Lawyer's Blog May Become 'Blook'
A "blook" is a blog that evolves into a book. Lawyer Nicole Mondschein is en route to a blook of her own, by way of her fictional blog, The Star Islanders, which The Miami Herald called "some of the most sassy fiction in South Florida." In the style of a serial novel, The Star Islanders tells the tale of Francie Leighton, the 20-something assistant to a Miami-based rock diva known as Queen Conch. Mondschein describes the story as "part Miami-noir, part chick-lit, part fantasy."
She started writing it when she returned to her native Miami after graduating from Boston College Law School in 2006, and she is featured in the latest issue of the BC Law magazine (PDF, page 41). She was no stranger to writing, having won a Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Award for her two-act play, Characters, while still in high school and later earning an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with a stop in between as an English and theater major at Amherst College.
Now she is back in the northeast, as an associate attorney with the New York City law firm Caplan & Ross, where she practices IP, entertainment and media law. But she continues to post chapters to The Star Islanders, albeit less frequently, and to work on a print version. "I would love if The Star Islanders could reach more readers through print," she told J.D. Lasica in a videotaped interview last March.
Even if her book finds its way from digital to print, she will continue blogging, she told Lasica. As a playwright, she enjoys the direct feedback she receives from readers of her blog, which for her closely approximates the audience response of live theater. As for her legal work, she tells the BC Law magazine that she always sought a career outside writing and is interested in the law as it relates to artists. Law school, she says, taught her to "think creatively as a lawyer." Between her legal work and her writing, Mondschein obviously has plenty of creativity to fuel both pursuits.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM | Permalink
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