This is from the press release. I wonder how it will work out:
“Ratha, female leader of the Named cat clan, paused on the meadow trail, one forefoot raised.”
When Clare Bell sends that sentence through Cyberspace on March 14, she’ll be launching an experiment: a story told 140 characters at a time using the rapidly growing Twitter social networking platform. Bell writes the Named series, young adult science fiction about a developing civilization of sentient prehistoric cats.
Bell has been making creative use of the Twitter platform, which allows members to send status messages limited to 140 characters in length. She recently posted a prequel to her newest book, Ratha’s Courage, and her feline characters make humorous comments on everything from last year’s Presidential election to human Valentine’s Day mating rituals.
Bell’s experiments with Twitter encouraged her to write a short story specifically for posting on the service. Although she isn’t the first to experiment with Twitter fiction, it’s still mostly unexplored territory, and Bell had to figure out how to create a story that would work within the very short messages allowed by Twitter. She considered telling the story entirely in dialog, with each character having its own Twitter username, but finally decided a straightforward narrative would be easier to follow in such short segments. …
Bell intends to collect and post each day’s tweets on a website, so that readers who join in the middle can catch up. Daily story updates will appear on the “Ratha and the Named” Facebook page.