24 Hour Novel

On Saturday, May 28, I joined 22 other writers to complete a novel in 24 hours. The project was being featured at an art show in New Jersey, where patrons could watch the novel being written on screen in real-time, as 23 writers simultaneously edited the same document.

At 12:00 am that day, the novel’s outline was released to the writers, along with character descriptions and our chapter assignment. We had until midnight to write at least 2,700 words. At the end of the 24 hours I wound up having written 3,274 words.

I wrote most of my chapter from 1:30 am until 5:30 am.

Sleep wasn’t an option.

After a morning commitment in Maine, I headed to a coffee shop in Newmarket, NH where some of the writers were gathering, rotating in and out in different shifts as the hours ticked by.

Lesson learned that day: I write better in solitary silence.

I headed home to complete my chapter and skim-edit the chapter before and after mine, and skim other chapters for consistency.

Editing was a mad dash as the clock was counting down.

I made my final edit at 11:58 p.m.

At midnight, the novel was complete, and is available to read for free at this site.

Local press coverage was here.

Click here for photos from May 28, 2011

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24 Hour Novel Project

Click here to watch me co-write a novel in 24 hours on Saturday, May 28.

Shawn’s birthday

Click for photos from May 22, 2011

Syttende Mai Parade photos

I managed to salvage a few photos from my phone, and import photos from my mom’s camera.

I also learned a great lesson as to how to not zap photos from my computer and Flickr going forward.

Click for photos from May 15, 2011

And Lars sent along these photos from the big day in Oslo on the 17th:

Syttende Mai Parade

Hip hip hurra!

I finally made it back for the annual parade in Brooklyn to celebrate Norway’s May 17 Independence Day. The parade is always held on the Sunday closest to the “17th of Mai” and this time I finally had a free weekend to get there. I’ve been meaning to get back for years, but I always seem to have a conflict. In fact, this past weekend Shawn had a theatre commitment so wasn’t able to make the trip, but my mom was interested, so she and I drove down.

The weather wasn’t great, which added to the sparse crowd which the parade has been known for over the past ten years or so. In my youth, the parade was a huge event and would be two-to-three people deep on the sidewalks. When I was about eight or nine years old, Liv Ullmann was the Grand Marshall, so it used to be a really big deal. But as the Norwegian-American community slowly moved away and the neighborhood became more diverse, the crowds stopped coming.

The parade organizers still keep the tradition going by marching in Bay Ridge, and there are still many organizations who travel from different states to march in the parade, as well as quite a few Norwegian-Americans who still travel to watch the parade. It seems to be hanging on by a thread, though, so here’s to positive vibes for keeping it around for as long as possible.

My photos were on Flickr, but got zapped.

Once I salvage the few photos I can from my Flickr malfunction, I’ll repost. Lars has also sent along photos that I’ll post as well.

I also took a short video of my Dad’s drum corps, the Bay Ridge Ridgemen. There were only a few alumni marching, and no snare drums. Luckily, I managed to not zap this clip.

48 Hour Filmmaker

48 Hour Filmmaker: New Hampshire 2011

NH Media Makers

Click for photos from May 8, 2011