I am an author published by a major house. Credentials or samples available privately as this project will be completed under a pseudonym.
Zcash/ECC white page determined a need for quality fiction exploring themes of privacy and freedom. I’d like to create, with the community’s input through an initial and followup Discord input sessions, an open sourced novel that speaks to the dangers facing personal freedoms, and the solutions posed by decentralization, open-sourcing, and general goodwill. We hope to represent the community’s goals and values, and even examine the challenges this particular approach will incur.
Premise: As we go through our days we are influenced by television, social media, the music we listen to, and the information we gather through our senses, all seemingly random, all nudging us forward as if by fate. What if all these micro-nudges suddenly became hyper-apparent? You’d be one of the few people wide awake in a world of souls hypnotized, triggered, and locked in an externally driven motivation machine fueled by addiction and extortion, made possible by a systematic multileveled gross violation of privacy. What powers run this machine and to what end? How did you wake up? And if you plainly saw your world sleepwalking to the beat of an unknown drummer what, if anything, could you do about it?
This is the conflict of the protagonist in a (proposed) short, plainly written novel, detailing a journey from enmeshment in a dehumanizing pervasive system of surveillance and manipulation to individual freedom. I propose an initial Discord with topics such as characterization/setting, conscious/unconscious desire, principles of antagonism/value, etc. and invite community members to weigh in on the decisions that shape story. The writing will be done on my own, but will offer polls throughout to guide the narrative as needed. I leave to you all whether or not we directly name Zcash/cryptocurrency or use broader metaphors.
However, I think it would be in everyone’s best interest if I am paired with a small, trusted volunteer editorial committee to assure that my work adequately reflects Zcash/ECC’s best knowledge and intentions. These folks can organically select from the Discord group based on interest and inclination. You all have been in the privacy game much longer and deeper than I have, and I would like to rely on that experience and judgement.
While I feel well up to the task of the writing/assimilation—even the publishing—of such work, I’m not a publicist or distributor, so when the time comes, this task would need to be handled by the community or someone other than me. I agree to participate in promotions.
Let me know if this is the type of creative writing project you are looking to sponsor, as per your white page, and if we might come to an agreement for its execution.
Most sincerely in all save the pseudonym which follows, T. Coverly
Short (under 200p., target 120) novel in near cinematic form, ready for animation or video production if that would serve future use. Sadly, readers grow scarce.
I will sit and write until the story is told and then I will rewrite until my Zeditors are satisfied with the product, stopping short of abuse.
I find that there are benefits to having a hand in the narrative. I think the idea is that story creates a modern mythology/metaphor around the day’s challenges, in this case surveillence , privacy and media manipulation, so people are inspired to find creative solutions and the courage to explore them.
As far as I know, this has never been done before, outside of TV writing, a team of all pros. This project gives a literary voice to a brilliant group of innovators who are generally limited to tech, using the collaborative methods they have honed . It could be a trainwreck, but it could be so cool. At the completion of the work, we would reapply for funding for marketing if we decided the most decentralized distribution route forward would be independent publishing.
I’m not sure about this one. Stories are words, and words always seem to wrangle up mischief.
I’d rely on editorial volunteers for evaluation.
See proposal. I’d like to have an outline in 6 weeks, draft ready in 8 months (this is a conservative estimate). 2nd draft in 10, Finished copy within 2 additional months, depending on editor’s gauntlet.
Collect in installments, weighted towards the finish. This is negotiable. Writing is time intensive and this is a labor of love and conviction, which I would be proud to complete.