21 Days in May: An Occupy Novella

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. 

W.C. Turck

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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