The Hero

My lovely sister-in-law and her husband gave me this TLS monograph as a Christmas gift: The Hero, by Lee Child. It’s rather magnificent, so I’m posting my Goodreads review here too: This is a very short book. You’re either going to read it because you like Lee Child’s writing or are curious what the author…… Continue reading The Hero

Hiut: Jeans that write history

The last thing the world needs is another jeans brand. Isn’t it? With so many companies competing in so many different ways – price, name, heritage, exclusivity  – you better have something pretty special to bring to the market… When David Hieatt opened the proceedings at the Firestarters event at Google the other evening, he…… Continue reading Hiut: Jeans that write history

Storytelling with sound, Paul Bennun and Nick Ryan – Notes from The Story Part 4

Another perspective on storytelling came from game designer Paul Bennun and sound designer and composer Nick Ryan, who collaborated most recently on the intriguing iPhone game, Papa Sangre. They set out to discuss the “special relationship between sound and storytelling”. Papa Sangre, if you haven’t seen is set in a pitch black underworld and you…… Continue reading Storytelling with sound, Paul Bennun and Nick Ryan – Notes from The Story Part 4

Nerf gun as story engine: Mary Hamilton – Notes from The Story – Part 3

Continuing with notes on the The Story 2011 talks, I’m going to try and restrain myself to Cory Doctorow-cited five sentences. More or less, and these two don’t count… Popular champion of the talks was Mary Hamilton’s talk about her Zombie LARP (Live Action Role Playing Game) and how the constraints and simplicity (compared with…… Continue reading Nerf gun as story engine: Mary Hamilton – Notes from The Story – Part 3

Adam Curtis on the struggle to tell the story on (and of) the web – Notes from The Story – Pt 2

* * Update: the audio for this talk is live at the Storythings blog * * We’re not progressing through the day in chronological order, but now we have discussed the talk that was practically of use to me as a writer, let’s move on to the one which was both exciting but also so…… Continue reading Adam Curtis on the struggle to tell the story on (and of) the web – Notes from The Story – Pt 2

Glinner vs. Doctorow: Notes from The Story – Pt 1

* * Update: Audio for this talk is now available free at Storythings * * Image: by Paolabililty ©2011 (as Cory Tweeted: “t his pic PERFECTLY captures what it’s like to interview @glinner on stage”) The Story 2011 was exactly like the inaugural event a year ago. It was like the day just continued from…… Continue reading Glinner vs. Doctorow: Notes from The Story – Pt 1

Three beautiful storytelling approaches from the web

This is a post about three lovely things that are all about using technology to help tell stories in new ways. Storify In private alpha development at the moment, Storify looks like a wonderful way of tying together different bits of your and other people’s content on the web (photos, Tweets, videos) to tell a…… Continue reading Three beautiful storytelling approaches from the web

Dare to keep it playful – Dan Hon on keeping the fun in games

Dan Hon’s TEDx Transmedia talk DAREtoPLAY is a lovely build on and partial riposte to Seth Prietbatsch’s presentation I posted here yesterday. As someone who has played with and in and designed transmedia games and stories (the same thing, really) for a good long while, Dan’s got a great perspective on this whole area. He…… Continue reading Dare to keep it playful – Dan Hon on keeping the fun in games