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October 26, 2011
Posted at 2:08 pm
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Naked Came the Carney

I get the occasional nice e-mail from readers who enjoyed "PurpleProse1020," wondering if I'm going to be posting something new anytime soon.

But as I wade through a number of half-finished pieces, I did recently get motivated by Ken Randall's "Naked Came the Teenager" project. Its first chapters were posted today, under the umbrella authorship of SOL Collective.

For those too young to remember the inspiration for the project, "Naked Came the Stranger" was one of the trashiest, most incoherent and most sex-soaked romance novels ever to make it to the New York Times' bestseller list. And it was a hoax: a couple of dozen New York journalists, given the barest of character outlines, each contributed a chapter to the book, all without knowing what anyone else was writing.

Ken set the parameters for "Naked Came the Teenager" in a recent blog post, and I found it both great fun and an exercise in disciplined writing to take part in Beth Sims' world of in-jokes, catch phrases and sex, sex and more sex.

There's still plenty of room left for any writers that want to take part. Think of it as the equivalent of writing a single episode of an established X-rated sitcom . . .

And as for the chapter (or chapters) that I contributed . . . well, it's more fun to let you guess what was mine.