Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lit Corner: My Contribution to the Tree of Life/Branching Out Story and a Contest!



This summer Samantha Geary is running a big writing experiment. She's organized and hosted 26 writers to assemble a short story, each composing 150 words, one after another. Each entry is to be inspired both what was written before and by Audiomachine's new album, Tree of Life. Each writer gets a spot in the batting order and a musical track to inspire where their bit of the story goes.

Huh. When I put it that way, it sounds grotesquely commercial. I promise it was a friendly artistic endeavor when I joined. Old college buddy of mine Beverly Fox is also contributing. It's taken on quite a life.

I wrote the second entry. I had to go early because this summer is a brutally busy time for me, and Sam was good enough to let me sneak in. I tried to earn my spot by contributing some unusual plot elements for the next writers to play with. I hope you'll enjoy what I did to the horse. 

My entry was inspired by this lovely song:


Also, every comment you leave on any of the chapters enters you to win a copy of Tree of Life as well as works by several of my co-authors.

You can read the first entry here, and my follow-up right here. Then it gets nutty.

6 comments:

  1. I loved the first two installments - and am very fond of nuts so look forward to the next entries as well.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy how it develops.

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  2. Nutty isn't even the half of it:) The story you and Amy brought to life is constantly evolving with each imagination, creating a truly unique piece! I do appreciate you taking part, John, as your clever style of writing is one of my favorites (and I adore what you added:) And yes, there is an aftertaste of commercial, with this also being an album promotion. As audiomachine's resident writer/PR person, I did my best to make it an interesting ride for all involved:)

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    1. I think you've done well with keeping the project from becoming gross. It helps that their album is very inspirational for writing.

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  3. Went back and read yours - sorry I've missed a few along the way - and you're right, it really went in a wild direction from that point!

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  4. Thanks so much for the mention, John! This project was the most fun i've had in a long while. I can't wait to see how it ends!

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