Okay, it is a little off-topic, but too cool not to mention.
Fritz Bogott is a friend from our days in St. Paul who always impressed me with his intelligence, generousity, sense of humor and creativity. A generally quiet man, he also has great taste in loud music.
Sure, it was cool to watch Jonathan Coulton produce a Thing a Week (check him out if you haven’t yet), but Fritz is launching a project to write a novel each month.
Starting June 1, I will write a novel a month for a year and blog about the experience, with able assistance from illustrator and animator Mozhi.
I will start with a plot suggested by my three-year-old daughter, who told me a story one evening about a family of mechanically-inclined trolls who travel to our house each night in cars and buses, break in using wrenches, ladders and WD-40, and subject us to a series of complicated practical jokes.
The second plot is based upon a dream in which my long-estranged great uncle demands to meet me at a Pismo Beach-themed restaurant and hands over a fifty-year-old postcard in which the anonymous sender promises to kill him in exactly fifty years. This is the first I have heard of it. He seems to think I will be able to help.
In the third plot, the entire U.S. intelligence establishment is outsourced to a reality show.
You gotta’ love it. Just his chutzpah alone is worth celebrating.
Check out Novel-a-Month and subscribe to its feed.
If you like the sound of his first three novels, tell someone else (who probably also likes Vonnegut, Robbins, and/or Christopher Moore).
Good luck, Fritz- I’ll be reading and cheering from here.