This is a really interesting and exciting blog/idea. Trying to Throw My Arms Around the World is a chick lit book in blog form, which is interesting in itself but what I think is exciting is that this book/blog is about lesbian chick lit – a seeming non-existent (as far as my explorations have taken me) sub-genre of chick lit. The popular image of a chick lit heroine is that of the heterosexual woman and the queer woman has been left out in the cold, as if she too, doesn’t struggle with career, love, family, and the search for self. This story is about “Lee Harlem Robinson, who is looking back at the past ten years of her life and the reasons why she currently finds herself lonely and seemingly exiled in Hong Kong.”
Author/Main Character Ms. Robinson explains in a press release that “The website aims to explore new ways of bringing chick lit directly to interested readers.” In this way she is exploring self-publishing by making the story available for download to be read on ebook readers like the Amazon Kindle or Sony eReader and tablet computers like the iPad.
I for one will be downloading and following this fascinating experiment in writing and publishing!
Here is the full press release.
HONG KONG – January 27, 2011: As of today, Lee Harlem Robinson’s fiction blog ‘Trying toThrow my Arms Around the World’ (www.leeharlemrobinson.com) is live. The website aims to explore new ways of bringing chick lit directly to interested readers. It is an on-going narrative in blog form, written by Lee Harlem Robinson, who is looking back at the past ten years of her life and the reasons why she currently finds herself lonely and seemingly exiled in Hong Kong.
As Lee Harlem Robinson struggles to come to grips with the insanely fast-paced city of Hong Kong, where she was sent by her employers, she starts to wonder where it all went wrong. The reader is taken on a journey back in time from Lee’s early years in romance in London and Paris to her current life in the city where “yuppie actually still works as a term of endearment”. The big question, as in every romance, is: will she eventually find love?
In order to explore new ways of distribution the content is also downloadable in tablet form, allowing the reader to take it away from the internet. “This is not just an adventure in fiction” says Lee Harlem Robinson, founder and writer of the blog. “I also want to test the waters of the self publishing world. With the rise of tablet computers we currently experience a brand new way of approaching readers. While blogging is very much becoming a thing of the previous decade, reading electronic books is definitely a big part of the future. I want to use the older medium ofblogging to encourage people to download my fiction to their iPads and Kindles.” “Chick-on-chick-lit is as good as non-existing”, Robinson concludes. “I hope my style of light fiction finds its way to an audience and sparks some underground enthusiasm.”