to get to know each other...

The first to respond to the small advertisement that apparently ran in every small town newspaper, was in fact the soon to be ex mayor of Now Town. Mayor Theodore Chase, named after his small-town-famous father, swears he didn't vote for his own kid, his mother claims she carried a placard in the demonstration preceding his election warning the town, Now You See Us - Tomorrow You Won't. Somehow in just 3 years, he had managed to shut down everything that made childhood worth remembering; the public libraries, the educational programs that worked with artists, even the children's wading pool. Needless to say, the town was broke, and free of art and culture. A ban on laughter might have been next, be there was no need.

It might seem no one would miss the mayor, so getting out of Now Town, couldn’t have come soon enough. Mayor Chase, took to the wheel first. The six other strangers seemed happy not to know where they might be headed, at least, for now...


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    Feb 25 2013: Hi, Terry. I would help absolutely.
    Here is a character maybe to throw into the hopper. Linnea is a recent Ivy League grad who just broke up with her boyfriend of several years, isn't ready to return to the family trailer in the little town outside of Mount Rainier, doesn't want to join her roommates heading to Teach for America, didn't want to interview for all the finance and consulting jobs recruiters came to school to fill (yuck!), and certainly wasn't ready to head to grad school! With vague ideas of becoming a change agent via artistic urban interventions (think Street Theater) and ready for any adventure to get her more acquainted with the country (or world!) she had so far seen so little of, she filled out the application and waited anxiously to see if she had been selected for the road trip.

    By the way, a couple of years ago the Richard Hugo House in Seattle hosted The Novel Live. Thirty six professional writers tag teamed in two or three hour stints, writing onstage (with real time online readers observing), a novel.

    The result was Hotel Angeline.

    It's not Anna Karenina, but it turned out okay.
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      Feb 25 2013: Great Fritzie - The end of Part 8 is where the group ended when time ran out, an editor pulled some of the styles and oddities together... jump in!
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        Feb 25 2013: I hadn't realized it was so far along. I will read what you have so far and see if I can fit in with the flow of it.

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