I Am Michael J Seidlinger’s Novel

That’s right. I am going to be Michael J Seidlinger’s novel. Or, well, Michael J Seidlinger is going to turn me into the main character of his next novel. How is this possible? Well, CCM (Civil Coping Mechanisms) is running a fundraiser.

That’s right. CCM publishes some innovative and extremely strange (but good) writing…and they are setting up for a pretty big year. Of course, they could use a hand with that since their line isn’t exactly the most commercial. They are hoping to raise about $3000 to help add eBook alternatives to their print titles, overhaul their web site, expand their offerings, fund some strangeness, and so on. They’ve raised about $713 at the time I’m writing this and they have about 49 days left to go.

And, the fundraising page has some pretty interesting swag. $30 gets you all of Gabby G’abby’s chapbooks (the black dot series, pretty flowers, holly go lightly, and airplane food) as a perfect bound, full-color book. There’s also other cool stuff like a personalized chapbook from Ana Carrete.

At one point, you could even get the “You Are the Novel” perk where “Michael J Seidlinger will turn you into the main character of his next novel.” However, you can’t get that now. I got that, and there was only one.

Frankly, I had to get it. Having Michael J Seidlinger model a character after me almost seems better than having my name on my own book (Bones Buried in the Dirt, forthcoming in March 2013).

However, now that I think about it, the exact wording of the perk concerns me a little: “Michael J Seidlinger will turn you into the main character of his next novel.” That doesn’t say he will make the main character of the novel to be me…it says that he’ll turn me into the main character of his next novel. I’m sure it could seem innocuous…but if you’ve read Michael J Seidlinger’s work (such as In Great Company, The Sky Conducting, and others) then you’d be concerned as well.

In any event, you can go to the CCM fundraising page and contribute to get some cool perks, but you can’t have this one. Whatever Michael does to me as part of this, this one is mine.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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5 Responses to I Am Michael J Seidlinger’s Novel

  1. Pingback: David Atkinson Is My Novel « MICHAEL J SEIDLINGER

  2. The Sky Conducting , Michael J. Seidlinger’s debut novel, is a sometimes unsettling, often dry entry into the annals of post-apocalyptic dystopian literature. In it, America is dead of an unknown event, and the only Americans left are a family. The nuclear family, as it is called throughout, is comprised of a mother, a father, a daughter, and a son. All things considered, this slim book is heavier on mood than on plot and characterization.

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