Thinks Out Loud: A blog at first

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About the Author

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Perlman has spent his adult life out West in California, Colorado, and Washington. Influences on his psyche include repeated viewings of Rocky and Bullwinkle, repeated listenings to Tom Lehrer and Firesign Theatre, and repeated readings of the collected works of James Thurber, J. G. Ballard, and Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan). In an age of specialists, he considers himself to be one of the last of the generalists. Along the Way, he has been a pipe and tobacco salesclerk, a ski lift operator, a dishwasher at an Italian vegetarian restaurant, a bay leaf harvester, bookstore clerk, freshman English instructor, proofreader and stock boy for an independent publisher, harmonica player for a rock band, the only dues-paying member of an improv group, freelance writer, staffer for a weekly news and entertainment magazine, short story and humor writer, a director of communications at a health foundation, and a communications specialist at a university. (And, until funding ran out, a web content writer for a high-tech start-up that floundered during the dot com-collapse.) He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Lane, and daughter, Lila.


"Queen Anne author's debut novel eschews tradiional formatting"

by Joe Veyera, Queen Anne & Magnolia News, July 5, 2017

It all started as a personal blog.

For more than a year, Martin Perlman published his musings two or three times a week online; social commentary, cultural references, and the like. Then it became something more. The result is the Queen Anne resident's debut novel, "Thinks Out Loud," a story that follows a burned-out blogger who washes up in the South Pacific, and a group of characters at odds with a high-tech CEO with murky intentions. How does a blog become a book?

For the answer, you have to go back to August of 2011, when Perlman began working on a post on his then-personal page. Sometimes, he would have a topic in advance to quip on, and others were written in the moment. That night, nothing had been planned.

"In the moment, me, the normal blogger, stepped aside, and a persona, a fictional me ... rose to the fore," he said. In the days that followed, other new "voices" made postings of their own on the site. "Plot started developing, characters started developing, settings started developing," Perlman said. "It had all the fixings of what would be a traditional novel, but it was done in blog form, so every time a posting went up, it was like a chapter in a book, but it was from the point of view of whoever was doing that particular posting."

Before he knew it, he said, he had a "full-fledged book" going. With that realization, Perlman stopped posting publicly, telling readers of his goal to publish. However, he kept the same blogging schedule, writing "posts" two or three times a week. In about a years' time, he had the first draft of a book, written entirely in the format of a blog, right down to the comments at the end of each post.

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