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  1.  (5376.1)
    Thrown out as idealogical freeware by our high priest of Bob, the Rotor concept seems to be a really sound one.

    So who is down for this? I'm a writer and filmmaker and can work a wordpress page well enough. Also willing to go the tumblr route.

    I'd say it should be a 3 month commitment to this at the start.

    Artists, writers, photographers, video people? Who is in?
    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2009 edited
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    one site, five writers, five weekdays (five RSS feeds). every day each writer posts something new
    So wait - each writer is doing five things a week, or each does one per week? I'd be down for writing one a week.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2009 edited
     (5376.3)
    I'd write one a week.

    Let me know.
  2.  (5376.4)
    Definitely curious about it, and interested.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2009
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    I like writing. Let me know what happens...
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2009
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    I'm actually pretty interested in this idea. I believe it is each writer/artist posts one thing every day, 5 days per week. The idea, for writing, is to keep each day's post to under 500 words... so a maximum of 2500 words per week. That is not a lot of words, really. Many of us write more than that in Message Board posts here already.

    Art/music wise, it is one new thing from each artist per day for 5 days.

    POD collection of each writer's contribution once enough has been accumulated.

    I've had a story idea kicking around my head for a while with no real idea what to do with it, might be interesting to try it out in this format.

    To be viable, I'd guess it might be a good idea to have a full week or two in the can before starting publishing to the site - in order to build in padding. It could get frustrating for readers really quick if a story or thread they were following just died in the middle when the writer loses energy/gets busy/gets bored.
  3.  (5376.7)
    I write and I illustrate. My flash fics and my artwork are mainly in those links, but I have some stuff around. I like the ROTOR idea, so let me know.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2009
     (5376.8)
    It's certainly a good way to keep me motivated to practice...
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    I'd say each writer/artist/video/photog gets a day of the week of the week. Every week you have 5 new things.

    Yeah, putting some work in the can would be good to start, but creating on the fly, thought experiments, burst fiction, there's something to that. I've written things that never blossom into whole stories, but they work at 300 words just swell.

    Some caveats/thoughts

    -No fan fiction (really, I'm sure your Firefly novella is great, not the place)
    -No porn (really I'm sure your erotic Firefly novella is great, not the place)
    -Nothing that will get us arrested. Well, for felonies at least
    -You own your work, this is just a gallery space
    -Have a way of being gotten a hold of on the site (e-mail, website)

    My e-mail is
    gorotorgo (at)gmail.com

    Let's keep talking about it here for now, airing out the idea for a bit and getting people interested/involved.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2009 edited
     (5376.10)
    One thing a week per person isn't very much. I read somewhere once, and it strikes me as very true but seldom recognized, is that publishing on the web isn't really "publishing", it's "broadcasting", and different expectations determine it's success. Waiting a whole week to read 500 more words from an author is pretty much a deal breaker for a broadcasting attention span. 500 words per week is also an inadequate total for a publishing endeavor of any kind except maybe a weekly column in a newspaper - but remember, newspapers publish daily and contain dozens and dozens of articles on a wide range of topics. Not 1 article per day.

    2500 words per week is a better, meatier chunk for publishing - but, since on the web you are really broadcasting, it makes more sense to break that up into 5 chunks and broadcast one per day for 5 days, rather than all at once on one day. That keeps your audience coming back every day, and trains them to expect to see things they like on your channel.

    Just for illustration purposes, below are 500 words:

    This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much. This is five hundred words, it really isn't that much.


    P.S. - Also, I vote we sweet-talk Sizer into designing a ROTOR mark to logo up the site and the spines of the POD books.

    P.P.S. - over here on the Missing Links thread folks are talking about doing an online obscure movie recommendation club. This could be a daily feature on the ROTOR site, with a different recommendation and 500 word review by a different contributor each day. This could be outside of the main content by serial contributors, sort of an added feature of interest. It wouldn't be easily PODable, as there would be too many different contributors involved, but it would build a cool online library of mini reviews of the obscure, which would be an ongoing benefit to readers of the site.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2009
     (5376.11)
    I'd be willing to throw in on something like this.
  5.  (5376.12)
    This sounds like a good idea. I have no problems with writing five-hundred-word-or-less pieces. I was doing it on my MySpace page for over two years. I'd be up for throwing my hat into this.


    Will
  6.  (5376.13)
    An alternative to forward-loading two weeks, which like Orson says takes away in part from the seat-of-your-pants element, is to do trial runs, ten in two weeks, but discard say the first half of them as warm-up. Only leave a week of cushion.

    I'll watch how this goes for a sec but right now I spend all my practice time with drawing. My prose is in the freezer, getting kind of a weird gray tone.
  7.  (5376.14)
    I'm up for joining this.
    I agree that getting at least a weeks worth in the can before you start delivering it via the site is good.
  8.  (5376.15)
    Also, it just occured to me, an author's discarded first five entries should of course go in the printed book as bonus content. Waste not, want not. See, sometimes I have ideas that wouldn't get me tarred and thrown out of town on a mule.
  9.  (5376.16)
    I'm in for the five writers version if anyone else wants to do this.

    I'll even bankroll the hosting and domain registration if someone else can handle the technical backend.

    Contact me at christopherstuck at gmail dot com

    I think it would be neat to have 5 genres represented, but that isn't a must.

    I've got two people other than myself in already. It's possible that we could have ten writers with shorter updates, just to give readers two tastes each day (and to ensure that we definitely get one update every day).

    I've got domains registered for it at rotorbooks.com/.net/.org/.info.


    And I did this:

    RotoR Logo
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      CommentAuthormoali
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2009
     (5376.17)
    this'll end up being 5 hundred writers...
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2009
     (5376.18)
    Musician over here. My genre tends towards the more ambient improv stuff, but if that'd fit the bill, I'd be very interested in jumping onboard.
  10.  (5376.19)
    Excellent, excellent.

    @Crash
    EXCELLENT. Play with some colors as well? Something metal perhaps? Rusting?

    @taphead:
    YES. Music. Fantastic.

    @oddbill:
    I think the problem with a longer piece is that it's not going to be too much for the casual reader. Also, this isn't just about writers, a 500 word chunk like you put up isn't much bigger than a good sized picture, or a vimeo video.
    This is about providing quick fictions and introductions. Everyone participating should have some other site for longer material. Get a taste on Rotor, go read the author's novel on their site.

    I'm thinking wordpress is best for this. Rss feeds are easy to put up on it. I'll cover the domain fee, which is like 15 bucks if you use wordpress.com. Should we meet, buy me a beer.

    Names for the site?
    Rotor?
    Gorotorgo?

    Thoughts? I can get this cooking today, I happen to be off from work.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2009
     (5376.20)
    I like the idea that people have something weekly that accumulates, that eventually *becomes* something that hits a full POD item when finished, bearing a ROTOR mark. I thought that was the whole point. I think this was kind of an essential part of the idea that is missing when you're talking about little bits of weekly burst fiction to get people looking at other sites. People DO like to tune in weekly for serials-- what else do you think we're doing here? But the thought of having 5 *different* things to tune into, and 5 different things to follow every week? That's awesome. For instance-- a line-up could be A few weekly pages of a comic, someone writing a serial novel (something to keep reading), someone writing a collection of short stories (a new short story per "issue"), a poet/photographer duo (perhaps a few poems weekly, with photographs to accompany), and weekly music by the same artist until there's a CD (of course, bearing the ROTOR logo like everything else). Once there's enough content, make the POD thing, and either switch people up or start anew. That was the idea as I understood it, and one thing a week is more than enough content to keep people coming back weekly. It'd also be enough to keep people busy. A 500 word limit for the writers might be kind of small, though.