Things and Thoughts: Dean Browell

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Doors That Lock Behind You (Complete Project)
Doors That Lock Behind You: An alternate history of and by Dean Browell
The opposite of an autobiography.

This novella presented as written, entirely un-edited. The project was created and posted as each chapter was written as an experiment in serial writing on Facebook and in conjunction with National Novel Writing Month.

You can download a PDF of the unedited novella for free here for a limited time:


I want to thank everyone who came along and read as I was writing and those who have found this project after I finished. The whole endeavor was literally writing without a net since I didn't have a topic until about five minutes before I started writing and by the end of the first chapter a few more wild hairs changed it again. It was clear after a few chapters that this wouldn't be a novel in the NaNoWriMo (50,000 words) sense, but rather very deliberately a novella. It was fun to write and certainly interesting to let the balloon into the air immediately after writing each chapter. That very act was strange and allowed even a planned story get heavily flavored with the influence of my surroundings at the time. While certainly about many places and times, it's also in a weird way a map of my last six weeks, sometimes prophetically.

Anyway, thanks for reading, it means a lot. Maybe over a beer (or the internet) you can tell me what you thought of it or the process.


P.S. In case you're curious, here's all the music referenced:

"Closing Time" by Semisonic
"Modern Day Cowboy" by Tesla
"Lake Michigan" by Rogue Wave
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve
"Kiss Off" by Violent Femmes (I)
"So What (live)" by Ministry
"Falling Slowly" as covered by Angela Hamilton & Brian Pluta originally by The Swell Season
"Shut Up & Let Me Go" by Ting Tings
"Other Side" by Josh Ritter
"Just" by Radiohead

I'm not saying the list would be any good in a playlist, so don't judge my mix tape making abilities on these selections or order. I probably do deserve some credit for not putting an NIN song in there (but they do get a reference).

Addison Jade Browell in Yorktown, Virginia on November 2, 2008.


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