Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Great Digital Firmament...

An infinitesimal electrical impulse between two neurons in the human brain triggers an action. Happens every second to all of us. Most of the time, it's inconsequential. Sometimes, and not often enough, it's the proverbial light bulb illuminating the way.

A word suddenly resonated in my head the other day: GHOSTWRITER.

Now, why didn't I think of that before? I have done it in the past and been paid for it - handsomely. But, how would I go about advertising it? Putting myself out there short of having a bestseller on the charts?  

Here's what I came up with:

A couple of clicks on Blogspot, some clever copy and, voilĂ ! I exist.

The Internet is a fickle and wondrous place. Really. Anything can happen in the great digital firmament. A silly wedding video can go viral on YouTube and get millions of hits...

My little acre in cyberspace ain't no "Jill and Kevin's Big Day". But maybe, just maybe, as those shades-of-Skynet Internet bots spider and crawl through the Web, my page could pop up on a Google search and who knows, eh?

In the meantime, Jill and Kevin's video will continue, deservedly, to get thousands of hits. Why? Because it captures, in all its simplicity and good intentions, our human journey. It's a mini-movie, really - in three acts, no less! Look at it again. It's all there: set-up, complications, higher stakes, climax and resolution. A killer soundtrack. Compelling characters. I could even spot Joseph Campbell's archetypes in the cast. And, you wanna talk monomyth?

This is one of those Internet accidents that hits just the right chords. Fluke, providence, serendipity. Call it what you will. It speaks to our hearts. And, as writers, it's what we strive to do.