24 Hour Novel Project

Dream of writing a novel but can’t find time to write? You may need to rethink that. A team of wordsmiths from across the country wrote an entire novel collaboratively in one day: 23 authors, 1 illustrator, 24 hours. The 24 Hour Novel Project led by New Hampshire artist and writer John Herman was a featured work at the inaugural NewMediator Art Show at Nighthawk Books in Highland Park, New Jersey, and viewers around the world watched via the web as every word was composed in real-time.  The collaboration culminated in a free Creative Commons licensed e-book available for download below.

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Please explore our author’s biographies and links below. Also feel free to congratulate them using the hashtag #24HrNovel on Twitter.

M.F. Bloxam – M.F. lives in Portsmouth, NH.  She is the author of THE NIGHT BATTLES (The Permanent Press, 2008).  Learn more about her work at

Kathy Boss – The author of two children’s books, Kathy, was born in Australia, raised in Canada and now lives in New England. She is currently working on a novel about a “love child” born in the 1970s who, as soon as she is old enough, flees her parents liberal, nomadic lifestyle. She turns mainstream and ends up so buried in the safety of suburbia that she yearns for the freedom of her youth, but cannot forget its price.

Dan Brian – Dan is a former music journalist and current fiction writer. He regularly fortifies his apocalyptic-scenario escape routes and consumes more Taco Bell than healthy. He reviews whiskey on the Dandy Scotch Brawlers podcast and exorcises writing demons on his blog.

Kathleen Cavalaro – Although screenplay writing is her area of comfort, Kathleen has also dabbled in lyrics, short stories and poetry. Her first play, “At My Window,” is set to open the 20th season at the Players’ Ring theater in Portsmouth, NH, in September 2011 (starring the person below me).

E. Christopher Clark – Chris is an author, educator, and all-around geek who is passionate about storytelling in all its forms. The founder of the pop culture blog Geek Force Five, his work has also been published in Commonthought, Device, The Bradford ReView, and in Literary Matters, the newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

Deanna L. Cooley – Deanna, 24, graduated from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications – English. She is currently working on completing her first novel.

Benjamin Kane Ethridge – Ben is author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE, recently nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in Superior Achievement in a First Novel. His official website presence is Purchase BLACK & ORANGE, trade paperback or on Kindle via Amazon.

Chuck Galle – Chuck authored STORIES I NEVER TOLD MY DAUGHTER, a memoir of a raucous life before, during, as well after the so-called Sixties. He is currently working on a “cozy” mystery story with an itinerant actor sticking his nose into murders among his cast members. Chuck also acts on stage and screen and has been seen in fifteen TV commercials over the past three years. His website is

Jasmine Giacomo – Jasmine writes in the fantasy and mystery genres from Washington State, where she lives with her husband and two small children. She also enjoys geocaching, history, science and puzzles, holds a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, and particularly enjoys reading and writing fight scenes. Check out her blog at Worlds of Jasmine for free short fiction or purchase books (ebook and print) from Amazon.

Matthew Gold – Matt is a writer of speculative fiction and lover of robots the world over.  His last book THE WONDERS AT YOUR FEET deals with themes of murder, fame, and infamy alike and can be purchased through Amazon and other online retailers.  Check out his blog, where he writes about technology, politics, and mental illness.

R.W.W. Greene – Rob is a former journalist turned high-school writing teacher now pursuing his MFA in fiction writing at Southern New Hampshire University. He writes fiction and records podcasts (See: Peek inside his pulsing brain at his blog.

John Herman – 24 Hour Novel Project creator John is an artist, writer, and web adventurer. His projects often explore the crossroads of society and technology. He is also working on his first (solo) novel. His website is Follow him on Twitter: @johnherman

Jasmin Hunter – Jasmin is a freelance writer and photographer with a weekly article in the Seacoast Scene.  She has also contributed stories and photos to Experience Magazine, The Portsmouth Herald, Fosters, The Wire and Portland Phoenix.  Other credits include the monologue Sundance recently performed at The Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth, NH. Website, Twitter @jasminhunter.

Steve Johnson – Steve is a writer, actor, radio DJ for WSCA 106.1 FM and producer of charity storytelling event A Winter’s Tale. He is currently pursuing a side career as an amateur perfumer and fragrance writer.

James Patrick Kelly – Jim has written novels, short stories, essays, reviews, poetry, plays and planetarium shows.  His short novel BURN won the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Nebula Award in 2007 and he has won the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award twice: in 1996, for his novelette “Think Like A Dinosaur” and in 2000, for his novelette, “Ten to the Sixteenth to One.” His website is

Christopher Klemmer – Christopher Klemmer is a sketch comedy writer for Portsketch and lives in Portsmouth, NH. Whether it be alarming fellow middle school peers with disturbing stories in creative writing classes or writing press releases as a sports information director in college, writing has been a constant thread in his life. His favorite book is THE STAND by Stephen King but he feels his life is more like “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

Margaret McAleese – Margaret’s full-length play, There’s a Girl in Boston, was commissioned by Yellow Taxi Productions in Nashua, NH (considered for the American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award). Her ten-minute play, Captured, was selected for New Hampshire Theatre Project’s New Works Festival, and her short play, Seven Sisters, appeared in An Evening of Steampunk and Robot Theatre at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH. Margaret’s essay, From Haystacks to Handbrakes, was the first-place winner of the “My Brooklyn” annual writing festival at the Brooklyn Public Library in 2007.

Joe Stanganelli – Joe is a Boston-based writer, communications consultant, and attorney.  In addition to writing scripts, songs, and stories, Joe writes about business and technology topics for United Business Media and other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @JoeStanganelli.

Laura Thomas – Laura lives in beautiful Portsmouth, NH with her boyfriend and their two spoiled dogs. This is her first time working on a novel; usually when she tries to sit down to write she is distracted by the sudden need to do laundry, drinking more coffee, and wondering if she could survive alone in Jurassic Park. Laura is passionate about improv and sketch comedy; find out more about her group Portsketch.

Jillian Thiele – English teacher, writer, and improvisor, Jillian proudly hails from NH, where she enjoys performing with improv comedy troupe Stranger Than Fiction, directing student productions, and spending time with family at home and in NY.  A traveler, indie music lover, and cine-phile, Jillian appreciates the nooks and crannies of life, finding time to write when she’s not correcting papers. Follow her on Twitter: @jillianthiele

R.T. Tompkins – R.T. is a robot prototype who favors tacos and music above all else. Check out his experimental instrumental band Winterstar and fabulously offensive podcast The Waysiders. Follow him on Twitter: @onewordheadline

Dan Tuohy – Dan is a journalist, son of a publican, son of a sailor, and son of a gun. During the 7th Inning Stretch, he stretches. And sings. His Info-IV is Twitter @tuohy His website is

Erika J. Wilson – Erika studied at the University of New Hampshire, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in honors English.  She is heavily involved with the production and writing departments of DARWiN’S WAiTiNG ROOM comedy troupe and Shoe Slung Films.  She enjoys script and creative writing, poetry and editing with hopes of someday becoming a published author.

And our cover art illustrator:

Stephen Bobbett – Stephen is a freelance illustrator, writer and visual designer living in southern New Hampshire. His work has appeared locally in The Wire, Foster’s Daily Democrat, and the Trees & Hills Comic Group. He is currently publishing a series of comics called Daydream, based on the nightly subconscious lives of real people, which you can find at Twitter: @stephenbobbett

24 Hour Novel Project

Atom, Motion, and the Void: “stunning” and “offers lush storytelling, perspective on life”

John Herman directing Sean Hurley in "Atoms, Motion, and the Void"
Thank you very much to everyone who came out to see the play “Atoms, Motion, and the Void.” The show starring Sean Hurley as Sherwin Sleeves ended its run with wonderful reviews and a lot of conversation and reflection. It was a very special experience for me to direct such a meaningful show. Thank you again for all your kind thoughts and support. And, yes, I assure you Sherwin Sleeves will return to the stage soon.

From The Portsmouth Herald, Spotlight: ‘Atoms, Motion and the Void’ is stunning

When you find yourself calling storytellers, writers/poets, actors and lovers of literature and theater to urge them to see a new play, it’s a good indicator that something mighty fine is afoot. Add to that the piece is only stronger with every passing day as you recall segments and you know you’ve seen something special. That’s certainly the reaction to “Atoms, Motion and the Void” on stage at the Players’ Ring. This show is mind-boggling, simply boggling. Do not miss it.

From Foster’s Daily Democrat, Showcase: ‘Atoms, Motion and the Void’ offers lush storytelling, perspective on life

“Atoms, Motion and the Void,” might just be writing and storytelling at its finest. Currently staged at Portsmouth’s Player’s Ring through Jan. 6, the gravely voiced, one-man soliloquy wraps you in brilliance and shows you your own light. One only need listen to the first few lines to recognize something amazing or awful is about to become you.

“The Future” awarded by The Center for the Book at the NH State Public Library

John Herman and the 451 Degree Filmmaker Challenge, S.N.O.B. Film Festival

The Center for the Book at the NH State Library awarded “The Future” for best capturing the essence of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I directed the movie with improv comedians Stranger Than Fiction for the 451 Degree Filmmaker Challenge hosted by the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival.

UPDATE: Steve Garfield featured “The Future” in his latest episode of Vlog Soup. Steve’s take on the future is a must see!

“The Future” video posted on Youtube!

In honor of Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, and in association with the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival, I directed a new video last night with the improv comedians of Stranger Than Fiction. It is called “The Future” and I get to wear my favorite costume again! Look closely for two books by excellent New Hampshire authors (James Patrick Kelly and Ernest Hebert). Enjoy!

And here is a response video from the vlogfather Steve Garfield!

James Patrick Kelly Wins Nebula!

I interviewed James Patrick Kelly, science fiction writer, recent Nebula winner, and NH resident, for The Wire. Here is a snippet of my article entitled, Truth is Stranger Than Science Fiction: New Hampshire author takes the Nebula Award:

New Hampshire writer James Patrick Kelly recently received the Nebula Award for his novella “Burn.” The science fiction writer joins the ranks of previous winners Frank Hebert, Isaac Asimov and Neil Gaiman. Hearing the beat of a different drummer, Kelly released his Walden-inspired science fiction book as a free podcast just as the book hit retail shelves. The action that might have seemed crazy to traditional publishers gave an otherwise small-print book the opportunity to develop a wide readership. According to the author, the whole thing was an experiment that turned out really well. He is now being called a pioneer.

Also here is a video interview of James Patrick Kelly from my video blog that was featured on Boing Boing.

Fahrenhiet 451 banned?!

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA Houston parent calls for the banning of a book concerning book banning? Check out the story here. Someone could have at least told the guy it was Banned Books Week, a time, according to the American Library Association’s Web site, to celebrate the freedom to choose or express one’s opinion, even if it might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.

My Mass Media and Communications class ironically just finished reading Ray Bradbury’s classic novel. I teach it early in the year, because the book’s messages about freethinking, the critical importance of knowledge and literacy, and the freedom of speech are paramount in today’s world. Do yourself a favor. Click on the image an buy yourself a copy. There is a quote at the start of the novel that I have always found particularly exciting. Spanish Nobel Prize winning poet Juan Ramon Jimenez is quoted as saying, “If they give you ruled paper, then write the other way.” Now wouldn’t that make a great t-shirt?