In the months since Nikki Finke went quiet, she has entertained all sorts of possible new directions.
This morning, in something of a surprise, Finke revealed that she will be a curator of fiction:
My website will present short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders like myself. After 30 years as a journalist, I’m now going to expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing. In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. The stories which I and others write won’t depict any actual Hollywood person or event. But they will marry artifice with verisimilitude into original content creation.
I don’t care if the site gets little traffic or The Powers That Be ever advertise. Instead, I’m setting up a TinyPass paywall and charging readers $1 for each post and paying writers from the proceeds once a month. I want to create a fiction forum not just for my own work but for all the creative writing talent which Hollywood attracts but rarely nurtures. I will run the website as well as write for it and market each fictional story to my 265,000+ Twitter followers.
The site is scheduled to launch in June, with story lengths ranging from 2,500 to 8,000 words. And just to completely underscore this next chapter, Finke has posted a new, current photo of herself. Welcome back.
Hard to count how many times I covered showbiz story that was stranger than fiction. So why not Hollywood Dementia? http://t.co/hucLdCq0ua
— Patrick Goldstein (@patrickbigpix) May 18, 2015
“In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. ” And Nikki Finke’s entire brain now makes sense. http://t.co/I4yIKdTKW2
— Peter S. Hall (@PeterSHall) May 18, 2015
So basically Nikki Finke just launched a fan fiction website? Is this real life? http://t.co/NjIUYQfn24
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) May 18, 2015
every time you think nikki finke has gone off the deep end she just creates a deeper end
— Alexandria Symonds (@a_symonds) May 18, 2015
This fiction too? Can't find reg …"Hollywood Dementia is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Nikki Finke"
— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) May 18, 2015