If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. There are so many awesomely cool things about this master of storytellers.
One of the things I love about Gaiman is his willingness to experiment given the new technologies at our fingertips. Including the new venture, A Calendar of Tales, sponsored by Blackberry.
In phase one of the project, Gaiman posed questions over Twitter for each month of the year. He chose one response from those received for each month (many, many responses were received!) and used that as inspiration for that section of the book.
Now that the stories are written, he has invited artists to step in and provide illustrations for each month, as well. Submissions are uploaded to the project website and discussions of the stories is invited through Twitter.
In the end, the book will be printed in a special edition and made available online.
Gaiman has previously used Twitter for collaborative storytelling, but with no author interaction after the first line. He has been kept quite busy by this project, but is very excited about the work that is emerging.
The connections technology affords feeding a large group collaboration with a great artist – most excellent.
Tonight, I plan to sock away a little time to curl up and read the Tales. I can’t wait!