“It was a dark and stormy night.”

Thus opens Snoopy’s perpetually-in-progress novel, an agglomeration of plot beginnings that Snoopy promises to, but never does, bring together.

Snoopy’s novel is a lot like Twitter, or twitter-ready you might say. Twitter has slim social networking value but is interesting just because it can be done; you never know how these things will develop. Like Snoopy’s novel of beginnings, it’s the promise that delights.

nullNow we have 3G phones and eBook readers in a race to get the most content to readers fastest and in the best format. It’s hard to say who will get there first but it seems likely that some new combo of hard and software will Usain Bolt past the pack.

Mobipocket seems to be the software of choice for Blackberry users, though there are others, like Wattpad.

You can get books delivered to your phone in short email bursts with DailyLit.

My son and I are in the process of reading the Complete Peanuts, a fantastically beautiful collection by Fantagraphic. In the 1969-70 volume, the November 30th, 1970 strip has as much of the Snoopy novel as I’ve yet come across in one strip:

It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly a shot rang out. A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly a pirate ship appeared on the horizon. While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up. End of Part I.

Part II
A light snow was falling and the little girl with the tattered shawl had not sold a violet all day. At that very moment, a young intern at City Hospital was making an important discovery.

With Schulz’s inimitable casual brilliance, he evokes Daschel Hammet, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dickens and Marcus Welby M.D. in the space of nine sentences. Now that’s tweet.

And yes, of course you can get a properly licensed Snoopy theme for your iPhone.

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