Story Shuffle

Keen to try this out but just realised, following move, am a bit more isolated in terms of other writing friends than I used to be. I took you for granted co-located writing buddies … I’m sorry….

On the other hand, maybe this is motivation to organise a day or weekend of writing events to make new writing friends…

“Story Shuffle: A Collaborative Writing Exercise

Participants in this exercise will use index cards to generate short prose fragments. Once collected together and shuffled, the fragments form a single work of collaborative fiction which, though no doubt peculiar in structure and varied in tone, will present surprising and exciting arrangements of setting, character, points of view, and plot.”

Source: Writing Resources | Jedediah Berry


‘the carnival I wanted’

Everything about this = 💖💖💖

‘But what I remember most clearly were the nights when I wasn’t at the carnival. With my window open, I could hear the sounds of it: the rides rattling, and people shouting, and the music. I would wonder if any of my friends were there that night, whether they were winning any prizes. And I’d fall asleep with the sounds of it all in my head. That was the carnival I wanted in this book. The one that comes in and possesses your imagination, bending all your thoughts to it like some kind of fever. It was the heart of the town while it was there, and it made everything strange and beautiful for a while.’

via Bookslut | An Interview with Jedediah Berry.


How One Author Used Twitter To Write A Thrilling Choose Your Own Adventure Story

I really enjoyed participating in this. However, my vote often seemed to lead to a tie and I had to remind myself that that wasn’t something I needed to feel guilty about…

‘Although Berry wasn’t sure where the story was going (“that was kind of the point,” he said), what emerged was “Untine,” a tale about a talking owl and a labyrinthine forest, told in rich, earthy language.’

via How One Author Used Twitter To Write A Thrilling Choose Your Own Adventure Story.

Missing days

In 1844, according to Atlas Obscura, the Philippines skipped a day.

What would happen, I wonder, if we added or skipped a day in 2016? What would be required to happen (from a logistics point of view) to enable it? What might justify it? Occasionally I read articles suggesting that people in some parts of the world are working too much; perhaps the solution is to add an extra day to the weekend or to double the length of an existing day. What would happen if Sunday was 48, rather than 24, hours long?

This article about the missing day in the Philippines was in my newsfeed this morning but it’s actually not the first time this week this idea of absent days has been suggested to me. I’m also reading The Manual of Detection by Jebediah Berry at the moment and (minor spoiler) it also references a missing day.

I eagerly await the third mention.