I’ve been working on several projects of late and I will tell you about them (not all today though) – they’ve been getting in the way of blogging.
I will mention one project. Street Reads is a new Brisbane City Council initiative. Each story will involve readers/participants picking the story up from QR codes on physical nodes and following them to work out what’s going on. My story has been outlined but as yet is not complete. It’s a difficult and frustrating process, but it is exhilarating. Looking at how the story is structured, where the nodes are placed and the notion that we are creating a story which needs to read from a number of different angles is, without a doubt, a whole lot of fun. The process will encourage people to look at their surroundings in new ways, and that’s something good stories always do. The details will, of course, be made known to the public very soon. I think I’m allowed to tell you my work is riddled with Steam Punk sensibilities.
As someone said to me recently, ‘The writer of the 21st Century is a collaborator’. Street Reads is a great example. An RPG games developer gives us guidance on the story’s interactive development, Council staff test the runs and tell us where the nodes can and can’t go, and a team of computer gurus and their sidekick, mechanised monkeys make sure all the pieces are in place. It’s an incredible thing to be part of.
On the subject of stories found…
I wanted to give a shout out to a brother in ink. Andrew C Ferguson penned some awesome football fiction. He’s written a great deal more, but that’s how we got to know each other. He’s recently kicked his own blog into shape and it reads as well as his football work. I interviewed Andrew and he gave me so much material I had to spilt it across two posts. The discussion focuses on writing football fiction and his excellent chap book The Secret of Scottish Football, you can read it on the football fiction blog