Haig and I have been doing some recording today for our soon-to-be podcast. Despite countless technological setbacks (the camera got unplugged), interruptions, and a good chat over a hefty Chinese lunch, we seem finally to have a plan emerging. We’ve been seeing a trend in our projects lately; a lot of people in the business of publishing books are putting more energy into developing online systems. We decided to use this as our theme for today’s podcast. This has inspired me to do some googling for new approaches to publishing, and I’ve been quite amazed at what I’ve found. One thing about the interwebs that often surprises me is how faithfully it contains things which i had previously thought to be figments of my imagination. Case in point: I had often daydreamed about a system whereby the general public could write a novel together, and of course, it already exists (probably in duplicate). Here’s just such a system, developed by non-other-than Penguin themselves: A Million Penguins . Not only does the system already exist, but the novel it was set up to write has already been written. I can’t wait to read it.
I might even write a review when I’m done.