I've been working on a super-secret web project for an interesting, celebrity client who is using her high profile in the real world for, as I like to say, the powers of Good and not Evil, something I always try to support here at communicatrix-dot-com.
Hell, that's kind of my modus operandi for life in general.
Anyway, eventually, everyone and his brother will be able to participate just by going to a good, old-fashioned URL. But for launch, we want to have some coolio stuff ready to go. I told my client that I have the most interesting, fearless readers in the world, and hey, counting the readers of readers, that's probably close to true, so I'd put the word out here.
We're still working out the copyright issue, because ultimately, there may be enough cool stories to warrant a compilation in book form, which she'd like to be able to do. But for now, let's say that there will be a rider there where you can opt-in if you'd like to be included in the book, and opt-out if, for some reason, you wouldn't. Either way, everyone retains copyright of his or her material, meaning you're free to do whatever the hell else you want with it.
In other words, she ain't looking to get rich off us chumps; she's doing fine in that department. She's just really, really into stories.
And that's what the site is about: everyone's stories. Because as someone who's walked longtime amongst the rich and famous (and the starving artists and regular people before then), she knows that "famous" does not necessarily mean "has better story."
So here are the topics she's looking for essays on now:
- "Most inexplicable fling or crush" (you know, that one you're, like, WHAT THE HELL?!?! after it passes)
- "New passions or obsessions, however fleeting" (she mentioned a new and strange love of watching Sunday golf on TV, even though she hates golf and has no desire to learn to play)
- "Regrets" (big, little, whatever)
- "Most memorable high school dance" (could be prom...although not for me...)
- "In what ways are you a weenie" (uh...yeah. 500 words probably isn't enough for me)
- UPDATE: "Favorite space you've ever lived in, and why"
Each story should be on ONE of the topics (i.e., don't combine your crush with your prom story, or at least not as though people will get that there is more than one topic; each story should stand alone).
Also, if you want to play, they should be:
- around 500 words, max
- personal (i.e., about your experience)
- p0rn-free (or really, really hilarious)
Other than that, she's wide open. Site should go live June 1, god willin' and the creek don't rise. If you're totally freaked by sending your precious words to me like this, I can give you more details, but you'll be sworn to secrecy and if you blab, you will be SO uninvited to my birthday party.
E-MAIL STORIES TO ME, PLEASE, AT communicatrix-at-gmail-dot-com
Let's say by...May 18. (Don't want to drive the developer batty, esp. since he's The BF.)
Don't worry if you're a great writer, a medium writer, or not-a writer. Although I believe there's no such thing: we're all storytellers somehow, and if you don't believe me, you don't listen to StoryCorps enough.
Or read this blog enough, for that matter...