Digital Collaboration Unveiled

clockeyeEarly in August I spoke briefly about the digital collaboration I had begun with Tasmanian writer, poet and musician Claire Jansen as part of Ben Walter’s digital residency. Since then Claire and I have been busy throwing around ideas, writing, editing and rewriting to bring together the narrative threads of five characters across a 24-hour period.

The original concept came from the attached photo that randomly appeared in my Facebook feed from Existing Actualities.

With the framework of capturing a story in two-hour blocks of a single day, we built the story with no collaboration or brainstorming during the initial drafting. Much mad writing passed between Claire and I in the first week. Several characters emerged in our respective pieces and across the next two week we followed them as their lives unraveled. Two more weeks were spent refining the characters and their shared storylines.

The collaboration is simply titled “24”.

Three days before Christmas Amber lands in Australia to celebrate the festive season with Ben. But he’s not expecting her or the news she brings. Her presence sends radial fractures into Ben’s life and those close to him, from his sister to his lover and beyond.

Told across a single day, through the eyes of five characters, ’24’, delves into the complexities of the relationships closest to our hearts.

“24” launches tomorrow (Friday, 5th September).

A new story will go live every two hours and crisscross between this blog and Claire’s Tumblr. The first part will be available here at 6am (AEST); the next at Claire’s at 8am, so on and so forth through to Saturday at 4am. Each story is approximately 500 words.

We look forward to sharing “24” with you and hope you are able to share it with friends and family, far and wide.

Later, At Open Changes

IMG_8007My poem ‘Later’ is on of the remix pieces for Week Six of if:Books’ Open Changes project.

It begins:

in the first promise of dawn
where powdered hearts
became butterfly wings,
the infinite layers
from which we unravel
shed like onion skin.

There is a veritable cornucopia of possibilities this week. From Tom Dullemond’s “VACCINE” about a Triceratops plague to Rob G. Cook’s historical “MERN KUZH – A TRANSLATED STORY” which has this amazing line:

Memory, after all, forgets; not even you, love, believe in ghosts anymore.

Get in a remix. The possibilities are as endless as you imagination — and if interpretative dance is your thing, there’s even room for that.