From Me to You to Me to You

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Following on the theme of storytelling by community, I strongly encourage you to take a look at a recent project by Neil Gaiman called A Calendar of Tales. Gaiman posed twelve questions – one for each month of the year – to his fans via Twitter. For each month, he took the answer he liked best and wrote a short story about it. He then posted the story and asked for illustrative art. The result is something not quite collaborative but certainly not solo, and entirely beautiful.

This also kinda ties in with some of the stuff Andy Knighton’s been talking about recently regarding the new approaches to stories that modern media offers. Twitter, Facebook, all these social media sites let writers reach out to their audience more directly and – crucially – allows the audience to reach back. I’ve seen books funded by Kickstarter with similar principles, where the more you donate the more you feature in the creative process in some way. The author retains control but the audience is invested long before the final story is revealed.

Basically, we seem to slowly be getting back to storytelling as a community activity. And Gaiman’s project is very cool.

Q: Why is January so dangerous? A: Because an aging veteran just retired, to be replaced by a dangerously unqualified youth, no more than a babe in arms.

Q: Why is January so dangerous?
A: Because an aging veteran just retired, to be replaced by a dangerously unqualified youth, no more than a babe in arms.

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