Our Great Summer Novel

Summertime, and the reading is easy.

Leave the deep themes and heavy symbolism for colder, darker months. Summer is for car chases and zombies, sassy divorcees and alien invasion. It’s for the unrealistic but entertaining, the page-turning, the sand between chapters.

Summer, of course, is for the summer novel — the beach read, the literary cotton candy, the book you have a hard time putting down.

So, why not write one?

Between all of us, we definitely can craft a summer novel of un-put-down-able, what-happens-next readable entertainment. And that, dear readers, is where you come in.

This is going to be a group effort. What follows today is a series of options that will help build the framework of Our Great Summer Novel (that’s how we’re thinking of it, capitalized like that). What we’re asking is for you to choose one option from each

category — genre, setting, villain, etc. — and return the survey by June 21. We’ll tally the votes and whatever gets the most in each category will be what appears in the novel.

Beginning July 7 and over the course of the summer, in the pages of The Daily Sentinel and on GJSentinel.com, Our Great Summer Novel will come to life one chapter at a time — serialized like the works of Charles Dickens, but probably with less tuberculosis and literary merit. Various Daily Sentinel staffers will write a chapter, with you, dear readers, chipping in, too.

We’ll ask for your input and assistance as we go, and by the end of the summer hopefully have something that’s perfect for a hot afternoon in the shade with a glass of lemonade close at hand.

So, let’s get this fiction off the ground! Please fill out the following survey for Our Great Summer Novel — please have fun with it! — and return it by June 21 to Our Great Summer Novel c/o The Daily Sentinel, 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO 81501, or drop it off in person at our offices at the same address, with a few comments about your favorite novels in summers past.

Download the survey by clicking on the “document” link above the photo with this story.


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