The things I did for money out weigh what I did for love.
This project is amazing as Neil has written twelve stories inspired by his community via Twitter. He wrote one story for each month and put them up for artists to contribute artwork for the project. It will then be collated together in a digital hub for the Calendar of Tales Project.
I’m still just a beginner as a writer, with only a few years of consistant writing practice under my belt. But even though I am not an artist, I really wanted to contribute in my own way to this project. So, I took one of his stories I loved the most and wrote my own in that universe. I am really pleased with how it turned out. I love that this project exists for anyone who is creative. It’s given me my own push to keep writing and just have fun with it.
If Mr. Gaiman or any of the Keep Moving Project at Blackberry is reading this. Thank you for this. It’s an inspiration for creative people everywhere.
It was about a year ago while I was looking for new podcasts to listen to that I found about Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Network. I subscribed to a few of the shows and I liked them a lot. They were high-larious and entertaining. When I sought out more from Smodcast, I found their bandcamp store. What caught my eye immediately was the 3 Part Recording of Kevin talking to Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer. I of course had read a few of Gaiman’s fantastic works, but didn’t really seek out any interviews that he did. Sadly, I knew Amanda even less.
After listening to those shows, I began to follow Palmer’s and Gaiman’s careers closely. They seemed to have the same ideals about creativity and art that I share: Just do it, and damn the consequences.
When Amanda put up her kickstarter campaign for her latest album “Theatre Is Evil” I couldn’t donate as I did not have a credit card that would work. So I waited until it’s eventual release.
My life changed after I finally got to listen to the album. The music was so good! It was sweet, sad, beautiful, gritty, large in scale and subtle all within the same album! My favourite songs of the album are “Do It With A Rockstar” “The Denial Thing”, “Massachusetts Avenue”, “Melody Dean” “The Killing Type” and of course “The Bed Song”
When I read the lyrics of “The Bed Song” a creative idea sparked in my head that I had to create something about that song. I thought about some graphic design work, a short story, however I decided on just reading the lyrics. The song stands enough on it’s own that if I didn’t keep it intact, I’d be doing it a disservice.
So I give this to you, my long winded explanation why I’m sharing this with you today.
Amanda, if you are reading this: Thank You!
As always I remain, obediently yours.