Author Silvia Hartmann Writing Novel in Public via Google Docs


Are you familiar with the works of author Silvia Hartmann? No? Well, neither are we. Apparently she writes about magic, energies, and something called “EmoTrance“.

Silvia Hartmann

We don’t know much about mystical emo energy here at The Powerbase, but we do know about the virtues of developing things out in the open, which is just what Silvia is doing now with the “Naked Writer Project”. The entirety of her new book “The Dragon Lords” is being written in full view of the public through the collaborative functions of Google Docs.

The Dragon Lords

As far as I can tell, “The Dragon Lords” is some kind of erotic fiction book about a single woman who lives with some deformed dogs (a wonder she is single…) who finds a naked man in her driveway while attempting to take said deformed dogs on a drive. Presumably, there are dragons involved at some point, but I didn’t run into any.

Here is an excerpt from “The Dragon Lords”, to give you an idea:

She was caught in a storm.

Dark skies and churning, boiling clouds. Huge, roaring waves. Lightning striking the sea …

Somewhere inside of that was a naked woman, vulnerable, lonely.

Awaiting rescue.

It was easy, really.

Rix crossed the space that lay between them, holding firm against the storm until he had reached the woman at the centre.

Here, he simply knelt before her, raised up his head and offered himself to her.

He moistened his lips and opened them slightly, making the invitation.

I am here, he thought. Now all you have to do is to take that final leap of faith and let go off that tiny cliff you’ve been clinging to.


Fall to me.

I will catch you …

Alright, that’s quite enough of that.

Collaborative Literature

While “The Dragon Lords” might not be our kind of thing, we do have great respect for Silvia’s attempt at including her fanbase in the creative process. She’s even run a poll asking how much sex there should be in the book.

The majority have no opinion on dragon sex.

One lingering question we have is what (if anything) she is doing to protect her work. If it is being released under some kind of public license, it should indicate that, and at the very least it should put a clear copyright notice in the document.

Silvia’s attempt has already inspired a few others to attempt collaborative writing, including some users from Google+ who are working on “Today and Yesterday“. Though as of this writing, they’ve only managed to churn out less than a page of content.

Hang in there guys. Maybe throw a few dragons in the mix?

About Tom Nardi

Tom is a Network Engineer with focus on GNU/Linux and open source software. He is a frequent submitter to "2600", and maintains a personal site of his projects and areas of research at: .