Tuesday, June 3, 2014


When I began this narrative experiment, I struggled with what to call it. I settled on Stories In Overdrive, never totally happy with it. Early this morning, on the week of my retirement, I came up with something I like better: CineFiction. Writing for the screen of the mind. Visual writing, vertical writing ... shown on your mental screen. CineFiction.

Okay, you writers out there, get with it and establish this as a new narrative form. The baton is passed.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A new form of narrative: the Overdrive experiment

Some time ago, two concerns converged to create what I call "the Overdrive experiment." One, I realized that more of my students were reading on smart phones and tablets and that these electronic screens did not like the text density of a Henry James for easy reading. Two, the great ignored storytellers of our time are screenwriters, writing tens of thousands of stories a year that never reach an audience because their only outlet is the movie screen. What if their were another way for these stories to reach an audience?

When I remembered that the contemporary screenplay was based on a "vertical writing style" peculiar to screenwriters, the eye moving down the page moreso than across the page, a minimalist style in which story trumps rhetoric, I realized that here was the basis of a storytelling form perfectly suited to reading on small electronic devices.

Stories in Overdrive was born.

Here, then, are ten examples of the new narrative form, a fast-paced novella based on the screenplay -- in this case, on my own unproduced screenplays.

The "experiment" has been going on long enough now for me to reach a conclusion: it is an aesthetic success and a commercial disappointment. Most of my work turns out this way. With proper marketing, however, these quick reads surely can reach the large audience waiting for them. Enough have expressed their delight for me to believe this. It's not a form for everyone, of course, but there is a large body of readers ready for this.

I hereby pass the torch, so to speak, and hope that a younger, more energetic writer, probably a screenwriter, continues the experiment and proves that Stories In Overdrive are a natural form for a digital world.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What is #11?

Grunt work done on #10, which should be out by the weekend. Time to select #11. I'm leaning toward Casanova for its social commentary.

Friday, November 8, 2013

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Slower but sure

Still plugging away on new title. Slower release now that I'm teaching -- but I released 8 in the summer, with a goal of 3 (!), so I am far ahead of the initial plan. I want to get out one a term, however. Moving ahead on #9, and mornings in the office on teaching days seems to be my best time for the grunt work involved in format.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Overdrive in the office

During the term, the best place to do format grunt work may be in my office at the university before class time. We'll see. I am hoping to find a routine that still produces a new book every 6 weeks or so.

Friday, October 4, 2013

A new term

Now that I'm teaching again, progress on new titles will be slower.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Writerly Revenge is next

An old writer blames his agent for lack of fame and fortune.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Format done

#8 ready for polish. Release next week looks good.

Monday, September 16, 2013


  Back to back ten page days on #8. Shooting for late next week release.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Late start

Finally started the grunt work for #8, getting first 10 pages formatted. Hope to keep at it and release the book next week. We'll see.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

#8 chosen

 Going to do Recovery, in honor of my VA counselor, who passed away. He was younger than I am, is the model for the character in the story.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A little behind

 Victory Sisters a tad late but coming along now ... end of week, I hope.