Neil Gaiman’s “A Calendar of Tales”

I discovered this last week when retweets by Neil Gaiman, a favorite author of mine, took over my Twitter feed. It was too wonderful not to share. What has happened is this: Neil Gaiman has teamed up with the makers of the Blackberry 10 to create a project (very much in the spirit of the Digital Humanities) that allows readers to collaborate with Neil Gaiman as he writes. As you can see from the website, the project is entitled, “A Calendar of Tales.” For each month, Gaiman produced a question to which people on twitter were able to respond using specific hashtags: #jantale for January, #febtale for February, etc… Gaiman is now using the tweets sent out by his followers as inspiration for a series of tales that he will write (one for each month). As the next step, Gaiman will share his tales and accept submissions of illustrations, choosing one for each story, thereby making these tales both inspired by and illustrated by his followers on Twitter. And that’s the real beauty of this project: collaboration. In the video posted on this site, Gaiman talks about how the composition process is usually a rather lonely one—featuring a writer sitting in a room writing down thoughts that only he or she is privy to at the time. However, by calling upon tweeters from all over the world to share their thoughts and stories on Twitter, Gaiman is able to transform the writing process into a collaborative one in which a reciprocity is formed between writer and reader that allows him to draw upon his fellow tweeters for inspiration in order to create stories that would have been left untold had it not been for this project.

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