A Sea Legs Synopsis: What’s It All About?

yachts in the harbor, expensive boats, San Francisco Yacht Club

We cast off in ten. I sincerely hope you can make it”, he said

Webster’s Dictionary defines a synopsis as: ‘a short description of the most important information about something’. This definition works for me and probably does for most of you too.

The reason I bring it up and open a new post with this dictionary entry is so I can try out a synopsis of ‘Sea Legs’, the any-one-can-join-in story conceived by myself and my buddy Steve B. over at the most excellent site, Ordinarily Handsome.

Now, things get tricky here because as already mentioned, this is a story of collaborative efforts. It you were to visit Steve’s site via the above link, you’d  find among his many awesome writings, several ‘Sea Leg’ entries. Within these entries you’ll find contributions from a number of the great writers we’ve both had the pleasure getting to know and read over our time here on the WP.

Last night, Steve and I were chatting (via WP-which is kind of cool!) and we both agreed a, you guessed it, synopsis of what’s happening with ‘Sea Legs’ might be in order. Granted, we’re not by any means knee deep int the tale, but for those of you who stumble upon this of Steve’s site and find yourselves curious as to what ‘Sea Legs’… is about, I’m going to now attempt (stay back, Ma’am, this could be dangerous…) one more time- a synopsis:

‘Sea Legs’, a collaborative tale being told by a number of writers linked here on WordPress, is so far a story rooted in the noir traditions of America circa the 1940s and 1950s. (Just Google a film called, ‘The Maltese Falcon’)

What we hope to do with ‘Sea Legs’ is imbue it with qualities of the Noir genre such as mystery, intrigue, beautiful ‘dames’ (a REAL wod used back then!) and hard-boiled detectives, locked into some challenging case where he usually ends up taking on a little more than he was prepared to handle.

Now, if you’ve read what Steve has edited and put up on Ordinarily Handsome so far, you’ll see the beginnings of a story that fits this bill. Those elements mentioned above are present and accounted for and will continue to show up as the story progresses.

My synopsis ends here because the story isn’t that long…yet! I happen to know as I type, there are a few more submissions being glued into the story and there’ll be even more if you, having read this far, decide you’d like to add your voice.

Want to know how to do it? Simple. It’s as easy as leaving a comment either here on Obzervashunal or over at Steve’s Ordinarily Handsome and either offer an idea or a few lines based on what you’ve read so far- this to keep a semblance of ‘continuity’ to the story, which in turn makes it a bit easier to include.

See there? I told you it’s easy…

So, there you have it. A synopsis, a Webster Dictionary definition, AND an invitation to the online collaborative literary dance we call, ‘Sea Legs’.

K’lee L. © 2016

18 thoughts on “A Sea Legs Synopsis: What’s It All About?

  1. Excellent synopsis, K’lee. I have nothing else to add, other than a new installment should be available this weekend. We’re excited by a quite lengthy contribution, and the story is starting to find its sea legs. I know, I couldn’t help myself. I’ll show myself out.

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      1. I think it will be a good weekend to get it going again. I do like the long piece that Anderson’s written and I’m ready to jump back in. I don’t like being away from a project for too long, or it starts to lose its vitality.

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          1. I’d be all right with you, I, and others who want to up the ante and construct larger scenes. That’s one way to get some heft into the story. I could mention something like this in the next synopsis I write? Either way, yes, it’s time to return to the scene of the crime!

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          2. That’s a good idea. I was a bit hesitant about writing anything too long, but it wouldn’t be difficult to do longer pieces to keep the momentum going, and maybe break them down to separate chapters/posts.

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          3. Hey, just now reading this. I missed it yesterday. Okay, so nothing from A yet… I don’t have anything right this minute, but I can put something to the page to be added. Let me know where you are and we can figure it out.


    1. Fantastic! Thanks for adding my small part in so quickly. It that you in the next part? As of my just reading it, it’s anonymous. I like it in either case. I’ll write more before the evening’s done. Starting to feel like I better stick with it as the story starts moving. Good looking out, my friend!


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