@nanoism is having a Five-year Anniversary #TwitterFiction Contest!

2014/03/25 § Leave a comment

Five years ago, we created @nanoism to be the very first paying publication for literary Twitter fiction, celebrating the very best stories that fit in the cracks of your day. Five years later and Nanoism remains the longest continuously running magazine dedicated to #TwitterFiction of all time. We’ve published nearly six hundred stories from over four hundred writers and inspired people across the world to think big but write small.

Well that sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it?

More Details… including $100 prize.

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#Formats & #genres are #rituals.

2013/02/26 § 1 Comment

Over the last week I’ve been tweeting notes and implications on reading What is Art For? by Ellen Dissanayake. It’s all about ‘making special’.

A year ago I starting working on a performance piece libretto [I dare not call it opera as I detest that format…] dealing with our making of things, like baskets, knifes, houses and operas, and thus our specialness as a species, which may not lie in the making of things, so much as in the specialness we make.

Here is a crude mind map of that twitter stream.

Mind map of a twitter stream as I read  What is Art For? By Ellen Dissanayake

Mind map of a twitter stream as I read What is Art For? By Ellen Dissanayake

The thought “Formats and genres are rituals” occured at the end of mapping out the tweets.

I am using a very simple mind mapper that doesn’t even use arrows, thus it is a very unstructured mind map. However as a first draft of an ontology of making, if not an ontogeny of special, I like it.

Twitter & Re-Tweet Resources

2013/02/04 § Leave a comment

As FORMeika started as a how to write twitter stories blog, I’d better mentioned a couple of twitter and tweet resources for people engaging with various communities through twitter.com.

These have all grown since I started on twitter, and this blog. Recently there is also a very simple guide on How To Write A Twitter Story. Must have been a gap in the market.

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Naming the Figures of Anticeptual Art, number one: #Swineflu is born!

2012/05/15 § Leave a comment

At my Web 1.0 style personal homepage trying to pass itself off as a gallery, I’ve just worked through to a labelling of the current figures I am working on. I have this need to put them in sets, I do this by naming them.

For example Consorts to the Mountain Goddess.

The new set is Figures of Anticeptual Art. They will not get their own blog.

Now, the thing is, in realising the name Figures of Anticeptual Art I suddenly also recollected that the first of these figures was made two years ago. Thus #Swineflu is Born! (pewter, 2009, wallaby dung outer investment) is the first example of the process where naming is a conscious method of finishing the artwork.

It doesn’t start with an idea or concept, for the naming finishes it. The art is realised, not conceived.

I had just recovered from the misnamed swineflu, (I caught the #swineflu from a young woman who served me a hamburger as I transited through Melbourne back to Hobart from Weilmoringle.)(She did not look well and should not have been at work.) At this time I was wanting to send a piece to the Twitter Art Show, so as I broke open the wallaby dung and plaster it was obvious what the piece should be called. I stopped then and there. I did not even cut it off its cup to retrieve all that pewter.

It was finished in the moment I realised what its true name was.

Twitter hashtag and all.

Curating, the consumer as editor of a magazine safely devoted to themselves #pinterest

2012/03/23 § Leave a comment

Blogging boosted the home computer user a decade ago into creating their own content online. The blog post was a diary style entry of the form [link]+[opinion]=[commentary]. Some felt it was parasitic on main stream media for the initial [link] and therefore unimportant. But diddums to that.

With the arrival of facebook and soon thereafter twitter this form was greatly concatenated while the social media technology underlying it (which in facebook’s case captured and placed within a walled garden what had been free roaming across various servers, and yes, livejournal predates ‘blogging’ and was a bit of a walled garden too though mostly by it’s habitues’ mindset).

Both facebook and twitter pushed this interactivity deep into the stream, threads of noticed, drawing into awareness and fading with sunset. Twenty minutes is a long time on twitter. With a blog you only needed to post an entry every 1-2 days.

Recently this same behaviour has been recast as a curatorial effort, links and images shared as if one was curating a show, an exhibition of the noticeboard, boards of inspiraton, clippings of magazines tacked to the pinboard, the wall, scapbooking as a collective effort.

Yes, it’s even more shallow. Apparently the marketeers have already taken over pinterest.com even before I had heard of it (only last week).

That’s the spark for this blog post (it’s a traditional blog post).

The images shared (which used to be hot-linked to on various old-school online forums) in my experience are basically very dull, if well chosen and originally well photoshopped, what they offer is security, safety, well-being in the form of niceness, pleasantness, neatness, homeliness. To be famous now is to be as bland as possible, it is to have no skill except the ability to hide in the crowd of magazine quality photos.

The opportunity to curate interesting challenging themes seems to pass most people by.

Reminds me of the most incredibly boring blog I saw recently. Dull, but it had umpteen comments. All saying nothing, but the people felt safe there and so felt safe to comment there.

It was all about safety, about building a walled garden and keeping the wilderness of the unfamiliar away, even while travelling overseas one must keep oneself nice.

I’ve run quite a few blogs in the past, and never got this sort of comment traction, like most blogs, occasionally I’d annoy people with the sin of self-promotion, (but I was on the dole at the time). This is why I like to talk about my failure on this blog.

Indulging the comfort zone is possibly the surest way to build a following online. Don’t lead people into dangerously interesting times.

No man is an island, but today, the self-curating magazine as the human experience is a digital castle, secure against all interesting attacks and picturesque to the max.

When new narratives meet old brains

2010/11/17 § 1 Comment

New Scientist is currently running a Storytelling 2.0 theme. Well worth a look.

I think many people focus too much on the shortness of each individual tweet.

 

But this is what really caught my eye.

“State-of-the-art neuro-imaging and cognitive neuropsychology both uphold the idea that we create our selves through narrative.” When new narratives meet old brains.

This is why they are so important to organising institutions, like the state, the church, it’s all about the software. Also explains why, perhaps, fantasy novels follow a sports team sized group of characters in righteous support of some protag’s familial entitlements. Our brains find this easy to follow, especially if you’re coming off a low base of starvation, violence, and latterly, early access to brain-bending drugs.

Republican ideals, even of the Enlightenment’s economic ideals of the ‘free labourer’ citizen of butchers, bakers and candle-stick-makers (which is an improvement on medieval systems, let’s face it). Is just way too hard for most people’s brains to handle. Certainly explains the simplistic extreme of Ayn Rand’s super-individualistic ‘objectivism’ too: inadequate processing power? reduce the resolution, reduce the colour palette, make it black and white.

To avoid techno-feudalism, augmented processing power will have to be more or less evenly distributed to our humans brains, so we can all understand more complex stories, in counterpoint, and not just mindless propaganda. There is certainly no point offering more complex formats if the human brains at large can’t cope. This is why the Tea Party can only win, and their only natural control is a societal, economic collapse, once their stupidity is finally played out.

 

 

 

Critiquing twitter fiction

2010/07/30 § 1 Comment

Early on in this blog, there was a weakly held idea to critique twitter fiction appearing on various ‘magazines’. Now, I’ve attempted to do this, I have a number held back in ‘draft’ form here in wordpress.com, but I’m not happy with my work, so there it sits still. However at One Forty Fiction the comments function for each post is very deliberately labelled ‘critique’.

The use of this option so far is still often restricted to more comment-like stroking than real critique, but who knows, maybe someone will be braver than I have been so far.

As some have here.

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