A momentary lapse of reason

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Before Experimental Heart was published, a discussion at the LabLit fora centered on whether it was possible to write an exciting story that remained true to real lab life. I maintained that it could, and in the best traditions of empiricism set out to prove it by experiment.
This led to a collaborative writing project: I set the scene, we gathered some characters and people to write them, laid some ground rules and the Experimental ‘Lab Lit’ Fiction Corner was born.

And for a while, the experiment was a success. Characters and plot developed, dark goings-on were revealed, mysteries deepened and pulses quickened. Unfortunately, time and trouble got in the way—I suffered from depression, people were busy, I moved back to the UK; the momentum was lost.

The story was never finished.

I’ve toyed with the idea of finishing the story myself—after all, I know the plot and how I want it to resolve—and producing it as a radio play, or something like that. But the other night, Jenny and I came up with a better idea: let’s finish the damn thing the way we started. But what we’ll do is apply a bit of pressure, and complete the experiment in full view of the internets.

Here’s the plan.

I’m going to edit what we’ve got already, and serialize it here at Confessions over the coming couple of months. That will give me impetus to get it into shape. I’m getting in contact with the other writers, and it will encourage them to produce something. I’ll give them more guidance as to where they should be taking it, which means they can concentrate on writing rather than plotting (or understanding just what the blazes is going on).

The story will develop over at the LabLit fora, and I’ll post edited versions here a few days after they appear there. And I encourage you to add comments in the forum thread created for the purpose. You can also read what we’ve got so far in that forum, but you might like to pace yourself and wait for the serialization here—it’s completely up to you.

Oh, and I’m trying to trace all the writers we had before. Some of them might not be able to commit, so if you want to volunteer to take over a character, please let me know!

Wish us luck.

(And we can still produce it for radio—or podcast, at least—at the end of it all.)

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5 Responses to A momentary lapse of reason

  1. Tideliar says:

    Y’know I always wondered what happened to Brad…

  2. rpg says:

    Now’s your chance to find out.

    But you better be nice to me if you don’t want him to have an accident with the -20 room and a bottle of formaldehyde…

  3. ricardipus says:

    This might be the most awesomely cool thing I’ve seen in a long time. Well, apart from the stem cell dress of course.

    I look forward to reading the serialized version…

  4. chall says:

    I’m so stoked about this! (As seen in the forum a long long time ago… think I posted things about it since I’m curious about who did it and “what’s that Slater guy up to”. Not to mention of course, Toni’s budding flirting and the intricacies (spelling?) of the romance in the lab btw people….. all highly intriguing and tension building.)

    I’m SO in. (if anyone wondered after my very teenish comment 😉 ) LOL! W2G etc etc… (I so am out of the loop of what teens use nowadays… obviously)

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