So here is the challenge: I’ve already been asked to be a resource by several in the media for the NATO summit and promised protests here in Chicago. I have a unique perspective on all this, which seems to require a unique presentation. As a writer, a novelist and playwright, do I compete against untold journalists and risk getting lost in the noise and a mountain of instant tweets and uploads, or do I climb outside the box and do something no one in their right mind would attempt? Do I do what I do best? The answer was obvious.
I tell good stories. For the next month I will attempt the impossible; write a novella, 15 to 20 thousand words centered around the protest. It is fiction and the core of the story will be fictitious, but it will rely on the news of the day and be woven among real events to solidly place the story among the protests. There will be media quotes within the story. If they are attributable to real media, police and government officials they will be incorporated into the story to complete a rendering of a real world beyond the story, especially into the lead up of the protests.
Wish me luck. The purpose is to tell a story of the protests in far more intimate way. Is it entertainment? Journalism? What it will be is a compelling story. The central event in the story is fictitious, or maybe its not. You be the judge. 21 Days in May. The story begins tomorrow.
Hope to see you there.